#InspirationBoardSunday #SundayBlogShare

For many of us, nothing is quite so full of inspiration as an animal. (Witness the ten kajillion online photos and videos on YouTube). They touch us in our daily lives, teach us how to enjoy the world, and surprise us with their beauty, strength, and grace. Why not let more of them inspire us in our writing?

I enjoy including animals in all of my books. My characters have pets that immediately say something about who they are. From the enigmatic MacKenzie Cole’s sole companion, an Irish wolfhound named Rosheen . . .

to Gunnar Wolfe’s Norwegian Forest Cat, Odin . . .


. . . to the collection of albino and leucistic reptiles owned by Lester Purvis, the animals my characters live with have an important role to play in their lives.


But let’s assume the pets aspect doesn’t work for you. Think about your setting, instead. Unless your entire book takes place in a windowless apartment, animals will, to some extent, be part of the environment. And if your story takes your characters out into nature, you have a great opportunity to use them to help paint the scene,


add an element of danger,


or a note of mystery to the sounds of the night.


I hope you’ll be inspired by these photos, some taken by my good friend, photographer Doug Little, and consider adding a few animals to your books and stories. You never know what kind of tale you might come up with!





8 thoughts on “#InspirationBoardSunday #SundayBlogShare

  1. Pingback: #InspirationBoardSunday #SundayBlogShare – cherylanne57

  2. Agree wholeheartedly, Marcia. Pets often appear as “characters” in my story and are a reflection of who my fictional people are or who they hope to be. Since companion animals generally love their human counterparts unconditionally, pets can be an important element in a story. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    • Yes, I totally agree, Linda, and I love deciding which animal would be the perfect companion for a particular character. And even the lack of a companion pet in a novel that includes several, tells you something about that person.

      But also, I think animals help build the world in which the story takes place. The cry of a loon on a northern lake sets a specific tone. The bark of a fox in the woods, or the sight of a deer, frozen in the silver moonlight–those kinds of things build atmosphere, too. At least, they do for me. A horse, stamping his foot in his stall in a warm barn creates a mood far different from the growl of a big dog tied outside a cabin. I love playing with those ideas.

      Thanks for commenting, and I hope today’s photos inspired you. 🙂

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    • Horses? You like horses?? Hahaha. Yes, no surprise, that. (Even the cover of that book lets us in on that secret.) I’m looking forward to meeting them. I do have a horse and a pony, Pawnee and Peanuts, in my WRR books, though they only show up briefly, when Rabbit goes with his dad to visit the Sheriff.) Maybe I should give them a larger part. Could be it’s time for Rabbit to learn to ride. 😀 Thanks for stopping by, Debby!

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  3. A lovely post, Marcia, thank you!
    I am both with you and Linda regarding a pet or an animal in the story. It makes the character more humane or as Marcia says in the reply it helps with the setting.
    I also use pets in my stories as both I and my husband are pets lovers. We have 4 cats and a dog. We’ve always had pets. As the kids are grown-up already, and no longer in the “nest”, pets are a kind of replacement. It goes without saying, then, they can’t be absent from my stories.

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    • Hi, Carmen. Nice to see you agree with the idea. (We have four cats, too, and two dachshunds. WAY too many animals around here these days, though I love them all.)

      Thanks for stopping by and letting us hear your thoughts. Have a great Sunday.

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