For the past couple of decades, I've spent a lot of time, energy, sweat, tears, and love on my writing and on my dogs. In that time, I've written twenty plus books, had articles and short stories published in national magazines, anthologies, and journals, and in itty bitty newsletters.
In that time I've also not only lived with and loved a lot of dogs (and cats, but they'll have their day later), but also competed with my dogs in several sports, founded two rescue programs, fostered and rehomed many Labrador Retrievers, Australian Shepherds, and other dogs, volunteered as a trainer and evaluator for three shelters, volunteered with my registered therapy dogs, and bred highly competitive Australian Shepherds.
|Sunny (left) and Lily, aka|
UCDX Diamonds Perennial Waterlily
AKC CD RN TD CGC, ASCA CD, TDI
As you might imagine, my Animals in Focus mysteries have paw prints all over them. Dogs, cats, and other animals are realistic, vital characters and are essential to the plots of the books. What most people don't imagine is how many of the lessons my dogs have taught me over the years apply to writing as well. So I thought I would share a few of them.
|Sage, aka Perennial Meadowsage,|
retrieving at 7 weeks old.
|Jay (UCD Perennial See You At |
the Top, AKC CD, RN, CGC,
ASCA CD, Delta) & Lily
|Summer (Master Agility Champion|
Perennial Hot Sultry Summer)
...sometimes you have to jump through hoops to get the reward.
|Kitty Boneham, dog expert.|
Ideas can come from unexpected sources, so don't discount anyone.
|Me and Katy during a canine safety|
session at an elementary school.
It's important to make time for your friends. Writing is a solitary pursuit, but without love, friendship, and social interaction, we have nothing to write about.
And now, according to my technical advisors, it's time for a game of tennis ball!
Sheila Webster Boneham is the author of 17 nonfiction books about dogs and cats as well as the Animals in Focus mystery series. Drop Dead on Recall came out in 2012, and The Money Bird will be out next month. Autographed copies of Sheila's books are available on her website at www.sheilaboneham.com.