Sunday, February 27, 2022

Adele Myers & Chipper

Who is in the photo at right?

My name is Adele Myers and I'm the author of The Tobacco Wives, my debut novel about a young seamstress in 1946 North Carolina who uncovers dangerous truths about Big Tobacco. The cute little guy next to me in this photo is my sidekick Chipper. We believe is about 8 years old. When my husband, son, and I adopted him from a kill shelter in Tennessee, he was believed to be two years old. He's a Chiweenie, a Chihuahua and Dachshund mix, and a southern transplant, just like me, living in Brooklyn, NY.

What's the occasion for Coffee with a Canine?

We call Chipper our Velcro dog. He has to be right next to one of us at all times, and if given the choice, he hangs out with me. He's a momma's boy. He had a tough life before coming to live with us, so I don't blame him for wanting to stay close.

What's brewing?

Latte from my favorite local coffee shop, Konditori in Park Slope, Brooklyn. It's a Swedish Espresso Bar where I spent many hours writing in the pre-COVID days.

How did your dog get his name? Any aliases?

Chipper came with his name, which we quite like. Sometimes we call him Chip, Chippie, and occasionally Cujo when he gets overprotective.

Does Chipper do more to help or hinder your writing?

When I'm writing or editing, Chipper sits right by my side. He's an excellent co-editor. When I'm on a Zoom call ... totally different story. He likes to be in on the conversation, which is a bit of a hindrance.

Ball, squeaky-toy, stick...?

Squeaky toy. [photo left]

Cat, postman, squirrel...?

Postman and neighbors, any noise in the hallway outside our apartment.

Who is Chipper's best pet-pal?


What is Chipper's best quality?

He loves his people fiercely.

If Chipper could change one thing about Brooklynites, what would it be?

He'd like them to clear the street when he goes out for his walks. He wants the whole block to himself.

Visit Adele Myers's website.

--Marshal Zeringue

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Leanne Kale Sparks & Zoe

Who is in the photo at right?

Leanne, writer of mystery thrillers, and Zoe, an 18-month-old German Shepherd, showing off Momma’s new book.

What's the occasion for Coffee with a Canine?

We just finished an afternoon Nespresso with Dad, which is a treat because Dad is always on the phone.

What's brewing?

Our usual brew is Vanilla Macadamia Nut Kona coffee with two pumps of toasted marshmallow syrup and a generous pour of cream.

Any treats for you or Zoe on this occasion?

Zoe has a homemade puppuccino (whipped cream). Sometimes Dad adds some cereal milk to it for a little added bonus.

How were you and Zoe united?

We lost our gorgeous white GSD, Patch, during the quarantine in 2020, and we knew we needed to have another dog. We opted for a breeder and picked Zoe up at the beginning of October 2020, and life has been hectic and entertaining ever since.

How did your dog get her name?

We came up with a list of potential names, and the family voted for Zoe Matilda.

Any aliases?

Puppers; Honey Bun, Bun Bun, ZoZo, Petunia, Sweet potato, Zoe McGillicudy…and probably a few I’ve missed. Honestly, it’s a wonder she knows her name.

Does Zoe do more to help or hinder your writing?

She is not so helpful in my office. Too many distractions and things she ought not to be chewing. Daddy’s office has windows to the front yard. Much more to entertain and keep her out of trouble.

Has Zoe inspired you to create any fictional canines?

I didn’t have Zoe when I started writing this last book, but I can definitely see her in some future books.

Cat, postman, squirrel...?


Ball, squeaky-toy, stick...?

Squeaky ball and frisbee.

Who is Zoe's best pet-pal?

My granddog, Nala (but she lives in another state, so they don’t see each other often). She loves running the fence line in the backyard with the neighbor dog, a border collie.

What is Zoe's best quality?

She’s a big morning snuggler in bed.

If Zoe could change one thing about Texans, what would it be?

Big loud pick-up trucks that pass her while taking a walk.

If Zoe could answer only one question in English, what would you ask her?

What is so enticing about eating your poop?

If Hollywood made a movie about your life in which Zoe could speak, who should voice her?

Reese Witherspoon.

What advice would Zoe give if asked?

If the answer to life’s questions don’t involve loving on a dog, it’s not a question worth asking.

Visit Leanne Kale Sparks's website.

--Marshal Zeringue