Chat Log: Libby McKinmer

August 6th, 2004 Chat with Libby McKinmer

22:01:08 [becuziam] Thank you!

22:01:21 [K9Star] Nope

22:01:33 [Libby] Tonight we give out clues…then you’ll have to go to and in the guestbook fill in your guess! Registered name please!

22:01:39 [becuziam] K9star, are you related to anyone in the Park?

22:02:23 [Libby] K9Star…is it warm where you live?

22:02:42 chris enters this room

22:02:45 [K9Star] Today it is

22:03:04 [Libby] Hi Chris! Welcome!

22:03:10 [Jacqueline] Hi Chris!

22:03:18 [K9Star] Hi Chris Woof!

22:03:20 [chris] Hi Libby

22:03:55 [becuziam] K9star,do you live in the States ?

22:03:56 [chris] K9 is here?

22:04:08 [K9Star] I’m Here!

22:04:20 [Libby] Chris, K9Star is my special guest helping me kick of the Name the Mystery Keeshond in Fox Holl contest that’ll run til Sept 15th. The winner gets a trade paper copy of the book autographed by both of us!

22:04:24 [K9Star] I do live in the States

22:04:47 [Libby] K9Star, do you have any siblings?

22:05:19 [K9Star] I have 3 littermates

22:05:22 KimCox enters this room

22:05:23 >[KimCox] Welcome to our chat. Please obey the net etiquette while chatting: try to be pleasant and polite.

22:05:32 [chris] Hi Kim

22:05:39 [Libby] Hi Kim!

22:05:45 [K9Star] Hi Kim! Woof Woof

22:05:51 [Libby] K9Star…do you know what snow is?

22:06:02 [becuziam] In one of the Southern States? Below the Mason-Dixon line?

22:06:09 [K9Star] We have lots of snow

22:06:14 [Jacqueline] Hi Kim!

22:06:32 [becuziam] Hi, Kim!

22:07:05 [KimCox] Hi all

22:07:05 [Libby] Maybe while people ponder some clues, I could give a quick precis of Fox Hollow, if that’s okay, Jacqueline?

22:07:33 [chris] I’ve never seen a Keeshond. Are they rare?

22:07:51 [Jacqueline] Sure, Libby

22:07:57 [Libby] Fox Hollow is a tale of twisted revenge…a young architect is set up by her ‘loving’ fiance to take the fall when he defaults on money owed to a loan shark!

22:08:01 [K9Star] Not really.

22:08:08 Nyssa enters this room

22:08:13 JLAbbott enters this room

22:08:30 [K9Star] Woof Nyssa & JL

22:08:32 [becuziam] Hi, Nyssa!

22:08:34 [Jacqueline] Welcome Nyssa and JLAbbot!

22:08:43 [JLAbbott] Hi Libby!

22:08:44 [Nyssa] Howdy friend!

22:08:45 [Libby] She has only a few days to find him…and the money…before **she** becomes part of what’s owing. K9Star helps her in her quest…

22:08:48 [becuziam] Hi, JL

22:08:57 [Libby] Hi Rach! Hi Laura! Welcome, welcome!

22:09:31 [Nyssa] Thanks, I can’t stay but a minute, but I wanted to make an appearend for you.

22:09:45 [JLAbbott] Stop telling me about it, EJ…LOL!!

22:09:47 [K9Star] Do you have a question for me?

22:09:48 [Libby] Thank you VERY much…someone has already guessed Adric!

22:10:20 [Nyssa] lol, Is it?

22:10:27 jgilliam enters this room

22:10:30 [Libby] K9Star…do you like cats???

22:10:32 [Nyssa] Adric says HI

22:10:43 [Nyssa] Hi Jeramy

22:10:58 [becuziam] Libby from Iowa says Hi, too

22:11:01 [K9Star] I loooove to chase cats-as high as I can!

22:11:02 [Libby] Hi!

22:11:11 [Nyssa] I think there were 5 pups in Adrics litter.

22:11:13 [jgilliam] Hello Nyssa, Libby and the rest

22:11:24 [Libby] Sooooo…you’re agile, are you?

22:11:26 [becuziam] Mountains?

22:11:36 [becuziam] Hi, Jeremy!

22:11:37 [K9Star] Woof Woof

22:11:55 [Nyssa] Do you vocalize allot?

22:11:58 [K9Star] I live near the mountains

22:12:10 [K9Star] Woof Woof Woof Woof Woof

22:12:18 [Nyssa] Which mountains?

22:12:21 [becuziam] Washington state, K9?

22:12:33 [chris] What kind of cats do you chase. Big cats? House cats?

22:12:48 [K9Star] Not mountains that big

22:12:56 [becuziam] Bobcats near Yellowstone?

22:13:00 [K9Star] I chase house cats

22:13:04 [Nyssa] Virginia Mountains

22:13:07 [Nyssa] ?

22:13:16 [Jacqueline] Hi and welcome. We’re chatting with author Romantic Suspense Author Libby McKinmer tonight. To enter your name, please type it in the upper left hand name box and then type “enter”. We’ll be using protocol so please type “?” to ask a question and “!” to make a comment and “ga” to signify “go ahead”

22:13:18 [K9Star] North

22:13:27 [Libby] K9Star must be VERY brave in Fox Hollow. Have you had Schutzhund training, K9Star?

22:13:45 [Jacqueline] when you’re finished speaking. We’ll call on you in turn. Thank you for joining us!

22:14:02 [K9Star] He he, no, my Mom’s a push over

22:14:41 [Jacqueline] K9Star is Libby’s special guest helping her to kick off the Name the Mystery Keeshond in Fox Holl contest that’ll run til Sept 15th. Throughout the chat, K9Star will be giving his clues about his identity. So pay attention! The winner gets a trade paper copy of the book autographed by both Libby

22:14:46 [Jacqueline] and K9Star!

22:14:55 [jgilliam] Libby, where did the idea for this novel come from (your inspiration)

22:15:26 [Nyssa] AAAAAHhh K9 is a HE!

22:15:26 [Jacqueline] ga, Nyssa. :)

22:15:54 [K9Star] Yes, I’m a boy dog

22:16:23 [Libby] I’d had the idea for a while…and I always have pets in my books, so I thought, why not include a Keeshond? Since I have several, I know the personality quite well. And romantic suspense is my favorite genre. ga

22:16:35 [Nyssa] Delicate question, Are you aahhhem. intact?

22:16:49 [becuziam] Do any of your relatives live in Va, K(?

22:17:00 [K9Star] Aaah, no

22:17:06 Betty enters this room

22:17:09 [K9Star] No

22:17:16 [jgilliam] Nyssa?!?!? How rude… LOL

22:17:21 [K9Star] Woof Woof Betty!

22:17:43 [Libby] Hi Betty! Thank you for coming!

22:17:44 [Nyssa] WELLLL!! it helps to cut the list considerably

22:17:56 [Jacqueline] Hi and welcome. We’re chatting with author LibbyMcKinmer tonight. To enter your name, please type it in the upper left hand name box and then type “enter”. We’ll be using protocol so please type “?” to ask a question and “!” to make a comment and “ga” to signify “go ahead” when you’re finished

22:18:04 [Libby] “Cut” the list??? Tee-Hee

22:18:18 Lainie enters this room

22:18:23 [K9Star] Ouch

22:18:24 [JLAbbott] ?

22:18:28 [Jacqueline] Hi Lainie!

22:18:37 [Nyssa] ok ok, How about this. Are you a Show dog? Do you do obediance?

22:18:54 [jgilliam] ?K9Star

22:19:19 Boop enters this room

22:19:20 [K9Star] Um, I did enter a show once. Now I train in agility

22:19:22 [becuziam] ?K9star

22:19:45 [K9Star] ga

22:19:47 [Jacqueline] Libby, can you tell us again about Fox Hollow and K9Star so the stragglers can catch up and join in the fun?

22:19:58 [becuziam] Do you live in the western states?

22:20:14 [K9Star] No

22:20:26 [jgilliam] K9Star, do you live in US or Canada?

22:20:39 [K9Star] US

22:20:44 [chris] Do you live in Canada?

22:21:05 [K9Star] no

22:21:09 [Nyssa] Do you have any Mach titles?

22:21:12 [Libby] K9Star is my special guest tonight…K9Star is helping kick off my Name the Mystery Keeshond contest that runs thru Sept 15th. K9Star will be giving identity clues, then you go to and fill your guess in my guest book. The winner will get a trade paper copy of Fox HOllow sign

22:21:16 [becuziam] ?K9star

22:21:16 [jgilliam] Do you live a New England state or a warmer climate

22:21:38 [K9Star] No titles yet

22:21:45 [K9Star] New England

22:21:47 [Libby] ed by K9Star and I. K9Star’s people bid and won his appearance in Fox Hollow…and helped many rescue Keeshonden with their generous bid!

22:22:06 [Nyssa] Do you have allergies?

22:22:15 [JLAbbott] How old are you, K9, if I can be so bold to ask…

22:22:24 [Jacqueline] ga, JLAbbott

22:22:27 [K9Star] No allergies

22:22:27 [jgilliam] ? Libby

22:22:36 [K9Star] I’m not 2 yet

22:22:40 [JLAbbott] Ooops…just did….

22:23:10 [Jacqueline] ga, jgilliam

22:23:40 [JLAbbott] ?Libby

22:23:54 [jgilliam] Libby, do you always have a heroine or have you written other books with a man as the lead character?

22:24:19 [Nyssa] I am sorry guys, I am plum tuckered out and need to go to bed. When will the book be out?

22:24:26 [K9Star] I thought I was the lead character LOL!

22:24:44 [Libby] In my books, usually women are the lead characters….

22:24:48 [Libby] LOL

22:25:10 [Jacqueline] Nite, Nyssa, thanks for joining us!

22:25:13 [Libby] Fox HOllow releases September 1 from . Thanks VERY much, Rach. I appreciate you coming.

22:25:14 [becuziam] ?Libby

22:25:28 [jgilliam] Goodnight Rach… See you on the list.

22:25:33 [K9Star] Night Rach

22:25:45 [Jacqueline] ga, JL

22:25:56 [Nyssa] night, and good luck, I haven’t the foggiest. Keesy kisses to all lub Adric

22:25:58 [JLAbbott] Where did you get the inspiration for Fox Hollow’s setting…it’s wonderful!!!

22:26:34 [becuziam] Libby, will K9 be helping shut down a mill?

22:26:53 [Libby] I grew up just north of Toronto…and it’s HONESTLY just like that. Fall is gorgeous…tons of trees, there are ponds, streams, etc. I spent many happy hours in the saddle exploring, let me tell you!

22:27:33 [Libby] Bec, all the funds K9Star helped raise go to the Sunshine Fund to help offset medical needs for rescued Keeshonden.

22:27:35 [becuziam] ?Libby

22:28:14 [Jacqueline] ga, becuziam

22:28:48 [becuziam] will K9 be helping shut down a PM?

22:28:50 [K9Star] I have 2 rescue sisters that live with me

22:30:15 [Libby] The money K9Star helped raise in the auction goes to the Sunshine Fund to help with medical expenses for rescued Kees. Some will probably be mill dogs.

22:30:37 [becuziam] ?k9

22:30:47 [chris] What exactly does a mill dog do?

22:31:07 [jgilliam] ?Libby

22:31:34 [Jacqueline] testing

22:31:44 [Jacqueline] ga, becuziam

22:32:15 [JLAbbott] ?K9

22:32:16 [becuziam] Dio you live in Tennessee?

22:32:35 [K9Star] No, New England

22:32:49 [Libby] Chris, a Puppy Mill dog lives in horror, being bred & bred until she can’t be bred anymore and then killed. The puppies go to pet shops. It is the equivalent of a canine concentration camp, IMO.

22:32:56 [becuziam] Thank you.

22:33:39 [Jacqueline] ga, jgilliam

22:33:44 [jgilliam] What made you want to be a professional writer in the beginning? Who or what inspired you to pick up the pen the first time and put your thought and stories to paper?

22:33:50 [becuziam] Good night, Elizabeth– Jeanne

22:33:55 becuziam exits from this room

22:34:24 [chris] Sorry, I realized that after I asked the question. That’s why I would never buy a pet from a pet shop. ga

22:35:35 [Libby] I remember the first REAL story I wrote in high school. Before that, I’d been more inclined to music and drawing. But I think just my love of the written word drew me in…and in university I did a lot of writing…academic papers, so fiction was a release when I found myself living in the FAR nort

22:35:57 [Libby] ga

22:36:24 [Jacqueline] ga, JL

22:36:32 [JLAbbott] K9, my spaniel wants to know if you only like Kees,or if you’re into other breeds…..she had a Kees best buddy in obedience class and misses her! ga

22:36:57 [Libby] Also…my Dad was a huge influence….he read SO much, even poetry to me before I was born.

22:37:11 [K9Star] We just have Kees living here, and 2 cats

22:37:46 [Libby] K9Star, would you consider yourself ‘spoiled’ or ‘pampered’?

22:38:06 [K9Star] Absolutely!!!

22:38:20 meggusmac enters this room

22:38:21 [jgilliam] What kees isn’t pampered… I don’t think they could be spoiled…LOL

22:38:42 [Libby] Hi!!! Great to see you Meggus!! Everybody, Meggus is my MOM!!! Hugs!

22:38:56 [Jacqueline] Hi and welcome. We’re chatting with author Libby McKinmer tonight. To enter your name, please type it in the upper left hand name box and then type “enter”. We’ll be using protocol so please type “?” to ask a question and “!” to make a comment and “ga” to signify “go ahead” when you’re finished.

22:39:01 [jgilliam] Hi Meggus

22:39:11 [jgilliam] ?Libby

22:39:11 [K9Star] Hi Libby’s Mom! Woof Woof

22:40:43 [Libby] ga Jeremy

22:41:15 [jgilliam] Libby> What are the main character’s names in the book, including you special guest (assuming you used an alias)? Is there any rhyme or reson to the choice of character names or whatever pops into your thoughts?

22:42:11 [Libby] The architect’s name is Melissa Miller; the PI is Rees McAllister; the fiance is Jackson Tobin, his accomplice is Alyce LeBlanc &

22:42:43 [Libby] Melissa has a cohort named Jennifer, and a friend named Sharon. K9Star got to use his OWN call name in the story!

22:43:25 [Libby] I pick names that I like…names that I don’t associate with any real person usually, so I don’t ‘write’ him or her!! <g>

22:44:13 [meggusmac] Hi everyone

22:44:28 [Libby] I try to even give the villains cool names!

22:44:37 [Libby] Hi!

22:45:21 [Libby] K9Star….are you a city slicker or a country mouse?

22:45:27 [meggusmac] You choose very good names in all your stories

22:45:40 [K9Star] I live in the country

22:46:19 [K9Star] In the Green Mountains

22:46:39 [JLAbbott] ?Libby

22:46:46 [Libby] BTW, the hero, the PI, Rees, has a cat in this story…just because it helps me see his character, and because K9Star has cat buddies!

22:46:47 [chris] Is that Vermont, K9?

22:47:07 [K9Star] Yes, Chris

22:47:10 [meggusmac] I can hardly wait to read your newest book, keep up the good work

22:47:52 Lainie enters this room

22:48:46 [Libby] ga JL

22:48:55 Elaine enters this room

22:48:55 [Libby] Hi Lainie….welcome!

22:49:02 [JLAbbott] Libby, do you write every day? What are your work habits like?

22:49:09 [Libby] Hi Elaine…welcome!

22:49:09 [Jacqueline] Sorry, the phone interupted

22:49:56 [Libby] JL…atrocious!!! I don’t write nearly as much as I’d like. I edit a lot, so don’t get in the writing time I’d like to…and tend to crowd deadlines as my editor can attest <g>!!

22:50:06 [meggusmac] I am signing of now

22:50:20 [Libby] I’m a nighthawk, so tend to get much more done between say 11 pm and 2 or 3 am for myown writing

22:50:30 [Libby] Thank you VERY much, Meggus. I appreciate it.

22:50:50 [jgilliam] Before I go, I was just wondering if this book falls into the genre of stories similar to John Grisham’s “The Firm”, etc. (Missing money, being chased with little time to solve the mystery, small amounts of suspense)?

22:52:06 [Libby] I’d like to say yes!! <g> But I like big amounts of suspense!! And a bit of romance thrown in there!

22:52:56 [Jacqueline] Shall we give away a prize before jgilliam leaves, Libby?

22:53:29 [Libby] Yes, please, Jacqueline…if you’d care to draw a name, I’d appreciate it! Winner gets a free download of Fox Hollow when it releases.

22:53:49 [Jacqueline] Okay, everybody stay put for a minute.

22:54:13 [Libby] The tension mounts……

22:54:52 [Jacqueline] And the winner is…my daughter drew the name :)

22:55:04 [Libby] Whoever wins, if you’ll send a email to, I’ll send you the download in your choice of format — html, pdf, or lit — the day it releases.

22:55:08 [Jacqueline] Congratulations, JLAbbot!!

22:55:29 [JLAbbott] OH nO……..not me

22:55:36 [K9Star] Congrats JL!

22:55:45 [JLAbbott] LOL I’m the book’s editor!! Choose again

22:55:59 [JLAbbott] Please give someone else a chance to win

22:56:02 [K9Star] Oooops

22:56:18 [Jacqueline] I suppose you’ve read it. LOL!

22:56:25 [Libby] That’s really nice, JL…especially since you’ve seen Fox Hollow’s warts and wrinkles!! <g>

22:56:26 [JLAbbott] Thank you though…I really appreciate it

22:56:33 [Jacqueline] Okay, how about Chris?

22:57:03 [Libby] Great! Congrats, Chris. And thanks to Jacqueline’s daughter for drawing! :))

22:57:09 [KimCox] congrats, Chris!

22:57:09 [JLAbbott] Congrats Chris!!!!

22:57:10 [Jacqueline] Chris is the second name :p

22:57:24 [Jacqueline] Congrats Chris!!

22:57:25 [chris] Well, thank you very much. I love Libby’s books

22:57:34 [Libby] Thanks!

22:57:43 [jgilliam] Libby and K9Star, it has been a pleasure and the best of luck on the upcoming release. ‘Night all. Keesie HUGS and KISSES

22:57:56 [chris] Yes, and thank you Jacqueline’s daughter

22:58:02 [K9Star] Night, and thank you!

22:58:09 [Jacqueline] Nite jgilliam! Thanks for coming to the chat!

22:58:13 [JLAbbott] Great fun tonight! Thank you!!! And you guys will LOVE Fox Hollow…trust me!!!

22:58:18 [KimCox] B)

22:58:21 [chris] Nice to meet you K9. My Persian cat TEXAS says Hi

22:58:23 [Libby] I’d like to thank everyone for coming tonight, and especially my mystery guest K9Star! You helped make it a lot of fun. And thanks to Jacqueline, Kim and the terrific people at!! Much appreciated.

22:58:33 [K9Star] Hi Texas!

22:58:37 [Jacqueline] Thank you Libby and K9Star! I’m going to have to head to your site after this. :)

22:58:45 [KimCox] 8)

22:59:16 [Libby] Give me til tomorrow, Jacqueline? I haven’t got the contest details up yet <g>! Which speaks to my work habits again!! :)

22:59:24 [KimCox] Thank you, Libby, for being our guest, and also your sidekick K9Star!

22:59:25 [Jacqueline] I have to say, Libby, this was the most interesting chat

22:59:45 [Libby] Thanks, I had fun, too!

23:00:01 [K9Star] Good night everyone! Thank you for inviting me

23:00:18 [Libby] Good night, all!

23:00:20 [KimCox] Hope you can come back and be with us again.

23:00:29 [KimCox] Good night!

23:00:51 [Libby] Any time!!

23:00:54 [Jacqueline] Nite all! Kim, I saved the log and will send it in a minute.