Author Interview – Barbara Brunner

Kashi and Turbo

Author’s first dogs at Mt. Rushmore.

What made you decide to write this book?
My first dog as an adult was a doberman named Kashi. She was as much a child to me as my daughter and when she passed away from cancer at the ripe old age of seventeen, I began formulating her story in my head. After almost twenty years and eight additional dogs, my own brush with cancer, it was time to put thoughts to paper and share all of the hilarious stories that had entertained our friends for many years. No one could even begin to make this stuff up – seriously! We have been fortunate in our life and had opportunities to travel, meet many varieties of people. Their stories, intertwined with our dog’s crazy antics were ripe for the telling.

What were you hoping to accomplish in writing your book?
Without humor life would be absolutely boring!

How did you go about researching and organizing your book? Are there any tips you would give to other authors writing a similar book?
Memoirs are tough. Chronological organization can be boring. But time jumping can be confusing. An equal balance is necessary to keep the writing interesting and the reader engaged.

Are you working on another book? If ‘yes’, can you tell us about it?
Since ‘Dog-Ma: The Zen Of Slobber’ was published, I have had little time to work on much else. Book tours and signings make for a full plate. I had a sequel formulating and a title decided upon – even a couple of chapters written. Izzy was going to be the star of the next book. Her struggles with personality challenges along with sudden blindness gave me a story a day to blog and tweet about. A book was in there somewhere. Then we had a sudden and tragic loss of our eldest, our Rottie Morgan. She passed away with just a few days warning, from cancer, in September 2013. My next book should honor her and her life. So the head-writing begins…





About the Author

Award-winning author, Barbara Brunner grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania with her parents, sister and always a dog, or two or three. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from a small women’s college in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Meeting her husband in Washington, DC, they continued together on a journey as self-proclaimed dog addicts. In the ensuing years, she founded three successful businesses in the Pacific Northwest and is a prolific fundraiser for breast cancer research. She and her husband are retired and now reside in Southwest Florida with two dogs and copious amounts of dog fur. She is currently working on indulging her well known flip flop addiction.