Writing – they say – is a solitary occupation. But is it? Really? Let’s visit with Terri Weldon and ask her about her two constant companions.
QPQ: Introduce us to the dogs you’re sharing with us today.
Terri: Well Robin, you know I love to talk about my two West Highland White Terriers, Crosby and Nolly Grace, so you will probably learn more about them than you ever wanted to know. They are both from Oklahoma Westie Rescue. I’m an advocate of rescue groups, they do wonderful work.
Crosby and Nolly Grace are both eight years old, but they weren’t adopted together.
Crosby came to live with me first. He had been a Christmas gift from grown children to elderly parents. Westie puppies are adorable, fuzzy and white. The couple very quickly discovered they didn’t want a puppy and surrendered him to Oklahoma Westie Rescue. He was eleven weeks old when he came to live with me. And he had already managed to convince his foster mom to let him sleep in a kennel on top her bed! He still manages to get his way 99% of the time.
When Crosby was nine months old I decided he needed a sister. I read about Nolly Grace on the rescue website and made arrangements for her to come over for a play date. They bonded immediately. You would have thought they had been together since day one. She never went back to her foster home. I called and asked if I could keep her and we made all the necessary arrangements. She is much more practical than Crosby, just as spoiled, and a sweetheart.
QPQ: Since you’re an author and you come up with names all the time, how did you come up with Crosby and Nolly Grace’s names?
Terri: I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but Crosby came with his name. I’m sure Crosby’s name derived somehow from Bing Crosby and White Christmas. Somehow when I looked at him Crosby just suited him, so I kept the name. It seemed like the name an ornery and cute Westie boy would have. By the way, Crosby is both of those things. To make matters worse he knows he is cute. Now, Nolly Grace is an entirely different story. Westies are Scottish, and she came with a VERY Scottish name that didn’t suit her or me. Years earlier I had read God Save the Queen by Dorothy Cannell, and the dog in the book was named Nolly. I loved the name and decided the next female Westie I had would be named Nolly. Now in my mind Nolly would be this beautiful white prima donna of a Westie. Yeah, I know, I was delusional. Nolly Grace arrived at my house, and she was one hundred percent tomboy. She also informed me she wasn’t Nolly, it was Nolly Grace. And she said it really fast. Ran both names together. Let me go on record as saying it is perfectly normal to have conversations with your dog – and yes, they really do answer.
QPQ: Hmm. Talking to them is one thing, but them answering? I’m a little concerned about that, but we’ll let it slide for now. How do Crosby and Nolly Grace help you in your writing?
Terri: Wait a minute, they’re supposed to help? LOL! Well Crosby has more of an author’s heart than Nolly Grace. He helps me plot. You should hear some of the ideas we come up with. Um, maybe you shouldn’t. Now Nolly Grace is an action adventure girl. She helps me by example and the occasional whispered word, to create strong heroines who can take care of themselves and the hero in the book when necessary.
Since writing is such a solitary existence, I love having them around. They stick close and give me a puppy kiss whenever I need them. And it is awesome having two living beings who think I’m so wonderful no matter how bad of a writing day I’m having.
QPQ: Have you ever written one of your pets into a story?
Terri: Did Crosby and Nolly Grace put you up to asking me that question? In my first book, the hero had a Westie when he was a boy. So as an adult the Westie was – well let’s say no longer with him. Ever since then all I’ve heard from my duo is how I wrote about a dead Westie. Needless to say, they were not happy with me. I’ve written a Christmas novella called The Christmas Bride Wore Boots that has a very much alive little boy Westie named Crosby in it. I need to finish editing that project. And I love the idea of naming a book The Notorious Nolly Grace. However, Nolly Grace isn’t sure she likes the way that title sounds, so we are in negotiations.
QPQ: Tell us three things you, Crosby and Nolly Grace have in common.
Terri: Now that’s a tough one. Let me think. I have too many shoes and purses and they both have too many collars and scarves. So I guess we all three love our things. Nolly Grace and I both love movies. I’m not joking. Nolly Grace sits in front of the television and watches. Horses are her absolute favorite thing. Crosby and I both love to go for a walk. We can be a bit lazy, but we love to go for walks together.
QPQ: Thank you for visiting here at the Quid Pro Quills. Where on the web can readers connect with you and your books?
Terri: Thanks for letting me drop by! You ladies have a great blog and I’m honored to be here. Readers can connect with me at www.terriweldon.com or at