Ingrid spent her childhood climbing trees, getting her boots dirty, and living inside the stories she created. As an adult, she is exactly the same except now she has to cook her own meals and she’s not real fond of that part of adulthood.
She began writing at the age of 7 when she received her first journal from her parents. In high school, she took an Advanced Placement English Literature course for college credit. In college, she took several Writing Intensive Courses and Theater Classes to satisfy her passion for storytelling. However, it wasn’t until recent years that she decided to turn her stories into books, or at least try.
Ingrid is a member of the SCBWI and 12×12 Challenge. Her stories are Picture Books, Chapter Books, and Middle-Grade books. She also has a few seeds planted in her brain for YA novels.
Ingrid Faber lives in Philadelphia PA where she surrounds herself with books and dogs. While she has held positions within several vocations along the way, she has maintained a foothold in the pet care industry. Beginning as a dog groomer, she is now a full-time Dog Trainer with a Philadelphia based company helping humans become the best advocates possible for their dogs.
She also volunteers for Philly Reading Coaches – “a program that combines early reading support, access to books, and community volunteers to boost reading skills for our city’s children.”
Ingrid lives with her old Staffy-mix girl who was rescued off the streets of Philadelphia and together they have taken home the gold in Olympic Snuggling.
What are you doing when you’re not training dogs or writing stories?
I love reading, of course. But I definitely need my time outside. I love trees so I hike whenever I can. I used to do some flying trapeze and would love to get back to either that or rock climbing.
Does your dog hike with you?
Yes, she prefers hikes in the woods to walks in the city. She kayaks too. She doesn’t like to swim so she stays in the boat.
What’s your dog’s name?
Scarlett Grey. I named her after two characters in Neil Gaiman’s story ‘The Graveyard Book’.
How old is your dog?
About 12. She looks & acts younger than she is.
What type of dog is she?
Are we only going to talk about my dog?
I love dogs. I’m just curious.
She’s a mutt found on the city streets. Some sort of pit-mix.
Can you share a photo of your dog?
Oh my gosh, she is so cute! Like a little piglet.
That’s not a question.
So you like dogs?
Yes! I always have. I think I have more friends who are dogs than are human.
And you used to be a dog groomer?
Yes. That was a very challenging job. I did if for years.
But you do mostly dog training now?
It’s now my full time job and I love it.
Cool! Dogs are great!
Um, yes they are. But, I also I write books. Children’s stories. Remember?
Right. So, uh – how many books have you sold?
Sold? I’m not- um – wait, you just came here for my dog didn’t you?
Yes. Yes, I did.
All Photography of Ingrid Faber was done by Quarter Moon Co.
Artwork by Tim Song