1. Contact Information and Bio:

After earning her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education, Terri Sabol taught early elementary full-time for nearly a decade. Terri currently enjoys teaching summer camps at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, a position she started in 2006. Terri is now free to write full-time, visit schools, and travel during the school year. Her Oscar and Emmy series is inspired by the adoption of her two kittens after meeting them during a volunteer shift at a local shelter. She never runs out of material for books with these two cats. They even have their own Instagram account (@oscar_and_emmy). In addition to reading lots of books (including a weekly date at the library with her niece), Terri loves watching television and movies. This fun fact helped influence the naming of her cats, Oscar and Emmy, inspired by the Awards shows in Hollywood. An active member of SCBWI, Terri also has several books in the works outside of the Oscar and Emmy series, inspired by her community and her passions.  If you would like to know more about Terri’s latest book release, or to keep up with her happenings, head to her website (terrisabol.com) to sign up for her monthly newsletter.

2. Production Information:

Oscar and Emmy Get Rescued

  • Written by Terri Sabol; Illustrated by Anna Edwards
  • Publication date: December 8, 2016
  • Available at Amazon (paperback and e-book), terrisabol.com (signed hardbacks), Katy Budget Books and Wild Birds Unlimited – Cypress (signed paperbacks)
  • ISBN 978-1946428004 ($11.99 paperback)
  • ISBN 978-1946428011 ($5.99 e-book)
  • ISBN 978-1946428035 ($19.99 hardback)
  • 32 pages
  • Children’s Book/Animals

Oscar and Emmy Get Rescued/ Oscar y Emmy son rescatados.

  • Written by Terri Sabol; Illustrated by Anna Edwards
  • Publication date: October 27, 2017
  • Available at Amazon (paperback)
  • ISBN 978-1946428028 ($11.99 paperback)
  • 32 pages
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish)
  • Children’s Book/Animals

Oscar and Emmy Weather a Hurricane

  • Written by Terri Sabol; Illustrated by Natalie Merheb
  • Publication date: September 27, 2018
  • Available at Amazon (paperback and e-book), terrisabol.com (signed hardbacks), Katy Budget Books and Wild Birds Unlimited – Cypress (signed paperbacks)
  • ISBN 978-1946428042 ($11.99 paperback)
  • ISBN 978-1946428080 ($5.99 e-book)
  • ISBN 978-1946428059 ($19.99 hardback)
  • 32 pages
  • Children’s Book/Animals/Weather

Oscar and Emmy Visit Grandma

  • Written by Terri Sabol; Illustrated by Natalie Merheb
  • Publication date: September 2, 2019
  • Available at Amazon (paperback and e-book), terrisabol.com (signed hardbacks), Katy Budget Books and Wild Birds Unlimited – Cypress (signed paperbacks)
  • ISBN 978-1946428066 ($11.99 paperback)
  • ISBN 978-1946428097 ($5.99 e-book)
  • ISBN 978-1946428073 ($19.99 hardback)
  • 32 pages
  • Children’s Book/Animals/Travel

Oscar and Emmy Visit the Vet

  • Written by Terri Sabol; Illustrated by Roksana Oslizlo
  • Publication date: June 2, 2020
  • Available at Amazon (paperback and e-book)
  • ISBN 978-1946428103 ($11.99 paperback)
  • ISBN 978-1946428110 ($5.99 e-book)
  • ISBN 978-1946428127 ($19.99 hardback)
  • 32 pages
  • Children’s Book/Animals/Cat Care

Oscar and Emmy’s First Christmas

  • Written by Terri Sabol; Illustrated by Roksana Oslizlo
  • Publication date: Fall 2020
  • Will be available at Amazon (paperback and e-book)
  • ISBN 978-1946428165 ($11.99 paperback)
  • ISBN 978-1946428172 ($5.99 e-book)
  • ISBN 978-1946428189 ($19.99 hardback)
  • 32 pages
  • Children’s Book/Animals/Christmas

Green With Envy

  • Written by Terri Sabol; Illustrated by Pei Jen
  • Publication date: July 20, 2020
  • Available at Amazon (paperback and e-book)
  • ISBN 978-1946428134 ($11.99 paperback)
  • ISBN 978-1946428141 ($5.99 e-book)
  • ISBN 978-1946428158 ($19.99 hardback)
  • 32 pages
  • Children’s Book/Social Skills/Peer Pressure

3. Promotional Info

Oscar and Emmy Get Rescued

Oscar and Emmy Get Rescued educates children and adults on the rescue process and promotes pet adoption. It is inspired by the author’s true adoption story of her own two kittens after meeting them while volunteering at the animal shelter. 

Oscar and Emmy Weather a Hurricane

Oscar and Emmy Weather a Hurricane, inspired by author’s encounter with Hurricane Harvey, shows how to plan for and care for your pets during natural disasters and includes a detailed disaster kit list for pets.

Oscar and Emmy Visit Grandma

Oscar and Emmy Visit Grandma is a must-read for pet parents and pet sitters alike. It focuses on the fun of spoiling animals and gives guidance to those not used to the everyday care of animals.

Oscar and Emmy Visit the Vet

In Oscar and Emmy Visit the Vet, you will learn about regular check ups for your pets through the eyes of children and what you can do at home in between vet visits to help keep your fur babies healthy. The infographics in the back of the book teach about dental care, nail trimming, vaccinations, and hairball prevention.

Green With Envy

In Green With Envy, Blade is jealous of his cousin Augustine’s beautiful green color and location in the yard. Blade tries to make the most of what he has, but finally can’t take it any longer and moves to Augustine’s side of the yard. After soaking it all in, something happens that makes Blade realize his old life wasn’t as bad as he thought.

4. Interview Sample Questions

  • Why did you write “Oscar and Emmy Weather a Hurricane”?

“Oscar and Emmy Weather a Hurricane” is inspired by my personal encounter with Hurricane Harvey and promotes the importance of natural disaster emergency preparation kits for animals. This applies to anyone living in areas affected by natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, and/or earthquakes. I show how to plan for and care for your pets during incidents like tornado alerts and evacuations. This book includes a detailed disaster kit list for pets, as well as Hurricane Harvey facts.

  • How did your cats inspire you to write the Oscar and Emmy Series?

As any fur mom knows, I think my cats are too adorable not to share with the world. Instead of making them fluffy books or have the cats talk, I wanted to have an educational point to each one with added humor weaved in the text and illustrations. Also, as a way to honor my husband’s and my favorite past pets, I have named our children in the book after them. Abby is named after the cat I rescued and had for 18 years before I adopted Oscar and Emmy, and Charlie is named after my husband’s favorite German Shepherd growing up, Chuck. This series is in the informational fiction genre. Inspired by real life, filled with facts and back matter, but fictionalized to fit into 32 pages.

  • In your first book, “Oscar and Emmy Get Rescued”, you talk about the importance of spay and neuter, as well as wearing collars and getting microchipped. Why do you feel passionate about those issues?

In my author visits to schools, I tell them it is my family’s choice to keep my two cats as indoor only cats. Then I ask them if they need to wear collars (about half say no) or if they ever need to be microchipped (the majority says no). Then I tell them a story that explains how my indoor cats escaped without anyone knowing for several hours.

  • Is your Oscar and Emmy Series only for families with cats?

This series is great for anyone, especially animal lovers. In my author visits, I talk about dogs and cats interchangeably when talking about pet issues. These are also great topics to discuss before you get a pet. I’ve had a few families tell me they love reading my books because they can’t get a cat due to a cat allergy in the house, but their child loves cats.  One Amazon reviewer gave my book 5 stars and said “I’m not a cat person, but this story was cute.”

  • Tell us about your books outside of the Oscar and Emmy Series.         

“Green With Envy” is my first book outside of the Oscar and Emmy Series. I love it for so many reasons. You are really rooting for the main character, who is filled with so much perseverance. There is also humor, lots of puns, a twist at the end, and beautiful illustrations by the talented Pei Jen.

  • When do you write? Is it easier to write in the morning or at night?        

I am definitely a night owl. It’s even my nickname. I can naturally stay up pretty late, which means I can’t get up too early. But I find there are a lot less distractions at night, so I’m a lot more productive. My publishing company is even named Burning the Midnight Oil Publishing since most of my work is done after midnight.

  • Who’s your favorite author?

I always have a hard time picking a favorite anything (even a color, song, or food because I like so much). If you follow me on Twitter, I do a fun regular post where I put a picture of my favorite children’s books I read that week. I read 10-15 books every week and usually highlight one to three books.

  • Where can we buy your books?  

My paperbacks and eBooks are available at Amazon (bit.ly/tsabol). If you are in the Houston area, you can get signed paperbacks at Katy Budget Books and Wild Birds Unlimited – Cypress. You can buy signed and personalized hardbacks from my website (terrisabol.com/shop). There’s even a gift wrap option, if you want to gift the book to a friend, teacher, or librarian.

5. Media Reactions

There has been a lot of local press about my books, including cover and feature articles. The publications include West Fort Bend Living Magazine, Pecan Grove Monthly, Greatwood Monthly, Fulshear Living, Fort Bend Lifestyles & Homes, Katy- Fulshear Lifestyles & Homes, Fort Bend Herald Newspaper, Fort Bend Focus Magazine, Fort Bend Independent Newspaper, and Sugar Land Sun-Katy Rancher Newspaper.

See the covers below for more details.

David Paul, the chief meteorologist for the CBS affiliate in Houston (KHOU), read Oscar and Emmy Weather a Hurricane live on the KHOU Facebook page in June 2019.

6. Book Trailers

Oscar and Emmy Get Rescued Book Trailer

Oscar and Emmy Weather a Hurricane Book Trailer

Oscar and Emmy Visit Grandma Book Trailer

Oscar and Emmy Visit the Vet Book Trailer

Green With Envy Book Trailer

Media Kit: If Press needs the media kit in .doc or .pdf form, please email info@terrisabol.com. Thank you.

Pecan Grove Monthly Magazine November 2020

West Fort Bend Living Magazine February 2019

http://www.fbherald.com/west-fort-bend-living-february/pdf_af1778da-24f4-11e9-8578-2b67eed6c9c9.html

Pecan Grove Monthly December 2018

http://www.fbherald.com/pecan-grove-monthly-december/pdf_cd6c8ad2-f718-11e8-8c7e-eb928e54cd5c.html

Greatwood Monthly December 2018

http://www.fbherald.com/greatwood-monthly-december/pdf_9132454e-f712-11e8-a485-e7bcb2a959e5.html

Fulshear Living November 2018

http://katytimes.com/special/fulshear_living/page_19502d9a-41d3-53e1-94a6-827f4689c0cc.html

http://www.fbherald.com/fulshear-living-november/pdf_a5c8e8fa-ddcc-11e8-9dca-436e944423d9.html

Fort Bend Lifestyles & Homes June 2017

Pecan Grove Monthly February 2017

http://www.fbherald.com/pecan-grove-monthly-february/pdf_158ec67c-e87a-11e6-b601-8712804db4b7.html

Greatwood Monthly February 2017

http://www.fbherald.com/greatwood-monthly-february/pdf_9130fb8e-e879-11e6-b80c-bb0d76a2c30f.html

Katy Lifestyles & Homes February 2017 (press release for book launch)

Fort Bend Herald Newspaper June 12, 2017

Other Press mentions of book(s)


Fort Bend Focus Magazine March 2017

Fort Bend Independent Newspaper January 25, 2017

Sugar Land Sun-Katy Rancher Newspaper January 25, 2017