Author: Michael Jay
Page count: 237
Genre: Coming-of-Age Memoir for Mature New Adults and Moms of all ages
Price: $8.39 at Amazon and wherever great eBooks are sold.
Michael Jay grew up in Detroit. A graduate of Harvard College, he earned his MBA at Northeastern University in 1983. The proud father of two beautiful daughters, Michael lives in Idaho.
Tell us about your book:
Meet Joe Black visits The Wonder Years in the true story of DOG WATER FREE. It chronicles the journey of a boy named Mikee, whose coming-of-age search for emotional truth lands an orphan from the unlikely side of Detroit front and center before England’s Queen, America’s Maestro, and the first non-Italian Pontiff in more than 400 years. A family saga at its core, DOG WATER FREE is an uplifting story of discovery that celebrates a remarkable hero in the person of an ordinary mom who is thrust into an extraordinary situation, the likes of which few could imagine.
Mikee is eleven when his world turns upside down. His mom is sharing news from her doctor. She has a year to prepare her family for her death. Her passing will leave the man she loves and the four children she cherishes alone to fend for themselves. “At least you’ll always have your dad,” she comforts. Still on her mission fifteen months later, her focus heightens when her husband drops dead. With that, Mikee’s improbable journey begins.
How long did it take to write the book?
DOG WATER FREE has taken 3 years to write, edit, re-write and publish.
What inspired you to write the book?
I was encouraged to publish my coming-of-age memoir by my friend of 30-years, Tom Wales, who plays a pivotal role in my story. He is believed to be the only Federal Prosecutor in U.S. history to have been killed in the line of duty. DOG WATER FREE is dedicated to his memory and to his beautiful family who long for closure.
Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?
I begin each day with two black coffees, followed by a morning work-out. I spend the next 7+ hours writing. After purging my thoughts I resist re-visiting what I have written each day for weeks on end. Best to let it settle. As for research, I made sure that everything was 100% true and accurate.
What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?
My initial hope was that readers would come away knowing that anyone can dream, regardless of where your journey begins.
With 25 Five-Star reviews posted thus far on Amazon, reader comments have been most gratifying:
“DOG WATER FREE is engaging, interesting, funny, sad, and uplifting all at once.”
“First Book I’ve read straight through in years. I couldn’t put it down!”
“When I wasn’t laughing out loud or crying I was smiling. This is a must read!”
Where can we go to buy your book?
DOG WATER FREE is available at Amazon Kindle, and wherever great eBooks are sold. Also available at www.Lovereading.co.uk.
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