Greenville native, resident and grandmother, Jean Hunt never considered writing a book until a black and white cat began waiting for her each evening at her cottage near the coast.
Hunt’s Inspiration to Write Books for Children
A life long lover of animals, Hunt couldn’t resist the daily greeting from a fluffy cat with a bushy tail. She adopted the cat, named him Bogey and soon started writing stories based on his personality and interactions with other wildlife. The humorous stories developed into first one children’s novel and then a second.
Hunt’s first book, Cat Tails & Spooky Trails (United Writer’s Press, 2009), introduces Bogey through the eyes of a young girl who loves dogs, not cats! Local Greenvillian artist Caroline Lott illustrated the book cover scene of marsh, live oak and draping Spanish moss as well as art and scene images that layer a visual theme of nature throughout the book’s pages.
Hunt couldn’t stop writing about Bogey’s outdoor adventures and authored a sequel, Waggin’ Tails & Moonlit Trails (United Writer’s Press) in 2010. In the second book, the young girl brings her Labrador Retreiver to meet Bogey and his forest friends, a raccoon, two squirrels and a frog. For the second book, Caroline Lott created cover art sprinkled with glowing lightning bugs and firefly lantern scene of a backyard campout.
Hunt’s Books Benefit Children and Animals
“My goals in writing the books are to encourage children to love nature and animals, to respect the environment and for children to understand the fun and responsibilities of owning a pet,” Hunt told Examiner. But children aren’t the only creatures benefitting from Hunt’s novels.
Hunt donates the profits from both books to organizations that benefit animals and wildlife. Also children aren’t the only ones reading Hunt’s books. Jean Hunt often speaks about her books at schools and at church and civic group meetings and as one introducer said about her first novel, “This is a children’s book that is also enjoyed by adults.”
Parents, grandparents, teachers and relatives can purchase Hunt’s children’s books at the following Greenville locations:
- Fiction Addiction, 1020A Woodruff Road, Greenville, SC
- O. P. Taylor’s, 117 North Main Street, Greenville, SC
- other locations listed on Jean Hunt’s website
Get more information about Jean Hunt and her books at JeanHuntBooks.com.