It was a slow afternoon at the hospital I worked at as a phlebotomist/laboratory assistant, when a co-worker suggested I write a book detailing all of the adventures of my cat, Madison. I think she suggested it, not because Madison is so amazing, (although, I think she is), but because I managed to weasel my cat into every conversation I had with patients.
Imagine them seated before me, with a needle in their arm, forced to endure my light conversations about the weather and of course, my cat. Oh, and if that wasn’t bad enough, I had framed photos of her nearby, too.
So, I suppose it was no major wonder to my friends and family when I mentioned Madison would be a character in Winter’s Curse, as High Priestess Iris Rose-Thorne’s cat.
I wanted to immortalize her somehow, and by writing her into a book, I feel like I did and that makes me feel good. It also amuses me to think of her living a double life with the witches of Springfield, able to go in and out as she chooses, unlike here where she is kept safe in our house and not allowed outside. I often joke with my husband that she would rather be Iris’s cat.
This got me to thinking… I wondered about the cats and dogs in the cozy mysteries I read, and if they are inspired by real life pets. It got me thinking about Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog, and how that was turned into a major motion picture starring Jennifer Aniston.
Bottom line is I love pets in fiction. One of the biggest reasons I read cozy mysteries is for the sassy cat who hangs out at the bakery, or the protective Pomeranian who bites at the ankles of the murder suspect. You get my drift. Every cozy mystery I’ve read has had a pet as a secondary character, and I’ve grown accustomed to expect this. If I read a cozy mystery that doesn’t feature an animal, I might feel cheated!
Do you have a favorite pet character in fiction? Or are you a writer who featured your pet in your book? Please leave your thoughts, below!
Speaking of pets in fiction, last week I participated in the Cover Reveal Party for Author S. E. Eaton’s new book, The Christmas Beagle, which was inspired by her beagle, Emmie Lou!
“In The Christmas Beagle, seven people from many walks of life learn about the meaning of grace and come together to build the ultimate gift…and it’s all due to one little beagle.” Read more about The Christmas Beagle, here!
Author S. E. Eaton also featured me on her blog. Please check out her post, November Featured Author, here!
Are you interested in a witchy, young-adult romantic read featuring my beloved cat, Madison? Winter’s Curse is available for purchase on Amazon in Kindle and Paperback, and on Barnes & Noble in Nook and Paperback! Happy Reading!
When High Priestess Iris Rose-Thorne bets her granddaughter’s womb in a broom flying contest – and loses, Winter wonders where the real danger lies: from the Witch Hunters she fled from the far North or her shady grandmother.
She finds safety with Turmeric of the Wormwood clan. His eagerness to protect her warms her frozen heart. But her love for him defies the Segregation Curse of Old, cast by the Elders to preserve ancient clan bloodlines.
Can they find a way around the Segregation Curse of Old to be together?
And with time running out as the Winter Solstice nears, will Winter be able to reverse the curse on her womb? Or will she agree to her fate and remain barren?