Sunday, April 2, 2023

Marcus grad authors dog book

Erika Riggs (Photo by Steen Sargent)

by Clairissa Cooper, Contributing Writer

Some childhood dreams never materialize. However, for Erika Riggs, two dreams came true.

Riggs, a 2006 Marcus High School grad and alumni of Heritage Elementary and Briarhill Middle School in Highland Village, always wanted a dog of her own. Along with her fondness of furry friends, Riggs loved to read and set a goal to one day publish a book.

Both dreams came true for this local girl.

If It Sits, I Licks is a quote book for dog-lovers that features captivating photography and quotes from fellow dog-lovers, owners, rescuers, and influencers on social media platforms. Riggs says the book is for all ages – adults and children alike.

Riggs never had a dog growing up, but as soon as she became an adult with her own place, she adopted a dog from Dallas Animal Services. Darcie, a mutt, became her muse and inspiration for writing the introduction to the book and is featured in one of the photos.

“It was always my dream to have a dog of my own,” said Riggs. “She really is my fur baby.”

Her roots to Highland Village and the schools she attended still hold a special place in her heart. Riggs delivered a signed copy of the book to the Heritage Elementary School library where two of her former teachers, Francita Ulary and Michael Kloske, accepted the donation.

She credits her time at Marcus for setting her on the path to publishing.

“I was on the yearbook staff and English Honor Society at Marcus and that really sparked my interest. My interest turned into a passion, which turned into a career opportunity. The things you learn in high school really do stick with you and matter,” said Riggs.

Riggs graduated from Brigham Young University in Communications and went on to work in marketing and publicity for a publishing house called Familius that produces family-friendly content appropriate for all ages.

“It’s so nice not having to worry about marketing a book that conflicts with my own standards and values. You really don’t have to compromise your beliefs to be successful in the business world,” said Riggs.

If It Sits, I Licks is available at Earthwise Pet Supply in Flower Mound, Costco and Amazon.

CTG Staff
CTG Staff
The Cross Timbers Gazette News Department

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