Where did the idea come from for the book? My wife, who has been urging me for at least a year to get Roger and Suzanne to buy a dog, to go to dog shows, and to solve the killing of an unloved dog show judge. The suggestion was recently reinforced by a reader of a short story I wrote about a P.I. and a dog who asked me on Facebook to write a Roger and Suzanne novel with a dog-based theme.
What genre does your book fall under? Hard-boiled mystery
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? I think I see Kristanna Loken as Suzanne---a tall, blond, and athletic woman of 30-ish. If you are asking WHO at this point, look her up on Google or The IMDB (try the name or the SyFy Channel series, "Painkiller Jane"). Roger---how about Aaron Eckhart? They'd make a nice couple.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? It's too soon to know, but let's try this one: Roger and Suzanne
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? I don't know yet. It's a work in progress. I've been working on it for several months already.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? I think the Roger and Suzanne mystery series of books has elements of Dashiell Hammett's "The Thin Man" in them, with the wealthy couple solving some nasty murders. Roger is better adjusted and drinks a lot less than many California Private Eyes, perhaps because he's had fewer concussions than most. His martial arts skills have protected him from the inevitable blows on the head with a blackjack thus far. For this particular story, the Sherlock Holmes stories like "A Scandal in Bohemia" might have some interesting similarities if "The Deadly Dog Show" goes in the directions I'm currently thinking of.
Who or what inspired you to write this book? My wife and several of her dog show friends. And I wanted to bring Roger and Suzanne back to California where they can get plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. They've been eating too much beef in Uruguay and their serum cholesterol levels are creeping up.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? The plot, the setting, the whodunit theme, and revisiting with characters from a series, or meeting Roger and Suzanne for the first time. This will be the fifth novel and the seventh or eighth book in the series (depending on my rate of progress on another book in the series also in the works). Throw in a visit to the world of dog shows with a totally authentic background, and how can you not have your interest piqued? For the record, I actually showed (or at least tried to) one of our dogs in a large Sacramento Kennel Club Show when Elaine was too pregnant to do the honors, so I know whereof I write in this context.
John Tucker at https://www.facebook.com/#!/hutt1234