Pet Spotlight: Laurien Berenson

I’ve had the great good fortune to live my life surrounded by animals which probably explains, at least in part, why I love writing about them so much. I learned at an early age that people can be difficult, but dogs are always just right. My first dog was our family pet, a Springer Spaniel named Gumdrops. My parents believed that dogs and children went together but unfortunately their largesse did not extend to allowing the dog inside the house. Through cold winters and hot summers, Gumdrops lived outside in a wooden dog house. She ate rocks, demolished a plastic swimming pool, and drove my father crazy with her barking. I decided that I...

Pet Spotlight: Linda O. Johnston

I’d like to introduce you to my two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Lexie and Mystie. They’ve owned me for a while and have me very well trained. Oh, you mean I’m supposed to train them? Maybe so. But since I’m now a full-time writer and am home a lot of the time, I’ve gotten used to their demands for attention, including wanting to go out, to play, and to get treats and lots and lots of hugs. They’re Cavaliers, after all. I’ve had Cavaliers for many years. I saw one on the Underground on my first trip to London and immediately fell in love. I came back to the U.S. and researched them. At the time...

Pet Spotlight: R.N. Morris

Molly on my back. Writing can be a lonely business. It’s just you and the blank screen. I was lucky though because I had Molly to keep me company. I’m not sure whether Molly saw herself as my muse or my writing partner. Being a cat, she probably had an agenda of her own. Whenever I sat down to write, it wasn’t long before I would become aware of Molly’s purring presence. She would jump up and ‘helpfully’ position herself between me and the computer screen. Or she would walk over the keyboard, inserting random letters into the novel I was writing. I always secretly hoped that she would write the book for me. But unfortunately her...

Pet Spotlight: Donna Andrews

Well, I don’t own any pets, but I am a pet aunt. Name: Ginger (nicknames Gingie and The Ginge) Breed: Shih tzu Age: about two and a half How she became part of my life? My brother’s family gave in to the nephews’ begging for a dog, and my sister-in-law’s research showed that Shih tzus tended to have the right kind of temperament to be good family dogs, and were less apt to cause allergy problems. And of course when the family travels anywhere that they can’t take a dog, I’m the most logical dogsitter. How has she changed my life? She has readjusted my attitude about small dogs. Spike, AKA the Small Evil...

Pet Spotlight: J.A. Jance

 Bella, The Book Tour Dog Our current critter is a miniature dachshund named Bella.  We believe her to be about ten, but we don’t know that for sure.  She came into our lives four years ago when we found her abandoned on a busy, rainy street in Bellevue, Washington.  She was desperately chasing after the car that had dumped her.  I got out and ran in traffic, too, chasing her for the better part of a mile before I was able to lay hands on her.  She was cold, wet, terrified, and starving. We believe she had been given up by her original owner and left in the care of a man who didn’t like her.  As a consequence, when the next book...

Pet Spotlight: Connie Knight

Two Cats and a Plot   When I’m working on a book, I stay at home where my cats are my only company. I wander through the house, thinking about things, and looking for my cup of coffee. I might end up in the kitchen to make a fresh cup. My current book introduces a new character in my mystery series. She’s returning to her mother’s home town, but she’s not used to the country. As she drives down old dirt roads, things take her by surprise. She saw…um, something I saw once…a furniture van in a pasture, with two guys herding some cattle in its direction. My young character might realize that a furniture van isn’t right for cattle. Might...