Author’s Best Friend: 12 Authors on Their Canine BFFs

Author’s Best Friend: 12 Authors on Their Canine BFFs

They say dogs are man’s best friend, but it turns out they’re also author’s best friend. In honor of National Dog Day, we’ve asked some of our favorite authors about their four-legged family members. Sit, stay, and read on for the scoop on these authors’ dogs.

Meet Puppers

Puppers likes cuddling, eating people food, and napping in places he isn’t supposed to be. He has cowritten several romance novels.

Companion to: Cat Sebastian, author of A Little Light Mischief
Hogwarts house: He’s a Hufflepuff. He sleeps 22 hours a day.
Favorite book: Go, Dogs. Go! Pretty sure it’s a self-help classic in dog culture.
Literary character he’s most like: He’d be Captain Hastings from the Hercule Poirot books: well-intentioned, protective, but not very good at thinking.
Follow his adventures: On Instagram at @catswrites.

Meet Riley

Wood sprite parading as a dog.* Living life, wreaking havoc. I destroy one thing a day. Whether or not it’s precious is up to you.

*Truly. Riley was found at 4 months old wandering through the woods in Transylvania.

Companion to: Victoria Schwab, author of Tunnel of Bones
Hogwarts house: Ravenclaw. She’s fiercely intelligent, but doesn’t play well with others. Give her the dog equivalent of a puzzle and she will entertain herself for hours.
Favorite book: So far Riley has eaten every book of mine she’s gotten her mouth on, but assuming I could keep it away from her long enough to read aloud, I’d guess Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban because of Sirius Black.
Literary character she’s most like: A young Merlin, assuming he got stuck in a canine form, or perhaps was forced into it by another wizard, and is simply waiting for someone to come along who knows the spell to set him free.
Follow her adventures: On Instagram at @veschwab.

Meet Frat Boy

Frat Boy, so named because he’s always just looking for a good time, loves long naps in the sun, eating doggie treats, swimming in the lake, all girl dogs, and rolling in smelly things.

Companion to: Jill Shalvis, author of The Lemon Sisters
Hogwarts house: Gryffindor
Favorite book: If You Give a Mouse Dog a Cookie
Literary character he’s most like: Yogi Bear
Follow his adventures: On Instagram at @jillshalvis.

Meet Skye

Skye is a sweet, loving German Shepherd who loves her family so much that the kids can’t go outside unless she’s right there with them. She tears up her beds, but it’s really a ploy so she has an excuse to sleep on the sofa. She tolerates her feline sister, Harper, and thinks the cat food bowl is just an extra supply of snacks.

Companion to: Brigid Kemmerer, author of A Heart So Fierce and Broken
Hogwarts house: Skye would absolutely be a Hufflepuff.
Favorite book: Any of mine, of course. She’s very loyal. I like to think she’d also be a fan of Jodi Picoult.
Literary character she’s most like: Skye is most like Fang from Harry Potter: scared of everything but still up for an adventure.
Follow her adventures: On Instagram at @brigidkemmerer.

Meet Gus

Gus was born under a lucky star because he found a human companion who he can cuddle up next to for hours on end while she’s writing and shares his reliance on naps and lots of snacks.

Companion to: Andie J. Christopher, author of Not the Girl You Marry
Hogwarts house: Gus and I are both Hufflepuffs
Favorite book: Not the Girl You Marry because he’s on the cover. But his favorite book of all time would probably be Pride and Prejudice. He loves the humor and identifies strongly with both Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley.
Literary character he’s most like: Gus is most like Gilbert Blythe. He can be kind of a little stinker, but he’s very stalwart and kind and he loves kids.
Follow his adventures: On Instagram at @authorandiej.

Meet Stuntman Mike

Stuntman Mike is named after the lady killer in Quentin Tarantino’s movie
Death Proof. He’s also written into the bestselling novel, The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez, as the heroine’s adorable and moody dog. He’s all charm and swagger, a lover and a fighter. 13/10 gonna steal your gurl.

Companion to: Abby Jimenez, author of The Friend Zone
Hogwarts house: Gryffindor, all the way. He’s brave and determined to a fault!
Favorite book: The Friend Zone, of course!
Literary character he’s most like: Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones. Small, but not to be underestimated. Also, he snacks and he knows things.
Follow his adventures: On Instagram at @stuntman.mikey.

Meet River

Fan of treats, sleep, and tummy rubs. I grew up on a racetrack in Florida but then I wound up in the San Francisco Bay Area with this great family that lets me sleep on couches and eat the extra dinner rolls. My parents named me after River Song (Doctor Who) and River Tam (Firefly) but I am not like either of them. Also I am scared of spiders and my cat sister Akasha.

Companion to: Mike Chen, author of Here and Now and Then
Hogwarts house: River would not be qualified for any Hogwarts house but she would happily take a nap with Fluffy in Hagrid’s house.
Favorite book: Probably just the pictures in The Poky Little Puppy. River is very sweet and affectionate but not the brightest dog.
Literary character she’s most like: River’s schedule is breakfast and walk at 7 am, then sleep til dinner at 3 pm, then sleep until snacktime at 9 pm, then sleep until bed at midnight. So there’s a lot of sleeping involved. Rip Van Winkle is probably her idol.
Follow her adventures: On Instagram at @mikechenwriter.

Meet Leo

Leopold Bloom is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel living the good life in Brooklyn with his humans Miriam and Ben. He enjoys treats, kisses and travelling (he’s been to 17 states and even to France). He brings joy to everyone who encounters him.

Companion to: Miriam Parker, author of The Shortest Way Home
Hogwarts house: Hufflepuff all the way! Leo is the friendliest to all people—he kisses babies and will snuggle with any stranger who smiles his way. He loves other dogs (obviously) but has also given kisses to cats and a baby goat. He would have liked to kiss the horses and sheep we’ve met, but they were more standoffish.
Favorite book: If Leo was going to pick any book in the world, I think it would be Appetites by Anthony Bourdain. All he wants is snacks, so if he had thumbs and the ability to read, I think he’d probably want to cook some comfort food. But if he were going to read a novel on a relaxing Saturday, I think he’d like a romance like The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory. He’s all about love, after all.
Literary character he’s most like: Leopold Bloom is named after the main character in Ulysses who “eats with relish the inner organs of beasts and fowl,” but I think he’s most like Mr. Bingley in Pride and Prejudice who is an “idle fellow” with “a pleasant countenance, and easy, unaffected manners.” Bingley is a sweet and uncomplicated man, just like Leo.
Follow his adventures: On Instagram at @leopoldbloomthedog and Facebook.

Meet Dr. Watson

In my younger years, I dined with princes and czars. Now I’d kill a man for a single Greenie.

Companion to: Mimi Yu, author of The Girl King
Hogwarts house: Definitely one of those Slytherins everyone mistakes for a Hufflepuff until it’s far too late.
Favorite book: Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin, who was the subject of his dissertation. (People commonly mistake Watson for a medical doctor; in actuality he has a doctorate in Slavic Studies.)
Literary character he’s most like: Rodion Raskolnikov from Crime and Punishment, except without the repentance.
Follow his adventures: On Instagram at @baby_ajumma.

Meet Ronin and Gambit

The doggo brothers Ronin and Gambit live with their hooman in North Carolina. While their hooman blissfully writes books about faeries and vampires, the doggo brothers keep the yard clear of sneaky squirrels, dig up suspicious packages the neighborhood cats like to bury in the sand pit, and eat any dangerous sticks that find their way onto the property. When they aren’t barking and chasing each other outside, the doggo brothers still keep themselves very busy. Ronin by making sure the hooman’s laps are covered in dog fur and the kitchen is clear of any crumbs, and Gambit by patrolling the house, barking at suspicious people in their own yards, and staring at his hoomans to let them know he is bored.

Companion to: Julie Kagawa, author of Shadow of the Fox
Hogwarts house: Gambit: Gryffindor, Ronin: Hufflepuff.
Favorite book: Bunnicula. Both agree that Harold the dog was the best narrator, though Gambit says he wouldn’t have listened to the cat.
Literary character they’re most like: Gambit: Tom Sawyer, mischievous, hyper, too smart for his own good, in trouble more often than not. Ronin: Samwise Gamgee, loyal and patient, easygoing and stubborn, loves food.
Follow their adventures: On Instagram at @ronin_and_gambit.

Meet Hank

Hank is a contemplator of life’s imponderables, a steady presence in a house that has at least a dozen big dogs and occasionally a couple of humans. A new addition to Clan Rosenfelt, Hank presumably spent his earlier years reducing the anxiety of those around him, encouraging others to enjoy quiet moments as he does, solving a crime or two, and reminding the humans in his vicinity that the bed is where he sleeps, not them. He lives in Maine with his entourage.

Companion to: David Rosenfelt, author of Dachshund Through the Snow
Hogwarts house: The Sorting Hat would put Hank in Hufflepuff. Unless the sorting was taking place right before dinner. Then he might go to Slytherin.
Favorite book: His favorite book might be Amor TowlesRules of Civility, or Louise Penny‘s A Rule Against Murder, or John Irving‘s The Cider House Rules–really, anything with ‘rule’ in the title.
Literary character he’s most like: Hank is bit like Commissioner Maigret, from Georges Simenon’s novels; keeps quiet, stays observant, is tough but fair, and is definitely persistent. He also shares Maigret’s excessive smoking habit.
Follow his adventures: On Facebook.


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