Nick Trout's Blog
June 18, 2014
Just wanted to mention that The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs will be part of a summer reading promotion on BN.com/Nook where, from 6/20-6/23, the ebook will be discounted to $2.99.
Fine reading fodder for the beach or wherever your summer takes you!
April 24, 2014
The new book has been out for a little over two weeks and I’ve had a few pieces in an array of different media outlets. Here are a few links to stories, articles and interviews that came about thanks to Dog Gone, Back Soon!
April 18, 2014
Just wanted to pass on a great deal from the ebook folks at Kobo. From today through Easter Sunday (4/20/14) my new book, Dog Gone, Back Soon is available for just $2.99! Click on the link for details:
An Easter treat for you and your pets!
April 2, 2014
With less than a week to go before the release of Dog Gone, Back Soon, here’s a chance to catch up on the first book in the series, The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs. Follow the link for a $2.99 ebook deal through the e-tailer of your choice; http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/dr-nick-trout/the-patron-saint-of-lost-dogs/9781401304973/
Hurry, offer lasts this week through Monday April 7th only. Enjoy!
March 10, 2014
Right now, most people tuning into HBO have been trying to see the seaon finale of True Detective and not the Real Sports episode in which I’m filmed performing surgery on a bulldog and chatting to Soledad O’Brien about ways to reduce many of the breed’s health issues. This episode was scheduled to air Feb 27th but, according to the show’s producer, we will have to wait until April (no date yet but I’ll update when I know).
Meanwhile, just four weeks left to the release of Dog Gone, Back Soon. For me this is always the calm before the storm, getting organized for book reading/signings, preparing a slide show, deciding what I’m going to talk about. It’s also that time when we get to discover whether the media will be interested in interviews and reviews. There’s already a kind review from Kirkus, too bad it ran a little late to make the cover. Here’s the link if you’re interested: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/nick-trout/dog-gone-back-soon/
Now is also the time when I begin thinking about new projects. Whether there’s a Bedside Manor #3, totally new fiction project or a return to the world of non-fiction, I’m really not sure. As I wrote in Tell Me Where It Hurts, veterinarian’s are good at juggling. I just need to decide which ball to catch.
February 20, 2014
When The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs sold to Australia, I worried about its appeal to an audience down under. My sister, Fiona, lives in Perth, Western Australia and goes to great lengths to warn me (especially when my books don’t sell) that her fellow countrymen and countrywomen are not as enamored of pets in the same way as the British and the Americans.
So, imagine my surprise when she emails me a photo of the book on a bestseller shelf at her local bookstore. What did I finally do right this time?
My Australian publishers, Allen & Unwin, did a fabulous job with the cover and although I never gave a single interview (though I offered), clearly worked some kind of magic in the publicity department. Here’s a review by Annabel Lawson for Country Style Magazine (July 2013). For a writer, I’m telling you, it will never get much better than this:
“Trout’s first novel will be, I’m willing to bet, my book of the year. It’s funny, tender and shrewd.” And then, “This is the best writing I’ve seen in years, comedy and tragedy jostling within a single sentence. Give it your undivided attention.” I didn’t write that book. I couldn’t. Somebody must have edited it for an Australian audience, or re-wrote the whole thing!
For a while there it even surpassed the likes of Inferno, And the Mountains Echoed and Gone Girl on the itunes charts. Crazy.
Needless to say I was thrilled to hear the same publishers snapped up Dog Gone and their cover will be quite different from the one in the US. I’ve mentioned that I’m the proud owner of a labradoodle and, naturally, this breed of dog takes center stage in Dog Gone. But did you know that in the Australian version of Monopoly, instead of using a Scottish terrier as a playing piece on the board, those wily antipodeans use an Australian labradoodle. This seemed like a perfect factoid for Cyrus to share, a way to include some of my observations of my dog, Thai, and a shout out to all those kind Australian readers who seemed to connect with a story of a quirky guy in rural Vermont, striving for redemption.
Good on ya, and who knew!
January 31, 2014
What does my job as a veterinary surgeon and the HBO TV show, “Real Sports with Bryant Gumble” have in common? Up until this past week I’d have said absolutely nothing. But I’d be wrong. On Tuesday, I spent and entertaining ninety minutes sitting opposite, of all people, Soledad O’Brien, for an interview focused on English Bulldogs and the developmental and conformational problems they are prone to.
The sports angle centers on The Westminster Dog Show, apparently considered the second oldest sporting event in the United States (the Kentucky Derby is the oldest). The piece focuses on dog breeding, breed standards in the show ring and how, particularly in the bulldog, “show desirable” traits can have negative effects on health and animal welfare.
The entire HBO team was fabulous to work with and Ms. O’Brien seemed as relaxed, professional, funny, smart and sharp as I expected her to be. By the end of the interview I felt exhausted, but not so tired I couldn’t plug Patron Saint and Dog Gone as something her production company might want to consider optioning for Movie or TV rights (hey, no harm in asking, right?). The piece airs Feb 25th on HBO. My only concern is how my sound-bytes will come across. I love bulldogs. Heck, they’re on the cover of two of my books. In my day job I get to work with many conscientious and responsible dog breeders. I truly hope the message of softening some of the characteristic traits, not losing the look and the appeal but reducing the risk for airway and orthopedic issues for English Bulldogs gets across. If not, I’m sure I’ll hear about it.
January 16, 2014
If you’re interested in getting your hands on an advanced copy of my latest book, Dog Gone, Back Soon, click on the link to Goodreads and sign up for the giveaway! There are 15 copies available if you enter between now and the end of the month.
Best of luck,
January 3, 2014
Though I finished writing the second installment of the Bedside Manor series during the summer, it feels like forever ago. Why? Because for me that’s the easy bit. What follows next are the edits, the copy edits, the discovery of a title everybody likes and, finally, settling on a cover that works.
Covers are tricky. I’m not exactly sure of the statistics but when browsing in a store what’s on the front of a book has only seconds to connect with a potential reader. For a writer who incorporates dogs into his stories I’m already at an advantage but how you “work” the dog is critical. To me, it’s all about the eyes. That’s why the dog has to face forward, not side on, and offering an expression that makes the reader say, “What are you up to? What are you thinking? What’s going on with you?”
With Patron Saint, one reader wrote about being disappointed, not with the book, but with the fact that the book did not contain a story regarding a bulldog like the dog on the cover. In Australia, the publisher did use a golden retriever which proved extremely popular. With that in mind, and, swayed by my own choice of dog, I initially pushed for a Labradoodle. If you happen to have an advanced reader copy, you’ll see the spitting image of my dog Thai on the front. Just one problem. Though I hate to admit it, the dog wasn’t making that all important connection.
Not to worry. Those bright and astute folks in the publishing world had an answer. Trade a labradoodle for a Mastiff. Perfect facial expression, irresistible and, guess what, Dr. Cyrus Mills’ first case in the new book is an English Mastiff. I’ve been a Mastiff fan for years so I couldn’t be happier. The book comes out on April 8th, 2014, and, best of all, does not require a drool bib!
July 27, 2013
My apologies for disappearing for several months. Having a serious day job and trying to finish a second novel do not make for good bedfellows. However, about a year after finishing Patron Saints, I’ve finally mailed off an edited version of the second instalment in the Bedside Manor series. This book carries on exactly where the last one left off. It was a lot of fun getting back to Doris, Lewis and, of course Cyrus. Central to the plot is a new lost dog, a Labradoodle, loosely based on my own dog, Thai, a former service dog who failed to complete the program (thank goodness because I can’t imagine life without her). Hopefully my publishers will approve and then I can reveal more about the plot.