I've noticed that on a number of blog sites that fellow writers have been interviewed. So I thought it would be interesting if Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet star, would possibly share her thoughts about writing. You may be aware that Penny does the occasional guest posting on this site. To my delight, Penny agreed to let me interview her and get an insight into her fascinating writing ideas.
Thank you Penny for allowing me to interview you.
Question 1 : Before you settle down in front of the keyboard, do you have any rituals you like to follow?
Answer : "Before I get settled down in front of the keyboard I go outside in the garden and have a ceremonial crap. Then I come back inside, roll around on the carpet, wag my tail, go to the kitchen, check out the food before finally heading to the keyboard to paw out my must read articles."
Question 2 : Why do you write?
Answer : "Ah Gary, the reasons I write are numerous. I write because I wanted to help you with your writing skills. I write because I consider it most therapeutic. Indeed, my human, I write to teach humans that we animals are an example of unconditional, non-judgemental love."
Question 3 : What inspires your writing?
Answer : "When Tristan or you take me for walks, I observe, I listen, I sniff. And with my senses full of the magic of the great outdoors, I find myself inspired to write about the simple goodness that's all around. And I'm very sensitive to your son and yourself. I write to try and bring you both comfort through these daunting times."
Question 4 : Do you have any writing suggestions for aspiring authors?
Answer : "Write from the heart. Make your writing intimate. Write in such a way that your reader really feels like you're 'talking' directly to them. Make your reader care about the story. Most importantly, grab and hold onto the reader's attention from the very first sentence. Never give up and pursue your dream. Do your best to make your dream a reality."
Question 5 : I can see you're getting tired, Penny. Thus, just one more question. You are known as Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet star. Does this fame come at a price?
Answer : "As you know and I will share this with the person or animal reading this, I'm forever being hounded by the pesky 'puparazzi'. You might not see them, Gary, but they are always lurking in bushes, around corners and trying to get that exclusive photo of me. Oh, before I go and piddle on your bed, Gary, I'm writing a book titled, "My Previous Bark", which recalls my days of when I was a puppy and the day I chose the humans I would live with. I shall never forget the day when little Tristan and I first saw each other...."
Thank you very much, Penny. "You're welcome and with that I shall now sneak off and piddle on your bed!"