A Cameo Character in In the Doghouse is from Tiger Drive
If not, you’re not alone.
To date, only one reader spotted him (first hint) and sent me an Ah-ha email. And to be honest, I was shocked when the character made a cameo in my second book. I was happy to learn he’d blossomed after leaving Tiger Drive, and I was relieved he’d cleaned up his language a bit (second hint). In real life, it had only been one year since we had last “spoken” via my imagination, but in book years, he was thirty years older by the time he was in the doghouse, so to speak.
In case you still don’t know who showed up, here’s another hint: he has a tattoo, and it comes up in both books.
For inspiration, I had his tattoo sketched while I was writing Tiger Drive because his tattoo spoke volumes about him. When I called several tattoo parlors, they all declined the job because I didn’t want to get it tattooed on me. I simply wanted to walk out with the drawing on a piece of paper, and this was a consistent and huge, “Nope. No way. Not going to happen.” I was confused, given I was willing to pay them for their time. Finally, one tattoo artist explained it to me.
ME: Why will you only do it if I get it permanently inked on my body?
ARTIST: We never let our art leave the building.
ME: Wow. What do you do with all the bodies?
I laughed. He didn’t. (I’m laughing again right now.)
Fortunately, I found Lancelot via 99Designs to sketch my idea. He did a brilliant job, didn’t he?
The difference between Tiger Drive and In the Doghouse is the character has since had the tattoo colored.
Do you know who the cross-over character is now?
If you haven’t read In the Doghouse, please do. You’ll meet a new cast of characters and also learn how one of the Sloan members is doing three decades later. And if you’ve read In the Doghouse, but not Tiger Drive, I highly suggest you read Tiger Drive to find out how far this character has come. He truly has a story to tell.
I often wonder if people I knew thirty years ago would recognize me, out of context, today. Do you ever wonder the same about yourself?
As always, thank you for being you.
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