Barbara Techel


Barbara Techel is the award-winning author of the Frankie the Walk ‘N Roll Dog book series. She has shared her story of hope and inspiration about her dachshund, Frankie, who is in a wheelchair, with thousands of children and adults since 2007. To date they have made over 300 appearances in Wisconsin and many more via Skype to classrooms across the US and Canada. Barbara is also a speaker and publisher. Barbara and Frankie are avid volunteers as a therapy dog team. They routinely visit a local hospice community, hospital and senior assisted living facility, where they “walk their talk” about the inspirational nature of perseverance in the face of challenge.

Since before her first book was published, Barbara has worked tirelessly to promote her books and the positive message they embody. She has garnered coverage for her story from local, regional and national media through these efforts, and continues to develop and refine her marketing message and approach. CLASS ACT is her first book about what she’s learned, but not likely her last.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I've always enjoyed writing since middle school. Though I didn't really take it seriously until I was in my early 40s. It was during a time I was seeking more purpose and meaning in my life that I made the choice to share my writing with others.
What inspired you to write " Wisdom Found in the Pause?"
I really had no idea I was going to write another book after my first memoir, Through Frankie’s Eyes. In fact, I wasn’t even sure I’d ever write anything again after my dear Joie passed away in late summer 2013. All I knew was that I was feeling empty, sad, and without a sense of direction, and for a while all I wanted to do was wallow in it. This felt incredibly odd after having been riding high on a purpose that had been so integral to my life for many years.

What transpired during a sabbatical I hesitantly took was a deeper wisdom that I gained about what purpose really is. I think many spend a great amount of time throughout their lives wondering what their calling or purpose is (and I did too!), but the truth of it was revealed to me during a time of transition – that we are here to be happy – that this is the purpose – and that it’s really not attached to some achievement or material possession.

Animals have served as some pretty amazing teachers for me. But little did I know I’d be profoundly affected like I was after the death of Joie. I learned the value of slowing down and by allowing my inner voice, and what I call heart whispers, to feel safe my thoughts I’d been struggling with were able to rise to the surface. And by doing so, I was granted a deeper level of peace and nuggets of wisdom I don’t know if I’d have found otherwise.

I was inspired to write Wisdom Found in the Pause because one, it was a way in which I could honor the gift Joie gave me, and two, I continue to enjoy encouraging others to search for what it is that matters to them, and to hone in on their own inner voice, so that they too can walk the path that is right for them, and not necessarily what society deems as so.
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Where to find Barbara Techel online

Where to buy in print


Wisdom Found In The Pause - Joie's Gift
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 61,070. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
In what has become Techel’s trademark, Wisdom Found in the Pause shares the profound life lessons we can learn from animals. Wisdom Found in the Pause is the story of Joie, another paralyzed dachshund, who would serve as Barbara’s teacher, friend, and ultimately angel. Joie’s unexpected death would remind Barbara that the only way to really change our lives is from within.
Through Frankie's Eyes: One woman's journey to her authentic self, and the dog on wheels who led the way
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 60,380. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
If your authentic self has disappeared beneath a burden of should haves or could haves—pleasing everyone but yourself, worrying about everything that's out of your control while ignoring what only you can change, settling for less than you know you can be—this is such a book.
Class Act: Sell More Books Through School and Library Author Appearances
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 25,560. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Marketing
Class Actis the definitive guide to promoting your message and selling books to schools and libraries. And it's not just for children's book authors: It's the ultimate how-to manual for authors of any title of interest to these audiences, detailing how to spread your message, get recognized as an expert speaker, book speaking gigs, and ultimately, sell more books.

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