Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Dogs and Mysteries go together like Bees and Honey
I don't seem to have any control over that aspect of my writing. So I wasn't surprised when a K-9 police dog showed up in the beekeeping mysteries (first coming in September) as Story Fischer's boyfriend's partner. Ben isn't a Bloodhound. He's a Belgian Malinois and he's utterly awesome as a search and rescue dog, searching for bad guys and rescuing good ones. I was going to write the search scene in book two using a pair of panties but changed that to pj bottoms instead. Don't ask me why. (The decision was made before I stumbled across the above photo!)
Writing dogs into our tales can be tricky. We can't just go off and forget about them. When Fred (in Murder Grins and Bears It) rode around with Gertie all day, my editor complained.
"Gertie never even gave him a drink of water," she said.
"Hunh?" I said.
"Your readers are paying attention. You HAVE to take good care of Fred."
So I went back and worked in drinks for Fred. Now Gertie drives around with a canning jar filled with water and I show her giving him water and feeding him.
Do you like animals in mysteries? Or doesn't it matter? And if I forget to feed Dinky, will you notice?