By Lauren Quintanilla
Noblesville book author, Kristen Mott, recently published the second book in the Odie the Stray Kitten book series, Odie’s Best Friend and is having a book launch party to celebrate at The Wild Bookstore, 884 Logan St.
“I feel very blessed to be able to do what I have always wanted to do and to do what I love – write children’s books. I am excited to have published two books so far and I am happy with that accomplishment, but I want to make it a lifelong career,” Mott said.
Mott has teamed up with Peggy Clark, the owner of The Wild Bookstore to make this event happen.
“Peggy has been wonderful to work with, and she is very willing to help me out as an independent author,” Mott said.
The party is 1 to 3 p.m. June 21 and will include a book reading done by Mott at 2 p.m., a writing workshop taught by Mott’s husband who is a fourth-grade teacher, and coloring pages of the original illustrations from the book. There also will be raffle prizes up for grabs, including plush cats that look like Odie and Bandit and free ebook downloads of both books.
Mott’s first book, Odie the Stray Kitten, will be available for $12.99 and Odie’s Best Friend will be available for $9.99. She will be signing purchased copies of both books during the event.
The first book in the series, Odie the stray kitten, is a heartwarming story about a stray kitten finding a loving place to call home. The second book gives more details about Bandit, the other cat who lives on the farm.
“Odie’s Best Friend is the story of how our other cat Bandit came to live on our farm. Odie the Stray Kitten explained Odie’s journey from his perspective, so I wanted to do the same for Bandit since he is such an integral character in Odie’s life,” said Mott.
Mott is currently working on the third book in the series and hopes to have it available by 2015.
Odie’s Best Friend is available online at Amazon.com and is available in all ebook formats.
• Mott graduated from IU with a journalism degree in 2008.
• Her first book won the Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval and 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Award.
• The inspiration for both books in the series is based on real life events.