With the National Novel Writing Month I’m preparing to write a NEW book — the first new fiction I’ve written in a while. I’m going to try something completely different. I’m going to write a contemporary romance set at a National Specialty Dog Show! Scary, but if there’s anything I KNOW, it’s dog shows. I want to frame it as a “small town romance,” with all the quirky minor characters common in that genre. And in the dog world.
Here’s where I need help. I want to create a fictional breed.
I don’t want to use my breed — Belgian Tervuren (see above) — as I think there would be too much guessing about who the characters might be based on. I do want it be a herding breed, partly because I understand herding dogs, and partly because I want to include a herding trial. I’ve considered and pretty much eliminated all the recognizable breeds for various reasons. I want the size of the National to be such that conformation would need three days to judge, but only one judge. I want the this to be a milestone National (maybe 25th). I plan to make one of the prominent dogs in the story an import.
I’m perfectly happy to make up a breed. I don’t need a description. Just a breed name. Please submit suggestions, either here or on my Facebook page. If I choose your suggestion, I will use your name or your dog’s name in the book. Your choice. I’ll be choosing a breed name November 1st.
So… Help me out. Get in a book! Let your creativity flow!