Greetings. I'm Anne Fifield, and I'm the author of the Princess Caroline's Adventures Series. You may find the books on my website at:
What are the books about in a nutshell? Or should I say in a dog treat?
They're advertised as being Middle Grade Readers for 3rd to 5th grades on up. I seem to have a large adult following, too. Adults find them a fun, fast read. They seem to be a bit hit with children of all ages.
The main characters are basset hounds and is set in the medieval times. I usually introduce another breed in each book in order to teach the children. Princess Caroline is the canine version of Nancy Drew. She and her best friends, Daisy and Willow (twins), find themselves embroiled in mysteries and adventures quite easily. They keep their nose to the ground and sniff out trouble.
Why did I choose basset hounds? That's what I know. My husband and I have been owned by bassets for the last 20 years. Yes, you read that right. Basset owners will understand that statement.
Bassets aren't for everyone. You either love them or you don't. They can be quite stubborn, a challenge to train, and shed all year. They're big dogs on short legs. They're also quite comical, and each one is unique. Currently, Tom and I have two, Piper and Finny. We've been associated with basset rescues since 2006. Over the years, we've fostered more than 100 hounds and counting. In 2011, I co-founded a basset rescue, Basset Rescue Across Texas (BRAT). It's still going strong ten years later.
All the dog characters are named after real rescued dogs. Their pictures are in the back of the book. Readers love it. It gives them a face with the name! Below is the real Princess Caroline.
How did I fall in love with bassets? That's a funny story. I'll tell you in a bit.