A degu – in case you don’t know – is a small and furry rodent. They’re about the size of your average pet rat, but with tails that are sort of furry. They’re close relatives of guinea pigs, and have similar care needs to chinchillas.
At one time I had five of them: A female named Luna, and a group of four males named Jacob, Jasper, Jenks, and Joshua. Now only Joshua remains.
I have yet to write the story I planned to write for Luna. Perhaps, one day, I will, even though she crossed the rainbow bridge more than three years ago.
My four boys have appeared in a couple of books though, in particular my “Degu Days” books, which are a duology detailing two days in their lives, told as if from Jenks’ point of view. There’s also “How To Trust Your Human” – the story of my attempts to regain the trust of our remaining degu, Joshua, written from his point of view under the name “Buddy” – which regular readers of this blog may remember me mentioning when it was released in early July 2017. All three are semi-fictionalized accounts of real events in my boys’ lives.
There’s a fourth degu book too. It’s called “Degu’s Day Out” and is a completely fictional story inspired by an escape attempt made by one of my degus. The main character of the story is called Oscar, and was named after Luna’s real life brother. We never owned him, but his was the first name that came to mind when I was thinking of a name for a degu that wasn’t my own.
You can read all four of them as eBooks or paperbacks, and now – thanks to narrator James Watkins – you can also listen to them in audio.
James had originally auditioned for my “Toby’s Tales” series. However, I immediately thought of my degu books while listening to his audition, so offered him the contracts for those instead. I’m glad I did, because he’s done a great job in bringing my degu stories to life, and I’ve enjoyed working with him. If you buy copies of the audiobooks, I hope you’ll enjoy the listening experience as much as I have. In fact, I’m so confident you will that I’m giving away some free copies via Audible. If you’re interested, pop over to my blog and check out my post from Sunday October 22nd for more details.
Regardless of the format you’d prefer though, if you’d like to grab copies and explore the world from the point of view of a small and furry rodent, here are the main places where you can buy the books:
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Victoria Zigler is a blind poet and children’s author who was born and raised in the Black Mountains of Wales, UK, and is now living on the South-East coast of England, UK.
Victoria – or Tori, if you prefer – has been writing since she knew how, has a very vivid imagination, and spends a lot of time in fictional worlds; some created by her, others created by other authors.
When she remembers to spend some time in the real world, it’s mostly to spend time with her hubby and pets, though sometimes to indulge in other interests that capture her attention from time to time, such as doing crafts, listening to music, watching movies, playing the odd figure game or roleplaying game, and doing a little cooking and baking.
To date she has published 8 poetry books and more than 40 children’s books, with more planned for the near future.
She’s also contributed a story to the sci-fi and fantasy anthology Wyrd Worlds II.
About the narrator:
Canadian born James Watkins spent a number of years wandering extensively, studying and working at a variety of exciting things, including surveying in the Yukon, fighting forest fires in the boreal of northern Ontario, sailing on the merchant schooner Avontuur through the Caribean, working as a singing cowboy, and teaching in Central America, to name a few, until finally settling in San Diego, California in 2011. He loves good music, good stories, good writing, fresh air, animals, and a healthy balance between action and quiet time.
Working from his home studio, James offers a full suite of services – from voice over production and scripting, to sound design with music and effects.
James currently has a podcast in production together with SC Watkins, that will feature original spooky stories, set to launch in late October, 2017. You can check it out at http://thebonefire.com/
If you’d like to contact James, he can be reached at jameswatkinsvo (AT) outlook (DOT) com