Dogs, Heroes and Sandpiper Creek

Everyone knows the saying  “a dog is a man’s best friend” but I think there’s more truth to that saying then not…

Personally, I love reading books when pets steal the show.

There are some exceptions, most notable is Stephen King’s Pet Cemetery—let’s don’t go there.

As a kid, I loved Lassie and Rin-Tin-Tin. And my daughter and I watched Homeward Bound so many times, we both knew every line by heart—”don’t be a sissy, Sassy” is our all around favorite. Marley and Me is still one of the funniest, heart-tugging book-movie combos ever, and I find myself constantly recommending The Art of Racing in the Rain and A Dog’s Purpose to pet loving readers.

For some unexplainable reason, I’ve decided a character in my book Sandpiper Creek is in need of a dog.

Characters with pets are just more relatable…

In real life, I have a new pet sitter who fell in love with my eleven-year-old Standard Poodle, Jasper. In fairness, it likely has nothing to do with how awesome my dog is—Angela loves all animals. That’s why she’s an exceptional pet sitter. Her roommate, a military psychologist, owns an extraordinary rescue dog named Tripod. Tripod is a wounded warrior who served in Afghanistan.

From the moment Tripod and Jasper met, they clicked. And lately, I’m convinced Jasper is coaxing me to write his new best friend into Sandpiper Creek, book four of my Loblolly series.

I love everything about my Sandpiper Creek story—the heart-tugging romance, the moral dilemma of my main characters, and that the premise stems from real life. The idea came from a heart-wrenching column written by my favorite columnist, Charles Krauthammer, a paraplegic that never allowed his handicap to deter him from his dreams.

Like many of my novels, Sandpiper Creek percolated in my brain for over three years. But in December, the pieces magically fell into place, and I am finally writing a beautiful novel of two heroes who each saved five lives. I can’t wait to share this book with you later this summer.

In the meantime, Jasper and I think a dog-hero like Tripod is going to make a perfect addition to a story featuring two amazing human heroes.