Today, I'd like to welcome guest blogger, Susan Wilson. I think this picture is terrific, since her latest book is One Good Dog. Thanks, Susan!
First let me say what a pleasure it is to be invited to guest blog on Lesa's Book Critiques. As I have discovered, the blogosphere is a warm and inviting, if curious, place to be. I notice that you emphasize mysteries on your blog. Well, none of my books are mysteries, per se, but each one has at its center a secret. In ONE GOOD DOG, it’s Adam’s past. In HAWKE’S COVE it was Joe Green’s real identity.
ONE GOOD DOG is my sixth novel and a departure from my usual focus. All of my books: BEAUTY, HAWKE’S COVE, CAMEO LAKE, THE FORTUNE-TELLER’S DAUGHTER, and SUMMER HARBOR have as the central theme the relationship between women and men, (and their secrets). In ONE GOOD DOG, I explored the relationship between two very disparate species: man and dog. They each have to learn to trust the other; and come to terms with their own past. Eventually they develop a bond that transcends any prior experience of love.
My challenge was to write a compelling, engaging and believable story with a dog as a central character. By playing with POV and tense, I was able to give Chance and Adam distinct voices.
My other challenge was to take a man who is, at the outset, rather despicable, and turn him into a character that readers can cheer on. This was also a fun exercise, and I really got to flex my anti-hero writing skills. But, at the same time, I needed to know what made Adam the way he was. In other words, define him against a backdrop of influences; but, also hold him responsible for his actions.
Not all children who go through the foster system end up as damaged as Adam. Many do. Not all pit bulls end up fighting. Many do. Given a chance, maybe both can be redeemed. I hope that visitors to lesasbookcritques.com enjoy ONE GOOD DOG.
Thank you, Susan. If readers are on Facebook, you might want to check out Susan's page there, and the Who’s Your Good Dog Campaign. One Good Dog is the story of a man who is down on his luck, and a dog who is all out of chances. Together they discover the true meaning of salvation, redemption, and unconditional love.
Who’s Your Good Dog? Post a picture and explanation of how your dog (or turtle, or human, etc!) has transformed your life and share your good dog!
Readers on Facebook can participate at: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Susan-Wilson/314299227142?ref=ts
Susan Wilson's website is www.susanwilsonwrites.com
One Good Dog by Susan Wilson. St. Martin's Press, ©2010. ISBN 9780312571252 (hardcover), 320p.