Maryann Tobin is a lifelong animal rights activist and has been writing about animals since 2009. Her articles have appeared in the Tampa Tribune's Hernando Today, as well as on numerous websites. She has also written extensively about environmental issues and politics and was the winner of the 2012 Allvoices American Pundit Award for her reporting on the 2012 elections. In 2011, she appeared on The History Channel in Brad Meltzer's "Decoded" series.
What is your writing process?
It depends on what I'm writing. If it's a news or feature article, I start with the headline, then the body. If I need a quote I either call someone relevant to the article or find one online. With books, I find that using an outline is imperative. Then I write the first and last chapter and fill in the rest, making changes to the ending if the story has evolved enough to warrant it.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was for a small newspaper at Belmont Park racetrack called "The Backstretch Bugle."
This heartwarming story is told through the eyes of an animal spirit that has been sent back to earth in the body of a small dog. His mission is to help a young woman discover that their destines are connected to the powers of the Spirit World far more than either of them ever imagined. If you’ve ever shared your life with a dog or any other animal, you will never look at them the same way