What inspired you to write your book?
Sixteen years of writing manuscripts (nonfiction & fiction) with no success in obtaining literary representation was the spark for writing this novel to entertain animal lovers with a message of people “learning lessons from animals” regarding how to live in harmony. The protagonist becomes involved in film-making based on the above theme. A desire to portray the many unexpected twists and turns in life that can result from interactions with numerous persons in a variety of situations allowed the author to construct an unusual work with the goal of entertaining readers.
About your Book:
A novel set in present day Savannah, Georgia presents the wild escapades of a literary agent and his dog. A stray dog nicknamed Mugger by neighborhood kids, adopts a taxi driver as his owner and shares adventures as Buster Scooper’s constant literary agent companion, the dog named Cop.
Buster Scooper is the founder of Buster’s Literary Ink & Paper Works in Savannah, Georgia. A single client makes him a wealthy man. Cop and another dog named Veto go on the campaign trail with Blake Bartrom and a three-time consecutive winner of the Miss Vegas contest when Blake announces his bid for The White House with Buster as the campaign literary agent for Blake’s biography.
Buster presents his life in the publishing industry in an inverse manner, e.g., looking-back from the present into the past starting with the disclosure of a secret vocation in the publishing industry. Buster is a Slush Pile Inspector leading a team of inspectors that resubmit worthy works of literature back upstairs from a publisher’s basement to the editors’ floor to prevent rejected manuscripts from being lost forever.
The Prologue reveals little-known facts about the origins of the publishing industry. Secrets of bestseller writing are disclosed including a chapter on How to Meet Women. The novel concludes with the filming of a screenplay including animals and bankrolled by Hollywood as a student exercise.
Book Genre: humor, pet humor, people humor
What formats are your books in
Both eBook and Print
How do you see writing a book in the Pet Genre as different from writing other genres of books?
The Pet Genre requires a focus on animals as they interact with different people in changing circumstances. The storyline in a novel with animals must feature actions by those animals while the plot unfolds. Two dogs and two carriage horses interact with characters in scenes in the work; a chapter is also devoted to a bull-riding contest and another chapter includes a palm reader’s cat named Poppy. The animals are in effect supporting characters in the work, but their involvement in the storyline is critical to the humor woven into a fast-paced story. As in life, pets are involved in numerous endeavors, and Cop shares the action with his master Buster Scooper during a major portion of the novel.
Advice to someone that is thinking about or currently working on a pet book
Name the animals in a manner that is appropriate to the scenes being written because each animal’s name contributes to building a personality for the animal to help convey to readers why the animal reacts in different manners depending on a particular locale. Use pets in a story in much the same way people are used to complete scenes and generate new scenes. Include likes and dislikes of particular pets, describe their appearances under different conditions including likes in terms of food, people, and in relation to other animals in the storyline.
How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
Slush Pile Inspector is published on Amazon in paperback and on Kindle (always $0.99 unless free on Kindle for a few promotion days). I decided to publish it independently because although the novel is unusual with the timeline for the protagonist in the story running in reverse, so to speak, the animals are significant contributors to the entertainment being offered to readers. There is some “tongue-in-cheek” political scenes but effort was given not to offend persons over their political views, and romantic scenes are carefully crafted to allow Mature YA readers to be comfortable reading the work.
Charles Frankhauser holds a Master of Public Administration degree and he is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. His goal in writing novels is to entertain readers.
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