Title: More Than Just a Dog
Release day jitters have subsided and I’m feeling as normal as I ever get. LOL!
I have a few questions for you from a writer’s perspective, about More Than Just a Dog and writing generally. I haven’t read the story, but from the description alone my antennae is twitching and I want to know more.
Perhaps I lived in Ireland in some past life. I have strawberry blonde hair and fair skin, like many Irish, and I love the green landscape as well as the myths and blessings that have been handed down as part of Irish folklore.
Can you tell us about the significance of the Merkaba necklace, and what the symbolism means to you?
During my training in Reiki, I was given several symbols to help focus on working with energy. When researching a mystical symbol to use in this book, More Than Just a Dog, I discovered the merkaba symbol is also associated with Reiki. When I saw the symbol, I knew in an instant it was ancient and sacred. Further research turned up more and more legends and connections of the merkaba to ancient civilizations and traveling through dimensions, yet always shrouded in mystery. How perfect is that for a curious writer?
Dogs are known as man’s best friends yet are all evolved from wolves. How do you marry the elements of the wild and domesticated in your experience of dogs, and your writing about them?
What are you reading at the moment?
What are your optimum writing conditions?
What is the most challenging part of the writing process, and how do you overcome that challenge?
These were on my publisher’s schedule, and I was committed to make this happen. Though sometimes I was hanging onto my sanity by one thin thread, I learned I could write lots of words faster than I thought possible. I also learned I didn’t want to do that again! Gaining that confidence in my ability to write is how I overcome whatever challenges come up now. Sometimes scenes flow faster than my fingers can race over the keyboard. Other times, there are gaping holes in the story with only notes of what I think might happen–before the characters charge off in a completely different direction. Also, I’m not afraid to edit–sometimes ruthlessly. If a favorite scene doesn’t move the story forward or ring true to a character, out it goes. (However, I do save these favorite scenes in a separate document, and have used a number of them at a later time, sometimes revamped to fit a different story.) Then my beta readers, critique partners and editor take over…
Genie has a free digital copy of More Than Just a Dog to give to one randomly drawn reader who drops by and leaves a comment on this blog.