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Goodreads asked Richard Wolkomir:

Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

Richard Wolkomir I got the idea for my most recent book, "Wil Deft," when I noticed that I could read our Pembroke Welsh corgi's thoughts, sort of--how he looked at me, cocked his head, a mischievous glint in his eye, and so on. I wondered what it would be like if you could actually converse with animals, back and forth, and a story formed in my mind, about a world where some people, at least, actually can speak with animals.

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