l. Are the Elvis the dog’s memories of being the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll real?
Elvis: You’re kidding! Right? Since I came back in a dog suit, they can’t
keep enough bananas and peanut butter at Gas, Grits and Guts.
Peggy: His memories are authentic. I not only share a birthplace with
Elvis, but I also share bits of common history. His maternal grandparents
lived on my grandfather’s farm. Also, I’m indebted to historians Julian
Riley and Rachel Ann Harden (The Roots of Elvis Presley), Alanna Nash
(Baby, Let’s Play House), May Mann (Elvis, Why Won’t They Leave You
Alone), Elaine Dundy with Roy Turner (Elvis and Gladys), Tom, James,
and Michael De Medeiros (Elvis, The Complete Music Catalog) and many
more for their biographies of the King.
2. Will your cast of characters remain the same?
Elvis: Callie collects people almost as fast as she collects strays. There’s no
telling who she’ll drag into Mooreville next.
Peggy: Mooreville’s population is 650 and half and growing. Though the core
characters will remain the same (Cousins Callie and Lovie; Mama, Uncle
Charlie, Ruby Nell and Fayrene), Uncle Charlie already has a new assistant
at Eternal Rest Funeral home (Bobby Hucabee who has a psychic blue eye).
And Callie’s looking for a manicurist for Hair.Net.
Elvis: You forgot Lovie’s main squeeze, Rocky Malone.
Peggy: No, I didn’t forget. I just don’t know if she’s going to let him stay.
Elvis: I thought you were in charge. Except of yours truly,
Peggy: Not always. My characters are very stubborn. Usually, they do what they
want. I just trail along behind taking notes.
3. How many books will be in the series?
Elvis: More than Jarvetis’ favorite redbone hounddog Trey has fleas.
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