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....

Pet Spotlight: Andy and Leo

Andy and Leo are the pair of brothers who have graced our home for over eleven years now. We adopted them from an animal shelter when our kids were young and eager for “real” pets, after the non-cuddly fish in our living room tank stopped qualifying. We walked into the shelter and entered a long corridor lined with barking dogs. Both children stayed in character: Karenna, then nine, charged through the cacophony to get to the cat room at the other end; Eli, twelve, froze, too terrified to proceed. My husband Oliver chased our swift, eager daughter and I waited behind with our sensitive son and coaxed him onward. Eventually, we all...

Pet Spotlight: Writing Team That Makes up Sara Dri...

LONE WOLF is created by Sara Driscoll, the author pseudonym of the writing team of Jen J. Danna and Ann Vanderlaan. As a team, we were asked to talk about our pets, past and current.         Jen: The dog in LONE WOLF is based heavily on Shady, the black lab my family owned all through my childhood and teenaged years. But I haven’t owned a dog since then because of my children’s allergies. For years, we were unable to have pets; then we were able to own a sequence of very social, hypoallergenic hamsters. Still, this is not the same as owning a companion animal. But our lives changed the day my youngest daughter started to...