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Debut Blog from Tanya’s Dog

*taps keys* Hello, humans? Is thing on?

I am Buffy. Since my human Tanya is on deadline, she asked me to post a short message for her. Can I just say, I don’t know how I feel about this “deadline” thing? When my human is caught up in telling her stories, I sometimes get as few as 30 belly rubs a day. I think we can all agree that falls way below the recommended minimum. And she was so busy trying to “get a scene right” that she didn’t let me in promptly. I had to spend AN EXTRA 130 SECONDS WITHOUT AIR-CONDITIONING. Which is like 910 dog seconds.

On the other paw, she’s so distracted she drops more food than usual, so that’s good.

Anyway, this is not the first time I’ve helped my human out with writing. In fact, it was MY idea to add a dog to her latest book THE COWBOY UPSTAIRS.

I’m glad they put the dog on the cover, but why not in the title too? Wouldn’t you be happy to read THE GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPPY UPSTAIRS? My human told me authors don’t always get final say in the titles, though, so I’ll forgive it. I’ve heard her tell other humans about the book, and it sounds good. The story has Texas barbecue (yum), a smart heroine running for mayor of a small town, a great cowboy hero and a little boy. I like little boys because they usually drop a lot of food too. And of course, there’s a puppy, who is named Trouble, which is obviously some kind of weird human joke because dogs are a delight.

You know, if I’m going to keep helping my human with her books and blogs and whatnot, maybe I need an official author portrait? Photo shoot!

Or

Wait, I think I blinked in that one.

Better.

I’m not 100% sure what “dog days of summer” are but I assume they must be great, as DOG is right there in the phrase. What I do know is that you need some summer reading!!!

Take books to the pool or the dog park or to the couch, where you plan to read between napping and eating cool ranch Doritos. (Dogs don’t judge.) Whatever your plans, here are my top picks for fun summer reads:

ABOUT A DOG by Jenn McKinlay
NEW LEASH ON LIFE by Roxanne St. Claire

Oh, and please get THE COWBOY UPSTAIRS! When people buy my human’s books, it helps keep me in kibble, treats and rawhide bones.

Happy reading & have a pawesome summer!

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My Plot Bunny is a Poodle!

For this cycle’s theme of weirdest plot bunnies, I’m sort of at a loss: all of my bunnies are weird! I write about what I love, and that includes a few things that are fairly niche. Semi-obscure middle aged musicians as romantic leads, 1950’s tourist traps, muscle cars, the nobility of rescuing a rundown motel, and a marine invertebrate or two have all inspired my stories. Not usually all in the same one, but hey, the rich tapestry and all that…

But one element has always found it’s way into my story: the dog–usually a poodle. It might not be a main character (or it might be), but he or she is always there. Why? Because every word I’ve written this past 20 years for school, work, or this insane journey called writing fiction for publication, has been supported and accompanied by a fluffy friend curled up at my feet or right by my side, including these words I’m typing today. Sometimes life may be hard, stressful and sucky, and every word may feel like a hard-earned failure. But all along, no matter what, I’ve had the uncomplicated love of a fluffy little friend. So, to Rosebud and Busco in Doggie Heaven, and Leonidas (pictured below), I dedicate this post to you.

Do you have a special pet you’ve written into a story, or one who’s just a writing buddy? I’d love to hear about them!

S Carroll Lee Selfie

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