Can a dog be the hero in a romance?
Snips and snails and puppy dog tails brought Louie to mind. He's the heroic mutt in A Healing Heart coming out April 2013 in the Quilts of Love series from Abingdon Press. Fiction is based in reality. And so is Louie, the story's border collie/lab. The fictional dog character is based on our amazing family pet as is the memory quilt for graduating seniors.
|Louie, the heroic dog, with a real memory quilt for my son's graduation.|
What makes a hero?
Someone who is bigger than life, makes decisions because it's the right thing to do, and battles against insurmountable odds despite personal risk.
In A Healing Heart, Louie can do some amazing tricks. But the real Louie inspired them. He could jump through hoops, dance, and obey commands to hand signals. You'll see quite a few of these fun moments in the book. Often Louie learned a new trick in one or two tries then never forgot them. He could leap tall fences, race at top speed of 35 mph (clocked on my speedometer), and protect us from coyotes. Yes, he really did.
Fictional Louie does many of these tricks. But one will stand out beyond all others because just like the real Louie, he his heart makes him do the right thing against all odds despite personal risk. Yes, the dog becomes an important heroic character. Pet lovers are going to enjoy the part he plays. I loved writing him.
Tell me about your dog.
Any heroic traits or amazing tricks?