Dogs and Goddesses Reader’s Guide

After all the mayhem of writing with a Green Beret, I wrote a book about goddesses and baking with my two best friends, Anne Stuart and Lani Diane Rich. We had a blast.

  1. Popular psychology urges women to find the goddess within. It never mentions there are strings attached. What are the drawbacks to divinity that Abby, Daisy, and Shar have to deal with? Do the drawbacks change their lives as much as or even more than the new powers they get?
  2. The first hint the women get that they’re developing supernatural powers is when they start hearing dogs talk. How does that affect them? How would it affect you? (Feel free to substitute cats, birds, hamsters, etc.)
  3. The New Kammani is an ancient middle-eastern goddess dropped into 21st century Ohio, who struggles over the short course of the book because of the demands our society makes on her. Which is stronger, ancient tradition or our modern celebrity culture?
  4. Each of us had a secondary character we really loved–Gen, Peg, Mina–and had a great time writing. What secondary character was your favorite? Why?
  5. Abby’s an earth mother, Christopher lives in his brain. Do you think they’ll constantly be at odds or do they complete each other?
  6. Daisy likes her world orderly, yet she is surrounded by free spirits in Peg, Bailey and Noah. How did they each help or hinder her in accepting her own chaotic nature?
  7. Shar falls in love with a god. How’s that going to work out?
  8. There are a lot of loose ends at the end of this story (although no unanswered questions, we hope). What do you think happens next?