Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Wild Dog Summer: A Shout-Out to Mr. Toly's Class

It’s strange to think that somewhere out there, a grade seven class in Alberta is reading my story! But thanks to technology – and this blog – we can actually connect, you in Alberta and me in Ontario.

So where shall we begin?

Maybe you have some questions about how I came to write this book. For instance, when I do classroom visits, someone always asks “Where do you get the characters’ names from?” Some readers want to know if the story is based on real events, or where I got the idea to write this story in the first place. Readers are often quite interested in the wild dogs, as well.

What do you think? Do you have any questions?

If not, I have a question for you: where are you in the novel, and what do you think is going to happen next?

I hope to hear from you soon!

52 comments:

  1. What are some of your hobbies?

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  2. What inspired you to become a writer?

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  3. Why did you change the new book from the old one?

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  4. Does the novel tell a true story?

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  5. How many books have you writen ??

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  6. what gave you the idea that started the story?

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  7. What inspired you to write this book?

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  8. why did you write this story?

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  9. Will there be a sequel to Wild Dog Summer?

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  10. What year did the book take place?

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  11. Have you ever encountered a real coydog??

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  12. have the wild dogs ever killed anyone?

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  13. How long have you been writing for?

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  14. Why did you take some of the stuff out of the old book that you did?

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  15. does this book have a reputation?

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  16. What gave you the idea to write Wild Dog Summer?

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  17. Which parts of the book are non-fictional or from real life experiences?

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  18. How many books have you wrote in your whole life and how mony more books are you planning to write?

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  19. Why did you set this story in Canada?

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  20. Why did you wait so long to bring the sight of the wild dogs into the book?

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  21. Why did you have Craig almost kill himself

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  22. What are your favourite hobbies?

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  23. What inspired you to write Wild Dog Summer; does it have anything to do with your past?


    When did you realize you wanted to become a writer?

    why did you write and name this book Wild Dog Summer

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  24. How old were you when you wrote Wild Dogs Summer?

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  25. What was your inspiration for Wild Dog Summer?

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  26. Do you like dirt bikes?

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  27. Do you have any pets?

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  28. What inspired you to write Wild Dog Summer; does it have anything to do with your past?


    When did you realize you wanted to become a writer?

    Why did you write and name this book Wild Dog Summer?

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  29. How long did it take you to write the book??

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  30. How long did it take you to write Wild Dog Summer?

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  31. Who is your idol in writing?

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  32. Are any of the charicters from your everyday life or based on someone you have met?

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  33. How many books have you writen?

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  34. What is your favorite book you've written??

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  35. Do you have any pets?

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  36. Were there really wild dogs in your area?

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  37. When were you born?

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  38. How did you come up with the names of the characters?

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  39. Why did you change the new book from the old one???

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  40. DO U HAVE A PUPPY?

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  41. Do you like all the books you've written?? Would you like to add or remove content??

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  42. Why did you choose the name Wild Dog Summer?

    What was your first book that you wrote?

    Is this book based on real events?

    When did you start writing?

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  43. How long did it take you to write the book and do you have a special place you go to think?

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  44. Jean,

    I just happened to google myself to check on my own new book (Chasing Moonlight: The True Story of Field of Dreams' Doc Graham, John F. Blair, Publisher), and I happened to stumble across two sample chapters of your new upcoming work "The Toymaker's Son." Seeing my name (which is not a common one) prominently mentioned, I was wondering: Have we met before, or did you simply choose my name out of the blue? I am very flattered, even though the literary Brett appears to be the bad guy in the story, and I'll definitely buy the book. I'm just curious.

    From one writer to another, keep up the good work!

    The REAL Brett Friedlander (watch out for my hockey stick. I know how to use it)!

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  45. The book was great, I really enjoyed this novel. I can't wait to read more about unpredictable B.J. and Craig. This was a really entertaining. When I turned to the last page I thought "What happens next?" I really can't wait to read "The Toymakers Son". I think we'll find more secrets about the accindent and meet other people that don't like Craig.

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  46. I really liked the Wild Dog Summer because B.J. was a mystery and i never knew what was going to happen

    When B.J grows up she will be an explorer.

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  47. I thought your book was really good because it had a great and exciting climax and the end was great. I liked how you said what really happend. I will consider reading the Toy Makers Son with my friends.



    I think Betty Jane will go on with her life and do more important things with her life and maybe will own a wild coydog in her lifetime.

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  48. I really liked Wild Dog Summer and will definitely read "The Toymaker's Son". I liked it because it was a real page-turner and a thriller. I was on the edge of my seat for most of the book, waiting to see what would happen. I think that BJ and Craig will start dating as side-characters in the next book. I'm looking foreward to reading "The Toymaker's Son". Good Luck!

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  49. Hey, my class is reading WILD DOG SUMMER!!!! I would like to know if there will be a sequel to "The toymakers son"????

    Please awnser and thank you for your time!!!

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  50. Have you or anybody you know ever encountered a coydog?

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  51. Good question! I have seen coyotes, and heard them frequently, too. But I'm not sure I've ever seen a coydog. I believe they look very much like coyotes, so it's probably hard to tell. My only knowledge of coydogs is through reports in the news.

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