By Liz, excited to welcome the lovely and talented Krista Davis back to the blog! She’s talking about one of the best parts about writing books – dedicating them to someone. Take it away, Krista!
Dedicated to You!
I joke a lot about the glamorous writing life of an author. The truth is that I’m not jetting around the world or drinking martinis in chic bars surrounded by clever celebrities. In fact, I have never done any of those things. Hmm . . . I must be doing something wrong.
But there is one fun thing authors get to do. We can dedicate our books to the special people in our lives. I think most authors dedicate books to close family first. After all, they’re the ones who put up with our years of moaning and groaning about our books.
Sometimes, a special family member deserves a dedication. I dedicated Murder, She Barked to my maternal grandmother because the series features Oma, a German grandmother. She’s not exactly modeled after my grandmother, but my Oma loved to read and would be flipping out about her granddaughter, the author.
Also in the Paws & Claws Mysteries, I dedicated Big, Little Spies to Buttercup, the dog who inspired the character of Trixie. Now, it might seem odd to dedicate a book to a dog, but I don’t think the series would have existed without her. Buttercup was a Jack Russell terrier, full of energy, and one of the smartest animals I have ever known. She was dumped on my street along with eight puppies that did not belong to her. She’d been abused but it didn’t take her long to realize that life was good at my house. I’m not joking when I say that I never had to scold her. She knew when she was doing something rascally. It was like she could read my mind. My sweet Buttercup lived a long life. These days, I love having her come alive again in my Paws & Claws Mysteries.
The Diva Says Cheesecake, which is my latest Domestic Diva Mystery, is dedicated to a family friend who knew me when I was three years old. She recently told me that when I figured out how the latch worked on her kitchen door, I would run to her house, open the door, and then close and lock it to hide from my mother! My parents never mentioned this terrible behavior. What a pain I must have been. But it says a lot that at age three, it was her house I ran to. That’s certainly deserving of a dedication.
I have two more books coming up this year. One of them is A Colorful Scheme in my Pen & Ink Mysteries. It’s dedicated to a dear friend from my twenties. We worked together in a huge convention hotel, and we had a ball. Thanks to Facebook, we’re in touch again. I think a dedication is a nice way to let her know how much she means to me.
Just for a moment, put yourself in my shoes (expensive glamorous glittering stilettos), and tell us to whom you would dedicate a book.
And now I’ll get back (in flat comfortable sandals) to the reality of a fresh mug of hot tea (milk and sugar, please), seat in chair, fingers on keyboard, and a host of characters whose lives are far more interesting than mine.
Readers, who would you dedicate a book to? Leave a comment for a chance to win an ARC of The Diva Says Cheesecake! or A Colorful Scheme!
New York Times Bestselling author Krista Davis writes the Domestic Diva Mystery series, the Paws & Claws Mystery series, and The Pen & Ink Mysteries, which have covers that can be colored. Look for the fifteenth Domestic Diva Mystery THE DIVA SAYS CHEESECAKE! on May 31st; the fourth Pen & Ink Mystery, A COLORFUL SCHEME, on August 30th; and the eighth book in the Paws & Claws Mysteries, A GOOD DOG’S GUIDE TO MURDER on September 6th. Krista lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with two dogs, two cats, and a depleted stash of chocolate. You can find her at www.KristaDavis.com, www.instagram.com/kristadavisauthor, www.facebook.com/KristaDavisAuthor, pinterest.com/kristadavisbook , and twitter.com/kristadavis.