Anyway, over to Kandy:
One of the things Kate and I have in common in our writing, is we like to include animals in our stories.
|Kandy's cat, Cindy|
Dogs are central characters in my Berkley Sensation contemporary romances, Love Is A Four-Legged Word and Home Is Where The Bark Is. In fact, animals are such an important part of my life that they sneak into everything I write. There’s even a doggy character in my Amazon best-seller e-book The Castaway Bride—though he never actually appears on the pages. He belongs to the hero but a lot of the action takes place on a boat and the poor dog gets seasick. However, the hero Skypes his dog, which makes him all the more appealing to the heroine. I couldn’t love a man who didn’t love animals and I don’t expect my heroines to settle for anything else either!
|Kandy's dog, Miss Molly|
|Kandy and Miss Molly|
My doggy characters don’t talk. We don’t see inside their minds. They’re animals. Not people. And they’re on the page to help get the hero and heroine together. But like the real animals I love, my fictional animals are distinct personalities with their own quirks and loveable qualities. And the reactions of the human characters to the animals can give great insight into the human’s personality—I have a lot of fun with that.
I share my life with a dog, three cats, four horses, two miniature bulls and eight chickens. I love them all and would have more if my husband didn’t make his objections known.
Do you have a special animal in your life? I’m giving away a trade paperback copy of Home Is Where The Bark Is, so please make a comment to be in the draw.
Kandy Shepherd writes fun, feel-good fiction.
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