For this post I asked our authors whether they had pets in their writing. Here’s what some of them said:
Twitchet is the talking cat in my Diamond Peak series. He’s very intelligent, terribly cute but rather abrasive in manner and can sometimes be quite feral. Other times, he’s actually quite wise, in such a manner that you wonder if he really is a cat at all. The answer to that is revealed at the end of the series. I wrote Twitchet before I got my cat George, but George is very much like Twitchet, even his colour. In my mind Twtichet was this rich creamy gold, but I ended up calling him ginger because it’s an easier colour for people to imagine. Geroge is a Burmese Cream; I think that’s what Twitchet was too.
Twitchet has his biggest role in the second book of the series, Stalking Shadows. I don’t think he’d like to be called a pet though.
. Yep- there are animals in my books. In my parallel world of ‘Another
Space in Time’ one finds parallel creatures to those on this Earth. In my
story there is everything form a giant Moa that pinches Rodwell’s hat to the
two dogs, which are Ridgeback look alikes, Oz and Porridge.
. My latest project, already three years in the making, is about a
world on which the top species is a kind of spider. Mankind provides slaves
and pets to these strangely ‘human’ giant insects. I hope to publish before
the invasion fleet actually arrives, as a prescient warning, though this
seems unlikely unless I get a move on. I am hoping to put this book through
the Awesome Indies publishing system, provided it reaches Tahlia’s very
So then, all my book mentions of pets are of my fictional ones.
. I am very sorry that Achille won’t be about to share my joy when
Spiderworld is published.
I have not yet put a pet into my writing, although in one published and one work-in-progress, the heroine is a human pet to aliens. It just hasn’t happened any other way yet.
The only other pet I’ve written about is a cat called Dexter. At least that’s what his owners call him; he prefers the name Alec. I do, however, have some contact with a real chocolate Labrador called Coco. He belongs to a good friend and is often seen and heard on Facebook contributing wisdom, literary observations, critical analyses of philosophical stances and lying about in often indiscreet poses.