So where's the snow?

Muddling through in Austria; God, life and a small black dog


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Guest Post; Paulette Mahurin

Paulette is a fellow author in Mom’s Favourite Reads, she’s a dog lover, and I love her books!

First let me say a heartfelt thank you for inviting me over to your great site. I’m truly grateful. I live with my husband, Terry, and our two dogs, Max & Bella, in Southern California. In a beautiful small tourist town that I sometimes incorporate into my fiction writing. I love to write and do volunteer work to help rescue dogs plus I am also a mediator in the Ventura County Superior Court. My profession before retiring was a health care provider. I continue to use my medical experience to counsel women with cancer. All my work is pro-bono.

As far back as I can remember, I wrote. At first on scraps of papers, I jotted down storyline ideas. That progressed to journaling and diary writing. And when in college, I wrote and published short stories. Later on in life, while nearing my retirement age, I took up writing. Now, after seven novels, it’s in my blood: the joy of watching stories unfold before me, the anxiety of publishing, the agony and ecstasy of feedback with reviews, and the incredibly wonderful friendships with authors like you all around the world.

As a writer, I’m a morning person. And very organized. I usually put in time in the morning and stay with it anywhere up to 4 – 7 hours, depending on my energy level. I’m a bit of a type A personality and unfortunately sometimes push myself beyond my body’s protest and discomfort. But I love to write, love to sit down and vomit out stories, and be a witness to what the characters want to have happen. I don’t always agree with them but they certainly have a voice in what I write.

Overall ideas come to me. I’m very interested in intolerance: racism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, women abuse, etc. and have written most of my stories around these issues. I have also ventured into a couple of literary fiction stories. The ideas flow spontaneously chapter to chapter, sometimes multiple chapters at a time and I have to make a little outline to remember what came up.

Favourite book?Way too many to pick from. I have loved so many stories. From some of my indie friends to Steinbeck, there’s a lot of talent out there. I just couldn’t pick one.

Paulette’s dogs; Max, a three-paw (born that way) rottie, on top and my Bella, rottie-sharpie, on bottom.

Again, thank you so much for having me here. As a final note I wanted to also thank you on behalf of all the dogs I’ve helped rescue.

Wilbur 3 rescued 2019-03-01 at 3.33.14 PM

One of the saved dogs

All profits from all my books go to help get dogs out of kill shelters. My concentration is where I live in Southern California, which has a very high population of “throw-away” dogs waiting to either meet their sorrowful end or wag at the chance at a new beginning and wonderful life. Dogs are my passion and I’m fortunate to be able to be in a position to help, fortunate that I’ve been lucky with the books I’ve written in that several have made it to international Amazon best seller.