Interview with Cheryl Aguiar

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the small, New England town of Westport, Massachusetts. We lived in a neighborhood surrounded by pine groves and wetlands. I spent most of time as a child exploring the woods, learning about nature by playing near ponds and streams filled with Mothers Nature's creatures. I learned at an early age just how amazing nature can be and carried that with me to adulthood. My love for nature took a different turn when I found myself faced with the decision to help one of Mother Nature's fierce predators... the Great Horned Owl, a decision that changed my life forever. This experience opened doors I never knew existed. I found myself wanting to share this amazing story which lead me to writing my first book. The strong passion and respect that I learned growing up with nature, came through in my writing. Writing with passion allows you make your readers feel what you have felt. I want all my readers to feel my excitement, my sadness, my worries, my respect and most of all... my passion.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind my book is to share with my readers how truly amazing Mother Nature and her creatures can be. Experiences that can happen right in your own backyard. This story is about the rescue of an adorable pair of Great Horned Owl babies after tragedy leaves the family homeless. These frightened little owlets were left unprotected and stranded on the ground; unable to defend themselves from predators that roam the woods. After seeking advice from a wildlife specialist, my husband Jim and I attempted the dangerous task of relocating the owlets and provided the family with a new home. The adult Great Horned Owls, also known as raptors, with a reputation of being extremely aggressive, show a different side when faced with sudden adversity. In my book, a personal narrative, I share my emotions as I observe this family in the wild. I documented the details of the rescue, the emotional journey of the two owlets which I named Wisdom and Willow and the heartwarming outcome. A captivating story of love, trust, respect and the gift of gratitude.
I have always had a strong connection with wildlife and a great love for exploring nature. Through this experience, I have learned the struggles of survival, the amazing bond of a family and the gift of gratitude. What makes this story special is to see how animals and humans from two different walks of life can co-exist and discover that we are not so different after all. By trusting each other, working together and showing respect, this family of owls allowed me into their lives... now, they have become a part of mine. Together, we have proven the statement... Where There's a Will, There's a Way.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I chose to become an indie author because it best suits my lifestyle. I researched the pros and cons of both traditional publishing and self-publishing. My husband Jim and I both own businesses which take up the majority of our time. I wasn't sure I would be able to live up to demands of a traditional publisher while not letting my responsibility to my business suffer. The time and effort I put into writing, formatting, illustrating and editing my book was done after my normal work hours and weekends. Sometimes that can be hard. I knew that I had the ability to learn the procedures of creating a book, fine tuning it and getting it out to the readers. What I didn't know, was how rewarding putting all that time, effort, heart and soul would be. Not until you see your finished book and your first reader tells you how much they loved your story or when your first book store agrees to carry your title or better yet, Barnes & Noble is willing to give your book a chance. The gratification that comes along with being an indie author and knowing you did all of that yourself is indescribable. I now understand how much work and effort goes into self promoting for an indie author. If you chose to go indie instead of traditional, you will have to do most of the promoting yourself, but you are in control of how much or how little you do. The destiny lies within you and of course, the quality of your book. So, put your heart and soul into your project and like me, be proud to call yourself an Indie Author.
Published 2018-04-08.
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Books by This Author

Great Horned Owlets Rescue: Where There's a Will, There's a Way....
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 22,540. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Animals, Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
The captivating story of two Great Horned Owlets rescued after a fallen nest leaves the family homeless. These normally aggressive birds show a different side when faced with sudden adversity. In this personal narrative, Cheryl shares the details of the rescue, the emotional journey of the two adorable owlets which she names Wisdom and Willow, and the heartwarming outcome of a courageous rescue.