Beach resident Michelle Da Silva is the creator of The Pet Library book series. Photo: Submitted.
By JESSE GAULT
Beach writer Michelle Da Silva is the creator of The Pet Library fictional book series.
The series includes Grand Opening, released in August 2020, then A Hare Raising Tale and also Something Fishy. The stories document the dramatic adventures of young Audrey Plum.
âI wanted to write about a little girl who desperately wanted a pet but whose parents didn’t like animals,â Da Silva said.
âWhen Audrey learns of the zoothÃ¨que opening, she is convinced it is the answer to her pet problems. She’s messy, goofy, and adorable and I think it shows in her huge eyes and wide, sideways smile.
Da Silva was inspired to write Grand Opening by her own desire to bring a dog or cat to her family.
âI thought how great it would be if we could borrow someone’s dog to see if it was the right fit for us. Then I remembered that a friend had told me years ago about a place she had read in another country where you could borrow a pet to “try it out.” This is how I found my inspiration for the first story, Grand Opening, âshe said.
âThe biggest challenge in writing the stories was just writing the stories.
Being locked up, I entered Audrey’s world, seeking to escape all the madness that was happening outside my door, across the world. Suddenly, as I was rewriting, I discovered greater humor and joy in the stories which I’m not sure were also evident in previous versions.
Da Silva said this is an aspect of the stories appreciated by readers.
âI have received a few letters from young readers who have told me that they like stories because they are funny and make them laugh,â she said.
Da Silva also wrote an article that appeared in CityParent magazine, talking about the inspiration and writing process for the series. In November, the magazine held an Instagram pet photo contest. The winner will have their pet photo in the January issue of CityParent as well as an autographed set of The Pet Library books.
âWild Thing will be the fourth volume in the series. Its publication is scheduled for April 2022, âsaid Da Silva.
“I don’t want to say too much, but Wild Thing features two very atypical enemies that we read in storybooks and have seen on television for decades, a cat and a mouse.”
The Pet Library series is available at https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/ and https://www.amazon.ca/