Dog lovers and hopeless romantics alike are sure to enjoy Laura Caldwell’s new novel, The Dog Park. After taking a look at the synopsis, I can’t wait to read more about the loveable Goldendoodle, who forever changed the lives of his owners after one heroic act caught on tape.
Will Baxter’s overnight celebrity status catapult his owners into two separate directions? Or will his broken family overcome their irreconcilable differences and find their happily ever after? You’ll have to read the book to find out!
Without further ado, I bring you an interview with the author.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go hug my dog now!
What inspired you to write The Dog Park?
I’d been writing mysteries and thrillers for a while, including six books featuring my series character, Izzy McNeil. I had one book left in my contract and started plotting the seventh. At the time, I had just gotten my puppy, Shafer, and was head over heels. My publisher’s pointed out that my social media posts and photos had gone from books and mysteries to dogs and dogs and dogs. And they had an idea—why not write novel involving a dog? A great beach book, something fast-moving and a little sexy. And maybe, just maybe, a happy ending. I was in.
Why did you decide to make a dog the focal point of your novel?
We wanted The Dog Park to be entertaining and fun, but my publisher really wanted a book with strong characters and strong relationships. Shortly into the book, I realized that Baxter, the dog who I’d seen as more of a sub character (albeit one who drives much of the action), was definitely much more. Just like a lot of our pets, Baxter is a creature with his own personality. His own preferences and tastes and quirks.
Of all the characters (canines included!) in the book, which one would you like to spend an afternoon with and why?
Billy McGowan! He’s a musician whose band became famous shortly after high school, and who managed eventually to turn himself into a man of integrity and intellect.
What message do you hope readers will take away from this book?
Overlaying all of the book is the profound, and yet often profoundly different, relationship that each different person has with their dog. There’s also the fact that social media has changed everything. It’s thrilling, but a little jarring and scary, to think that a person can be unknown at breakfast and trending on the news that night.
I read that you have your own Goldendoodle! What’s unique about this particular breed?
Friendly, fun, loves to chase balls, highly intelligent.
Finally, do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
If you really love writing, it’s great to be published, but ultimately it doesn’t matter. I truly thought I was never going to be published, but I kept writing because I loved it. It was a hobby I had on my own, where I could chart my own progress, and explore creativity and storytelling. I think passion shines through (or rather, reads through).
More about the author: Laura Caldwell, a former trial lawyer, is currently a professor and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She is the author of eleven novels and one non-fiction book. She is a nation-wide speaker and the founder of Life After Innocence, which helps innocent people begin their lives again after being wrongfully imprisoned. Laura has been published in thirteen languages and over twenty countries. To learn more, please visit http://www.lauracaldwell.com.