In the original draft of her young adult novel, Between Shadow’s Eyes, Jill Hedgecock’s dog character was a fluffy Border Collie mix, modelled after her own rescue dog. But then fate intervened and suddenly, she was inspired to transform the Shadow character into a red zipper-nosed Doberman.

Christopher Locke knew from the beginning of his journey as a novelist that he wanted to advocate for animals, so he seized the opportunity to educate his readers on dogfighting in his second book, Vincent and The Dissidents.

Here, they discuss how they found themselves writing about maligned breeds.

What triggered you to write about breeds that are often misrepresented by the media?

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Jill Hedgecock: I started writing a dog rescue column in Fall 2017 for The Diablo Gazette, a Bay Area entertainment magazine. In discussions…

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