Author Patricia Zick asked if I’d participate in theblog-hop-the-next-big-thing[1] Next Big Thing Blog Hop! Since I’m launching my Next Big Thing ebook (Dogs and Love – Stories of Fidelity) next week, (in time for Valentine’s Day)  it seemed quite appropriate to participate in my first blog hop. This blog hop requires me to answer ten questions about my new work and then tag other authors to do the same. Not only does it give me the opportunity to promote my new book, but I have the opportunity to support and promote my fellow authors as well. It’s a winning combination.

Ten Questions about Dogs and Love:

Was Dogs and Love always the title of this book, even when it was a work in progress?

I played around with a few titles, but I knew I wanted dogs in the title. And love. My intentions are for the ebook to take the place of a greeting card for Valentine’s Day. It’s actually a little cheaper, and better for you than chocolate.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I’m a fool for my dogs, and the older I get, the more important they become. As a recent empty-nester, I find myself doting on them more and more. And the pleasure they bring is immense.

What genre is your book?

Dogs and Love  is a collection of memoirs. Sixteen true stories about dogs. So non-fiction essays.

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

The dogs would play themselves of course, although they are unruly and disobedient. I’m picturing Diane Keaton and Richard Gere. Or the dogs, me and Richard Gere. Sorry, honey.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Sixteen true stories about the meaning and importance of the relationships between dogs and their owners.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Dogs and Love is self-published.  However, it’s gone through several beta readers and a professional editor before publication.

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

I wrote the first story ten years ago, when my oldest son turned 18 and wanted a puppy for his birthday.  And finished the last one last summer, when the reality of the empty nest set in, and we took the dogs to the lake instead of our sons.

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

I was going to say “Tuesdays with Marley” but really Tuesdays with Morrie comes to mind as well as Marley and Me. The stories show a transition; some are funny, some are sad. But there is a range of emotion in the stories.

What inspired you to write this book?

My emotional relationships with my dogs mirror my relationships with my humans. And also these relationships with my little fur people are important to me. Exploring that bond between animals and people, and showing how special it is, just called out to me.

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

My sister thought I was actually going to put braces on my dog. Not sure what that says about either one of us.

Author Links

Here are five talented authors I’m tagging as the blog hop continues. Make sure you stop by their blogs and get to know these amazing individuals.

M.O. Kenyan
Wix site


Pamela Wilson

Lynn Thompson






I’d like to thank the fabulous Patricia Zick, for tagging me and asking me to participate. Please take a moment to visit her sites.

Patricia Zick

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