That’s easy – I love my dogs! We have a lot of dogs in our neighborhood, and I began to think about how a conversation might go between them when they meet on the street. One day I noticed a pair of Boston Terriers on Smith Street and they were very cute. However, I was concerned since when they were perched on their front door step, anyone could have reached over the fence and lifted them out of their home. Then I wondered what would happen to them if they escaped and got lost!
Then I wondered, hmm, this could be a mystery! But who would read a “Springer Spaniel Mystery”? That was the stupidest idea ever, I thought.
But the little characters kept saying hello every day when we walked past, including a cat. I decided I would write this short story and draws some cartoons. (I’ve been the Charleston Mercury cartoonist since 2006). The illustrations of the neighborhood and animals could make it a sort of memoir for my husband and me (we’ve lived in the same house since 1999), and he thought the idea was perfectly silly and cute. However, I had one obstacle – I ‘d never water-colored before. Luckily, I have several artist friends who showed me the basics, which is all I would need for simple, recognizable animals and landmarks.
The result was a 47 page black and white illustrated book, “The Missing Boston Terriers of Smith Street”. I couldn’t afford to print it in color, so the drawings are sort of like E.H. Shepard’s in “Winnie-the-Pooh”. The ebook version has color illustrations.
One adventure led to another. A ghost dog bully, a NEW PUPPY, and a cursed carriage mule, all in historic Charleston. I am preparing to write and illustrate four more adventures about Scout, Chisolm and Benne Wafer since I am encouraged by my four and five-star rating on Amazon! I guess people really like dog stories! Thank you 🙂