Seven, a spunky post-grad in search of work, dives into the mobile pet-grooming business in this fuzzy adventure. GroomsDay is the college grad reincarnation of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.”
This my first book and what makes it so special to me is that Seven’s story is roughly based on my own life experiences—with a twist of course. I am the youngest of seven children, so storytelling has long been a part of family ritual. When I graduated from college without a job, I worked as a mobile dog groomer in Seattle. What an adventure! Since then, I have fallen head-over-paws in love with dogs. My own corgis, Winston and Clementine, were an inspiration for Groomsday. I am currently an elementary schoolteacher in Utah and cannot wait to share the book with my daughter one day.
Fed up with work, our gal Seven quits her sluggish corporate job and embarks on a wild adventure with Warok, her spirit dog, and Natalie, her best friend. Throughout the illustrated college grad novella, Seven cultivates her grooming skills and fights crime to protect her beloved canine clients, even finding unrequited love along the way. Faced with an entertaining cycle of adversity, Seven is a modern-day, dog-loving heroine.
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GroomsDay is coming out Spring of 2015. But you can enjoy the first chapter here...
"My name is Seven. I suppose my mom named me that because I was her seventh child. Anyway, I’ve decided it’s time to write down my adventures in pet grooming. I never knew this was going to be the career for me. It all started when I was working at a swanky law firm in Seattle, Hoity Toity and Partners. There were at least two hundred employees, and I was at the very bottom of the pecking order. My whole job was to set up and clean up food and coffee for lawyers’ meetings. Sounds really boring, right? Well, it was!
To add more suspense to my tale, I was also in charge of setting up and cleaning up food for all of our many office parties. Mind you, I wasn’t involved in any of the planning or actual scheduling of all these things concerning food, I simply carted the food and coffee around the office for all the piggies that worked there. Surprisingly, I was actually very busy.
Ultimately though, we all get comfortable in our jobs, and I certainly did. I found many ways to slack off and waste time in between the meetings I needed to set up or clear up. I spent a lot of time sending silly drawings to my sister who worked across the lake in some office in Kirkland. Technology is amazing!
Eventually, the excitement was all too much for me. The straw that broke the camel’s back was being talked down to by everyone in the office, even the Hoity Toity associate lawyers! I had had enough. I started using the time between meetings to find a new job. I wanted something unique and interesting. I wasn’t sure what I was looking for until I saw the perfect ad …
I knew I could do that, right? It said “no experience necessary,” and that could mean either that they train you really well, or that it’s a really dodgy job. I was hoping that it was the first. I applied right away and was interviewed at a Smarbucks way over in Bothell. But I was willing to drive far if it meant escaping the elitism of the law firm.
From the look of the man, I could tell he was the owner of the grooming business, and he didn’t seem to care about his appearance too much. Actually, I took this to be a positive thing, because many times at other jobs I’ve been told I’m too casually dressed, and to class it up a bit more. But when you live in a big city and work for peanuts, how can you afford a wardrobe outside of Bold Navy? Does anyone else see the irony?
After a few frantic days of waiting to hear back from the owner of the grooming business, he finally called. I got the job! He wanted me to come as soon as possible. Wanting to be professional though, I worked my remaining two weeks before leaving the law firm. It is worth it to leave with grace in case you need a good reference! However, I didn’t take any bull from anyone. They can all suck an egg."
Is it a dream job... a doggy job... or a dodgy job? Does the law firm ever redeem itself? Does the wardrobe ever improve? You'll have to preorder your copy of GroomsDay to find out!
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