Sneaky Interviews Lucy from Confessions of a Red Herring by Dana Dratch

Sneaky here with another pawsome interview of a pet character. Today, it’s my pleasure to be cat chatting with a cozy mystery dog whose currrent book is on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book.

Hello, there. Please introduce yourself, Ms. Dog.I’m Lucy, She-wolf of Fordham, Virginia. The vet calls me Lucy Vlodnachek K9. She’s nice. And, for a little while, I answered to “Puppy.” But my guy fixed that. His name’s “Nick.” He named me “Lucy.” He says it’s because I’m a crazy redhead. I love him!

It’s great to love your human co-stars. I adore Alicia and Laura, too. They’re my main Buds in my Cobble Cove mystery series. Tell me about your books.

I go everywhere with Nick and Alex – Nick’s littermate. I’m in CONFESSIONS OF A RED HERRING, and I’ll be in SEEING RED, too. It’s called a “sequel.”

Sounds purrfect. So, this is the first book of your series. Tell us more.

It’s a bunch of books. Every one is “A Red Herring Mystery.” But I don’t know what all the fuss is about. I’ve nibbled books. They don’t taste good.

It’s not good to nibble books, Lucy. They would be very mad at me at the Cobble Cove Library if I did that.

Are you based on a real dog such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.

 I am Lucy, Devourer of Pizza. There are no others like me.

It’s nice to be unique. We should all be our own characters.

Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene? If so, please include it.

Well, I’m pretty good at expressing myself. This is one story that Alex tells from when we first came to live with her:

I opened the screen door for Lucy, and she bounced into the kitchen.


“Rowr,” Lucy replied, loping past me and over to her water bowl. She lapped delicately for a minute or so. Then nosed the food bowl, which was empty. She looked up at me, pointedly. Without breaking eye contact, she put an over-sized paw in the food dish.

“Nick says you have to wait ’til he gets back.”

She reached down with her nose and pushed the bowl toward me. Then she looked up expectantly.

“An hour, tops.”

She ducked again, this time sliding the bowl right into my feet. Then she sat back on her haunches and stared up at me.

I looked away. Then back. I swear I heard her stomach rumble.

“Oh, all right. But if anyone asks, this was just a snack.”

Great scene.

What do you like most about your role in your authors’ books?

Bacon! And pizza! And I have a lot of people who love me and talk to me and take me for walks. Like Baba. She’s Alex and Nick’s grandma. She has a soft, kind voice and she smells like pot roast. And Gabby. She’s Nick’s girl. When I was little, she found me looking for food on the street. She carried me to Nick. That was in a place called “Vegas.” Now we all live with Alex.

Food is one of the many pleasures in life for us pet characters, as it is for real-life pets. As a cat character, I also enjoy napping, but that’s more a feline thing.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Learn to howl. It’s fun! Also, bacon. Eggs aren’t bad either. Especially with bacon. Did I mention the bacon? Oh, and stay away from socks.

I can yowl. Not sure that’s the same as a dog’s howl, but it can be mighty loud. I prefer chicken and fish. I don’t believe anyone’s ever given me bacon. As far as socks, they may great play toys.

Do you have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.

CONFESSIONS OF A RED HERRING is brand new. Right now. It’s all about me and my pack. Someone’s killed Alex’s boss. And someone’s trying to hurt Alex. But we stick together!

That’s what cozy mystery characters do. Condogulations on your new book.

Are you and/or your author on social media? If so, please list your links.

I’m very social. I like walks, sniffing flowers, following butterflies and watching trees. People pet me and give me cookies. My guy says I’m well-socialized. Alex says before I came she didn’t even know her neighbors. And they’re nice! Especially the Clancys.

Oh, Alex says you mean her website: Also Goodreads, Bookbub and Amazon. And someone tweets about us – whatever that is — at @ReadAboutMoney.

Debbie tweets, too, but the only tweets I care about are the ones birds make. Thanks for the pawsome interview, and tail wags on your new release and blog tour. I’m including more information about your book and your rafflecopter link below. Not sure what a rafflecopter is, but I hear you can win something by entering it.


As a reporter, she’s used to covering the news.

Now she’s the headline.

Alex Vlodnachek has been a reporter for 12 years, a P.R. rep for three months, and a murder suspect for all of 24 hours. When her agency’s double-dealing CEO is stabbed, scheming co-workers cast the new redhead as a compelling red herring. The story is media catnip—especially her salacious nickname: Vlod the Impaler.

Even Alex has to admit she looks guilty.

Out of a job and under suspicion, Alex is running low on cash, when she’s visited by a second disaster: her family. Soon her tiny bungalow is bursting with her nearest and not-so-dearest. To keep herself out of jail—and save what’s left of her sanity—Alex returns to her reporting roots. She goes undercover to reclaim her life, break the story

And unmask a murderer. Pretty much in that order.

What she doesn’t know: The killer also has a to-do list. And Alex is on it.

Dana Dratch is the author of CONFESSIONS OF A RED HERRING, which was releasedt May 29. A former newspaper reporter and current personal finance writer, she’s currently writing the sequel, SEEING RED, which has Alex, Trip, rescue-pup Lucy, and the whole crazy Vlodnachek family going up against spies, art thieves and a very determined murderer. 

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