Narelle here. I’m delighted to welcome Penny Zeller to our blog today. :)
An interview with star canine, Sullivan Theodore IV, of Love in the Headlines
and a #giveaway
Have you ever wondered what goes through a dog’s mind? Meet Sullivan Theodore IV, one of the secondary canine characters in Love in the Headlines. He joins us today for an exclusive interview.
Penny: Hello, Sullivan Theodore. Thank you for being here. Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
Sullivan Theodore: Thank you for having me as your guest today on Inspy Romance. I’m a white, fluffy shih tzu named after one of my mom’s (Carleigh’s) favorite authors. I live on Maple Avenue in the small town of Oakville.
Penny: Speaking of your mom, how did you come to live with your person, Carleigh Adams?
Sullivan Theodore: I remember that day as if it were yesterday. I was adopted from one of Mom’s friends whose dog had a litter of five puppies. With that many of us, there was some seriously stiff competition. I decided to pour on the charm. I perched at Mom’s feet, tilted my head from one side to the other, and gave her my best puppy-dog eyes. Not to brag, but I do think I won her heart in those first ten seconds. My new mom took me home and the rest is history.
Penny: What a wonderful story! Tell me about some of your closest friends.
Sullivan Theodore: I’m a rather likeable guy, so I have numerous friends. One new friend I’ve made recently is a German shepherd named Jaxx. I would describe him as a bit anxious since he has a serious chewing habit. He’s also an obedient sort, so I’ve had to draw him out of his shell and encourage him to be more adventurous. Other friends include Stella, the poodle; Mighty, a teacup chihuahua; a yellow lab named Crabby; Duke, a Yorkshire terrier; Wrinkles, the bulldog; Lucy, a Dalmatian; and Blue, a labradoodle.
Penny: Sounds like you are quite popular. Tell me about your favorite pastime.
Sullivan Theodore: I come from a long line of runners, so I love seeing how fast I can zip around the yard or down the street. I’m especially sneaky and can escape unnoticed. My favorite pastime would be leading my mom on wild chases down sidewalks and pathways while I’m chasing a rogue squirrel. The best part is when she wears her striped socks with her flip-flops. I’ve never seen anyone run that fast in flip-flops.
Penny: Describe yourself in three words.
Sullivan Theodore: That’s easy. Adorable, ornery, and mischievous.
Penny: You mentioned you’re ornery and mischievous. What is one of your more humorous antics?
Sullivan Theodore: Recently, I decided to sneak into the doggy door of a house down the street. I’ll never forget the look on Mom’s face as I sat on the edge of the couch watching her from the window of the stranger’s house. I did my best to remain stoic in light of her perplexed expression. She stuck her head through the doggy door and attempted to entice me out of the house. I will admit I was bratty because I pretended not to hear her. But really, it was all I could do not to start laughing. I’ve never seen a person attempt to wedge themselves through a doggy door, and then with the owner arriving…it made for a day I won’t soon forget!
Penny: It sounds as though Carleigh won’t soon forget it either! Tell me some of the things you love and some of the things that are pet peeves.
Sullivan Theodore: Sure. Some of the things I love are the free doggy ice creams they give you at the park. Sometimes my mom will feed me people food, but she’s ultra protective, so she always makes sure the food is safe for me. Some of my favorite people food includes water-based plain oatmeal and a piece of banana, but I only get those on occasion. Another thing I love to do is hang out with friends at Stella’s house. Her mom throws the best dog parties.
My pet peeve is those annoying squirrels. Whenever they taunt me, I just know I have to chase them.
Penny: Thank you for taking the time to join us today, Sullivan Theodore. It’s been fun chatting with you.
Sullivan Theodore: Thank you for having me. Now, if you’ll excuse me…I see a squirrel I need to chase!
I hope you enjoyed the interview with one of the main canine characters, Sullivan Theodore IV. Love in the Headlines releases on May 9 and I can’t wait for you to take a glimpse into the lives of Carleigh, Trey, Sullivan Theodore, Jaxx, and the rest of the gang.
In the comments, tell me your funniest animal story for a chance to win a paperback copy of Love in the Headlines. (U.S. residents only, ebook option for international readers who can access ebooks at Amazon USA store). Giveaway closes on May 12 and the winner will be announced in the Sunday Edition.
Penny Zeller is known for her heartfelt stories of faith and her passion to impact lives for Christ through fiction. While she has had a love for writing since childhood, she began her adult writing career penning articles for national and regional publications on a wide variety of topics.
Today Penny is a multi-published author of over a dozen books. She is also a homeschool mom and a group fitness instructor. Her desire is to assist and nurture women into a closer relationship with Christ.
When Penny is not dreaming up new characters, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters and camping, hiking, canoeing, biking, reading, running, gardening, and playing volleyball.
She is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency and loves to hear from her readers at her website, www.pennyzeller.com and on her blog at www.pennyzeller.wordpress.com. You can sign up for her newsletter at https://dashboard.mailerlite.com/forms/262119/74964679867237940/share and receive writing updates, encouragement, notification of current giveaways, occasional freebies, and special offers.