Chewy interviews Finalist Elizabeth Ann West

Elizabeth’s novel, Cancelled, is a finalist for the Best Romance in the 2013 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards. For reasons yet unknown to me, Elizabeth agreed to let my dog, Chewy, conduct an interview with her.


I don’t get it, either.

Chewy: Tell me how awesome your dog is. If you don’t live with a dog, explain yourself because I tell my mom not to trust dogless people!


Elizabeth:  Sadly, I do not have a dog, or any pets. We are a military family that moves very often and so my dog actually lives with my parents in Virginia Beach where she is ridiculously loved and cared for! Libby is 11. I saved her from a family that was moving overseas was going to take her to Animal Control because she is other dog aggressive. She has a best buddy though in Molly, a returned Christmas puppy my parents saved to be a companion to Libby. Both get staring roles in family news updates. We also have a special needs daughter that is just beginning her journey of therapy, and once she is a little older and we have a better idea of her strengths and weaknesses, we will allow her to have a pet she can care for and not endanger. So please don’t mistrust me, I don’t have a dog right now because I can’t provide a good home environment for him or her.


Chewy: How do you manage to get through the day without a dog?


Elizabeth: I get through my day without a dog because my 4-year-old daughter is hilarious. One of her favorite games is to play “Puppy” where she is on all fours, yipping, and panting with her tongue out. I have to pet her and say “Good puppy” before she’ll get up and say “Fooled you, Mommy. I’m Catelynn, not a puppy!” She also plays “Cat,” “Elephant,” “Dinosaur,” and “Tiger.” My house usually sounds like a zoo.


Chewy: Are there any dogs in your book? If so, tell me how awesome they are! If there are no dogs, do you regret not having any in your book?


Elizabeth: There is a shocking lack of pets in my book but that mostly goes to characterization. You see, most of the characters in my book are dealing and coping with their own selfishness, so you can see why they don’t own animals. I will make a note that characters who have grown may own a dog in the sequel.


Chewy: If your main character was a dog, what kind of a dog would he or she be?


Elizabeth: My main character in Cancelled, Johnathan Michaels, would be a labrador retriever. He is very smart, loyal to his family, and seizes life. He’s also willing to always be there for his friends and family members, though his supporting actions aren’t always the most helpful.


Chewy: If you could be a dog for one day, what kind of a dog would you be and what would you do with your dog day?


Elizabeth: If it’s only for a day, I want to be one of those posh, pampered pups that is owned by an heiress. I want a diamond encrusted collar, a soft pillow to lay on, my own personal walker, and designer dog food in my bowl. 🙂


Chewy: Do you like bacon?  I really like bacon. Mom is always buying that weird turkey bacon though because she doesn’t eat pork. I think there is something wrong with her because how can she not eat bacon, right? I mean, isn’t it the greatest thing ever? Mom is normally pretty smart about things, but I don’t get it. *sigh* But you like real bacon, right?


Elizabeth: Oh… not only does my family love bacon, we love CANDIED BACON! Take a pound of thick, smoked bacon and smother it with brown sugar. Seriously, you shouldn’t be able to see the bacon anymore! Stick it in the oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or so and ahhhh, it’s heaven. We call this recipe our Heart Attack wrapped in Diabetes!


Chewy: Mom, where is the brown sugar?