Dogs Rule Cats Drool is giving away the fiction book, The Fitzy Resolution by author A. D. DeSena and a small bag of dog toys. The giveaway will run until August 10, 2012. One winner will be notified by email.
About The Fitzy Resolution
A fictional book about the sociopolitical world of dogs following one senator’s mission to investigate mysterious disappearances of dogs in her government. Through her investigation, she discovers certain truths to be false, and she is in constant conflict to keep government control away from the more ruthless factions of her government.
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Paperback: 182 pages
Publisher: DOGGED PUBLISHERS (March 6, 2012)
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Interview with A.D. DeSena
Q: Why write a story about dogs and politics?
A: Apart from the fact that I love dogs, and they have been an important part of my life since my adolescence, dogs, like humans, are inherently social creatures. What I find fascinating about politics – besides the discussions and “spin” that each political party places on a given issue – is the goal of tapping into our social awareness, albeit sometimes in an apparently dysfunctional way. Politics tries to get us to think “how does this affect both me and society?” It broadens our thinking, I believe, in an important way. Dogs are so incredible to me in their abilities to understand so many nuances of humans, and they seem so interested in us, that I thought it would be fascinating to extend that concept of their awareness and give them their own political structure.
Q: Who is Casey?
A: Casey was the first dog that my family ever owned. She was a wonderful, sweet, but sometimes headstrong Labrador Retriever. In my family, I was initially opposed to getting a dog, but I became the most attached to her except for my mother, who also bonded strongly with her. To me, she was so important because she appeared in my life at the time that adolescents start to think about the world outside themselves. To hold a fragile little puppy and see it grow through your own nurturing is a very humbling and wonderful experience. On another side note, my wife and I bonded strongly over our love for dogs on our first date. In a way, Casey was responsible for ensuring Holly (my wife) entered my life. I am so grateful to her. Sadly, she passed away at the age of 15 years about 2 years ago.
Q: How did you choose the types of dogs in the book?
A: I obviously chose a Lab as the protagonist because of Casey. The other dogs were from encounters in my life, some friends’ dogs, my mother-in-law’s dog. Also, I worked in a veterinary hospital as a clerk about ten years ago and had the opportunity to encounter lots of breeds and types. Also, Juniper, the antagonist, is a Beagle and I just think Beagles are a riot; I didn’t pick a Beagle because I dislike them – I am very fond of them.
Q: Do you have a favorite part in The Fitzy Resolution?
A: I really like the scene where Casey talks to the feline Council. I think it has some humor, I think the story gains a certain amount of complexity, and I think it starts to build the theme that runs through the book about each animal groups’ perceptions of their own place in the world. I also really, really like the name Murray, for a cat. I don’t know – something about that name just screams feline to me.
Q: Who do you feel would enjoy The Fitzy Resolution?
A: Animal lovers, certainly. There’s strong animal rights and animal welfare themes throughout the book. But I think the book also has strong elements of action in it – I keep the plot moving. I also think it’s an ideal book for older adolescents that are animal lovers. Whether you’re an avid animal activist or simply a loving pet owner, I think this book has something you can take from it.
Thank you for this interview A.D.
It was my pleasure, Rebecca.