I finally published Pet Purpose: Your Unspoken Voice. Sold a dozen copies online via Amazon from social media interest. Not a huge number, but got to start somewhere, right? Pet Purpose is a pet-themed semi-autobiographical novel with a character who is navigating love and loss with bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). So a character who shares my diagnoses.
I screenshot some initial reactions/responses from 3 readers giving feedback from Twitter. Even though they tweeted publicly, I cropped out their details:
I find it quite incredible that although I wrote and uploaded Pet Purpose to Amazon from New Zealand, that purchases have been made from Amazon US, UK, Canada and Australia marketplaces. The first ever print copy (print-on-demand) went to a reader in the US, before my author copies have arrived.
I do appreciate any publicity for Pet Purpose, as it has been a very challenging project for me and I am on a low income and budget. Leaving a review on Amazon is very much appreciated. Pet Purpose is available on Amazon in e-book and paperback formats. The cover is one of my paintings, Snowball, a character in the story.
Pet Purpose Synopsis
Heni is a 'rescuer' - she tries to rescue pets and men. That's where the cliché ends. Nothing is predictable with bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Heni's dream is to be a veterinarian. She wants to save pets but can she save herself? She suppresses intense, painful emotions from sexual abuse trauma. What happens when she can no longer avoid triggers and suppress emotions?
Pet Purpose is set Down Under (Australia and New Zealand). Heni avoids dating but then falls in love. But this is not your fluffy, saccharine romance story. Pet Purpose is intense, passionate and dramatic, with many layers.
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Buy Pet Purpose as paperback. (Amazon)
Xanthe finds creative expression including writing and painting to be therapeutic and helps her to manage her diagnoses of bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).