Player Profile: Jennifer Skiff, author of The Divinity of Dogs: True Stories of Miracles Inspired by Man’s Best Friend
by Clayton Wehner - February 27th, 2013
Jennifer Skiff, author of The Divinity of Dogs: True Stories of Miracles Inspired by Man’s Best Friend
Tell us about your latest creation…
The Divinity of Dogs is a book of stories where people describe the moment they learned something profound about life from an experience with a dog. It is also part memoir, including stories where dogs have helped me through different trials in my life.
Where are you from / where do you call home?
Home is where my dogs are. I live in Perth, Australia and on an island in Maine, in the United States.
When you were a kid, what did you want to become? An author?
When I was 12 years-old I asked my Dad for an electric typewriter. I’ve always wanted to be a writer.
The Divinity of Dogs is clearly my best work to date. Writing it was a deeply personal experience. I cried throughout the process. By all accounts from the reviews, it’s having a similar effect on readers. They are moved by the writing. It’s a wonderful feeling as an author to share your journey and to have others embrace it.
Describe your writing environment to us – your writing room, desk, etc.; is it ordered or chaotic?
In Perth, my studio feels like a tree house – lots of windows overlooking life. In Maine, my studio is nestled in the woods in the middle of a wildlife corridor. I can’t write unless everything around me is clean and tidy. I write best when I can only see words and nature.
When you’re not writing, who/what do you like to read?
True Crime. Ann Rule.
What was the defining book(s) of your childhood/schooling?
I was most moved by the works of Charles Dickens.
If you were a literary character, who would you be?
Heathcliffe from Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights. I am Heathcliffe.
Apart from books, what do you do in your spare time (surprise us!)?
Mow lawns. Play with dogs. Raise money and awareness for animal charities.
What is your favourite food and favourite drink?
Salt and Vinegar Potato Chips. Zacapa Rum/Coke Zero with half a lime. Preferably together, on a boat.
Who is your hero? Why?
I have many heroes. I admire every person in this world who has a compassionate heart and works toward positive change to make the lives of others better.
Crystal ball time – what is the biggest challenge for the future of books and reading?
People love to read and write and always will. The challenge, for all of us, will be to adapt to the ever-changing forms of publication and to embrace the change.
Website URL: http://www.jenniferskiff.com/
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Twitter URL: https://twitter.com/JenniferSk
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