When I got my revisions and re-read through the manuscript, I was appalled. Flo had delved into the story I had written and seen the one I had to write. And no matter what happened after I hit send, I knew that I would never be the same again. I spent three days going down the wrong track, phoned a friend who talked me round, and finally re-read the revision letter once more.
Once again, Chet finds himself in the middle of the action – and along the way his nose helps him to identify tasty treats to inhale. This graphic, provided by The Senior Dogs Project, shows how a dog’s age is determined in part by its size.Nine months ago I was living in London, with the best job in the world. I was an editor for Harlequin and there were two things in life that I knew to be true: I needed coffee in the morning before I could speak to anyone, and that if you broke me apart, Harlequin Presents was inscribed on my bones. I apologised profusely, but explained that I needed to take this call. So there I was, in a coffee shop in Ipswich, on a date, with a coffee in one hand, a phone in the other, a man sitting opposite me with curiosity shining in his eyes, and I was desperately trying not to cry. I tried to explain that the emotional side of my brain had overloaded, and the professional side had taken over.But in spite of this, I knew I had to make a change. I wanted to make my living by putting all the day dreams I had in my mind down on paper. There’s nothing that can prepare you for life changing moments. “We’re delighted to say that we want to buy your book.” I’ve uttered those words. But I can say, hand on heart, nothing came close to how honoured, how excited, thrilled, ecstatic, nervous and… My date was smiling, Flo was laughing, and I was in emotional reboot!Like the first book, Dog On It, the narrator is Chet – the canine partner of Bernie Little of the Little Detective Agency.Bernie’s romance with reporter Susie Sanchez isn’t a smooth ride and she goes missing at a time when Bernie is hired to investigate threats made against a show dog, Princess.I can’t tell you if I’ve found him yet, but I do know that my date was happier for me than I believed I had a right to be.
Chet and Bernie are at it again in this second installment of the Chet and Bernie series by Spencer Quinn, entitled Thereby Hangs a Tail.
In the middle of the last century, there were 500,000 of them in 39 countries.
But the species is in decline across nearly its entire range south of the Sahara.
Today there are somewhere between 30 left, in fewer than 25 countries.
That’s roughly one per cent remaining – and that’s the best case scenario.
A doctoral researcher at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Craig R. African wild dogs are a distinct species that cannot inter-breed with other dogs.