About the Indy, Oh Indy Creators
Author: Teresa Adamo
Although certainly not a “dog whisperer,” Teresa Adamo nevertheless talks to her adopted terri-doodle. Over the years, these chats often included lighthearted theories about Indy’s life before reaching her “forever home” in Bakersfield, California.
As a former newspaper reporter and editor, Teresa longed to write the story of Indy’s origins – even if just as a children’s book. What resulted is an ode to the sweet shelter dog as well as a tribute to Bakersfield itself.
The author and her husband, Felix, live in the city’s Westchester neighborhood and have four sons: Cody, Hunter, Zane and Cooper. Their backyard is also home to the lowest maintenance pet ever – Tele, a tortoise. Indy joined the pack in 2008.
Illustrator: Jennifer Williams-Cordova
Ever the consummate artist, Jennifer Williams-Cordova finds inspiration in just about everything. Once she became a mother, however, a whole new realm of creativity began. With a toddler daughter who is a dog fanatic and book lover, impromptu dog doodles are found aplenty in the Williams-Cordova household!
Of course, the family’s rescue black labrador/golden retriever mix, Ben, is often at the center of Jen’s canine artistry. As a Bakersfield native and full-time graphic artist, Jen enjoys actively contributing to the local arts scene.
The illustrator and her husband, Brad, reside in Westchester as well, along with their daughter, Ofeila Arlene; dog, Ben; and Doug the cat, who – like most felines – is the real lord of the manor.