Thursday, July 30, 2015

Thursday Talk-Time - Pets in Stories

Margaret Daley is visiting the Pink Heart Society and talking about four (or more) legged creatures in books...

From books to movies we find animals becoming characters in a story. 

At the moment a current movie Max is about a K-9 military dog in Afghanistan. I remembered as a child seeing the movie, Old Yeller, and crying. Decades later, I still recall how upset I was when Old Yeller died.

Animals, especially pets, make us care and feel. They can comfort us when we need it. They can keep us company when we’re lonely. They are silent confidants. 

I’ve written about K-9 dogs for the police and search and rescue. I’ve written about service dogs that help a person with a particular problem or therapy animals that relate to someone hurting emotionally.

I’ve used pets as part of the plot. In Love Gone to the Dogs, two pets try to bring their owners together. 

Or in my most recent story coming out next April, The Firefighter Daddy, a dog instigates the heroine and hero meeting. In this book I have a black Lab, a tomcat named Sammy and 5 kittens, and each played a part in the story. Just like a character, there is a purpose for the pets in my stories from humor to seriousness.

In my June Love Inspired Suspense, Security Breach, Max was a K-9 police dog that was a guard/tracking dog. A lot of what he did drove the plot. 

Also in my September book, The Protector’s Mission, Brutus, is a K-9 police and bomb detection dog and that’s a good thing since a serial bomber has struck several times in Anchorage, Alaska.

What is a story you’ve read where the pet (or animal—not really a pet) was an intricate part of the story? Do you have a pet? What do you love about your pet?

Margaret Daley’s latest book is Deadly Countdown, part of the Strong Women, Extraordinary Situations series, and is available on AmazonBarnes and NobleAppleKobo and Google Play now:

When Remy Broussard, an injured police officer, returns to Port David, Louisiana to visit before his medical leave is over, he discovers his childhood friend, Allie Martin, is being stalked.  As Remy protects Allie and tries to find her stalker, they realize their feelings go beyond friendship. 

When the stalker is found, they begin to explore the deeper feelings they have for each other, only to have a more sinister threat come between them. Will Allie be able to save Remy before he dies at the hand of a maniac?

When Margaret isn’t traveling, she’s writing love stories, often with a suspense thread and corralling her three cats that think they rule her household. To find out more, her website or follow her on Facebook and Twitter; if you would like to receive her newsletter click here.

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