Writing and Pets

I got a new kitten on Monday. My last cat, Jackie, passed away after 10 years while I was in the hospital having knee surgery. I am so happy to have my new kitty, and he does make me laugh, but I’ll never forget Jackie or the cat I had before him, Stormy. I also had cats growing up (although I had a dog for a week who chewed up my the wife of my dad’s boss’s flower bed — it was get rid of the dog or lose his job).

I saw my new kitty online and noticed that his name is Jay—the same name as the hero of “Mr. Short, Dark…& Funny.” Like the heroine of my book, once I met Jay, I knew he was “the one”.

Getting to know Jay is an experience—it’s been a while since I had a kitten. I’m learning what he likes to eat (and what he doesn’t like). He’s learning his way around my condo and he seems to like the computer. Pretty soon, I expect him to have his own Facebook page and be on Twitter.

I’ve been told that a lot of my writing has either pets in it or music. I know that’s true about “Mr. Short, Dark…& Funny,” and “Mr. Tall, Tan…& Tasteless.” http://www.amazon.com/Nancy-Goldberg-Levine/e/B009RV0N50/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1 In the first book, Jay Galloway has two bulldogs, Bulldog and Barks. In the second book, Jay’s sister, Lorrie, gets a kitten that she names Ariel.

Some of my favorite authors also have pets in their books. One of Joann Ross’s earlier books featured a cat named Circe. Jane Myers Perrine’s book, “The Welcome Committee of Butternut Creek,” has a dog in it named Chewy that belongs to the new minister. I love Caroline Bourne’s mystery series about the crime-solving cat named Familiar, as well as Joanne Fluke’s mysteries that feature Moishe and Cuddles.

It’s time to end this blog because I have to see what Jay is up to. What about you? Do you have any favorite books that feature animals? Any favorite pets?


6 thoughts on “Writing and Pets

  1. I agree Jay sounds adorable, and though originally a ‘dog person’, I’ve really come to appreciate cats. Hate to tell you, though, MJ – our Lil is nearly ten and STILL has her ‘kitten’ days. What can I say – she entertains us and even sometimes gets her brother TJ to join in!

  2. Thanks for the mention of Chewy. I adore dogs but moving into the apartment meant we switched to cat–and I love them too. But it’s really hard to walk a cat. I’m glad you got a kitten!

    1. You’re welcome, Jane. My husband taught our cat, Stormy, to walk on a leash — I still don’t know how he did it, but he did. I don’t think Jay would be interested in learning how to do that — LOL! Thanks for checking out the blog!

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