UPDATE: Congratulations to Kathy – she’s our winner of Laura’s giveaway!
Laura is a friend, a fellow author, a brilliant designer and her debut novel Woof at the Door, has finally been released! She is our guest today…drum roll…please!
Embarrassing Moments in a Writer’s Life.
I’m a terrible speller. Ask my editor or my beta readers or pretty much anyone who’s had the misfortune to ask me to sign a book for them. It’s embarrassing, to say the least, when you misspell someone’s name or the word “enjoy” on their title page.
I can’t always blame my dyslexia, which by itself is enough of a problem, I’m just an atrocious speller. This issue, along with pain I’ve experienced in my hands for some time, led me to invest in talk-to-text software. I use Dragon Naturally Speaking which is a great program. It is, however, not perfect. It doesn’t understand context and this has lead to some unusual lines in my WIPs.
I’ve collected some of the more humorous misinterpretations of my speech and will relay them to you now.
The line should have read – “The dog let out a vicious snarl.”
What Dragon wrote – “The dog let out a viscus Carl.”
The line should have read – “I was confronted by several exceptionally disgruntled pit bulls.”
What Dragon wrote – “I was confronted by several sexually disgruntled pit bulls.”
That one had my critique group in tears.
The line should have read – “I gave her hand a gentle squeeze.”
What Dragon wrote – “I gave her hand a genital squeeze.”
Whoa, really? How would one even…? Never mind.
Thankfully, I caught that one before anyone else read it.
I’m still collecting these little gems. I’m sure there will be plenty more, maybe the MM peeps will let me do an update in a few months. In the mean time, hope everyone has a grape day and good lick on the give away! 😉
Animal behaviorist Grace Wilde keeps her ability to psychically communicate with furry and feathered critters under wraps. But when a Doberman turns out to be the only witness to a crime, Grace will have to let the cat out of the bag in order to catch a killer.
Grace Wilde’s job is anything but normal. When she’s not helping out at the zoo by comforting agitated lemurs, she’s listening to the woes of annoyed house pets. Grace’s life gets even more complicated, though, when the cops summon her to a crime scene to help deal with the murder victim’s terrified Doberman.
The pooch turns out to be the only one who saw what happened the night of the shooting—and only Grace can get the information out of him. The problem is, how will Grace tell the distractingly gorgeous Sergeant Kai Duncan that it’s the dog who’s giving her the intel without spilling her big secret or sounding crazy? Left on her own, Grace will have to follow the pup’s lead to track down the killer. But she’ll have to be careful—or curiosity may end up killing the cat whisperer.
About Laura Morrigan: She lives in Florida with her husband and far too many cats, loves the Blue Angels, wearing flip flops in November, and thunderstorms – oh and she’s a great cover artist!
Laura is giving away a signed print copy to one lucky commenter!