WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Teddy the Dog: Be Your Own Dog hit bookshelves last May and book two, Teddy the Dog: (Almost) Best in Show is planned for late winter 2017 with book three following in 2018. But Teddy is just the begin- ning for Keri. She is now working on several other manuscripts rang- ing from picture books to chapter books with fun characters at their core, of course. When asked where she gets her inspiration, Keri says, "Family, friends, and life in general. There's so much about human nature that's downright hilarious." In fact, one of her daughters came up with the name "Fishbreath" for the cat who's Teddy's archenemy in book one. But writing books can be more challenging than writing one-liners for Teddy. "There are definitely days that I stare at the blank page and nothing comes to me while other times it just spills out," she said. "The book writing door was opened for me, and now I have the confidence that I can really do this." When Keri is not writing, she volunteers her time as a board mem- ber of the organization Next Step and coaches their Boston Marathon team. "Next Step provides programming and services to teens and young adults living with life threatening illnesses. These young people often have had support as children, but because they've spent most of their early years in hospitals and/or managing their illnesses, they struggle with entry into adult life. And it's basic, day-to-day stuff like creating a resume, finding housing or a job, or taking over the man- agement of their own health care. She's also been an active member of the PTO at Hardy Elementary School, and a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Although she doesn't race anymore, she continues to run regularly, which helps clear her head and spark new ideas. Says Keri, "I know it sounds a bit strange, but I spend a lot of time talking to my characters while I run and swim. I wrote most of the second Teddy the Dog book in my head while run- ning up and down Weston Road." As hardworking and dedicated as Keri is, she doesn't believe that raw luck is always enough. Instead, she believes that overcoming the discomfort of putting yourself out there will help you pounce on those rare life-changing opportunities when they arise. She also believes that a good laugh is life's best medicine. books "a good laugh is life's best medicine" 184 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 6 Michelle O'Brien, television personality Marcus Lemonis, and Keri Claiborne Boyle in New York City TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT TEDDY THE DOG, visit www.teddythedog.com or follow him on Facebook and Instagram. C O U R T E S Y O F K E R I C L A I B O R N E B O Y L E

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