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. 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 (signed paperbacks)
  • ISBN 978-1946428004 ($11.99 paperback), ISBN 978-1946428035 ($19.99 hardback), ISBN 978-1946428011 ($5.99 e-book)
  • 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), terrisabol.com (signed hardbacks), Katy Budget Books (signed paperbacks)
  • ISBN 978-1946428042 ($11.99 paperback), 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), terrisabol.com (signed hardbacks), Katy Budget Books (signed paperbacks)
  • ISBN 978-1946428066 ($11.99 paperback), ISBN 978-1946428073 ($19.99 hardback)
  • 32 pages
  • Children’s Book/Animals/Travel

3. Promotional Info

Experience a natural disaster through the eyes of kittens, Oscar and Emmy, as you learn about the importance of natural disaster emergency preparation kits for animals. “Oscar and Emmy Weather a Hurricane” is inspired by the author’s personal encounter with Hurricane Harvey. From tornado alerts to mandatory evacuation, read how to keep your pets safe during emergencies. 
 
A must read for any family with pets, especially if you live in areas affected by natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, and/or earthquakes.

“Oscar and Emmy Weather a Hurricane” is inspired by author Terri Sabol’s 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. The book shows how to plan for and care for your pets during incidents like tornado alerts and evacuations. It also includes a detailed disaster kit list for pets, as well as Hurricane Harvey facts.

“Oscar and Emmy Weather a Hurricane”, inspired by author’s encounter with Hurricane Harvey, promotes the importance of natural disaster emergency preparation kits for animals. (175 characters)

“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. (213 characters)

“Oscar and Emmy Weather a Hurricane” promotes the importance of natural disaster emergency preparation kits for animals. (121 characters)

“Oscar and Emmy Weather a Hurricane” shows how to plan for and care for your pets during natural disasters and includes a detailed disaster kit list for pets. (158 characters)

4. Interview Resources

  1. 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 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, 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.

  • 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.

  • Are your books only for families with cats?

My books are great for anyone. 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.  

  • 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.

  • 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 the book?  

My paperbacks are available at Amazon (bit.ly/tsabol). If you are in the Houston area, you can get signed paperbacks at Katy Budget Books. 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 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.

6. Book Trailers

Oscar and Emmy Get Rescued Book Trailer

Oscar and Emmy Weather a Hurricane Book Trailer

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