Monday, October 15, 2012

Guest Post by Helga Stipa Madland

My travelogue Dachshunds Can Fly is about a dachshund, but my humorous mystery novel Turtle Bay is not about turtles. I named it that because we visited the famous Turtle Bay Resort on the north shore of Oahu.  It struck me as a great setting for a mystery. Some of the characters have real life models, especially the detective’s twelve year old twin daughters Myra and Maya. They were inspired by my granddaughter Sydney, who is now a sophomore in college. Some years ago, my husband and I went on a cruise with her parents and brother. Sydney was thirteen at the time and was hilarious. I was especially delighted when she ordered escargots and actually ate them, adding however, that she would probably not do that again for quite a while.

Questor the dachshund sadly died two years ago. He is actually a mixture of himself and his predecessor The Little Dog, hero of my travelogue. A couple of months ago Maxwell, a wildly energetic two year old dachshund joined our household. It is a zoo, another dog, five cats, and lots of plants. Oh well, I am retired and it keeps me entertained.  

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