Phoebe and Fred follows the adventures of two talking basset hounds who are taken in by a kind and loving family. What was the inspiration for the setup of your story?
I have been adopting rescue Basset Hounds for about 21 years. During this period, the breed and me have become fine friends. Also, over time, these hounds have cleverly coached me on how best to spoil a Basset and ways to provide the best creature comforts! They are smart, love children, charm many, and make happy home companions.
What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?
Growing up and later residing in diverse New England country towns, I became acquainted with a wide variety of interesting and outstanding personalities. Since Phoebe and Fred was published, a few residents here in Rockport have asked me what town I had in mind. Our town? I reply, “it’s up to you, the reader.” That’s the fun of writing (and reading) fiction!
I felt this story was very well written. What’s your experience as a writer?
I have been writing much of my life: in school, letters to newspapers, radio and TV scripts (public and commercial broadcasting), plus numerous short stories for small publishers on the internet. I was fortunate to find Atmosphere Press, for they acknowledged my ability and have been highly supportive throughout. Today, I recall a comment by my English teacher, Mr. Connor, after submitting an essay when I was a senior at Concord High School. “Nat, you are a good writer.”
What is the next book that you are working on, and when will it be available?
My next effort for Atmosphere Press is well underway. One Before Bedtime encompasses a variety of short stories written over varying periods and with a diversity of subjects and moods. I am so pleased Atmosphere’s editors have taken the time to help focus on the best of these, and I hope readers will enjoy reading each one (or more) before bedtime.
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