ABOUT WOOF at the DOOR
Grace Wilde’s job is anything but normal. When she’s not helping out at the zoo by comforting agitated lemurs, she’s listening to the woes of annoyed house pets. Grace’s life gets even more complicated, though, when the cops summon her to a crime scene to help deal with the murder victim’s terrified Doberman. The pooch turns out to be the only one who saw what happened the night of the shooting—and only Grace can get the information out of him. The problem is, how will Grace tell the distractingly gorgeous Sergeant Kai Duncan that it’s the dog who’s giving her the intel without spilling her big secret or sounding crazy? Left on her own, Grace will have to follow the pup’s lead to track down the killer. But she’ll have to be careful—or curiosity may end up killing the cat whisperer.
About Laura Morrigan
Spending the first years of her life on a Costa Rican coffee farm blessed Laura Morrigan with a fertile imagination and a love for all things wild.
Later she became a volunteer at a Florida zoo, helping out with everything from “waste management” to teaching an elephant how to paint. Drawing from her years of experience with both wild and domestic animals and her passion for detective novels, Laura created the Call of the Wilde Mystery series. She lives in Florida with her husband and far too many cats, loves the Blue Angels, wearing flip flops in November, and thunderstorms. Laura Is currently hard at work, writing the third Call of the Wilde mystery.
AND NOW THE CASE OF THE FOUND Q&A!!!!!
DONNELL: Wow, Laura, or should I say Bow wow! I’ve been waiting for this story forever. Whatcha been doing?
LAURA: Writing!! I’ve been waiting, too- so excited it’s finally out- and I’m getting great feedback. So I’m double-happy!
DONNELL: It’s no secret you love pets. What’s the most exotic creature you’ve owned?
LAURA: Aside from my husband? ;-) We ha a toucan when we liven in Costa Rica- and a squirrel. And I’m pretty sure the cat I have now is part monkey- if that counts.
DONNELL: How much fun is it seeing the book you’ve worked on from concept to completion in book form?
LAURA: It’s very cool! This is my first book so it’s very strange to look at BookScan and see that people all over the US have bought a copy. I mean, I don’t know anyone in Salt Lake City or Wichita- so, total strangers are reading my book!! Whoa!
DONNELL: Your book involves a mystery. I take it you like suspense. What’s the most suspenseful thing that’s ever happened to you?
LAURA: Once, right after my husband, Blake, had had shoulder surgery, I heard something in the middle of the night and thought “is someone inside?” Usually, I’d alert my husband and we’d work together to clear the house. But he was out cold, doped up on pain meds. I retrieved my weapon and crept to the top of the stairs where I had a clear view of the foyer and waited... listening.
It felt like an hour but after about five minutes of silence, I made the decision to check the house. It was fine. The noise turned out to be nothing. A big plastic tub I’d propped in the kitchen sink to dry had fallen- Normally, I would have remembered but I think because I was so worried about my husband, I didn’t make the connection. So I crouched on the stairs, straining to hear past my pounding heart and struggling with what to do. My internal debate went like this:
Should I call the police?
Why? All you heard was a thump- and the security alarm is on.
Right, but someone could have come through a window. Maybe I should try to wake up Blake.
What good would that do? He’s incapacitated.
And vulnerable. So if someone is inside or it’s more than one person... I’m calling 911.
Don’t be stupid, you haven’t heard anything in several minutes. Go check the house.
But If I leave, the upstairs open, someone could come up and Blake is out of it...
On and on it went.
The issue was the fear I felt for my husband, who is normally a force to be reckoned with. I didn’t know what to do. Paralyzing- but only for a few minutes, thank God!!
DONNELL: What’s in your refrigerator right now?
LAURA: Let’s see...Leftover jambalaya, green tea, milk, hummus, salad stuff, leftover chinese takeout, way more condiments then we’ll ever use and a bottle of Taittinger champange (for when I hit the big time!)
DONNELL: Do you have any quirks?
LAURA: Nope- I’m quirk-less! Okay- that’s not true. (No, it's not :)
I have an odd sense of humor- sarcasm is a factor there, but it can also be more off-beat than most. I find horror films to be funny and laugh at inappropriate times.
Sometimes, I dance around the house when I feel bummed out about something singing “Eye of the Tiger” or I’ll watch this clip of Dean from Supernatural over and over. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7fyfKCh_i4
DONNELL: If you could meet anyone, past or present, who would it be and why?
LAURA: Gosh, I don’t know. Dumbledoor? (does he count??) I’d love to go to Hogwarts!
NOW IT’S YOUR TURN. TIME TO ASK READERS A QUESTION.
Hummm... okay. When you find a new author you like and realize they only have one or two books out, do you buy stories or novellas by them to “bridge the gap” between book releases? If so, what length do you prefer? (Short would be anything less than 10,000 words, so, up to 35 pages. Long would be 10,000-50,000 up to 150-200 pages) Or does it matter?
You can read the first chapter of Woof at the Door on Laura’s website www.lauramorrigan.com
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If you’d like to see some really cool inspirational photos of animals and funny stuff visit Laura’s pinterest page.http://pinterest.com/lauramorrigan/grace-wilde-call-of-the-wilde-mystery-series-inspi/
@laura morrigan on Twitter
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