Posted on May 1, 2015
Books: Bloodhound sniffs his way into readers’ hearts
By Steve Pike
It was quite an adventure for Daring Dog to find his way to book form. Whereas many books eventually become screenplays and perhaps even movies, Charlotte Jerace’s flying dog hero of The Adventures of Daring Dog started out as a screenplay.
It came within a whisker (pardon the pun) of becoming a movie before Jerace, who splits her time between Hypoluxo and Cape Cod, took back her publishing rights and self-published the book last June.
“I wouldn’t recommend doing it that way,” Jerace said with a laugh. “It happened for me that way because I had made relationships with some phenomenal women (including Linda Hope, daughter of the late entertainer Bob Hope) and we wanted to do business together.”
In The Adventures of Daring Dog, Jerace — a terrific storyteller — tugs at the funny bones and heartstrings of readers of all ages with a story about the friendship between Sam, a bullied boy in a wheelchair, and Daring, a left-for-dead bloodhound with an extraordinary gift.
The book, available at Classic Bookshop in Palm Beach and on Amazon, was inspired by two things close to Jerace’s heart — her lifelong love of all things canine — and her granddaughter.
“My granddaughter had been bullied in school so I was very aware of the pain,” Jerace said.
The Adventures of Daring Dog is Jerace’s first foray into children’s books. Her previous novel, Kentucky Rain, was published in 2006. Jerace also co-wrote a screenplay for Showtime called Secret Hiding Places.
She is working on a Daring Dog sequel.
“I have a great interest in humpback whales,” said Jerace, who grew up in coastal Maine. “I think Daring and Sam might just be spending some time on Cape Cod.”