Sneaky here with another pawsome interview of a pet character. Today, it’s my pleasure to chat with a cozy mystery dog whose current book, The Body in the Wetlands is on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book. Hello, there, Pug. I mean Pup. What is your name and your author’s name?
I’m Ansel’s pug, George, and my author is Judi Lynn.
It’s a pleasure to meet you. What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.
I’ve been in The Body in the Attic, book one, and now The Body in the Wetlands, cozy mystery number two. At the end of September, I’ll be in The Body in the Gravel.
Lots of bodies in your titles. That’s cool. Bodies are good in murder mysteries. In my Cobble Cove series, there are lots of rocks and stones (and murders, of claws)– A Stone’s Throw, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Written in Stone, and Love on the Rocks. I have four books, so I’m a bit ahead of you George. I’m hoping Debbie will start Number 5 soon.
Are you in a series? If so, please give information about it.
I’m in the Jazzi Zanders series. My human, Ansel, is a contractor who works with Jazzi and her cousin, Jerod, on flipping houses. I go everywhere with Ansel. He’s happier when I’m around. House flipping doesn’t interest me much, though, so I mostly curl in the dog bed he takes places for me and occasionally I open an eye to supervise. I always wake up for our lunch break, though.
Don’t blame you on that. I prefer my sunny window in the Cobble Cove library and all the treats the library works and patrons slip me.
Are you based on a real dog such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.
My author’s daughter, who lives in Florida, had a pug like me—Bill. Bill was a bit spoiled, though. We have a lot in common. Neither of us are fond of walks, and we don’t like stairs. That’s why Ansel always carries me up and down them. Oh, and we both like beer.
Beer? Hmmm, the only drink besides water that I indulge in is milk, but I do get high on catnip occasionally.
Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene? If so, please include it.
I was depressed when my author wrote this scene. Ansel has to go back to his family’s dairy farm to help them fix the house and barn roof. He takes me with him, but neither of us wants to be there. I don’t like his dad and oldest brother. I want to go home, to be with Jazzi and our friends. After working on the farm all day, Ansel calls Jazzi at the end of the night.
“I hate this.” Ansel sounded upset.
“Just get your family in good shape and come home.”
“Home.” His voice lingered on the word. “George doesn’t like it here either.”
“Tell your brothers to sneak him treats.”
“That’s the thing. They have. He won’t eat them.”
She didn’t believe it. George had never met a food he didn’t like. “You’ve got to be kidding. George eats everything. What are they giving him—broccoli?”
“We’re in farm country. Bits of steak. Chicken.”
Jazzi was concerned. “Is George feeling all right? Is he sick?”
“He misses you … and home.”
“Holy crap. I thought George would eat in spite of anything.”
Ansel sounded downright gloomy. “Well, I’d better go upstairs to bed. They put me in my old room. No happy memories there.”
That’s a good scene. When you’re a pet character, you have to be able to act happy as well as sad.
What do you like most about your role in your authors’ books?
They show how much Ansel and Jazzi love me. And I love them back.
That’s important, too. I know Alicia, Laura, and most of the library people adore me. Donald acts like he doesn’t, but I know he has a soft spot for me.
Are you a talking pet in your books or just a silent one like I am who just meows occasionally?
I’m silent, even though I live with two cats, who cause a lot more trouble than I do, especially Inky.
Is Inky black? My author’s kitten, Harry, is black. Maybe I can chat with Inky one day.
What advice would you give other dog characters?
Just be there for your human. I’ve helped Ansel through some tough times. He needs me.
Are you and/or your author on social media? If so, please list your links.
My author stays active on a lot of things:
Anything else you’d like your readers to know?
I’m on the cover of The Body in the Attic.
Pawsome. It was great speaking with you George, and I’ll share;your author’s blog tour below. Best tail wags to you and Judi on your new release.
The Body in the Wetlands
(A Jazzi Zanders Mystery)
by Judi Lynn
About the Book
The Body in the Wetlands (A Jazzi Zanders Mystery)
2nd in Series
Lyrical Underground (April 23, 2019)
Paperback: 208 pages
Digital ASIN: B07FZN7CVT
High summer in River Bluffs, Indiana, is always sweltering and sweet. But the heat is really on when a decidedly dead body turns up in the neighborhood.
When established house flippers Jazzi Zanders and her cousin Jerod donate a week’s worth of remodeling work to Jazzi’s sister Olivia, they’re expecting nothing more than back-breaking roofing work and cold beers at the end of each long, hot day. With Jazzi’s live-in boyfriend and partner Ansel on the team, it promises to be a quick break before starting their next big project—until Leo, an elderly neighbor of Olivia’s, unexpectedly goes missing . . .
When the friendly senior’s dog tugs Jazzi and the guys toward the wetlands beyond Olivia’s neighborhood, they stumble across a decomposing corpse—and a lot of questions. With Jazzi’s pal Detective Gaff along to investigate, Jazzi finds her hands full of a whole new mystery instead of the usual hammer and nails. And this time it will take some sophisticated sleuthing to track down the culprit of the deadly crime—before the killer turns on her next . . .
About the Author
Judi Lynn received a Master’s Degree from Indiana University as an elementary school teacher after attending the IPFW campus. She taught 1st, 2nd, and 4th grades for six years before having her two daughters. She loves gardening, cooking and trying new recipes.
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