Clem is a dog with a secret: he is an alien from outer space. Every morning he digs out of his yard to join his fellow Kaxians. So far, his humans have just filled in the holes, so he should be fine, right? But Clem must keep his secret. No humans can know that dogs are aliens. This gets difficult when Clem’s latent psi abilities start to appear!
Dog aliens can’t wait until their humans leave them home alone. That’s the only time they can do their covert intergalactic trading duties. The little dogs are aliens, too, but they are from a rival planet called Nique, and anyway, who cares about them?
There is a happy ending, and no dogs or humans are harmed in the story, although there are scary parts and sad parts. The dog tells the story!
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
Writing about dogs requires more imagination! I can’t interview them to find out what they are thinking. I have to discern that.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Write every day. That’s it, really.
Cherise Kelley grew up in a family of teachers. Her father, Ronald Morris, taught social studies and history for 30 years at Arcadia High School in Southern California. Her mother is a registered nurse who teaches parents about the special needs of their premature infants. Her sister, Kristine Morris White, is a grand prix level dressage horse trainer. Mrs. Kelley became a teacher herself in 1991 through a “fifth year” of study at San Francisco State University, after earning her bachelor of arts degree in English from the University of California at Berkeley. She has taught English at the college, high school, and middle school level, but prefers to substitute so that she has time for her writing. Cherise lives near Spokane, Washington with her husband and two dogs named Raffle and Oreo, who inspired her Dog Aliens books.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I came to write this story because our dog is exceptionally eager to please us and to follow all our commands, both spoken and gestured. I have never before in my almost 50 years of life met a dog so earnest about being obedient. I would often imagine I knew what he was thinking. We’ve had him since 2003, and finally I just had to write the story down.