As we built up to the launch of Against My Better Judgment, I was asked a lot of questions such as what motivated me to write the book (short answer – my wife and daughter); where do the character names come from; and what did I enjoy most about writing the book. My answer to this last question was twofold: 1) I loved creating characters that I could bring to life through their actions and dialogue; and 2) I especially loved writing Mauzzy into the story.
As I have mentioned in previous posts and the book’s dedication, Mauzzy is the only real-life character in the story. And he’s also a character in real life. He’s my daughter’s miniature dachshund and is a much beloved family member. Although the first time I met him, he peed on me. Not the best start.
Since that first day, Mauzzy has proven to me that he is indeed a person wrapped up in a wee canine package. A smart, savvy, clever, calculating, and hilarious person with an agenda. And a recliner. It may be a child’s recliner, but to him it’s his chair for watching TV from and lording over his kingdom, in which he allows my daughter to share with him.
Mauzzy is quite the colorful character, and his personality and antics are as resplendent as his wardrobe, which I call “Mauzzy Gear.” Early in the story I reference his “wardrobe crate full of shirts, jackets, coats, and tuxedos.” This is as real as Mauzzy himself. In fact, the little guy owns two tuxedos with matching top hats. He wears a traditional black spiffy one to formal affairs such as weddings and holiday dinners, and a gold sparkly one to parties such as New Year’s Eve and the occasional blowout birthday bash. It should come as no surprise that he prefers the gold tux. After all, for Mauz, it’s all about panache and making a splash. Although, I just realized he doesn’t have a smoking jacket for when he is in his recliner. Something tells me that will be changing soon.
Among other fashion statements, he also sports a sombrero every year on his birthday and a pink winter coat with faux fur edging on those especially frigid days, which thankfully, are not many in the South. He loves anything pink. Again, panache and flair.
After getting a peek into all that is Mauzzy, I hope you can see why I wanted to include him in the story and when you read the book will come to love him as much as I do. He really is a person.
Author Bio: B.T. Polcari
Ever wonder what retired business executives do after they have put in years of effort for society and decide it is time to hang up their hat? Perhaps strolling along the country club’s fairway, or lounging on a 50-foot yacht?
Alas, B. T. Polcari is unlike your typical retired executive. Empty nester and Scarlett Knights alum, Polcari is still learning the meaning of “retired” while feverishly typing away on the next new book idea, smashing the fuzz off the little green tennis ball, or blasting bowling pins for a perfect game. Yes there is a boat, but not one that comes with its own crew; this retiree prefers to bustle along a serene lake in a quaint single seat Sunfish sailboat.
Perhaps the only time BTP can be found in a quiet moment is while enjoying the morning company of two family dachshunds over a newspaper and cup of coffee. B. T. Polcari currently resides in Chattanooga, TN and is thrilled to be fulfilling a childhood dream of becoming a published author.