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Have you heard of Doga? I first learned about people doing yoga with their dogs while I was drafting my novel, In the Doghouse: A Couple’s Breakup from Their Dog’s Point of View (now available). And since the novel focuses on rescue dog, Skip, and his heart-broken human, Lucy, I decided doga was a must for Skip and Lucy’s journey from the achy-breaky-heart club to … well, I don’t want to spoil the book for you if you haven’t read it.Continue reading
Available in e-book (Amazon, Kobo, B&N, Apple, Google Play) – if you’re not sure how to gift someone a digital copy, email me and I’ll explain: email@example.com
Available in Audiobook (all vendors)
Available in hardback and paperback (Amazon, B&N, Indiebound.org, and more)
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Today is one of my favorite days of the year. It’s time to announce the annual Tiger Drive Scholarship recipient, which was inspired by my novel, Tiger Drive. This is the eighth year I’ve been able to grant this pay-it-forward scholarship, and I do it with tears of happiness each time.Continue reading
A Happy Misunderstanding and the Power of Collaboration
As many of you know, I’m working with an agent and an editor on my third novel, Finding Imogene. We’ve exchanged multiple drafts for their feedback over the past six months, and in my humble opinion, we’ve made a great team – I love working with them and look forward to a long-term relationship. But when I submitted what I thought would be my final-final-final draft two months ago and waited for their praise, they instead responded along these lines:Continue reading
I’ve taken the plunge.
First things first … no, I’m not getting married. But I have made a potentially life-changing commitment to someone.
After a series of events that I can only call serendipitous, I have a literary agent to find a publishing house and home for my precious third novel, Finding Imogene.Continue reading
Wow! I’m “in” Jane Friedman’s blog. JANE FRIEDMAN!! My author friends are freaking for me right now; I can feel their energy. I’m honored that Jane Friedman posted Michelle Melton Cox’s article about building an author platform where she used me as an example. ME. Michelle, if I could hug you right now, I would.
Thank you so much, Michelle, Jane, Author Accelerator (for the chance to be a writer-in-residence for the Author Accelerator Membership Circle), and Jennie Nash, Abby Lamb Mathews, and Terri LeBlanc.
To my author friends, Michelle Melton Cox’s advice is actionable and spot on. And you can learn more about Michelle here.
And as always, thanks to my readers. Go, Tiger Drive!
Check out the new cover for Tiger Drive
De-Skunk Your Dog
While In the Doghouse is a work of fiction, I did draw from my personal experience as a pet-parent to create Skip’s personality and escapades, such as GETTING SPRAYED BY A SKUNK.
My dog, Kimo, who I pet-parented and adored for fourteen years, was a labrador-mix and was sprayed multiple times by skunks in San Francisco (yes, there are many skunks within the city limits).
People, tomato juice does not work–that’s an urban legend. Multiple baths won’t work–water makes the smell worse. But thanks to the dot-com era and the world wide web in 1999-2000, I found a De-Skunk formula that worked like magic. The first time I tried it, I was shocked by how quickly it worked; the smell was gone immediately. I channeled the memory while writing a scene for In the Doghouse. I’ll share the scene at the end of this newsletter. Right now, I want to share the De-Skunk Formula with you:
How Are You?
How are you?
Everyone deals with a change to normalcy differently. There’s no right or wrong way to find your footing. Here are a few things that resonated deeply with me while offering a much-needed smile during these super abnormal times.
If you can handle a few well-placed F-bombs and Sh-bombs, I love how author Chuck Wendig explains what he is feeling and thinking during COVID-19 and #stayhome in his blog, “It’s Okay that You’re Not Okay.” Okay, I just read it for the fifth time. Even if you don’t like F-bombs or Sh-bombs, I hope you’ll still read it.Continue reading