When Briggs, a Boston terrier, is stolen from his family’s deck and shoved into a waiting car, a chain of events unfold that shakes the city. The Stolen Dog follows Tricia and Josh, Briggs’ owners, as they fight a force unknown, enduring death threats, psychic interventions, false leads, fake set-ups, and the threat of dog fighting. A heart-wrenching yet ultimately uplifting story of love, fearlessness, and hope — a captivating view of the best and worst of humanity — The Stolen Dog will make you hug your pets closer. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to animal rescues. The Stolen Dog is a true story.
Wow sounds like a great read Tricia. I think anyone who loves their pet will really enjoy this story. I adore animals and I know I’d be in pieces if someone took my puppy! Read on folks to learn all about the author of The Stolen Dog.
Author Interview – Tricia O’Malley
Describe yourself in five words? Intellectual, sarcastic, emotional, loyal, compassionate.
What fact about yourself would really surprise people? I secretly adore modern romance novels. That probably isn’t that shocking but I consider them brain candy. I also sing to my dogs and they howl along with me. They may or may not be more in tune than me.
What are you addicted to? Artichokes, popcorn and traveling.
What assumptions do people make about you that are wrong? And what assumptions are bang on right? People often tell me that I am intimidating. I don’t know why. I actually am highly sensitive to other people’s feelings so I go out of my way to include people in a conversation or to make people feel comfortable in awkward social situations.
What scares you the most? On the other side of fear is a miracle waiting to happen.
What makes you happiest? My husband, our dogs and a sunny day by the lake.
What books did you love growing up? Oh, I was all over the place. I loved the Laura Ingles books, Anne of Green Gables, The Hobbit, Beverly Clearly, and then on to the darker stuff like Flowers in the Attic. I basically read everything I could get my hands on. My dad was just talking to me about the swears in my book and said he is worried that a 10 year old would read this. I said to him,“Dad, this is an adult book.” And he said, “but I think of you at 10 years old and you read everything. It didn’t matter what it was.”
What book should everybody read at least once? The Prophet by Khalil Gibran.
Is there any books you really don’t enjoy? es. I really struggled with Wicked. Horribly so. One of the first books that I have never finished.
Do you find it hard to share your work? Yes. This is my first novel. I was tremendously nervous to share it. But now that I’ve done it – I want to do it again. It’s addicting. Empowering.
Do you plan to publish more books? Absolutely. And I plan to surprise people by going very far outside my genre.
If you could study any subject at university what would you pick? Marine biology. I’m a certified diver and lived in the Bahamas for a summer teaching marine biology to students. The water calls to me. It soothes me. I could be in water all day long and be at my happiest.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? I’ve never been to Greece but it looks amazing. Of the places I’ve been? Cinque Terre, Italy or the South Island of New Zealand. Or the gold coast of Australia. Sigh. So many stunning places to live!
Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you? A finished book. One that is published. By you or by a publishing house.
Do you have any tips on how writers can relax? Whiskey. Yoga, spin class, or walking. Not necessarily together. You can try it though and see if you can stay on your bike.
How often do you write? And when do you write? I’m writing more than I ever have before. I used to wait until I had a project. Now the ideas flow much easier so I write much more. I write at night. During the day I write work stuff – articles, marketing, that kind of stuff. But the real soul of my writing comes out in the evening.
What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel? At the end of this book? They should feel amazing. As though they won a battle. I want people to take away that they don’t have to just accept what life deals them. That they can manifest change if they work hard enough and will it to happen.
What color represents your personality the most? Lately? Red. I’m deeply in love with red. I always defaulted to black for going out. Now, I’m embracing color and love a deep vibrant red. It makes me feel strong.
How do you feel about social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter? Are they a good thing? I’m torn on this. In the situation of our stolen dog – they were fantastic. There is no way we could have garnered the level of attention that we did without it. But on a personal note? I think it can be highly damaging to many people. People take it so seriously. I recently de-friended some people. I didn’t want their energy in my life. Now they are angry with me. It is strange because I would still be nice to them if I saw them in public. But Facebook is my own personal page. I don’t have to have anyone on it that I don’t want to. People forget what is “real” and what isn’t.
What makes you angry? Injustice. Unfairness. Bullying. Being deliberately hurtful to someone for no reason.
Are you a city slicker or a country lover? I’m a city girl who loves the country. However, If I were to move to the country then I would have to be on a lake. The water…ahhh it calls to me.
How do you feel about self-publishing? I self-published this book. I’m a huge advocate for it. Read blogs like Joe Konrath and Amanda Hocking and you’ll be easily convinced. If I am going to have to do my own marketing anyway, I’d prefer to keep most of the profits. Yes – it means that I have to hustle but I’m not afraid of hard work.
What does love mean to you? My book is about love. It is, in all respects, a love story. Albeit a non-traditional one as it is about a dog. I think love is unconditional. Human, animal, etc. When you love something or someone you are willing to put it all on the line for them. Bare your soul. Be vulnerable. Fight for them. It’s everything.
Do you find the time to read? I read every day. I have to. It is as much a part of me as eating a daily meal is.
Last book you purchased? Tell us about it. James Altucher’s Choose Yourself. Fantastic read. He inspired me to write a small piece. I emailed it to him and he responded immediately. I was humbled. I highly recommend his work. If you don’t buy his book – subscribe to his email and read his blogs. Talk about someone who knows how to wring emotions from small blog posts. Phenomenal writing.
Tricia O’Malley lives in Milwaukee with her husband Josh, and their much doted-upon dogs, Briggs and Blue. On a typical day you may find her working with marketing clients, writing, or designing websites. She loves the entrepreneurial life, is strongly resistant to the cubicle-world, and has an unhealthy penchant for shoes.