I believe the first animal I ever used as a character in one of my books was the horse Boots in TO PROTECT HIS OWN. The hero, Jake, had left the farm, his father, his horse, and the love of his life behind after he uncovered a betrayal so deep it hardened his heart. But when his father's life is threatened, he returns home. His horse, Boots, has missed him terribly and has become sort of a rouge horse. He pouts and often acts out by stomping at his stall door, or not doing as requested, or even kicking for no reason. He's pretty darn happy when Jake returns, but Boots is concerned his owner might not stay...
Boots was so much fun to write and I'd been wanting to write more animals into my stories. So, when my good friend Laura Benedict called and introduced me to Carolyn Haines and her ficational pet detective, Trouble, I jumped on the chance to join this fantastic world!
I was worried it would be difficult for me to copy the voice of a black cat from Wetumpka, Alabama, who has spent his time watching Sherlock Holmes and pretty much thinks he's from Britain. I read his Point-of-view from all the other books in the series, studying his various movements. Surprisingly, I was able to get Trouble's voice down pretty quickly. And, oh what fun did I have with him as he helped Ethan and Annabel with a Wedding Caper.
I hope you will check out Trouble and his adventures!
Whenever I sit down to write, one of three things happen.
I could either be on such a roll, that the words are flowing faster than I can write them!
I could be sitting there struggling, but still getting a few words down.
Or, I could be totally blank and need to go for a walk!
When I sat down to write THE LOST SOUL, I was at a loss. This is one of the few series I've written where it really is best to read them in order. Each book has a stand-alone romance, but the plot thickens and evolves with each new pairing. I know exactly how the series ends (which by the way, it doesn't end! There will be a spin off!). However, something happened in the second book that took the series in a turn I had not expected. Now, I'm a planner/plotter, so I have lots of notes and outlines. I often write out all the turning points long before I write the first sentence. But when THE LOST SOLDIER took an interesting turn, some things needed to change in book 3 and that, for a while, had me scratching me head.
I wrote three false beginnings before I realized that I had to bring Alexis and Hunter into the real world. Once I did that, the story flowed!
I hope you really enjoy this book, and the series. It's been so much fun!
Through January 4, 2019, THE LOST SISTER will be FREE on Amazon.
Through January 8, 2019, THE LOST SOLDIER will be 2.99 on Amazon.
On January 4, 2019 THE LOST SOUL will be released. Pre-order today!
I have never been a fan of New Years Resolutions, so, I don't make them. I do, however, strive to be a better version of me. I LOVE that saying because we can't change other people, only ourselves. At 52, I find myself reaching into the past, remembering the young girl I once was, the young woman I became, and the 'of age' woman I am now. I have not lived an interesting life, but I have lived a life. A good one too, no matter the ups and downs. I strive to ride out the downhill slope of older years much the same way I climbed the hill to middle age...striving for something.
In 2019, I will strive to exorcise more. That means more than walking and riding my bike.
In 2019, I will strive to be a better writer. That means taking workshops on craft, reading books on craft, and stretching my writing.
In 2019, I will strive to take better care of myself emotionally. That means staying away from situations that cause me a great deal of anxiety and stress.
In 2019, I will strive to be kinder and more forgiving.
In 2019, I will strive to learn new things and go on new adventures.
In 2019, I will strive to be a better friend. Over the last few years, I have developed some fantastic friendships, that need a little attention from me.
In 2019, I will strive to be more social.
In 2019, I will strive to NOT make the same mistakes I made in 2018.
Wow. I remember growing up as a kid in the 70's and 80's, thinking 1999 was so far away and now I'm typing 2019. Weird.
What will you strive for in 2019?
A world renowned black cat detective from Wetumpka teams up with a treasure hunter and a local sheriff to solve a Wedding Caper!
Oh boy, did I have fun writing this book! It’s different from anything I’ve ever done before. It’s a Cozy Mystery with a cat POV. Now, I don’t have a cat. I’ve never had a cat. I’ve had dogs. A few of them, but cats just weren’t my pet of choice. I like cats. They are cut and cuddly and amusing. But writing a cat POV, well that took some doing.
AND, the cat thinks he’s British, sort of.
Trouble, the great cat detective, is the creation of Carolyn Haines and it is an honor to have been given the chance to write in this series with some very talented authors.
I struggled at first to get the voice of this pretentious creature, but once I got into it, I found myself loving this cat! Here is a little taste of Trouble, the great cat detective.
“Are you ready, Trouble?”
My new human mate, Annabel Wilder, scoops me up, mind you a little too eagerly, and scratches the top of my head.
With a sophisticated purr that only the most refined cats can conjure, I let her know that I approve of the delicious scratches. I tilt my head, so she can properly get behind my ears.
“This is going to be the one. I can feel it.”Her excitement over visiting the Public Storage facility piques my natural curiosity. I’ve never heard of anyone purchasing the contents of an abandoned storage unit filled with someone else’s belongings. While I find it highly unlikely that humans in England do such things, I believe that the remarkable Sherlock Holmes would find it an utterly fascinating opportunity to study human nature.
Annabel’s racing heart beats against my body as she glances between the elevator and me. She taps her foot, too, as if that will make the doors open more quickly. At least her touch on my fur is still gentle. I find I rather like this energetic young woman.
I’ve quite enjoyed my stay thus far in Jupiter, Florida. It’s a quiet place, not like other parts of Southern Florida. Once you cross the bridge over the Intracoastal, the sea of cars clogging the roads magically disappear, and the sense of urgency to be in the right place at the right time slips away. My owner, Tammy Lynn, told me I’d have a nice, relaxing, drama-free time with her friend’s niece while Tammy Lynn boarded a yacht for a remote island to examine a few rare books with a dear friend.
I’m rather glad she didn’t take me. I doubt I’d appreciate the boat, surrounded by a salty ocean, no matter how good the fish might be.
The second the doors ding open, Annabel dashes through the modest lobby and races across the parking lot to her bright-red, hardtop Jeep. I’m thankful that, so far, she’s only taken the very back part of the top off. Unlike a dog, I do not like to stick my head out the window with my tongue lolling out.
Such an unrefined species!
You can pre-order your copy of Trouble’s Wedding Caper now!