I very much appreciated my the
post before mine here at InkSpot, since we've both had similar stuff going on
in our lives. And we're both using it in
our ongoing writing.
Like Tracy Weber, I lost a
beloved dog last year. Lexie, who was
thirteen, left us in October. Her
"sister" Mystie, another Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, seemed to
step up to take over as number one pup.
But for various reasons, including not wanting Mystie to be alone long periods
of time as we took on travel plans, we looked for another Cavalier. We brought Carina, Cari for short, home in
January, when she was eleven weeks old.
Now, I write a lot about dogs in
both my Midnight Ink mysteries and in romances.
I love them, especially my own.
But I hadn't had a puppy around for nine years. And Cari, as cute as she is, is quite
rambunctious. I've maintained some
control over her, partly because she's small, but she still doesn't seem to
understand that the humans around here are alpha over her.
My mind has been whirling around
how to use this in something I'm writing.
In more than one thing I'm writing.
Plus, since I've been researching dog training for a series I'm doing
for a different publisher, I intend to take Cari to a special training school
when she's old enough--and of course use what I learn in as many things I write
as possible. Hopefully, she'll learn
enough to be considered a trained pup.
All this has made me think once
more about how we all incorporate what we know, and what we love, in our
writing. Cozy mysteries generally all
have themes as their background, so those of us who write them choose the
things we enjoy as those themes: pets, yes, and also different kinds of hobbies
or jobs or other things such as handcrafts or cooking or home improvement or
books and bookstores and more.
Presumably readers who share those interests are among those who are
most likely to pick up our books and read them.
Plus, a lot of people have
multiple interests in their lives, so writers can write more than one series
incorporating vocations or avocations that they love. I've taken on different aspects of pets, and
even, in an early mystery series, included my then-career as a lawyer.
As always, I keep plotting, and have
some ideas for other works that would incorporate my interests. Don't know if I'll follow through with any of
them... but it's always fun to plot!
And meantime, I'm looking forward
to my next Midnight Ink mystery, BAD TO THE BONE, a Barkery & Biscuits
Mystery, which will be published in May.