One pack. One dog. One enemy. One mission: protect the family. Descended from the Drover Dogs of Rome, Keiki has quite a legacy to live up to. The Rottweiler ancestors followed men into war, helped heard animals, and protected flocks from predators. All these tasks took great skill to bear the responsibility. In the modern world, Keiki's role remains much the same. She must protect Lei and her family. They are her pack and in need of her protection. But what can she do when the enemy is fire? How will Keiki save her family from this raging, uncontrollable beast? Q&A with the author Tell us how your story links to the Lei Crime Series? My novella is from Lei’s Rottweiler, Keiki’s, point of view. It follows her side of the story through the original Lei Crime mystery, “Fire Beach”. I bring in Blue, a blood hound featured in “Shattered Palms” who in my version of events has retired and moved into Keiki’s neighborhood. Not only did I love reading about Blue in “Shattered Palms” but that is also the name of the dog character in my Sydney Rye series, so he had to be in the story.
What major theme comes across the clearest in your story? Is this a theme found consistently in your other works? My Sydney Rye vigilante justice series features a strong female protagonist and her canine best friend, Blue. I think it would be fair to say that dogs are a major theme in my work. Not only is Blue as important a character as Sydney (he’s saved her life count times physically and emotionally) but there are other major dog characters. Also, revenge is a major theme. I can’t seem to stop writing about revenge. And the thing is, I’m actually a really nice person who has no violent inclinations. Tell us a little about your main character. Why do you think readers will like her? Keiki is a strong, stalwart, heroic dog who I LOVED spending time with. She sees the world very differently than the human characters in the book and I think that makes her fascinating. If you love dogs than you’ll probably love Keiki. She is the embodiment of the loyal best friend.