Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Meg Donohue's break from reality...plus a book giveaway

Today we are happy to feature USA Today best selling author Meg Donohue and her latest novel, Dog Crazy. The book is about a pet bereavement counselor named Maggie who happens to experience a loss of her own and comes undone. This is a must read for all the dog lovers out there and those that understand the bond that is formed between human and canine. The story takes place in San Francisco where Meg currently resides with her family as well as her dog.

Meg graciously took the time to answer some of our questions and tell us more about herself and her interests. Read on to find out more about who Meg considers her "book boyfriend", the strangest place she's ever read a book, and what story she thinks would make a good television series! You can find her at her website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Thanks to HarperCollins, we have TWO copies of Dog Crazy for some lucky US readers!

What book do you think everyone must read at least once in their lives?
What a difficult question! I don’t actually think there is one book that is right for everyone—different strokes for different folks and all that. I will say that I think all book-loving, dog-loving people should read Mary Oliver’s DOG SONGS. It is poignant, and funny, and so very beautiful.

Where is the strangest place that you've been able to sit and read?
I’m immediately reminded of the first time I went on vacation with my now-husband and his family. It was early in our relationship and many years before our wedding. His family, I quickly realized, is a rather sporty crew, and I am … not. At one point I remember my husband and his siblings became engaged in a heated tennis match and, instead of joining them, I climbed up onto that chair that tennis officials (umpires? Referees? You see, I’m hopeless) sit in at the net and cracked open a book. I read up there for a lovely hour in the sun while they grunted and sweated and swung below me.

How does being an author affect your reading choices/experience?
I read as a writer, dissecting the ways an author has structured a book and developed characters and tension and plot. This doesn’t make me enjoy the experience of reading any less, and I do still sometimes lose track of myself and get lost in a novel. If that happens, I read the book again with a more critical eye to understand when and how the author put me under her spell.

Who is your book boyfriend?
Heathcliff from WUTHERING HEIGHTS. Back off, ladies. He’s mine.

Do you read self-help or motivational books? If so, which one really spoke to you?
I don’t. I rarely read anything but fiction, but I’m a sucker for Facebook posts that link to articles about raising happy kids.

Which book would make a great TV series?
I absolutely loved Liane Moriarty’s THE HYPNOTIST’S LOVE STORY and could see it, with some reworking, as a TV series. The main character is a hypnotist and it would be interesting to follow the story arc of one of her patients each week. (Full disclosure: I’m a Liane Moriarty super fan, so I’d read or watch anything with her name attached!)

Thanks to Meg for chatting with us today and to HarperCollins for sharing Dog Crazy with our readers.

~Introduction by Melissa Patafio

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22 comments:

Janine said...

I don't really have a book boyfriend. They will change from each great book I read.

OnDBookshelf said...

Nicholas from The Mistletoe Promise :)

Bonnie Franks said...

I just realized that I don't have one for the same reason I don't have one in real life. I always pick the wrong ones!!!! That being said, I always find a good guy to like as a friend in books I read.

Ro from Mo. said...

Jack from Karen White's Tradd Street series

Nova said...

Mr. Darcy from PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen is the only one i can think of. i have different ones from different authors.

traveler said...

My favorite book boyfriend is Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Jackie Bouchard said...

I've been looking forward to reading this! Great interview. My book husband (we're not just dating!) is Atticus Finch.

Laurice McClung said...

James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Frazier.

susieqlaw said...

Mr. Darcy

S.Sabia said...

Sadly, I don't have a book boyfriend yet.

bn100 said...

don't have one

Glenda Hefty said...

A consistent one would be Roarke from the the In Death series by JD Robb but I tend to like a new one in every book read.

Vivian Vereeke said...

I also tend to have several different book boyfriends for the different books I read. However, there are 2 that I keep coming back to. The first is Roark from J.D. Robb's In Death series. The second is Joe Morelli from Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series (Ranger is very sexy too!).

rubynreba said...

I don't really have one. I guess when I read a really good book there is usually one stands out though!

pascale said...

MARK DARCY.... Bridget jones Diary.

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I don't have one of those. Leave those for the younger ladies.

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StephTheBookworm said...

Marcus Flutie from the Jessica Darling series.

Rebecca said...

I don't really have a book boyfriend. TV is another issue:-).

Bonnie K. said...

I've never really thought about having a book boyfriend. But if I could go back in time, I'd like to go with Mr. Darcy.

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rhonda said...

Mr Darcy for me

Kelly M said...

I don't think I really have a book boyfriend

Daniel Scott said...

I asked my wife this question and she said, Inuyasha the comic book character.