Posts Tagged ‘reader questions’

Q&A (More)


November 17th, 2020 Posted 8:26 am

On Saturday over on the FB page, we invited reader questions and this week we’re going through them. Cheri Hamlett wrote:

“Oh, I think Bernie should unload the Hawaiian pants for a song and the person who buys them makes a fortune selling them to hipsters after they see one of their idols wearing them. Typical Bernie luck.”

Answer: For those unfamiliar with the Chet and Bernie series, the finances of the Little Detective Agency are on shaky ground, partly because of Bernie’s investment in Hawaiian pants, which have failed to catch on. Cheri – your idea is brilliant! Not only because it’s so on point and fun, but it could probably become a plot element that advances the story, always a good thing, in my opinion.


Posted in Chet The Dog



November 16th, 2020 Posted 8:01 am

Over on the FB page on Saturday we invited reader questions and this week we’ll get to them. How about we start with Beth Grotton Werner, who writes: “I would just like Bernie to be safe, happy, and comfortably wealthy.”

Answer: And so would I, and not just for Bernie. But also for you and you and you, and even me! Two things: First, my mother, who taught me most of what I know about writing, believed in making things hard for the protagonist (the agon Greek root is all about contest.) Second, is it possible that there is at least one thing more important to Bernie than the three Beth mentioned? I believe there is, even if he couldn’t articulate it. I won’t spell it out because that’s an aversion of mine, but it’s a 7 letter word beginning with J.

More answers tomorrow – unless this is too boring.



Posted in Chet The Dog

Reader Question


August 29th, 2020 Posted 8:27 am

Yesterday Hobbit asked:

“Have your books been translated into other languages? If so, who is responsible to make sure the translation is true to the books and yet conveyed in a way that takes in cultural differences that might impede understanding?”

Great question. My books have been translated into quite a number of languages but the true to the books part  is based on trust alone. In other words – no one is responsible! Occasionally I get an email from a translator asking for clarification on something. Here is the Russian cover of Paws Vs. Claws (I think), the most recent in my middle-grade Queenie and Arthur series. Bark Vs. Snark comes out in Oct.



Reader Questions


August 8th, 2020 Posted 7:39 am

Reader Margo Plyler wrote in:

I am still waiting to read “Of Mutts And Men”! Why? This is not just a ‘book’ to read and fiction at that, but these events in the life of Chet and Bernie comes alive and gets into our heart and soul! All the titles in this series have meaning that goes beyond description! Mr. Quinn did you plan it that way?

Me: Good question, Margo! Assuming by “titles” you mean the individual books in the series, my goal is to write an entertaining story. But in the writing of that story, deeper things start to happen, almost like there’s a current flowing under me. After a while I cotton on! And begin to make conscious use of the subterranean meaning. But never in a way – I hope – that would slow the story down. Hope this helps – Peter.


The Books

powered by wordpress | site by michael baker digital