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Interview with ERna Mueller, author of ‘K-9 Cop’



Erna MuellerI was born in Austria and my family immigrated to the U.S. I loved living here as a child and considered the U.S. my home. My family returned to Austria and of course I had to tag along. I missed the friendly faces and the cultivation of the free spirit which America symbolizes. In Austria I completed my education but always wanted to return, so here I am.

I traveled the world and lived in many exciting cities such as Paris, Munich and London. I currently work as an accountant for a large pizza company in Seattle by day and passionately pursue a career as a writer in my spare time.

My new book, “K-9 Cop”, is adapted from my multi-national award winning screenplay.  The book has won several awards including first place in the 2009 National Good Read Competition sponsored by

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About the Book:

K-9 Cop 2No one thought as highly of Lieutenant Spencer Watley as he did himself. This selfish cop met 14 year-old Justin Andrews during an important stakeout. Determined to nab a group of cyber killers, he wasn’t going to let anything get in his way, especially a smart mouthed teenager like Justin.

After Spencer bids him good riddance, he is killed by the hackers and stands before the gates of heaven. But – what’s this? After a life of putting dangerous criminals behind bars, he’s locked out?

He yells at the angel blocking his entrance, only to find out he needs to go through the J.R.P. program before he can enter. That’s the Jerk Redemption program, otherwise known as sensitivity training boot camp, which to his horror consists of non-stop Oprah and Dr. Phil reruns. Or he can go back to earth and help Justin’s dysfunctional family. Spencer opts for the lesser of two evils, to help Justin.

But the Angel pulls a fast one on Spencer. He can only go back to earth in the body of his K9-Partner. Spencer refuses, but like it or not, Spencer becomes a dog. He falls back to earth and is slowly morphed into a dog that closely resembles a mop.

And if being a dog wasn’t bad enough, Spencer also swallowed an important microchip his killers need to hack into PC’s and steal millions. Now the criminals are hot on his trail for the only existing microchip that’s logged in his belly.

Justin and Spencer butt heads constantly; both are stubborn and willful, neither one wanting to give an inch. Spencer needs to find out what the killers are up to, so he swallows his pride and forms a bond with the boy. Spencer relays to Justin his past and together with the help of Justin’s girlfriend, Shahla; they discover the hacker’s plans. Spencer has broken down Justin’s reserve and he finally learns the meaning of unselfish love.

But it’s too late, the hackers have captured them.

Can Spencer maul the shins (and other choice areas) of his kidnappers and stop them from their evil plan?

Can a selfish man find a heart?

You bet. He just has to become a dog first.

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Q: Welcome to Beyond the Books, Erna. Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?

I’m a first timer.

Q: When you were published for the first time, which route did you go – mainstream, small press, vanity published or self-published and why or how did you choose this route?

I choose self-publishing since I found it nearly impossible for a first time writer to get an agent let alone a publisher.

Q: How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?

It was very empowering; I don’t remember celebrating since I spent so much time on marketing. Writing the book was a piece of cake, marketing is very stressful. If and when my book becomes a bestseller you can bet your android reader the champagne corks will fly.

Q: What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?

I was published for the first time on 2012. I spiffed up my website, I did a book trailer and am starting a virtual book tour. My book will be available as an Audio-book soon.

Q: Since you’ve been published, how have you grown as a writer and now a published author?

I have definitely grown as a writer due to the fact that I am constantly writing. Practice and more practice is the only way to hone your craft. As a published author I’m trying to get the public’s attention. My book is crying: Hello readers; here I am, please read me… please.

Q: What has surprised or amazed you about the publishing industry as a whole?

Once the novel was completed I sent out numerous query letters to agents and publishing houses and no one wanted to even read a chapter of a first time novelist. I can start a bonfire with the rejection letters I’ve received. And get ready to hear from literary agencies that their roster is full and can’t accept any new authors, and publishing houses do not accept any unsolicited manuscripts. You see what first time writers are up against? For me, self-publishing was the only way out of this maze

Then I heard if you have a self-published book with somewhat decent sales, publishing houses are more apt to take you seriously. No company wants to take a chance anymore; they want you to do the marketing for them. Consequently I self-published.

Q: What is the most rewarding thing about being a published author?

You get to see your book in print and also read the reviews. People let you know if they liked your book which is very uplifting. My reviews on Amazon are what keep me going.

Q: Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?

Be persistent, don’t give up and if all else fails self-publish.



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