Dog Author Interview: Julie Klam (YOU HAD ME AT WOOF, and LOVE AT FIRST BARK)

Julie Klam is the author of several books, including the New York Times Bestseller You Had Me At Woof: How Dogs Taught Me The Secrets of Happiness (Riverhead Books), Love At First Bark: Dogs and the People They Saved (Riverhead Books), and the forthcoming [fall 2012] Friendkeeping: The Field Guide to the People You Love, Hate, and Can’t Live Without (Riverhead Books).

She has written for such publications as O, The Oprah Magazine, Rolling Stone, Harper’s Bazaar, Allure, Glamour, and The New York Times Magazine. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Julie worked from 1999 – 2002 as writer for VH1’s Pop-Up Video, where she earned an Emmy nomination for Special Class Writing. She was also a Senior Writer on VH1’s Name That Video. Along with Ann Leary and Laura Zigman, she is a co-host of the weekly NPR radio show “Hash Hags.”

She lives in Manhattan with her husband, daughter and many dogs.

GIVEAWAY: Julie is excited to give away a free copy of her book to a random commenter. Comment within 2 weeks; winners must live in Canada/US to receive the book by mail. You can win a blog contest even if you’ve won before. (Update: Debbie won.)





Currently own dogs? Tell us their names, breeds and one amusing fact per dog.

Beatrice, Boston terrier: She doesn’t love people but she does love civil servants – anyone who works for the city of New York.

Wisteria, Boston terrier/Chihuahua mix: She is in a support group for squirrel addiction.

Fiorello, Boston terrier/Chihuahua mix (Wisteria’s “twin” brother): Sleeps on his back with his legs sticking straight up and is my only dog who cries. He’s a cry baby.

In one sentence, what is your latest dog-related book about?

LOVE AT FIRST BARK is my continuing adventures in dog rescue and being rescued by dogs.

When did it come out?

October 2011, Riverhead Books. It was a Library Journal Best Book of 2011

What inspired you to write this book?

It was a continuation of You Had Me at Woof, a book that came out the year before. I just had more to say about my dog relationships.

What kind of writing were you doing before you started writing about dogs?

I had written a memoir about people in my family… the human kind. I’ve always done lots of magazine writing, mostly essays.

How did you find your agent?

I had met my agent at a party ten years before I even dreamed of writing a book. I think we just hit it off personally. I think she liked the fact that I had no interest in writing a book, but I tricked her.

(Can you re-query an agent after she’s rejected you in the past?)




This interview conducted by Stephanie Feldstein, animal advocate and writer.
You can find her campaigning at, tweeting @sfeldstein,
or catering to the whims of her quirky rescued animals. She’s
represented by Barbara Poelle of the Irene Goodman Literary Agency.



What has been the biggest surprise or learning experience you’ve seen through the process of seeing your book(s) get published?

The biggest surprise I think was just realizing that it’s a business like everything else. When you’re writing and dreaming of getting published, you don’t think about how much goes into figuring out numbers. I guess like people who dream of acting in a movie aren’t thinking about sitting around in trailers for hours. There is lots of love of books in this business, but ultimately no one can do it if people aren’t making money and business decisions.

Tell me about a fun moment or proud experience you’ve had with your book and readers since the book was published.

The best part by far is hearing from people who decided to join a rescue group after reading my books. Many joined my rescue group. Inspiring any sort of goodness in people is the most you could hope for.

What have you done to reach out to readers and dog enthusiasts?

The marketing and publicity people at Riverhead Books do a ton of amazing reach out and targeting dog magazines. For myself, I use Facebook and twitter a great deal and have found it to be a very useful tool for connecting with people.

(How do you make money writing articles for magazines?)

Think of your dog (or a past dog perhaps). If you could compare them to one celebrity, who would it be?

Beatrice is a little Lady Gaga — she has been known to wear meat, especially after she eats.

Favorite of these dog movies? — “Best in Show,” “101 Dalmatians,” “The Shaggy Dog.”

I have to say 101 Dalmatians. In that movie the dogs were the ones who saved the day, I believe that’s really what happens, too.

Where can people find you on the Internet?

Author website:


Twitter: @julieklam

What’s next up for you, writing-wise?

I have a book coming out in October 2012 called Friendkeeping: The Field Guide to the People you Love, Hate, and Can’t Live Without. It’s about human relationships, although I think martians would definitely find some use in it, too.

GIVEAWAY: Julie is excited to give away a free copy of her book to a random commenter. Comment within 2 weeks; winners must live in Canada/US to receive the book by mail. You can win a blog contest even if you’ve won before. (Update: Debbie won.)



RED DOG / BLUE DOG is a humorous photo collection of
dogs doing stereotypical liberal and conservative things,
assembled all in good fun. It released in Aug. 2012 from
Running Press and has been featured by USA Today,, The Huffington Post, and more.

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17 thoughts on “Dog Author Interview: Julie Klam (YOU HAD ME AT WOOF, and LOVE AT FIRST BARK)

  1. WF2012

    Dog Author Interview- very funny and lovely subject! Thanks for sharing. Probably we will read some Rabbit or Cat Author Interview in the future 🙂

  2. andreadorn

    I just love how you got your agent! That’s the best way, get to know each other first then bring up your book(s).

    As a veteran cat rescuer I’ve also done my share of work with dogs. A few years back I fostered a terminal foster dog. I took her in for what was supposed to be a couple of weeks but she lived another 11 months! They were some of the most rewarding months ever. Now I have another ex-shelter dog, an American Eskimo, Blizzard who grudgingly tolerates the cats he’s forced to live with.

    I’d love to read your books!

  3. Kaylyn

    Our cat is from a shelter but, I really think it is our dog that we rescued. She was from a litter that was not well taken care of and later we found out all of her siblings and mother were put down. She is the sweetest member of our family; a 65 pound Lab/Rodesian mix named Snickers.

  4. angelalarassa

    I absolutely LOVE Julie. She is an incredible author. You can tell by the way she write that she really does have a true love of animals. I got the honor of meeting her at a signing in Boston, MA & the best part was as I walked up, she recognized me from Facebook and knew my name! How awesome is that? My mother in law took a picture of us that I will always cherish. I look forward to may more books! <3

  5. nataliewrite

    I’ve bought every book on my favorite breed, the Chow Chow. My dog, Tai-Chi is like a child to me, the typical only child, a loner but content. Your books speak volumes to dog lovers of all breeds. Thank you!

  6. TJRhyne

    I’m a big fan of dog books and animal rescue organizations. My beagle is a rescue and I’m a 20 year volunteer at the pet adoption center where he came from. Happy to have found two more “must read” books! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Debbie

    Saving dogs…I think that’s why I don’t have kids. Three rescued labs: Puck (sleeps with legs up and sagging jowls down), Cricket (shoe thief unmasked), and Katie (jumps higher than rabbit when she sees her leash). I’m so glad that I have the patience to give them time to acclimate to their new home, something that not everyone understands. I now know my calling. I would love to read your book. Thank you.

  8. Buckstop319

    As a true pup lover I love to read about the relationships dogs have with us and us with them. I know mine have more with me than “owner/dog”. I am a dog mom and my pups-Hank and Greta mean the world to me. Both are labs–brother and sister–and I can’t imagine life without them. Hank is a sweetie, but my challenging Greta is the one I am closest to in many ways. I love it when she looks me in the eye in challenge. And, often times she “wins”. she is so smart and he is so cute and good natured. Thank you and I, too, hope I am the “random commenter”!! Keep up the awesome books.

  9. catnipkiss

    What a great subject matter! My mother is a dog nut, and I am too (to a lesser degree). I hope to get a copy of one or both books to share with her. Keep up the good work!! – Cathy

  10. The Random Commenter

    As a “marketing guy” / dog lover / would-be author, I am taken by the whole story. But one thing I like in a very specific sense is the cover of the book; not only the mandatory hard-to-resist picture of the dog, but the invitingly informal typeface that breaks down the pomp and says “this is a real person’s – and just maybe, a real DOG’S – story, come on in!”

    While, of course as “The Random Commenter” I am the most qualified to WIN the book – I must admit I will likely buy it (and your previous title too) anyway, now that I know about them! I am warm and sentimental about all dogs – especially rescued ones, like my own lab/beagle mix Roxy. (Except for the23 hours a day she spends barking at ANYONE who has the unmitigated gall to walk/run/bicycle/drive past our house.)


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