Monday, March 30, 2015

Going to the dogs

If you follow my blog, you may know that I have a cat. (And if you follow me on Twitter, you've probably heard plenty about him.) But I'm happy to give dogs some airtime here, especially when they're the topic of a guest post by Holly Schindler. Her new book features a couple who meet through a canine connection. But more about that later ...

1. You always have company. Even when you’re being excessively boring. Which, let’s face it, is the life of a writer. To me (and to anyone else drafting their Great American Novel), there’s nothing more exciting than eight solid hours plunking away on a keyboard. But to the outside observer? (Enter loud snoring sounds.) It is, however, scientifically impossible to bore an animal. Even when I was in college, I used to put a chair beside my computer, and my Maltese, Winnie, would sit next to me while I wrote my term papers. You’re never truly alone in your office when your four-legged writing partner is curled up beside you…or at your feet.

2. You push yourself away from the desk. Conversely, you’ve got to thank your four-legged writing partner for accompanying you on long writing binges by taking them outside every once in a while. Jake, my Pekingese, is always makes sure that I get out in the sun—even if it’s just for a short walk around the block. In the summer, we’re both on the back deck. I’ve developed a serious love for writing outside.

3. Rejection never stings as bad. Oh, we all get it. Whether it’s a “No” from a publisher or a crummy review or a less-than-what-we’d-hoped-for anything from the pub world, all you have to do is let out a frustrated growl, and you’re instantly getting a kiss from your four-legged writing pal.

4. You never get a big head. Conversely (again), when things are going your way in the pub world—the reviews are starred, the in-need-of-your-signature contracts are piling up in your inbox—you inevitably wind up reaching for your latest printed masterpiece and find the pages have been chewed up or peed on, putting you right back in your place.

5. You laugh every single day. There is nothing funnier than a dog. Absolutely nothing. Which is probably why the first book I would ever even think about calling “comedic” is about a dog.

(Dogs play a big part in Holly's new book:)

Mable Barker, always the pal but never the girlfriend, bounces between lackluster jobs in Manhattan (and suffering unrequited love) in her unsuccessful attempt to find her one true talent. So when she meets Innis, the ill-tempered Fifth Avenue Pekingese, she assumes her dog-walking days are numbered, too. But Innis belongs to the adorable yet painfully shy young veterinarian, Jason Mead, a man whose awkward ways around women have him dreaming not of finding love for himself but of playing canine matchmaker—-breeding Westminster champions.

When Mable and Jason meet, romance is officially unleashed: they find an instant connection and shared goal, as Mable could have what it takes to be a professional handler, soon to hold Innis under a banner labeled, “Best in Show.” As Jason and Mable get closer to putting a new twist on the term “dog lovers,” outside forces—-Mable’s overprotective brothers, a successful wedding planner with her eye on Jason, even the theft of purebred pups from Jason’s Fifth Avenue apartment building—-all threaten to come between them. Will Mable and Jason simply let their burgeoning love roll over and play dead? Or will they rally to make sure Innis emerges as the leader of the pack?

Holly Schindler is the author of four traditionally published books; her work has received starred reviews in Booklist and Publishers Weekly, among other honors. Fifth Avenue Fidos is her first independently published book. She is owned by a Pekingese named Jake and can be found working on her next book in her hometown of Springfield, Missouri. She can also be found at


  1. I'm owned by dogs. Having bred, trained, showed and loved purebred dogs for 35+ years, run a professional dog show business and been the consultant for the filming of the movie 'Best In Show', I think it's was inevitable that my novels were all going to include at least one purebred dog. I always enjoy discovering another author who involves a passion for pets with storytelling. Looking forward to exploring Holly's new titles!