Pet Spotlight: Kristen Lepionka

People who know me in real life keep asking when my private investigator character, Roxane Weary, is going to get a cat. This says way more about me than it does about Roxane–I’m the one with the Crazy Cat Lady bumper sticker–and the truth is, I doubt she could care for another living creature with any kind of regularity (especially since cats don’t drink whiskey). I’m also not sure that she likes cats. So while there’s no chance of Roxane sharing her apartment with a feline roommate any time soon, all of my books have been written with a cat nearby. Snapple I’ve had this gorgeous, crazy lady since 2004–she was a twentieth...

Five Reasons Why Authors Need Pets

I have a lot of pets. It’s right in my standard bio: Kelley Armstrong lives in Ontario with her family and far too many pets. No one asks where I live in Ontario. No one asks about my family. It’s the pet part that gets all the questions. What kind do you have? What are their names? We currently have one dog (a 14-year-old beagle—Joey) 3 cats (6-year-old Maine Coon siblings—Rafe and Annie—and an 8-month-old Bengal, Cam.) Also fish and one gecko. Yep, a lot of pets. As a writer, I’m convinced they’re a career requirement…or at least it makes a fine excuse for having them. So, here are five reasons authors needs pets. 1) Silent companionship....

Pet Spotlight: Becky Masterman and Boodle the Bald

Seriously?  You want me to write about my pet instead of crazed killers?  Oh joy. When I married Fred about fifteen years ago he had a black cockapoo named Raven.  He loved that dog so much that my sister commented she was glad we moved across the country to Arizona because she wouldn’t want to be in the same state when it came time for Raven to die.  Sure enough, when Raven passed on Fred took it hard for a year.  Luckily, as an episcopal priest he was busy as interim rector at a church until they found someone full-time.  But then what?  No work.  No dog.   Ever the Fixer, I...

Pet Spotlight: Betty

I Married a Cat Hater By Diane Fanning All my life, my home had been populated with dogs and cats. Then, I married a cat hater. In his defense, he did have an allergy. I tried to convince him that living with a cat would desensitize him, but he didn’t buy it. The situation changed when a young orange tabby showed up on our doorstep and decided to live there. She acted hungry but all we had on hand was dog food. I offered her a handful and she gobbled it up. The next day, my cat-hating husband brought home cat food. Kitty liked that even more. In less than a week, my spouse was sitting with her on the porch, stroking on her and making her...

PET SPOTLIGHT: JD ALLEN

Accidentally Addicted to Felines Editor’s Note: JD Allen has six cats. Six. I never meant to be a Cat Lady. I swear. Collecting is sometimes an accidental thing. My mother-in-law had a set of curtains above her kitchen sink with chickens printed on them and the next thing she knew every holiday people were giving her chicken shit. Not chicken shit, but chicken shaped and decorated knickknacks. It got weird. Did you know there was a chicken Chia head? Like her, I started slow, with a respectable number of cats. Two. I had Bonnie and Clyde. It was just the two of them for years. Clyde made it to the grand old age of 21 before I had to say...

Pet Spotlight: A.E. Wasserman and Topper

The Tale of Topper Topper, my Border Collie* muse, can indeed be amusing, but he is also murderous. He entices me to kill people, (in my historical mysteries/thrillers) then promptly helps me solve the deadly crime. He knows where both the bones and the bodies are buried. My muse has his methods. He takes me with him for long mountain hikes on the weekends, up through forests to the high meadows. Away from urban urgencies.  Topper and I follow a trail toward the top of Mount Pinos in the Los Padres National Forest. It’s there that characters enter my head and plots begin to twist and turn as much as the path does through the Douglas Firs....