Top Sixteen: Literary Pets

Writing can be a lonely art. As debut authors, we have logged many hours at our desks, behind our laptops, and buried in revisions.

How did we survive the self-imposed solitude? With the help of our loyal literary pets.

Get ready for cute overload. For this month’s Top Sixteen List, we’re introducing you to our BFFs, Best Furry (and one Fishy) Friends.

THE TOP SIXTEEN LITERARY PETS

#1 ARYA SKYWALKER

Arya’s author is: Parker Peevyhouse (WHERE FUTURES END)

Bio: Arya eats mostly bananas and books (she especially enjoyed the Norton Anthology of Poetry), and was named by Parker’s husband (a Game of Thrones fan) and seven-year-old son (a Star Wars fan) as that was the only way Parker could convince them to adopt her. (Arya is pictured opening the box of WHERE FUTURES END ARCs for Parker.)

IMG_20150717_150130008 #2 SAMWISE McBARK BARK

Sammy’s author is: Laura Shovan (THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY)

Bio: Sammy is an experienced editor, who has kept a watchful eye on Laura’s work on her novel and assisted her when she was editor of the literary journal Little Patuxent Review. When he’s not helping with his mom’s writing, Sammy is a perpetual twelve-year-old boy with delusions of joining the Secret Service. (Samwise is pictured with the ARC for MY SEVENTH GRADE LIFE IN TIGHTS by Brooks Benjamin.)

 

 


IMG_9541#3 MITCH THE DOG

Mitch the Dog’s author is: Emily Henry (THE LOVE THAT SPLIT THE WORLD)

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(Mitch the Dog is pictured with an ARC of Emily’s book THE LOVE THAT SPLIT THE WORLD.)


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#4 LILLY

Lilly’s author is: Jenn Bishop (THE DISTANCE TO HOME)

Bio: In addition to rubbing her face on books, Lilly loves to watch YouTube videos of birds, cram herself under the bureau, and obsessively track all of the cats in the neighborhood from her safe perch in the window.


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#5 LOUIS

Louis’s author is: Abby Cooper (STICKS AND STONES)

Bio: Louis Cooper is a three-year-old miniature poodle. When he’s not reading, he enjoys playing Squishy Giraffe, going for car rides, and giving everyone he meets the opportunity to rub his belly. (Louis is pictured Reading Victoria J. Coe’s FENWAY AND HATTIE.)


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#6 LEELOO
Leeloo’s author is: Brooks Benjamin (MY SEVENTH GRADE LIFE IN TIGHTS)
Bio: LeeLoo is a rescue dog that’s been with us for twelve years now. She’s 100% mutt and 100% spoiled. We were prepared for this, of course. What we weren’t prepared for was her insatiable appetite for literature. Not that we mind. :) (LeeLoo is pictured reading Brooks’s MY SEVENTH GRADE LIFE IN TIGHTS.)

#7 MAGGIE AND BUDDY

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Maggie and Buddy’s author is: Lee Gjertsen Malone (THE LAST BOY AT ST. EDITH’S)
Bios: Maggie is the copyedits cat. Here, Buddy poses pensively with Lee’s book cover, imagining the day when it’s an actual book. (Or thinking about dinner.)

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#8 MAYA
Maya’s author is: Patrick Samphire (SECRETS OF THE DRAGON TOMB)
Bio: Maya is pictured posing with Patrick’s ARC. Could she be the first dog on Mars?

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#9 ROVER KARLHEIMER
Rover’s author is: Janet Sumner Johnson (THE LAST GREAT ADVENTURE OF THE PB&J SOCIETY)
Bio: Karl is a Christmas pup sent to make peace between a family at odds about pet ownership. He loves sleeping on kids’ heads, barking at the vacuum cleaner, and chasing stuffed cats. One fun fact: His bark changes depending on who he’s playing with. In this picture, he is trying to get at the Persian cat in THE EYE OF MIDNIGHT by Andrew Brumbach, due out in Mar. 2016.

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#10 NORBERT AND CROOKSHANKS

Norbert and Crookshanks’ author is: Kate Hart (AFTER THE FALL)

Norbert’s Bio: While still too young to devour the Harry Potter series, Norbert is happy to be named for Hagrid’s beloved dragon. Bless ’em, he knows his mummy!

Crookshanks is pictured with his friend Remus, who sadly followed the fate of his literary namesake not long after this photo.

Guinness#11 GUINNESS
Guinness’s author is: Melissa Gorzelanczyk (ARROWS)
Bio: Guinness is a boxer who believes barking is everything. Especially when Melissa’s agent or editor is on the phone. (Guinness is pictured showing off Melissa’s ARC of ARROWS.)

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#12 ROMEO, JULIET, GRIMM, AND KHALEESI
Romeo, Juliet, Grimm, and Khaleesi’s author is: Sarah Glenn Marsh (FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP).
Bios: Juliet survived seven years in a puppy mill–now she’s living the good life and loves to read about strong female heroines like herself! She also enjoys “people food” and peeing on things. All the things. Her pal Romeo enjoys sleeping and rubbing his head on carpets. Grimm enjoys hard-boiled detective novels, chewing on a good bone, and FOOD. He also loves to run, snore, and sneak up on his mommy so she almost trips over him. He’s only 80 pounds, and doesn’t see what the big deal is! (Juliet is pictured with her favorite book, THE ORPHAN QUEEN by Jodi Meadows; Grimm is reading SCENTS AND SENSIBILITY by Spencer Quinn.)

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#13 HOLLY
Holly’s author is: Cynthia Reeg (FROM THE GRAVE).
Bio: Holly is a Schnoodle (Schnauzer/Poodle mix). She’s pictured in Cynthia’s office,  assisting with story ideas.

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#14 KIPPER
Kipper’s author is: Victoria J. Coe (FENWAY AND HATTIE)
 Bio: Lacking in social skills, but overflowing in good looks, Enjoys scaring squirrels, bunnies, mail trucks, and intruders, Prefers treats to books, Actually prefers treats to pretty much anything. (Kipper is pictured getting to know the star of Vicki’s book, Fenway of FENWAY AND HATTIE.)

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#15 MOCHI

Mochi’s author is: Kali Wallace (SHALLOW GRAVES)
Bio: Mochi is a charming young calico who lets YA writer Leah Thomas (author of BECAUSE YOU’LL NEVER MEET ME) provide her with food and shelter and praise. Mochi was born across the world in Taipei, but she is now living the California dream. Her favorite TV shows are Planet Earth and Hannibal, and her favorite pastime is chasing string, because she would never let a cliche diminish her enjoyment of the classics. Mochi is pictured stealing Kali’s ARC of THE FIRST TIME SHE DROWNED (by 16er Kery Kletter) because she’s a jerk like that.

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#16 CEEDO BANDITO
Ceedo Bandito’s author is: Darcy Woods (SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS)
Bio: Ceedo loves to stare longingly into sunsets alongside her literary pals–Dill, Lydia, & Travis from Jeff Zentner’s THE SERPENT KING. She also loves birds. Too hard.

and because we can’t leave any animals out in the cold … BONUS PETS!
Phineas the Stalwart Book Guard
PHINEAS
Phineas’ author is: Bethany C. Morrow (THE LAST LIFE OF AVRILIS)
Bio: PhinPhin – or Phin-again or Please Stop Shivering, It’s Just Lightning – is an almost-12 yo Beagle who still gets mistaken for a baby. He enjoys spurts of energy, needing much more frequent baths (he is pictured on a couch belonging solely to him and my son) and forcing affection on his family. There is no hug tight enough to satisfy him. (Phineas is pictured guarding a book for Bethany’s son.)

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MILO AND KHALEESI
Milo and Khaleesi’s author is: Kristy Acevedo (CONSIDER: BOOK 1 of THE HOLOSERIES)
Bio: Milo loves classic children’s literature and is pictured with Norton Juster’s THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH. Khaleesi wants to know whether Harper Lee’s GO SET A WATCHMAN lives up to the hype.

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New arrival: RUDY
Rudy’s author is: Laura Shovan
Bio: Rudy the Beagle was just adopted from a shelter. He’s trying to keep up with big brother Samwise and lose 20 pounds. Pete the Dog from Maira Kalman’s WHAT PETE ATE FROM A TO Z is Rudy’s literary hero.

Many thanks to our awesome author/pet lovers: Brooks Benjamin, Jenn Bishop, Victoria J. Coe, Abby Cooper, Melissa Gorzelanczyk , Kate Hart, Emily Henry, Janet Sumner Johnson, Lee Gjertsen Malone, Sarah Glenn Marsh, Bethany C.  Morrow, Parker Peevyhouse, Cynthia Reeg, Patrick Samphire, Laura Shovan, Kali Wallace, and Darcy Woods.
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