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The author I’m pleased to be hosting for Virtual FantasyCon’s Blog Hop Hunt today is Victor Catano, author of Tail & Trouble, his debut urban fantasy novel.
Here’s my secret. I was never a dog person.
You might think this odd coming from a guy who has written a book in which one of the main characters is an adorable, magical bulldog, the familiar of a missing witch. And it’s not that I didn’t like dogs. I just was never a dog person.
You know the difference. There are cat people and dog people. People who have My Grandkids Are Pugs sweatshirts and those who have a back room dedicated to an elaborate carpet-covered climbing tree/scratching post.
My family always had cats. There was Minnalouche, the Siamese cat my Mom had gotten in college and brought with us to Halifax when we moved from Bethlehem, PA. She lived to a ripe old age before passing on. (She has a cameo in Tail & Trouble, which made my Mom tear up.) Then there was Grey, our creative name for the grey kitten we adopted from the neighbors. He was a scrappy cat, always trying to punch above his weight. He had a piece missing from his left ear from an early age, trophy of a fight he got one night when he didn’t want to come back inside.
We never had a dog. Dogs were messy, and needed to be walked and it was hard enough to get us to change a cat box once a week. And my Dad was plenty happy having a little fluff ball of a cat curl up on his lap while he watched baseball.
And all through college, roommates had cats as pets. One roommate after graduation had a dog. He was nice enough, but I didn’t have any hand in feeding or walking him. I did not have a dog until I met my wife, Kim.
Oliver was a parti-colored cocker spaniel. He always had too-long hair. He slobbered. He had eye boogers all the time. And bad breathe. And to anyone who liked him or his owner, he was the friendliest dog in the world. And he’d ferociously protect you from any perceived threat.
He was a rescue dog. He was used as a bait dog to train pit bulls to fight. You could still see the faint scars on his stomach from that. He would forever flip out whenever he got near a bigger dog, spinning on his leash and leaping at akitas and pits when they would dare to approach us on walks.
My wife told me that one reason she knew I was the right guy was because Ollie took to me so quickly. He liked me right away and made me a part of the pack. She told me that he never let anyone but her walk him before. (Maybe she just said that to get me to walk him, but whatever. Ollie was cool.)
Kim would swear to me that Ollie had 74 telekenetic powers. If there was a treat he wanted, it would magically roll off of the table and onto the floor. (Anything on the floor was his. He established that rule early on.) Stuff would drop off the stove, fall out of the fridge, and it happened too many times for it to be simply putting something too close to the edge.
Ollie passed away a few years ago at the age of twenty. We miss him still.
Ollie is the inspiration for Orson the bulldog in the book. Although we couldn’t speak to him, like Orson does with Gabriel, we never had any doubt what he was thinking. Like Ollie, Orson is fiercely loyal, devoted, and a true friend.
I hope you’ll take a look at my book and see for yourself.
Thanks! And happy blog hunting!
Tail & Trouble Blurb: When Gabriel’s witch girlfriend doesn’t return from her latest trip, he gets on the road and heads out to find her. Sheila’s coven is secretive and distrustful of Gabriel, so the only help he has is Sheila’s familiar, a bulldog named Orson, who is psychically linked to both of them.
In Florida, they walk right into an elaborate plan to steal Orson. A mysterious wizard named Yareth is behind the plot, and he may also know where Sheila is.
Gabriel and Orson will have to fight for their lives as they navigate around all the magical roadblocks to force Yareth’s hand. They won’t give up until Sheila is safe.
Victor Catano lives in New York City with his wonderful wife, Kim. When not writing, he works in live theater as a stage manager, light designer, and technical director, working mainly with dance companies. His hobbies include coffee, Broadway musicals, and complaining about the NY Mets and Philadelphia Eagles.
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