Welcome to the Hop!

Finally, the election is over.  I can turn my phone back on because the endless barrage of political calls (I live in Ohio) has stopped.  The arguments that had us declaring “Red” and “Blue” areas at the dog park have been reduced to mutterings and will die out in a few days.

Life goes on.

If you’re new to this blog, it may be because you are following the trail of “The Next Big Thing” blog hop.  Follow the trail backwards and check out the work of Joy Sydney Williams  Follow it forward to discover . . . Who knows?  But before you go on, stop a while and find out about my latest release, “Drool Baby.”

Q & A

1. What is the working title of your book?

I just published My second novel, “Drool Baby.”  We’ll be talking about that one since book three is still a vague glimmering in the back of my mind.

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

There were issues that needed to be addressed from my first book.  This book wraps up the storyline in “A Shot in the Bark.”  But the underlying premise came from my disgust that in every series I’ve ever read, the main character trips over dead bodies and fends off murderous villains and it never affects them.

So Lia, my main character, is traumatized by her brush with death in the first book, and she’s in therapy because of it. She’s also in serious denial, because one of her dog park friends has been doing truly awful things.  And I thought, if it was me, and someone said my friend was a killer, how would I react?  I wouldn’t believe it.  Period.

3. What genre does your book fall under?

Dog park cozy romantic mystery thrillers?

I’m an amalgamation of genres.  I take everything I love about different books and jam it all in there, like the sandwiches I made when I was a child.  It’s got romance, suspense and mystery.  It’s also got a bit of thriller in it.  One reviewer referred to it as a cozy mystery with back-bone.  I liked that. My model is the TV show, “Bones.”  I like the warmth of the relationships contrasted by the heinous crimes and the ‘yuck’ factor.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Christian Bale to play detective Peter Dourson.  Probably Keira Knightly for Lia, but she’d have to change her hair to a streaky chestnut.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Peter is at his wits end trying to protect a disbelieving Lia while a killer hones her craft.

6. Is your book self-published, published or represented by an agency?

Self-Pubbed, and loving it.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Seven months?  Maybe a little more.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Nora Roberts meets John Sandford, maybe?

9. Who or What inspired you to write this book?

Thousands of hours hanging out at the dog park.  I was compelled to expose the seething passions underlying all those monotonous conversations about the weather.

10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Mount Airy Dog Park is a real place and I go there every day with my three rescues.  Most of my characters are based on my dog park buddies.  Almost all the dogs in the books appear as themselves. Alas, Peter Dourson is only a figment of my imagination.

That’s it for this stop on “The Next Big Thing.”  For the next author on the trail, check out my friend, Stephen Scott. He’ll be blogging about his work next Wednesday.

Happy Trails!

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