Release Date: March 24, 2015
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Who is the mysterious ghosty haunting puppygirl Tillie? And why? George, the magical basset hound familiar is on the trail.
Interview with the Author (and George)
- Can you tell us a bit about your background?
Mindy: My background is really diverse. I have a degree in horticulture and a master’s degree in population genetics. I’ve worked in bakeries, metal labs, hazardous waste labs, a professor in anatomy, a greenhouse manager, and assorted other positions.
George: I was born in a box with my six puppy siblings. Auntie Heather picked me out as being the special basset hound I am.
- Where and when did your writing journey begin?
Mindy: I used to write a bit in high school as a part of classes, but I really didn’t plan on writing. I’ve written some articles for dog magazines, newsletters, and blogs, and then I was inspired to write a short story. Zombies, A Love Story. I enjoyed being in the mindset of working on something new.
George: I thought my story was important so I had to find a Peep with hands that could use the computer. I found my secret-ary at a coffee shop. She mistakenly thought she was writing about her stupid springer spaniels. They could never do the amazing things I do. She agreed.
Mindy: Um, George, that’s not the way I remember it. And my pack is not stupid.
George: (Grins) You can’t see the forest through the pee posts.
Mindy: (rolls eyes) Next question.
- Who are your favorite authors and how have they influenced your writing?
Mindy: I find that authors that keep me on the edge of my seat, with strong characters and complex plots, make me the happiest. I was a sci fi nut as a kid, and voraciously read Heinlein, (who signed Stranger In a Strange Land for me when I was very young), Asimov, and McCaffrey. I adored Lassie, Old Yeller, and Call Of The Wild. Now I follow quite a few Urban Fantasy series. Some of them make me think, not only about the plot, but the writing style. Faith Hunter, Ilona Andrews, and Kim Harrison are some of the authors that I like to dissect. Pacing, foreshadowing, character development. It’s an education with my favorite books as texts.
George: Dogs don’t need books because we remember everything important. Peeps call it in stink.
- What does a typical day in your life look like? And how does your writing routine fit into your day?
Mindy: I can’t say I have a typical day, does anyone? With my disability, there is always physical therapy involved. My three dogs have their own requirements, and I do take care of other peoples’ dogs. Once in a while I do promotional events for friends, so I design fun activities. I instruct a couple of dog classes, and sometimes I compete in dog sports. Reading is important to me. And…then I try to write. If I take too much time between writing times my characters take their own directions and the earlier pages make no sense. Not good.
George: I get up. I potty and check my pee mail. I eat. I nap. I get up to do my business and get my snack. I go back for another nap. Karly gets home from school and I teach her about magic, with Auntie Heather helping. Then I check my pee mail again. Go home for dinner another nap. There is always time for a nap. The biggest problem is reminding my PackMom to feed me. She forgets all the time.
- How did you come up with the idea for your novel?
Mindy: Most of the scenes in my books actually happened. I had a dog that found several human bones. Another fell out of a tree. Several of my dogs ‘smile’, which scares some people (they think they are growling.)
George: This is a story of my life. I don’t know where my Secret-ary gets the idea it has anything to do with her or her pets.
- What do you think sets your novel apart from others current on the shelves?
Mindy: There aren’t that many books from the dog’s point of view, and the dog doesn’t speak. Due to my background in dog sports I’m fairly skilled at dog language. I also have a master’s in population genetics, working with endangered species. It puts a different slant on environmental education. I like all my books to have a hidden lesson. Environment, bullying/history, and now being overweight. George is heavy, but working with him helps the child stay fit. Karly is never discussed unless George is picking on her (he doesn’t need to be fit, but he’s helping her.
George: It’s a book about me. I’m a brilliant basset hound familiar. Enough said.
- Which character in your book is your favorite and how much of yourself is reflected in that character?
George: (Breaks in before Mindy can answer.) Me. Who else?
Mindy: (Snorts) Of course. I love Auntie Heather. I’d love to be as patient and intelligent as she is. I’m afraid I’m more like Joey, Karly’s eight year old brother.
- Which scenes in your book did you have the most fun writing?
Mindy: The parts that actually happened to my own dogs. It’s wonderful to remember my Truly, at the rainbow bridge, playing with a tomato like it’s a toy and then squishing it to eat.
George: The ones where I get to eat.
- What do you hope for your readers to take away after reading your book?
Mindy: First, I hope they have fun reading it. If they also pick up the subtext about history and bullying, it’s a bonus.
George: That they learn the brilliance that is the basset hound.
- What are your hopes for this novel?
Mindy: I’d like for people to talk positively about it and enjoy George’s exploits.
George: Everyone needs to read about me.
- What do you have in store next for your readers?
Mindy: I’m working on a couple of new books. In another story in the Magical Drool Mysteries, poor George has to go on a diet. I’ve also started a new book about a werehuman. He wants to go back to being a dog, but his love interest doesn’t want to lose him. For some reason it’s a romantic comedy.
George: I’m trying to get my Secret-ary to understand the importance of working on Phoebe’s Pause, Phoebe is the love of my life. She’s only halfway through with the book, but as I’ve said, it’s hard to find good help.
Author Bio: I’ve worked in a hazardous waste lab, where under the sign for the Right To Know law, was added: if you can figure it out. I’ve been a metals tech, a bakery clerk, a professional gardener, and taught human anatomy and ran two university greenhouses. Along the way I picked up my Master’s Degree in Biology, specializing in the population genetics of an endangered plant. I’ve also been a top breeder, handler, and trainer of English springer spaniels under the prefix of Muddy Paws. We three in the equivalent of the National Club’s (ESSFTA) hall of fame. Every time I think I know dogs, another dog comes along and proves my beliefs are totally wrong. The truth is, the Muddy Paws Pack walk all over me.Author Links –