Archive for November, 2012


Click below to listen to my 9-minute interview with Robyn Allgeyer on NRP radio station WVXU about my book, The Bog.
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National Public Radio Interview

On Sunday, November 25, between 7 – 8 p.m. EST, you can catch my interview on “Around Cincinnati” on WVXU 91.7 FM and WMUB 88.5 FM. We’ll be talking about my newest book The Bog. For those of you who don’t live in the Greater Cincinnati region, you may listen live online at and This is a regional National Public Radio station.

Judges commentary for your entry, The Bog, in the 20th Annual Writer’s Digest Annual Self-Published Book Awards

John Preston Smith has presented an interesting concept in his book, The Bog.  Mr. Smith is clearly an animal lover and has a real connection to the spirit of the wild.  There is something very compelling about this story and the concept that each dog has a specific role to fill while on earth, should the opportunity present itself.

Mr. Smith provides vivid descriptions of the woods surrounding the home of the story’s narrator, particularly the bog, where the main story takes place.  There are passages that are very memorable, the scene where our narrator meets the wolf-pup and saves his life, the recounting of the mama bear attack, and the death of the narrator’s animal friend draw the reader right into the action.  And the author’s love of the noble creatures of the forest leaps off the page.

This little book and its message of the love between dogs and their owners will stay with me forever.

These Dogs Are Barking Podcast #34

 John and Bob interview veterinarian Dr. Chad Brown. This is part 3 of a series discussing nutrition, diseases, treatments, prevention and other topics regarding the health of your dog.  To listen go to and click on Pod cast, or and click play. Our program is also available on iTunes under Podcasts-These Dogs Are Barking.