La Paseadora de Perros

Overview

Part voyeur, part dreamer, Nina Shepard, a Manhattan dog walker, has been around the block a few times and yearns to find that something—or someone—she can be passionate about. She may not have a boyfriend or a real purpose in life, but she does have a job that offers her one great opportunity: the keys to her clients' apartments. And with these keys, Nina has the freedom to cross several foyers, and a moral boundary, and gain access to their lives—where she just might find the things that are missing in her own....
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Overview

Part voyeur, part dreamer, Nina Shepard, a Manhattan dog walker, has been around the block a few times and yearns to find that something—or someone—she can be passionate about. She may not have a boyfriend or a real purpose in life, but she does have a job that offers her one great opportunity: the keys to her clients' apartments. And with these keys, Nina has the freedom to cross several foyers, and a moral boundary, and gain access to their lives—where she just might find the things that are missing in her own. Enter Daniel, a man she thinks she knows from snooping far past his doorway when she comes to pick up Sid, his Weimaraner. Except for owning a designer dog, he seems perfect in every way. Now if only she could meet him.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788466621564
  • Publisher: Ediciones B
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Leslie Schnur

Leslie Schnur is the former editorial director of Delacorte Press/Dell Publishing. She lives in New York City.

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I was previously the editor-in-chief and associate publisher of Dell and Delacorte. I acquired and edited Al Franken, worked with Elmore Leonard and Harlan Coben, and brought Anna Quindlen and Alice McDermott to Dell. My first job in publishing was at Simon & Schuster, my publisher today. I had answered an ad in The New York Times for a copywriter and I got the job.

After 20 years working in book publishing, you'd think I'd have learned a thing or two about what it means to be a writer.

Well I didn't. It's very different to be on this side of the editorial table. Being an editor—choosing what books to publish, helping writers do their very best possible work, making sure the book is published well—is not an easy job. You have to first trust your own instincts and then stand by them, then you have sales people to cajole, marketing people to nudge, and writers to convince.

But nothing could have prepared me for how hard it is to be a writer. Sure, it is wonderful. One of the most wonderful things I've ever done. But if I were ever to become an editor again, like when the polar ice cap melts, I would never talk to authors the way I used to. I remember saying to an author once, "I love your book, but you need to go back. Your first 100 pages need work." I would die if someone said that to me. I cannot believe many of my authors are still my friends!

Writing is, for me, a wacky combination of torturously hard work and magic. Facing that blank page is like climbing Mount Everest, except for the life-threatening part. But when a thought comes, when I'm reminded of something someone said ten years ago, or when a character says something wild and real, it's like magic. I get excited the way I get excited on the roller coaster at the Santa Cruz boardwalk. The hairs on my arms stand straight and my heart leaps to my throat and I want to laugh and throw up at the same time.

In 1992 I was married to a wonderful man who I'd met at Warner Books. We adopted a dog from the ASPCA, a beautiful chocolate-brown mutt, with one of those anthropomorphic faces, who we named Charlie and treated like a child. We had twins in 1996—a boy and a girl—and Charlie was relegated to family dog. Over the years he slowed down a lot—he no longer humped everyone who walked in the door—and I am sad to tell you that Charlie died in December 2004, after 16 wonderful years of life.

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    1. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 3, 1954
    2. Place of Birth:
      Lorain, Ohio
    1. Education:
      B.A. University of California, Berkeley, 1977
    2. Website:

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