Valley View,, OH (PressExposure) May 18, 2011 -- The new author was inspired to write the story while dealing with a personal experience involving her dog, Louis, who needed weekly chemotherapy treatments. "During Louis' treatments I met many parents who talked about having to explain the eventual death of a pet to their children. I wanted to create a positive and comforting way to help them explain this difficult life experience," Chicatelli said.
"I love to write, and as an attorney, I do it all the time," said the former corporate executive, assistant prosecuting attorney and law firm partner. "But, I wanted to challenge myself, explore creative writing, and publish a children's book."
Bailey's Heartstrings is a story about a dog that wakes up and finds herself in a beautiful meadow filled with flowers, a bubbling stream and a rainbow that never goes away. The animal is no longer sick and can run and play with many other dogs.
Readers will join Bailey as she travels from the Rainbow Meadow back to visit her human family in order to bring them wonderful surprises that cheer them up in her absence. Bailey also helps her family find a new dog in an animal shelter.
A portion of the proceeds from Bailey's Heartstrings, published in May by Halo Publishing International, will be donated to animal rescue, a cause Chicatelli works for constantly. The author hopes to raise money and awareness for animal rescue so that people will know the many ways, other than adoption and donations, that they can help pets affected by disasters and other compromising situations, she said.
Chicatelli has her own law practice in Akron, Ohio and concentrates in Family Law. She dedicates a substantial portion of her practice to the representation of survivors of violent crimes and sexual assault, many of whom are children. For nearly a decade, she has consistently ranked as one of the top three Ohio attorneys assisting survivors.
She also has three Dogue de Bordeaux dogs that compete in shows and recently earned her first AKC Championship.
Chicatelli is a graduate of West Holmes High School, the University of Akron, Malone College and Cleveland Marshall College of Law.