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Dean Koontz and a dog named Trixie

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It’s not unusual for a well-known author to join forces with another writer for a book. Nevertheless, New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz took this approach to another level when he decided to take a look at the world through the dog eyes of his beloved, Trixie. 

First came “Life is Good! Lessons in Joyful Living, ” by Koontz and Trixie, in 2004. Then book two, “Christmas is Good,” followed. The third book called “Bliss To You: Trixie’s Guide to a Happy Life,” hit bookstores a few weeks ago on September 16.  

Koontz talked about the Trixie books in an interview over on the Publishers Weekly website recently. Koontz adopted Trixie, who was part of the Canine Companions for Independence program, which provides dogs for disabled adults and children. Koontz and his wife, Gerda, live in Southern California and have been involved with that non-profit since the mid 1980s.

 Trixie passed away last year, however, Koontz says,”I enjoy so much writing in her voice and this seemed to be an additional way to memorialize her.” All of Koontz’s profits from the Trixie books go to Canine Companions for Independence.

Meanwhile, Koontz continues to be one of the most successful and prolific writers in the country. The New York Times bestselling author of suspense, terror, and science fiction has reportedly published more than 90 novels and is now branching out into comic books.

This week, Forbes came out with its list of the world’s best paid authors from June 2007-to-June 2008.  Koontz tied for sixth with bestselling author John Grisham. I’m sure it’s no surprise to anyone that J.K. Rowling holds down the number one spot on that list. 

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