Christiana Miller is one of the finalists in the Best Mystery/Suspense category at this year’s eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards. Christina agreed to an interview with Chewy, despite the fact that it has no bearing on the awards at all and he has no pull with the judges (especially considering the fact that judging was handled through open voting with the public and the polls closed Friday!). But Chewy can be very persuasive when he wants to be, and I get the feeling her dog Max wanted a moment in the spotlight.
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!
Christiana: We rescued a dog a couple of weeks ago. Although really, I’m not sure whether my daughter picked him out, or he picked her out. He worships her. He’s definitely her dog. She plays and runs with him, he follows her around, he joins in any game she’s playing with her friends. He’s fine hanging out with us, but his whole world lights up when she comes home from school.
He’s a very happy dog. I have a picture of him on her lap and he has the biggest smile on his face. He’s a Bichon/Poodle mix. Prior to Max, I’ve had an agility Doberman retired with me, I’ve rescued two more Dobermans, and I adopted a Dobe/Rott/Australian Shepherd pound dog.
Chewy: What is your dog’s favorite thing to do?
Christiana: His favorite thing to do is play fetch and go for car rides. When it’s just the two of us in the car, he very politely sits in my daughter’s booster seat and watches out the window. My Doberman loved to sit in my lap in the car, and go canoeing with us. Nothing like a giant Dobie canoeing down a river, to attract attention! He also loved being on stage and was quite a Shakespearian actor.
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?
Christiana: I have dogs in most of my books. I have two Doberman puppies in Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She’s Dead. A grown Doberman in The Thief Who Stole Midnight. A Great Dane and two Doberman puppies in A Tale of 3 Witches. And, in the Gospel of Ruth serialized books, an albino Doberman will be making an entrance in the next installment.
Chewy: If your main character was a dog, what kind of a dog would he or she be?
Christiana: Probably a Doberman. She’s tenacious, pro-active, fiercely protective, funny and loving. My other lead would be a Bichon/Poodle. He’s more of a happy, laid-back guy, who’s always finding joy in the world.
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?
Christiana: I’d be a Doberman. I’d go out and stop crime. My first Doberman actually stopped a car-jacking. He was one scary looking dog — he looked like he stepped out of a vampire movie. But he was also incredibly sweet and loving.
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?
Christiana: Absolutely. What’s a day without bacon? Max, my Bichon/Poodle, agrees with you. The only treats he’ll eat, are bacon-flavored. I’m trying to potty train him, so every time he goes out for a walk (and he gets walked ten times a day!), when he comes back home, he gets bacon treats as a reward. He’s got a pretty sweet deal.