One of the great joys when writing is including animals into the story. I could not imagine keeping them out. They can provide that added element–be it comedic or playing the hero.
They are just as important as any other “human” character in my stories.
This was our precious “little girl,” who has left us for the Rainbow Bridge years ago. Since I write stories based in medieval times, I cannot have a dachshund running around the castle. Yet, what about a deerhound?
Slouched down, next to Cormac’s chair was a Scottish deerhound. Every now and then, it would raise its large brown eyes, pleading for some scraps. Bending low, Brigid whispered, “If you’re good, perhaps one small treat when I’m finished.”
When my family read this, they laughed and said, “So you, Mary!” I often did the same to not only my own dogs, but to others, too. Spoiled them constantly.
And we all know that any medieval book would definitely have a horse, or two.
This was taken during an outing with my daughters. I could have stayed on the horse all day. Pure bliss!
Brandubh snickered, and Brigid had a feeling it was directed toward Duncan. She sidestepped past Duncan, proceeding to ignore him. Placing her hand gently on Brandubh’s muzzle, she spoke softly to him. He moved his head up and down as she continued to speak in soft words.
Duncan stood glaring at them both. How dare he—that traitorous beast! –excerpt, DRAGON KNIGHT’S SWORD
In early 2013, we had many jackrabbits staying in our neighborhood. This was the first to wander near our front door, and he became a familiar face each morning and early evening. I had a constant supply of carrots on hand to feed them all. I started to name the ones that stopped by daily. Sadly, in early December when the first major chill descended, most of them left and only a few remain.
When she opened her eyes, two dark brown ones stared back at her from the grass. A nut-brown hare sat munching on some grass, content to keep her company. –excerpt, DRAGON KNIGHT’S SWORD
If I could choose a power, it would be to fly like a bird! Falconry is on my “bucket” list of items to learn. They are so majestic in the air.
Sorcha flew overhead, and he watched as she flew down perching herself onto a branch not far from where he stood. Standing still, he kept his eyes transfixed on her. –excerpt, DRAGON KNIGHT’S SWORD
Therefore, my love of animals will always be a huge part in my books, so I hope you enjoyed reading about them in DRAGON KNIGHT’S SWORD.
Do you like animals in the books you read?