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A Truce with my Aging Stepdog

There’s one good thing about my old dog’s fading memory: he seems to have forgotten he hates me.

Our dog, Eddie, is 15 years old and generally in good health, but he’s showing his age. His hearing is about gone, and he can no longer jump on sofas or navigate long flights of stairs. And he’s [...]

Top 10 Latino Authors

Thanks to the “Authors to Watch and Read” list for including me and “Stepdog” in their 2016 top ten roster.

“This New York Times writer shows that she fully understands humanity and our relationship with lovers, friends and dogs. At times laugh out loud funny, “Stepdog” is an imaginative , entertaining work.”

Here are the other nine [...]

Parallels: Stepdog and Steinbeck’s Charley

The most ingenious book review so far comes courtesy of SteinbeckNow.com, a site for John Steinbeck lovers that finds parallels between “Stepdog” and Steinbeck’s “Travels with Charley.”

In “Charley,” the great American author sets out on a road trip around the country with the perfect companion — a poodle.

“Like Travels with Charley, Mia’s dog-wags-woman tale reveals [...]

Yoga Dog

SD: “Do you call that yoga? This is how you do downward facing dog correctly.”

MN: “Oh shut up.”

Stepdog on Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club Summer Reading List

What do “Stepdog” and “The House on Mango Street” have in common? We both made it on  Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club’s first ever Summer Reading List!

Started in partnership with the Association of American Publishers, Las Comadres/FNLBC promote books written in English by Latino authors. They have [...]

Public Radio Listeners Vent About Jealous Dogs, Cats and Even Horses!

One of the greatest pleasures I’ve had as the author of “Stepdog” has been listening to others talk about their experiences with jealous pets. During a recent interview with Kerri Miller, of Minnesota Public Radio, a woman listener called in to say her horse “hated” her boyfriend and chased after him to try to bite [...]

The Treaty of Montclair

As odd as it sounds, I finally made peace with my stepdog Eddie in Montclair.

A 40-pound Blue Heeler mix with dark spots on white fur, Eddie and I had been waging war for nearly ten years, ever since I stayed over at my then boyfriend Jim’s townhouse in Los Angeles and his dog peed outside the [...]

Summer Doldrums

MN: “It’s finally warm out, Eddie. Let’s take a walk.”

SD: “You go ahead. I’m waiting for winter.”

Feel An Author’s Pain

This is why I don’t take Eddie to “Stepdog” book events!

Stepdog Book Launch at Instituto Cervantes

“Stepdog” officially came out in the world in balmy 70-degree weather at Instituto Cervantes, a Spanish government cultural center that serves as a peaceful oasis in the frenzy of midtown Manhattan. The center has classrooms for Spanish language classes, a gallery and an auditorium where my colleague at the NY Times, Janny Scott, author of [...]