James Mikel Wilson

Biography

James Mikel Wilson resides in Houston, Texas. He has been happily married for forty-seven years and has a son, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren in Manhattan, for whom "Paw Tracks Here and Abroad" was written. Jim's wisdom and insights were gained over the sixty-five years in which he owned six dogs. Those dogs and the many others he knew through his friends enabled him to write this story with sensitivity, humor, and appreciation for the unique role dogs play in the lives of humans. Jim and his family are proud supporters of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals©.

During Jim's forty-two years with Caterpillar, Inc., he traveled throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. His appreciations for geography, history, and adventure are incorporated into this book and another, "Churchill and Roosevelt: The Big Sleepover at the White House," which is still in development.

Smashwords Interview

Why did you decide to write Paw Tracks Here and Abroad: A Dog's Tale
My career with Caterpillar necessitated many moves. When Snickers, the heroine of the story, reached twenty years old, the thought occurred that I could write a diary about our joint adventures moving around the country and overseas.

I hoped the diary might serve two purposes--to provide a family memory book of raising our son in a variety of geographic locations and to give our grandchildren a window into the past to know and see their father and grandparents differently.

Family and friends convinced me to transform the diary into a book. The shift of focus created an opportunity to address the joys of adopting pets, moving with them, marvelling at their adaptability, and creating a learning moment about geriatric animals.
What do you hope readers learn from Snickers?
I hope the book facilitates discussions about the joys of adopting a pet, the responsibilities of caring for a pet, the many ways in which we learn from animals, and how these relationships touch our human experiences and emotions. I wanted to convey these topics in a manner that pet lovers of any age could relate to and enjoy.

My editor, Meghan challenged me to find Snickers' point of view. What did Snickers want us to know, and what was she thinking and feeling? And, Tod, my illustrator, captured her big heart and equally big personality through twenty wonderful drawings.
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Books

Paw Tracks Here and Abroad: A Dog's Tale
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 27,090. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Specialties & interests
Paw Tracks Here and Abroad chronicles the adventures of an adopted dog with a strong will to survive. Over 22 long years, Snickers moves across the country and halfway across the world, makes new friends, engages in bizarre behaviors, and experiences the thrill of other cultures. This story, told from a dog’s-eye view, is for children ages 6 to 96.

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