Inspirations and my dog…

Well…I did it. I published my second book.  My goal was three books by the end of the year, but time doesn’t always work in my favor.  But rest assured, my third book Road to Reality will be released late January—fingers crossed.

But Book Two of my Road Series, Road to Redemption…well that book was just plain FUN to write!  Cori is that girl you always wanted to be friends with, of course she is friends with everyone.  And she is all about fun.  I often found myself giggling during her character development. The things she says and her mannerisms are a riot.  And let’s not forgot the food, that girl likes to eat.

Then there’s Jack.  Tall, dark, handsome, smart and completely awkward.  Cori knocks him on his butt…hard. But boy was it fun to watch his fall.

That brings me to my inspiration for this story.  I heard this song on Pandora one day and the words just stuck.  Then ended up being Cori and Jack’s love song, what brought them together. I listened to this song over and over while I wrote, and it seemed to sum up Jack’s character perfectly by the end of the book.  Listen and tell me if you don’t agree.  “Amazed” by Lonestar

And what is this about my dog, do you ask? Well, lonely old Jack has a dog.  A boxer.  Any boxer owner will tell you this breed is loyal to the end. Along with almost being half human with their emotions and facial expressions, not to mention actions.

Jack’s boxer is a mixture of the two boxers I’ve owned.  Mostly my current boxer, she’s a female too.  And a tad bit needy. But the feather chapter in the book, well that was all my male boxer—100% it happened to me, not my bed pillows but rather a couch cushion! So yes, all the stories, mannerisms, and actions of Roxy in this story are related to incidents I’ve lived through.

No, the dog on the cover isn’t my boxer, but it’s really close.  This is my boxer, Indy. Isn’t she a beauty!

indy2

So there you go, my inspiration and my dog. All wrapped up into one.  Be on the lookout for Book Three Road to Reality and a post regarding my inspiration there.  Hint hint, a little 3 year old in my life.

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