Book: A Little Hair of the Dog (The Ann and Henry Novels) by Jane McBridecategories: Book, Great Danes, Erie Canal, Western New York, LDS Fiction, Puerto Rico, Mormon Fiction
Jane McBrideabout this book: 27 year old Andalusia Bixby is still reeling from the sudden death of her father, with whom she had lived all of her life. The young Mormon woman decides to go back home, to the small town of her childhood in Western NewYork on the banks of the Erie Canal.
Reunited with old friends and meeting new ones is just the injection of hope and thoughts of a real future she needed. One thing she did not expect was that she would encounter a very special orphan, or that she would adopt him. He is two years old. His name is Henry. He weighs almost 200 pounds. He is an unusually large Great Dane. She has never had a dog-indeed, has never had so much as a hamster in her life. During her journey of learning how to be a good mother to her new dog, she meets someone else who needs her-a reclusve and bitter young man who had sworn off other people, permanently.
A lot of things inspired me to write this. I grew up with a beautiful Great Dane named Johann, who was the inspiration for Henry. I am from the small town of the story and it is one of my most favorite places in the world. I get many ideas while out walking my own dog, and I know that the best ideas in a book come from real life. Go out and live it-don't stare at a blank screen. I think that there is a potentially large and diverse audience for my book. I think the Dane lovers, dog lovers, Western New Yorkers and Mormons among others, should all be interested. It took me somewhere between two and three years to write-honestly, I lost track. It was finished at one point at around two years, but then I decided to re-write almost all of it. That took several more months. Most of it came right out of my own head and ver little research was required.
What I would like to say to readers is that if you want to write a book, do it. As I said above, do not sit and stare at a blank screen wating for inspiration. Your best ideas will come from things that you actually did, actually see, actually experience in some way. I would also like to say that this book is meant to be funny and just fun to read. The book is somewhat about a person's conversion to the LDS Church, but that is only one aspect. More than anything, I think it is about her adventures as the owner of a new and very large dog, the new people she meets, her kind heart, and the efforts she makes to have a positive attitude towards just about anything.
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