With only a week until Unveiling the Wizards’ Shroud’s release, I allowed Owen, the main character, to interview me. You can see the result on Mary Waibel’s blog: Waibel’s World. This is the first real look at Owen’s personality I’ve offered.
Today I’m going to try something new on the blog: an author interview. I had a character interview in September, which I guess this is too, of sorts. Since I don’t want to make new things too easy, I’ve decided to interview a dog. George is a basset hound and an author.
Before now, my experiences conversing with animals has had mixed results. I’ve tried talking to dogs, and they always look at me like I’m saying the most interesting thing they’ve ever heard, but they’ve never answered. Cats have, on occasion, spoken to me, but it kind of creeps me out, so I don’t talk to them. Cattle can speak simple phrases: “I’m hungry,” “Where’s my calf,” “Where’s my mom,” and “Get away from my calf.” Bulls have two extra phrases: “You need to leave me alone, NOW!” and the other one I can’t mention here because I intend to keep this site PG-13. Even though cattle can speak, they lack the cognitive ability to understand. But I think, with Mindy’s help translating, this interview went well. You can let us know what you think in the comments section.
The release date for George Knows has not been set, but it will be available sometime in December from MuseItUp Publishing as well as Amazon, BN, Kobo, Sony eReader, and Smash Words.
Tell us a little about yourself.
George: It should be evident. I’m a the most brilliant basset hound in the world. I was born as the familiar to Karly, my Girlpup, and in the process of training her to be the best witch she can be. Our Auntie Heather also helps. Sadly, Karly is only a Peep, so I have limited material to work with. It’s a good thing Peeps have us dogs to help them. They are so badly designed.
How long have you been writing?
I don’t actually write, my paws are perfect for digging, walking, and sometimes trotting or running. Peeps didn’t make computers for us. I do have a human that almost understands dog talk, so I share my stories with her. I get treats, she gets to sit at her computer and have something to do.
Tell us about your current project.
Right now, I’m trying to find out where some Peeps bones came from that I found in the woods. They’re really old, they smelltaste like moldrotbone. I think a Big Thing like a dragon, called a Hodag has something to do with them. I don’t like to smelltaste Peeps bones, Peeps are supposed to GIVE us bones. I prefer cow. I want the Bad Thing out of my woods.
How hard was it for you to find a publisher for your book?
Peeps didn’t seem to recognize my brilliance. The lady whose fingers I use started sending me out when it was really cold. It was just starting to warm up when I got the contract.
Mindy: George isn’t very good with dates. His tummy alarm can tell you when his Peeps are coming home and when it’s time to eat very accurately, but dates don’t seem real important to him. I started Querying in January, 2012, and was accepted by MuseItUp in May, 2013.
What’s next for you?
George: I’m working on Tillie’s Tale. It’s about the newest member of my Pack, a basset hound puppygirl and the ghost that’s following her.
Do you have a writing schedule? If so, what is it?
I like to tell my stories between meals. And between snacks. And between walks.
Do you listen to music while you write? If so, what do you like?
Sometimes the Lady With the Hands listens to weird music when she’s just clacking on the computer. I prefer songs like ‘Who Let the Dogs Out’, and my favorite: “Old Lonesome George the Basset http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6dqm8nZ-Vg. I’m not lonesome, and I would’ve won lots of dog shows, but I’m busy teaching and being a familiar. Not enough time for that kind of foolishness. I do understand there are a lot of treats involved, though.
Where do you get your inspiration?
My life, duh. <Peeps!>
Mindy: All the scenes are based on real dogs I’ve lived with, but George seems to think it’s all about him.
It is. George Knows!
What have you done to promote your writing?
I’m peeing on every tree, shrub, and pole I can find. And having the Lady With the Hands help find logs for me to mark.
Mindy: I think you mean blogs, George.
George: That’s what I said.
Tell us about any other published stories you’ve had.
George: The Lady With the Hands published stuff. Like a Zombie love story (Stupid, there are no zombies. I’d know, the smelltaste would be horrible. I like decaying stuff, but not rotten Peeps. I think she did stuff with pedigrees of rare weeds.
Mindy: Plants, George. You know about medicinal plants and I know you know what I studied.
George: You are supposed to figure out how to use them, not spend time in bad-smelltasting labs figuring out their gene ticks. You know I hate ticks.
Mindy: <sigh> Genetics. <Why do I bother>?
Where can people find you online?
I’m at Basset Bones, http://bassetbones.wordpress.com
Have you ever liked a movie better than the book? If so, which one and why?
I don’t read, so I prefer to watch movies. For a while. As long as I get a belly rub with the deal. I like to laugh at Lassie.
Elvis or the Beatles?
Pelvis bones are okay to chew on, Beatles are crunchy, but only a bite. Why do I have to choose?
Mindy: He asked about Elvis. The singer. And The Beatles, a singing group.
Don’t be dumb. Why would I care about those things? He’s obviously asking about food. Important stuff.
What’s your favorite quote?
Dinner was made for eating, not for talking.
William Makepeace Thackeray
Star Wars or Star Trek?
Stars don’t have wars.
How do you take your coffee (or tea)?
I have to steal from the Lady With the Hands. She drinks Chai and when she’s not looking I can get some.
George: You could share! That’s what Pack does.
Thank you for taking time for an interview George (and Mindy). I hope you find success when your book comes out, and good luck with the rest of your “logs.”
Today I have a special treat for you. In the first ever character interview on authorericprice.com, Trevor, Crown Prince of Palindore, has stopped by for an interview. And as a special treat, his creator, Mary Waibel is giving away a copy of Charmed Memories to one person who comments on this post. See the first comment by Mary for more details. Now, on to the interview.
Welcome, Your Highness.
Trevor: Thank you. And thank you for agreeing to meet in my study. As you can see from the pile of correspondence on my desk things have stacked up while I was away.
Wow! I guess so! (Trevor chuckles.) So, where have you returned from?
T: I was searching for Princess Elsbeth, my betrothed. Bri and I had quite an adventure.
Lady Bri, the Woodland Guide?
T: The one and only.
Were you and Lady Bri successful in your search?
T: If I told you that, it would ruin the book.
Ah, yes. Your story- Charmed Memories.
T: Yes. A tale of looking for lost love.
Sounds like quite a story.
T: It is. Ships. Sword fights. Betrayal. Mermaids. A missing princess. But, I won’t say more than that. If you want to know what happened, you’ll have to read the story.
Well, I know I want to learn if you found your missing princess. So, where can we read your story?
T: Charmed Memories is available from MuseItUp Publishing, Amazon, and most major retailers. Oh, and you can find my sister Kaylee’s story in Quest of the Hart. I make an appearance toward the end, although if you ask me, I should have been there much sooner!
I’ll be sure to pass your displeasure along to Mary. Now, for the rapid fire questions.
Coffee or tea?
Tea. I’m not aware of this coffee thing.
Fall. It’s cool enough for a fire, but warm enough to be outside during the day. And the colors remind me of Bri’s hair.
Cerulean, although green runs a close second.
Beach or mountains?
Thank you, Prince Trevor. It’s been a pleasure.
T: You are most welcome!
And thanks to Mary Waibel, for letting us have this opportunity to speak to her prince. I’ve gotten to know Mary the past few months on Twitter, and it’s been a real treat to have the first character interview here on authorericprice.com. I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did. Keep reading for a blurb about the book.
A prince vows to prove the girl he loves is his missing princess by recovering her lost memories.
Prince Trevor has always placed duty to his kingdom above the desires of his own heart. But when his betrothed is lost at sea, he finds himself torn between honor and love.
After four years of searching for the missing princess, he begins to secretly long for Lady Bri, the Woodland Guide he works with each day. But the law says he must marry a princess, and Bri is barely a noble.
When Trevor learns that Bri shipwrecked at the same time and place as the princess, he begins to believe he has finally found his bride-to-be. But his happiness is short lived. Bri has no memory of her past, and the princess wasn’t the only girl who disappeared from the ship.
Desperate to prove Bri is his princess, Trevor unwittingly places the two of them in grave danger. Buried in Bri’s memories are deadly secrets someone wants kept from the light of day, and learning who she is may cost more than either is willing to pay.