Robyn’s puppy book love
ROBYN Osborne has been writing since she was a child.
Now, her fifth book, Midget Bone's Diary, has been launched as an e-book, with a print version available soon, published by NSW-based Puppy Care Education.
Robyn's first book, D.O.G., was published by Macmillan in 2005.
"It's exciting seeing your work in print," the school teacher said.
The second book was a novel, Dog Logic, published in 2010 - written from a dog's perspective.
Its "author" - a blue cattle dog cross, Sox - penned the "pooch's guide to dogs behaving badly", with tips from Bark Busters included.
Two children's books were launched this year at the Gympie library, Going Fishing and Going Camping - both humorous takes on what can go wrong when a family decides to go fishing and camping.
Midget Bone's Diary is another novel written by one of Robyn's dogs, this time Snowy.
Robyn says it's a "quirky memoir", and although both Sox and Snowy have moved on to "the Rainbow Bridge", Sox, the philosophical dog, has retained his Facebook page.
But there is fodder for future books, as taking up residence in the Osborne household now is Jack, a 10-year-old fox terrier, which, like Snowy and Sox, was a rescue dog, passed by for adoption because of his age.
"He is the perfect pet," says Robyn.
Robyn has plenty of other stories in the pipeline, with the next to be published, "probably another novel".
Robyn attended Yandina State School, then Nambour State High School (where both Wayne Swan and Kevin Rudd were pupils), and left school to work at the Commonwealth Employment Service in Nambour and Gympie.
She was a late starter to teaching, heading to uni when she was "about 40", and today teaches special needs at five different local schools.
Her writing fits in around her work and home life.
"Writing is an addiction," Robyn says. "You have to have the talent, but you also have to have a thick skin, to cope with the many rejections from publishers. For example, D.O.G. was rejected by about 10 publishers before Macmillan accepted it.
"And you really have to promote yourself, both before and after publication, to get your name out there."
Robyn is quick to add that you don't do it for the money either.
Her books are available from the website.