Like me, Sydney writes for both teens and middle graders. Her funny, touching first book, My Big Nose and Other Disasters was closely followed by an exciting middle-grade Jungle Crossings. Her latest teen novel is Swoon at Your Own Risk. Have I mentioned that Sydney is really, really good at titles?
So let's meet Sydney and her two Bernese Mountain dogs, Jack and Rosie!
1.How did you and your dogs find each other? I didn't grow up with dogs, so I didn't really understand them. Having lived all my life with cats, dogs seemed too needy. Kind of loud and messy...so I ignored my family's pleas for canine companions, until I started researching Alaskan sled dogs for a story. I realized that dogs are amazing animals! So knowing that dogs like packs, I insisted that we add two to our family: Bernese Mountain dog siblings, Jack and Rosie
2. What's your all-time favorite dog story? As a child, I loved The Incredible Journey, but I was focused on the Siamese cat. Where the Red Fern Grows made me cry and cry and cry. Recently, I've loved Because of Winn Dixie and The Underneath (I still love cats too!). Oh and Hondo and Fabian is my absolute favorite picture book!
3) If your dogs could change one thing about you, what would it be? My dogs would like more tasting samples as they lounge in my kitchen, chins resting on their paws, watching me cook. Their keen attention make me feel like Rachel Ray!
|Sydney and very large friends!|
5) In five words, tell us what your dogs mean to you: Huge hairy loving couch companions!
Thanks so much for stopping by Rosie, Jack and Sydney! To find out more about Sydney, her books, and to follow her most excellent blog (did I mention she's a great blogger?), visit her at www.sydneysalter.com