That’s my panel assignment for Sunday at Malice Domestic.
Tales with Tails: Roles Animals Play in Mysteries. Sandra Parshall is moderating for Rebecca Hale (cats), Linda O. Johnston (dogs), Linda Lombardi (sloth at a zoo), and moi (?).
At first I thought I’d been selected for this panel based on the cover of Mind Your Own Beeswax (which btw should be available for purchase even though its official pub date is May 3rd). That’s Ben, a tough K-9 defender, and Dinky, a scruffy little mutt. They are part of the ‘story’ but not in a really big way. They aren’t the focus.
“So what should I talk about,” I asked Heidi Cox, librarian extraordinaire. “Dogs?”
“Animal, vegetable, mineral,” she reminded me. “Everything falls into one of those categories.”
“So you’re saying my honeybees are animals?” Well, they kind of do have tails, not in the traditional sense, but still…
Heidi nodded. “Talk about honeybees and the role they play in the tale.”
So that’s what I’m going to do. I think. Even though they don’t really have tails.
What do you think? Ben & Dinky or honeybees?