We keep running into authors who are dog people. It’s really sad. But my human is fond of them anyway and has convinced me to allow some of them and their slobbery pets to have space on my blog.
Today’s DOG is named Warick and he belongs (dogs belong…cats own) to author person Danube Adele. Danube’s first romance novel QUICKSILVER DREAMS came out in early January 2014. Something about dreams and sneaking into them. The tagline is, “What would you do if you could suddenly read minds, jump into someone else’s dreams and travel instantly to another planet?” Well, MY answer is that I’d find the right humans to dreamwalk, jump into them, and gain control of the world to make it a better place for felines, but apparently Ms. Adele’s heroine doesn’t do that. Because she’s a human, not a cat.
Anyway, let’s talk to the dog for a bit.
1) So, your human writes books. Are they (a) full of praise and hyped up lies about dogs; or (b) do they contain interesting stories? (If A, interview is over. If B, you may continue.)
She is a very funny human. I try to show her how exciting the life of a dog can be. I jump after squirrels as they race the super-highway of trees in the backyard, bark at the neighbor’s dog through the fence to show it who’s boss, beg for leftovers (especially when I can smell bacon in the air), but she doesn’t write a story about dogs. She writes about other humans, and how they want to rub on each other and have to save lives on different planets or something like that. I give up.
2) If writers are supposed to be so smart, why does your writer have a dog instead of a cat when it’s common knowledge cats are better? Does that mean your writer isn’t very smart?
I convinced my human to let me be her footstool. See, I’m a big, big, Rottweiler puppy (she still calls me her “puppy”, oh, and “puppy-chow” and “stinky” and “chow-hound”). I’m also really cute. She says I have a “Disney” face.
3) So why did your human end up a writer instead of a animal sanctuary owner or something like that?
My human has always been drawn to her imaginary friends. She likes to live in her head and talk to characters who try to convince her to let them come out and play. My other human, the man human, sometimes shakes his head because he doesn’t understand.
4) Does being a writer mean your human is home all day and easy to access? What is her day like?
My human is almost never home! She leaves when the sun is just barely coming out and only gives me my food and a pat on the head before she’s gone. I think she’s a teacher for kids with special needs, but I sure love when she comes home. She sits on the couch with that little electronic square thing on her lap, and I get to sleep under her legs. See, by being right there, I know she’ll reach down and pet me so I can smile up at her with my tongue hanging out. Heaven.
5) As a dog, you’re probably not devious or fascinating, but on the off-chance you do have feline traits, what are your techniques for distracting your human during crucial writing moments?
He-he-he…I let out toxic gas smells that are big, just like me. I can really fill up the room. Or I go bark at the squirrels I see through the windows and really make a racket, which I can do cuz I’m a big Rottweiler boy with a loud bark.
6) What indignities and neglect have you suffered because of your human’s writing career (besides the absence of a cat to properly rule the house)?
Well, I have to walk clear from one end of the house to the other when I want to go outside because my human likes to sit in the front room of the house. Then I have to wait extra time because she needs to get up and come all the way to the back door, too. Sometimes she doesn’t hear me at first, and I have to cross all my legs to hold it.
7) We’ve established your human doesn’t write stories full of hyped up lies about dogs. Tell me about the felines in your human’s fiction. How often do they appear and how big a part do they play?
Well, in QUICKSILVER DREAMS, Taylor lives in an apartment and works two different jobs, so she didn’t want to leave an animal alone for so long. She was trying to do the right thing. But in the next book, DREAMS OF A WILD HEART, she decided to make felines the protectors of the forest, and they are spirit guides for the humans living near their forest. Pretty cool, really.
8) When your human gets together with other writers, do they spend half their time sniffing each other’s butts like dogs do?
They really should! She doesn’t believe me, but you can really learn a lot about someone by sniffing their butt. Sadly, they go to a pub in town, eat hamburgers (without me) and french-fries and have apple ale while they talk. Why do they like to talk so much? What is there to say? Eat, sleep, and poo, then have someone else clean it up. That’s the life.
9) Tell us, from a dog’s POV, about your humans most recent or upcoming publications.
QUICKSILVER DREAMS was just released 1/6/14, and many people have been emailing and posting wonderful feedback. I know this because my human has been on her square electronic box even more than usual. Taylor, the one character, suddenly starts to read minds and go into people’s dreams. Then she meets a man she likes (not a dog) and he has to save her because for some reason someone’s trying to kill her. They end up having to go to another planet. My human is very happy and excited, but I think she would also be happy and excited taking me to the park so I can sniff other dogs’ butts.
10) What is your human’s next project (bonus points if you answer: getting a cat)?
We had a cat*sniff*, but when I first came as a 6 week old puppy, she didn’t like me and left. I was only trying to play with her, but she just hissed and whacked me with her claws on the face. She decided she didn’t want to live with us anymore and started letting a neighbor feed her on another street. Did I do something wrong?
My human is trying to edit DREAMS OF A WILD HEART, BOOK #2 OF THE DREAMWALKER SERIES at the same time that she’s starting to write Book #3, which doesn’t have a title yet.
I guess since the human puts cats in her books instead of dogs, we can approve this message :).