Author - Sheila Duncan - www.troublethedog.net
Book - Here's Trouble!
Genre - Picture Book
Road to Publishing - I self published because I was working at the time with an outstanding
illustrator, Annette Nicolas and a fabulous printer, Jerry DiFazio of
Daily Printing. Initially, I thought of going the traditional route; but
after a meeting with a Random House executive, I realized my message of
hope might be better received by the masses than the publishing houses.
She absolutely loved the concept but felt at the time it might be a
little out of the box for old school children’s publishers. So I forged
ahead and got it done on my own.
Book Synopsis - When
Sheila Duncan’s niece was 12, she found herself surrounded by
adversity. The family experienced three cancer losses in a very short
time. This devoted aunt then suggested they sit down together and write a
book about it. The result was the creation of a gutsy, huggable,
inspiring dog named - Trouble. As the book begins, Trouble finds himself
abandoned on the streets of New York City with his siblings in a box.
The story is about hope and resilience and how you can never give up.
Trouble is eventually adopted by a kindly grandmother and he then makes
sure two other pups in need are adopted as well. The ending is a happy
one with this very unusual family curled up, warm and safe, with the
words “hope … believe and dream” written in stars in the night sky.
There are slogans that accompany Trouble The Dog which are so important
for children in today’s world. They are “Where There’s Trouble, There’s
Hope”; “When Trouble Comes, You’re Never Alone”; "Trouble Can Help With
What's Troubling You".
More About Trouble - Trouble The Dog has gone from the drawing of a child trying to help
other kids going through tough times to a global symbol of hope. The
book was such a success that a Trouble plush toy was created, along with
Trouble-inspired jewelry, and T-shirts and quite possibly, an animated
children's television series. Quite simply - Trouble helps kids deal
with things that are troubling them.
Author Sheila Duncan spends countless hours reading the Trouble story
and donating Trouble plush dogs and books. She has been warmly received
when presenting Trouble The Dog to families affected by overwhelming
circumstances – including victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, the
tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut and the Haiti earthquake.
She has generously given Trouble toys and books to families at
children's hospitals, residents of nursing homes, VA Hospitals and over a
hundred plush Trouble dogs and books were given to the Shriner's
Hospital For Children and the Children's Miracle Network. Sheila is
constantly on the go - performing readings, guest speaker engagements,
author signings and visiting children at hospitals across the country.
Sheila and the character she created, Trouble The Dog have been featured
on CNN’s American Journey, The USA Love List, Magic 106.7’s Exceptional
Women Entrepreneurs, MSNBCs Your Business as a Socially Conscious toy;
North Shore Magazine’s Top Women Entrepreneurs, a Finalist in Martha
Stewart's “Made in America”, and Success Magazine’s “Seniorprenerus”
It is Sheila’s mission to brand Trouble The Dog as a global children’s character, giving hope to kids around the world.
Disclosure - The questions were answered by the spotlight person in
conjunction with my new feature. I have not read the books. I
received nothing for this post.