Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Guest Post: Michael Northrop + Rotten

I'm super excited today to share the blog with young adult author Michael Northrop as part of the promotional tour for his newest release, Rotten. As a massive dog lover myself, I can't wait to read this book and am madly in love with the guest post Michael has put together. I've often wondered (I've actually probably given more thought to this than is healthy and normal) what breed of dog I'd be, but I've yet to come up with an answer. I have boxers, so maybe I'll just say boxer? Except they have lots of energy and I'm spectacularly lazy, so basically I'd fail as a boxer. Awesome. Michael is kindly going to share with us what breed of dog the characters in this book would be, so I hope you all enjoy!


A quick glance at the cover will tell you that the title character of my new book is a Rottweiler. Rotties are big, strong dogs, originally bred to guard cattle and pull carts. The other characters in the book, being mere humans, aren’t likely to do either of those things. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have distinctive, doggish characteristics. Here’s a look at how the cast would translate into the canine world.

JD: The book’s narrator is suspicious by nature and not a fan of too much yapping, but he’s determined, ultimately loyal, and not afraid to stick his nose into things.

The verdict: bloodhound.

JD'S MOM: Technically, she would be a bloodhound too—I’m pretty sure that’s how that works—but we are pretty far into the realm of unreality already so . . . Hardworking, patient, protective, and a little put upon.

The verdict: sheepdog.

JANIE: The only one who’d stand a chance at a dog show, Janie is also a crafty problem solver. Her breed needs to be elegant and smart.

The verdict: Sheltie.

RUDY: JD’s loyal best friend, Rudy is a natural for canine casting. He’s not quite as clever as a Sheltie (sorry, dude) or as suspicious as a bloodhound, and he likes to rile things up a bit.

The verdict: A rowdy Jack Russell terrier.

AARON: The big dog! Woof! A big, blue-eyed guy and leader of the pack, this one is easy.

The verdict: Siberian husky (the one out front).

MARS: Small, yappy, and maybe not entirely housebroken.

The verdict: a manic miniature pinscher. No offense to min pins, but they are notoriously yappy (and hard to housebreak).

GREG: Last but not least, JD’s uncle and the family lawyer. He’s loyal and helpful, if not especially dynamic.

The verdict: A legal beagle, perhaps?

• • • • • • • • • • 


A troubled teen. A rescued Rottweiler. An unlikely friendship.

Jimmer "JD" Dobbs is back in town after spending the summer "upstate." No one believes his story about visiting his aunt, and it's pretty clear that he has something to hide. It's also pretty clear that his mom made a new friend while he was away–a rescued Rottweiler that JD immediately renames Johnny Rotten (yes, after that guy in the Sex Pistols). Both tough but damaged, JD and Johnny slowly learn to trust each other, but their newfound bond is threatened by a treacherous friend and one snap of Johnny's powerful jaws. As the secrets JD has tried so hard to keep under wraps start to unravel, he suddenly has something much bigger to worry about: saving his dog.

Don't miss out on the rest of the tour! Full schedule is available here


  1. Haha, brilliant! Don't worry, I often ponder this myself and if that's weird then we can be weird together! My favourite breed is a Poodle, but I'm not sure how well my personality would fit. I would like to be a Komondor, but that's specifically for aesthetic reasons. Or a Saluki! Okay, I really have no idea, I'm just naming my favourite breeds now. But I really like the thought behind Michael's answers!

    1. YES AYLEE! *high five for being just a little bit odd* I have to go Google a Komondor, I'm not familiar with that breed!

  2. Michael never fails to make me laugh. Here in Shanghai a bunch of people--from young, stylish women to middle-aged/old men with no hair or fashion sense--own miniature dogs. Every time I see one of them, wearing booties or a "jacket," with their poor fluffy ears and tails died an unnatural color like pink or purple, I almost feel sorry for the ratdogs... until they get under my feet.

    1. There are a ton of miniature dogs here as well, but it's the white, fluffy dogs that reign supreme in my neighborhood. They're everywhere:)

  3. LOL! You can just be a lazy boxer. I'm sure there are some out there somewhere! Me, I'm probably a happy-go-lucky mutt, rescued off the streets, just like my pups (I've often thought being reincarnated as one of my dogs would be the perfect life. Except when I ignore them to read...).

    Love the cover and the story sounds great! Can't wait to read it.

    1. Hahaha I guess I could just be a lazy boxer, though I'm not sure those two words have ever appeared in that order anywhere else:) I often think my dogs have the perfect life as well, and then I watch them go out in the backyard and pick up a piece of their own poo when it freezes because apparently poocicles are awesome, and then I think "maybe I'm good as a human".

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    OK, as a dog lover myself (love my 3 babies!), I love this post! And the book sounds great - I love how healing animals can be for troubled people (both adults and kids). Very awesome idea for a book!

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  6. Oh what a coincidence...My copy of Trapped arrived only few days ago! :) I haven't seen this book before but I like the cover! :) Great guest post! :)

  7. I loved this post so much! It made me laugh despite the flu and the fever. What a great idea. Rotten sounds like the perfect book for me (and Johnny Rotten? Oh, my youth!)
    I think I'd probably be a German shepherd since I'm extremely organized and dependable. But who knows?

  8. Oh! A book about a guy and a pet dog. This sounds really cute! Anyhoo, Ha! The guest post is fantastic. I have very little knowledge of dog's breed though so I really don't know which breed would suite my characteristics. Lol! Great post, Jenny! :)

  9. OH! This sounds fantastic! Thanks for the fun post! I have 3 fur babies of my own. I have a little family... pointer, mini beagle and their son, the pointer/beagle mix (who is my avatar pic from when he was 4 months old). I think that it would be awesome to be a dog... especially mine as they are pampered and spoiled from head to tail :)

  10. This post was amazing and fun! And the books sounds really good too! I am a firm believer in the transformative power that humans and animals can have on each other!

  11. Love the interview. I'm a dog lover myself.

  12. I am a huge animal lover... and I enjoy animal books as long as none of the animals die. I am worse about bawling my eyes out when an animal dies vs. a human... yeah I know... I liked how he charactarized all the characters as breeds of dogs. This sounds like a fun read! Thanks for sharing today!

  13. This is such a cute guest post! I love dogs and wish I could have one but my landlord is the killer of joy. :-(

    I have no idea what kind of dog I'd be. My friend had a greyhound, which you would think would be hyper, but she slept practically all day. However, when it was time to go to the park, she raced like a mad thing. I think that combo of default calm laziness and then planned bursts of frantic activity is probably most like me. :-)

    I fully support your boxer choice because they are completely awesome dogs. You can just be a slacker boxer. :-)

  14. Fun post, but I must admit Rots and Dobermans scare the poop outta me...:)

  15. Having just adopted Maggie (our pretty pittie), this book is definitely one that I'll be looking more into!

    Rescued dogs really do save their humans as much as we save them :)

  16. Mars... I donno... probably a young beagle (Greg would be the mature version). They are notorious for getting into trouble before they mature. LOL Perhaps I just like min pins too much... ;)

    Love this post. Also enjoyed the book. Hm... what would I be? They say you look like your dogs, but I don't see it. I don't think I'm that hairy...

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  18. Huh! Such a cool guest post! I used to have a husky they're pretty dumb--at least mine was lol. But they make very sweet dogs. Rottweiler terrify me O_O

    Anyways this book sounds really good I've hear great things about Northrop's books! Great post!

  19. This is great! And quite perfect, I agree with it all! I just read this one last night, and my review goes up tomorrow. It was a great book!

  20. Thanks Jenny for being a part of the tour and hosting this guest post :)

  21. I love this guest post! This makes me even more interested in Rotten. I especially love Rotties and I've never read a book ABOUT one, so this sounds refreshing.

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