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Hello, my name is Wes McCloud, author and illustrator. Hmmm, where do I start, well I was born Oct. 23, 1980, in Newark, Ohio, the same town which I still reside this very day. I have always had an over-active imagination ever since I was little, which no doubt led me down the path to be a fiction writer. My love for writing spawned at an early age. I remember absolutely loving when teachers would give us fiction writing assignments, especially when you were able to illustrate them. I read lots of fiction novels through my elementary and middle-school years, but it was not until my freshman year of high school that I decided to start writing my very first novel, "Kentucky Moon". The very act of writing a novel was intoxicating to me. There is nothing quite like it. The characters, the settings, the heroes and the villains...the culmination of all the events you envisioned coming to life within your mind, creating an alternate reality that you feel with all five senses. And by the time the words "The End" are written upon the last page, you swear that you had lived through every breath of every character within. It is pure magic, and nothing can duplicate its enigmatic polarity upon the heart, mind, and soul. And I must say, from the first day I laid pencil to paper on that very first book, I have been in love with novel writing ever since.


Authored by Wes McCloud

Deep in the heart of Louisiana, one special dog is on a mission.....a mission to find a new home. Meet Jasper, a Catahoula Leopard dog with a big heart, and big determination. After his sole owner passes away, Jasper finds himself on the road, trying to find his place in life. The Catahoula ends up at a lonely roadside grocery called Big MaMa B's Stop n' Shop, nestled in the dense swamplands. There he discovers Katie, a young girl who instantly falls in love with him, and Jasper's feeling is more than mutual. But there is one problem....Katie's mother thinks the Catahoula belongs to someone else because of the locket his former owner placed around his neck. Soon, against Katie's heart filled wishes, she and her mother leave Jasper behind. After their departure, Jasper finds a red handkerchief lying in the parking lot with a familiar name written upon it - "Katie" The Catahoula takes it up in his mouth and vows to find her again and prove to her mother that he "is" a stray. Problem number will he ever do that? Jasper soon befriends a frog named Artemus sitting along the back edge of the parking lot by the swamp. He is a bit of a strange one, but when he finds out Jasper's predicament, he offers a solution....visit the Swamp Gypsy, an old woman who supposedly lives deep in the swamp and knows all things. Jasper is doubtful, but determined. From here the story takes you on Jasper and Art's wild journey through the "Great Crawdaddy Swamp" where they meet new faces, get lost, battle with danger, and begin to unlock the mysteries behind Jasper's mystical cypress locket. Join them on their adventure as they keep their heads fixed to the most important thing...find the Gypsy...for with the Gypsy lies Jasper's last hope to find Katie again.

Publication Date:
1483954730 / 9781483954738
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / Action & Adventure

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