Posted: March 22, 2009 | Author: Tracy Beltran | Filed under: Humor, Second wind | Tags: animals, author, characters, Claire collins, dog, fun, funny, Humor, Novels, people, Second wind, Writing |
Animals dominate my life. Technically, I guess I shouldn’t call the children animals except for the fact they tend to climb the walls like monkeys, eat like pigs, and fight like lions. They can also be cuddly and sweet like a puppy. They’ve even been known to lick my face on occasion.
Animals of the furry four-legged variety also dominate my life. A dog and two cats share our small living space along with the four children. I’ve noticed that animals play parts in my books as well. The animals in my books have their own distinct personalities. It takes effort to turn a flat doorstop of an animal into a character that readers will enjoy.
Even as I type this, a furry calico critter sits on the couch beside me, her paws tucked under her white chest like a proper little lady. She has a stub where her tail should be, but she wasn’t injured, just born that way. She smiles at me and closes her eyes when I rub the soft fur around her ears and under her chin. She couldn’t be happier, until another two-legged animal comes running over too fast and my little critter leaps from the couch.
All of my four-legged animals were abandoned or feral. They each have unique personalities and their own quirks, just like the two-legged variety. I wouldn’t trade any of them.
Claire Collins is the author of Images of Betrayal and Fate and Destiny
Posted: October 12, 2008 | Author: Tracy Beltran | Filed under: Second wind, Writing about Writing | Tags: animals, characters, Claire collins, create, dog, kidnapping, love, murder, mystery, romance, romantic, Second wind, shadow, suspense, Writing |
Collins: I wanted to give the readers of “Fate and Destiny” a little more insight into the characters, so today, I am here with Shadow.
Collins: Hey, Shadow.
Shadow: (Puts his paw up to shake)
Collins: You’re a good boy.
Shadow: (Tail wags)
Collins: I heard you found a body in the woods.
Shadow: Barks (runs in circles)
Collins: What did you think of her?
Shadow: (Head and shoulders down on the ground, back end wiggling happily. His tail goes crazy)
Collins: You like Destiny, huh? She must be a good person.
Shadow: (Rolls over to have his tummy scratched)
Collins: But didn’t she shoot you?
Shadow: Whimpers (Rolls over and plays dead)
Collins: That’s how you were, and you still like her?
Shadow: (Jumps up, barks, and wags the tail more)
Collins: What did you think of Charles DeMont?
Shadow: Snarls then growls
Collins: Down boy. We won’t talk about him anymore.
Shadow: (Raises one eyebrow and cocks his head)
Collins: Thanks for coming today Shadow. It’s always a pleasure rubbing your tummy.
Shadow: (Puts up paw to shake)