What inspired you to write your book?
A YouTube video inspired Shakedown, but if I mention what it’s about, it’ll spoil the book’s surprise…
About your Book:
*50% OF ALL PROCEEDS FROM THIS BOOK GO TOWARD THEPETFUND.COM*
Captain Kelly Bonham, a NATO electronics officer and combat zone veteran, adopts a war dog, but when Pojo arrives he’s not at all what she expected. This German Shepherd isn’t interested in rolling over for a tummy rub; he’s a working dog, a retired bomb sniffer who saw his handler cut in half by an anti-personnel mine in Afghanistan. That’s serious trauma, and Bonnie wonders if his canine brain is still fully functional.
Now she’s shaking down a relationship with a dog who has more teeth than the law allows, a dog whose behavior is puzzling and maybe even unhinged. And all she has to bring to the fight is electronic gadgetry and what’s left of her self-confidence.
Can she rescue this war dog… or is she missing something?
Book Genre: mystery~adventure
What formats are your books in: eBook
How do you see writing a book in the Pet Genre as different from writing other genres of books?
Writing about pets is the genre where it’s most important that you write what you know. If you don’t know dogs (for example), don’t try bluffing your way through a book about them. You won’t fool the people who love dogs, your primary audience.
Advice to someone that is thinking about or currently working on a pet book
It’s the little things that make a pet book real for the reader. Use your wordsmithing skills to help the reader see the dog’s nose wrinkling as he sniffs the air off the canyon floor. That helps the reader connect with the animal character at a deeper level, intensifying her enjoyment of the story.
How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
Shakedown was written as a charity novella to benefit ThePetFund.com, and was published through Astraea Press as part of their dedication to that charity.
Hi, I’m Gunnar Grey. I write books. I’m a historian, political junkie, target shooter, and retired adventurer and equestrian. I read avidly and post reviews or at least ratings for most of the books I read. Occasionally my poor husband surfaces from beneath a pile of paperbacks, gasping for air… but I shouldn’t bore you with personal issues.
I live in Humble, Texas, just north of Houston, with four parakeets, the aforementioned husband (who’s even more entertaining than the birds), an orange betta fish with no manners, a fig tree, the lawn from the bad place, three armloads of potted plants, and a coffee maker that’s likely the most important item we own.