Author Chat with Philippa Stasiuk (The Wonderful Whippet of Winifred Weatherwax), Plus Giveaway!

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Today we're excited to chat with Philippa Stasiuk, author of The Wonderful Whippet of Winifred Weatherwax. Read on for more about Philippa and her book, plus a giveaway! 

 

Meet Philippa Stasiuk!

 
Writer, rover, animal and plant lover, Philippa has lived in Zimbabwe (where she's from), South Korea, Mexico, New York, and Copenhagen. She grew up with Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Bichon Frises, Dachshunds, and mutts. Philippa now lives in Lincoln, Nebraska with her husband, two daughters, two cats and a kitten, the latter of which have banded together and forbidden the acquisition of dogs. The Wonderful Whippet of Winifred Weatherwax is her first novel.
 
 
 
Meet The Wonderful Whippet of Winifred Weatherwax!
 
Winifred Weatherwax begins summer with a pedigreed puppy – a Whippet named Shumba with Best in Show written in his stars. But when Shumba starts winning, other hounds start disappearing. As more dogs vanish, Freddy and her new friend Eli team up to investigate a mystery that includes dishonest dog breeding, the colorful world of dog shows, a first crush, a nefarious villain, and chicanery more sinister than common dog theft. On her way, Winifred discovers the magical bond between humans and dogs.
 
 
A Chat with Phillipa Stasiuk:

1. What gave you the inspiration to write this book?

A whippet named Bohem C’est La Vie who escaped from her crate on the runway of JFK Airport after competing at the Westminster Dog Show. I lived in New York at the time and the city was electrified by Vivi’s escape - and she was never caught. There was a romance about it, but also heartbreak. As coevolving species, humans and dogs are very close and when Vivi disappeared, someone lost a beloved companion.

2. Who is your favorite character in the book?

The villain. But saying any more would make it a spoiler.

3. Which came first, the title or the novel?

The novel for sure. But the day I realized the obvious: that my main character and the dog breed both began with the letter W was pretty sweet.

4. What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?

The Westminster Dog Show is where the story’s climax happens and to be able to write about its atmosphere, and how the show worked technically was hard-won knowledge. I went to the show three times and worked really hard at figuring out how to capture its mood.

5. Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?

That there is no finite number of drafts you can produce. I could have continued to edit versions of this story forever and have been quite happy. But at some point, you have to take what you’ve learned and move on. You owe it to your creative self.

6. What do you like most about the cover of the book?

Somehow, I managed to convince Sukanto Debnath to do the cover and he is a creative giant. I love his details like Freddy’s yellow high tops and the perfect rosebud ears he drew on the dog.

7. What was your favorite book in 2018?

Weirdly, this year I loved two YA books about twins: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, (who is also from Nebraska), and Jacob Have I Loved, the classic 1980 novel by Katherine Paterson. Two totally different books exploring the complicated relationships of twins. Fangirl even has a reference to Jacob Have I Loved in it. I know it’s cliché and all, but that is pretty meta.

8. Which character gave you the most trouble?

Eli, Freddy’s investigating partner and potential love interest. I wanted him to be awkward, but likable and also even confident in his own weirdness.

9. Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?

The Humane Society. Kindness to animals is one of the highest proofs that humans are an evolved species.

10. What’s up next for you?

I’m researching another world for a mystery where, like dogs, breeding the perfect specimen is the path to glory. But it’s early days. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Wonderful Whippet of Winifred Weatherwax

By: Philippa Stasiuk

Release Date: May 2018

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Sandy on Friday, 12 October 2018 18:24

I really love the cover. Sounds like a great read: a mystery, bonds between dogs and humans and dog breeding, what a great combination!

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I really love the cover. Sounds like a great read: a mystery, bonds between dogs and humans and dog breeding, what a great combination!
Debra Branigan on Sunday, 14 October 2018 18:07

I found the cover and synopsis very interesting. I hope to read.

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I found the cover and synopsis very interesting. I hope to read.
Marisa Fort on Tuesday, 23 October 2018 19:44

The cover is awesome, I love dogs! The synopsis sounds amazing!

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The cover is awesome, I love dogs! The synopsis sounds amazing!
Janell Goode on Tuesday, 30 October 2018 09:58

I have a whippet and I love the books.

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I have a whippet and I love the books.
Nancy Hernandez on Tuesday, 06 November 2018 18:56

I love that cover, its so relatable and the story sounds really good.

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I love that cover, its so relatable and the story sounds really good.
Dan Denman on Saturday, 10 November 2018 14:01

I like the book cover art. This sounds like a wonderful canine mystery.

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I like the book cover art. This sounds like a wonderful canine mystery.
Danielle Hammelef on Saturday, 10 November 2018 17:46

The illustrated cover is adorable and I love the premise as I am a "dog person."

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The illustrated cover is adorable and I love the premise as I am a "dog person."
Hannah on Monday, 12 November 2018 00:14

Such a cute cover

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Such a cute cover
Renee Moore on Monday, 12 November 2018 20:00

Love the cover, looks like such a cute book!

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Love the cover, looks like such a cute book!

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