I have a dog guest here today. Hello. What is your name and your author’s name?
My name is Maverick. My author’s name is J.D. Sanderson.
Great to meet you. What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.
Oh, I’ve only been in one book. Sanderson named it A Footstep Echo. It’s a science fiction mystery. He loves all that time travel stuff.
Wow, Meow. I know my author loves time travel stories and has written a few herself.
Is this part of a series that you’ll be featured in?
I will be if he ever gets off his butt and writes another book!
Meow Out Loud. I guess you’ll have to be patient. It takes a long time for authors to write books. I’ve been waiting for the 4th in our series, and it seems like it’s taking forever, but I’ve seen Debbie working on other projects, so I understand.
Are you based on a real dog such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.
I’m based on the real-life Maverick, who was J.D.’s rescue springer spaniel. I’m told that, like my character in A Footstep Echo, he loved to walk, take naps, and watch TV. When he passed away last summer, J.D. decided to put him in the book.
Aww. That’s sweet. Debbie lost her Siamese, Oliver, who I was loosely based on this past November. It’s nice that authors can memorialize their pets in their books.
Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene? If so, please include it.
Sure, I don’ mind. Here’s a section from the second part of the book!
They got up together, walked inside the building, went down the hallway, and entered his apartment. Ruth was sitting on the well-worn couch. She tapped her knee, enticing Maverick to come over to her.
“I assume you gave him a pep talk?” she said in an excited little voice to the dog she had come to adore.
“He did. Always does,” Bernard said. “I don’t suppose you’d like to sit with me for a while and help me, boy?”
Maverick looked up at his master, choosing instead to walk over to his favorite blanket in the corner. He turned a few times and curled up to go to sleep. Bernard nodded, admitting to himself that would probably be his reaction as well.
Tail wags to you. That was excellent.
What do you like most about your role in your authors’ books?
I liked traveling through time. And food. Everyone gives me food. They pet me too.
Food and pets are nice perks for character pets.
Are you a talking dog in your books or just a silent pet like I am?
I don’t talk. I wag whenever people pet me, and I whine a lot when the scary robot girl comes around. She scares me!
Don’t blame you there. My dog co-star, Fido, would react the same. I’m a bit braver but not much.
What advice would you give other dog characters?
Find a master who finds someone who can cook. I am always waiting for Ruth to drop goodies on the ground!
Good advice. Characters who cook are the best. As a library cat, I’m lucky because the staff always leaves goodies for me.
Do you have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.
I’m just reading Ceasars Way while I wait for my writer to hurry up and draft a sequel!
I guess you need to nudge him.
Are you and/or your author on social media? If so, please list your links.
You can also read more about me and the other characters by getting the book at www.amazon.com/author/jdsanderson!
I’m sure my readers will check him out. Thanks so much for the interview, Maverick, and best bones on your book and forthcoming series.