So I’ve got this novel, you see.
I love the concept. It’s a first person novel, narrated by a woman who is an animal control officer.
And she’s got problems.
Man problems, for starters. Her ex-fiance has shown back up in her life. And here, she thought she was completely over him.
Before you know it, she also ends up with dog problems — particularly when she stumbles on evidence of a dog fighting ring that is out of her official jurisdiction but very much on her conscience.
I first drafted Loose Dog several years ago. Shopped it to exactly one agent, who requested a full, but eventually passed on it.
I should probably have kept pushing, but instead I set it aside and wrote Libby, and a bit after that Can Job.
And you know what? That was the right decision. Because what that one agent told me is that Loose Dog was well-written but needed work on pacing. So I focused on improving my plotting, and as you can see from my Amazon reviews, plotting is one of the things readers like about my novels.
So now I’m back to Loose Dog, and my first New Year’s resolution for 2012 is to tweak it until I absolutely love it.
Get ready, world :-)