Interview with Joe Abruzzo, author of Dogs Running a Hill

Publisher: iUniverse Incorporated

Publish Date: July 26, 2012

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: If you love something so much, you are vulnerable. Somebody or something can get to you. If you lack faith, you have created another vulnerability, a second Achilles heel. Jay Gerinni has an unconditional love for the dogs that he raised, trained, and bird hunted. He also questions faith. Hounded by Evil, yet aided by Good, Jay's adventures, from hunting the bird fields of Kansas to traveling the world to help with search and rescue, further strengthen his bond with and love for dogs.

Based on the screenplay 'A Day In Dog Years', the story depicts the growing relationship between Jay and a series of canines that helped him find comfort, direction and hope. When Evil attacks his love by harming his dogs, he has nowhere to turn, except to respond in kind. Now, as Jay faces his own mortality, the secret that he has kept covered for many years threatens to overtake his peace of mind. Can the canine friends he has devoted his life to now be the answer to his own salvation?

Dogs Running a Hill is a unique and inspirational story of love, devotion, and friendship between man and his best friend.

Author Interview: Q. Please tell us about your current release.

Even after reading the synopsis, you could still actually consider the novel as a triple love story with a lot of twists and turns. An unconditional love between a man and his dogs, an unconditional love between a man and his wife, and a questioning love between a man and his God. This is certainly no "Lassie Come Home Story" and is designed to hit on all cylinders when it comes to emotion and reason. Hopefully the reader will come away thinking about the story days later.

Q. How did you come up with the idea for your book?

I wanted to write about the consequences of vulnerability. If you love something, anything (even dogs) you are at risk. Somebody or something can get to you.
Q. Can you tell us about the journey that led you to write your book?

Having been a member of SAG (Screen Actors Guild), I was privy to a lot of screenplays, movies, actors, directors etc. I felt that what was missing was a unique story, different than the tired old sequels & boring films that the Hollywood bean counters continued to come up with. So, I wrote an original screenplay that I felt was different, passionate, and lasting. We had the ear of CAA (Creative Artist Agency) and a seasoned Director named William A. Graham. Unfortunately, Director Billy was severly injured forcing the project to be put on hold. To keep the story out there, I converted the screenplay into a novel. Sounds ass backwards, and probably is, but these were the cards we were dealt.
Q. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything about the book?

Nothing about the book, but as far as the overall project, I would have considered going digital (relatively new at the time) rather than 35 mm. We could have accomplished this at a lower budget before Director Billy's accident.
Q. What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Although fiction, one still needs to pull on his/her own experiences for knowledge and authenticity. In my case, it became very emotional at times. I had lost eleven dogs in the past eleven years including the six on the cover of the book.
Q. Do you have a musical playlist you listen to when writing? If so, what kind of music?

Music is the unsung hero of any inspirational creation. For promotional purposes, we actually created a 30 minute CD that alternated between narrative of the story and snippets of music ranging from classic instrumental to 'twangy' sounding country, and everything in between.
Q. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Don't think I really have any. But I did carry a small notebook & pen with me where ever I went.
Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?

Vulnerability again. Losing your identity (identity theft) but this time it would be a comedy.
Q. Please tell us your latest news.

Nothing really new .... just trying to stir the pot to create a buzz about the story for not only the novel, but the film as well.
Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

One needs to know that there is no wasted word or slug line in a screenplay. This concept was transferred to the the novel; meaning that speed reading would not be recommended

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