Please tell us a little bit about you?
I was born and bred down south in New Zealand, grew my wings and moved to Sydney, Australia. Then back to NZ, and back to Australia, and so it went on. I worked in mental health at various mental hospitals in NZ, and I was an airhostess for Qantas for a short time. I later sailed to Kenya on a 28ft yacht. That’s where I married and started my little family. From Kenya, I travelled to many other countries, and generally lead a most exciting adventurous life.
Wow! You’ve had nearly as many adventures as we have. I wonder – did you have to fight monster rats or work with a scary ghost?
Do you have a dog? Can you tell us its name and breed?
I had a dog. In fact I have had many dogs in some shape or form. I had my first two Labrador puppies when I lived in Kenya. I was wanting a baby but was unsure of whether or not I would be a good mama. So I was given two Labrador puppies to practice on. I guess I must have done okay, because my baby arrived and she is now a grown woman. And a very lovely one at that. My puppies were both girls although I named them Sam and George. They just weren’t pretty girls as pups. I didn’t have the faith that they would improve with age.
Our next puppy was my daughter’s, a golden Labrador, she named Serviette, then Halitosis, then Susan, followed by Tuesday. I suggested she call him Tosh, since she could never remember his name. She thought that was a pretty cool name for her new puppy.
When I returned to New Zealand, I had to leave my beloved dogs behind in Kenya.
Years later, my husband and I built our own boarding kennels and cattery in the Far North, New Zealand. DOGGIES & MOGGIES. While we were still building, we became the proud mama and papa of two more little black Labrador puppies, both girls. We named them Zawadi and Malaika. Both are Swahili names, from Kenya. Zawadi means Gift and Malaika means Angel. Whilst Zawadi lived to a grand age, Malaika had doggy Downs Syndrome, so she wasn’t with us for long.
When we left the Far North, we had a little Jack Russell who we named Lilly. Again, another wee girl.
What pretty names. How lucky you are to have had such wonderful dogs in your life.
I ate the first manuscript of The Great Escape and left it in hundreds of pieces. How does your dog help you with your writing? Does he or she insist on reading the first manuscript? Does your dog get heavily involved in the editing process?
When living in Kenya, Sam decided to eat a whole copy of Foulk’s “The Source”. She didn’t think we’d notice since there were two identical copies in the bookshelf (I never knew this until one was shredded). She was a bit crafty, and ate it on George’s mattress, so of course George initially got the blame. But George was such an honourable girl, so we soon knew the truth.
I’m a dog so I don’t understand what Foulk is but it sounds delicious! Alfie wants to know what flavours it comes in?
Cats are the mortal enemies of dogs in popular media. Do you think this is a fair call? My friend, Digger, is always licking the cat’s face. We tell him he’ll get cat germs but he doesn’t listen. Do your pets get along?
My pets have always got on well together. Oh, I tell a wee fib. Mostly, my pets have always got on well together. But I have to be honest here and say that my cats have always been the supreme rulers.
Yes, we have discovered the same things about cats only we don’t care – they do though and that’s why we have so much trouble with Speed Bump Charlie, the naughtiest cat ever!
Have you ever included a dog in your book?
Funny you should ask that. My latest book released only a few weeks ago is called “JACK just and ordinary dog in the dog house”. When Jack was staying with us as a boarder at our kennels, he wrote his mum and dad a diary.
Jack sounds like our kind of dog. I wonder if he would like to go on one of our adventures.
Have you ever included a cat? Was it a nice cat or a naughty cat?
Of course all my cats are adorable. Part of our boarding kennels and cattery, was a breeding facility. We bred and exported La Perm cats.
Curly cats!? What will they think of next!!
Thank you so much for joining us today, Susan. I’m sure your great book about Jack will be a hit.
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Susan and Astro's Review of "Jack"
Through this eyes we find out what it is really like running a boarding kennel. From the appreciative and responsible pet owners to the irresponsible, self-centred ones that just want to make you scream with frustration. Jack handles them all in his stride. His “aunty” and “uncle” become his main caregivers and he bonds with their pets as well.
Jack soon learns the benefits of living in the country and his adventure begins. His disputes with the camel hair carpet, his friendships with Lady cat and Zawadi and his ability to wake everyone up very early every morning - all add to a wonderful story about a little dog with a lot of attitude.
Do yourself a favour and grab a copy of this lovely book. You won’t be sorry.