...for readers who love animals, and animal lovers who read!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Writers & Other Animals are Coming!

What's this Aussie grinning about?

Writers & Other Animals launches this coming Sunday, March 2!

So cuddle up with your favorite critters and join us for a variety of posts from writers across the genres. We'll have interviews, excerpts, posts about this & that, plus occasional nonverbal art. The common link is animals, wild and domestic, furred and feathered and scaled. New posts will appear each Sunday and Wednesday. 

Please sign up for email notifications if you like. New posts will also be announced on the Writers & Other Animals Facebook group and through my blog link at Goodreads

I hope you'll join us, and invite your friends!

Sheila Boneham

Friday, February 21, 2014

Friday Update 2-21-2014

The best way to read! The writer's husband,
Roger Boneham, with Jack, whom we  picked up
 from a NC shelter and fostered briefly
 last year. Jack now lives with writer Carole Presberg.
Yippee zippee, it's Friday! 

Our "official launch" is ten days away, and it looks like we'll have a nice range of posts from our authors. Expect a virtual ark full of animals of all sorts as well. 

In the meantime, please let your friends know about this shiny new blog - we would love to have a reasonable audience for the first "official" posts. Remember, you can sign up for email updates so nothing will slip by you. 

We'll be posting a range of things -- interviews with authors and artists, excerpts from works of all sorts, posts about all sorts of writing-related topics. If you would like to see anyone or anything in particular, leave a comment or email me and we'll see what we can do. 

Have a great weekend. Read and play with animals!


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Animals in Focus Mysteries ~ Did You Know...?*

by Sheila Webster Boneham

The third book in my Animals in Focus series is scheduled to be released in September 2014 by Midnight Ink, and the next book in the series is underway. I thought this would be a good time to share a few tidbits about the series. (Don't worry if you haven't read them -- no spoilers here!). So here we go....

  1. The people in the books are not real people. Yes, yes, you're sure that person belongs to your dog-training or cat-fanciers' club, but s/he doesn't. Really. (Do be nice to me, though....)
    Jay, the protagdog in the series, is based on my
    lovely Aussie, Jay, shown here competing in open
    obedience in Indiana in 2004.

  2. The animals in the books are as real as can be! Now, this is fiction, so no one dog or cat or bird in the book is exactly like any one real-life dog or cat or bird. But Jay, the "protagdog," and Leo, the "leading cat," and all the others never do anything that I haven't seen or heard of an animal doing.
  3. Janet MacPhail, who tells the tales, never intended to be an amateur sleuth. She was perfectly happy photographing animals, landscapes, and occasionally people, and wrestling with the challenges of being 50-something. But then people started dying....          
    Janet MacPhail, 50-something animal lover and
    amateur sleuth, is a professional photographer. 

  4. Janet's dog Jay is an Australian Shepherd. Yes, Aussies really are that energetic and smart. Really. 
    My muses -- Australian Shepherd Jay (1997-2012) and 
    Labrador Retriever Lily (lying on my feet as I type)

  5. There are lots of retrievers in The Money Bird (2013). Retrievers come in many flavors, as you can see in the book -- Labrador, Golden, Chesapeake Bay, Flat-coated, Curly-coated, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling. Besides the "official" retrievers, there are other breeds designed to collect game birds from water and land.                                                                 
    This is my Annie (1993-2006),
    doing that wet retriever thing!
  6. Winning in obedience competition really can come down to half points, as it does in Drop Dead on Recall (2012), and some people are very serious about training and winning. But I've never heard of anyone actually committing murder at an obedience trial. Still....
  7. Dogs do not have a corner on exciting sports like agility. Wait 'til you see what Leo is up to in Catwalk! (But you do have to wait until September 2014. Sorry.)                                   
    Janet's cat, Leo, is an orange tabby like my own Leo and 
    Malcolm, shown in the top photo with Raja, my first Lab.
    All the cats of my life have inspired fictional Leo's behaviors,
    including Kitty, shown here studying up.


  8. You younger readers - listen up! People in their 50s, 60s, 70s + really do have lives, complete with hopes and dreams, and physical, mental, and emotional activities of all kinds. So pay attention to Janet and her friends and lovers. (Woops! Just one of the latter at the moment!) You might learn something. 
  9. I made up the endangered parrot species in The Money Bird, but a lot of real-life birds and animals are at risk from trafficking, habitat destruction, and other factors. My hope is that the limited information in the book will encourage people to learn more, and behave accordingly. Fiction is more than entertainment - especially when dogs come to the rescue!                                                                                                                                                                       
  10. When you buy my books from Pomegranate Books, I will gleefully autograph your copies of Drop Dead on Recall and The Money Bird, or my in-print nonfiction books, including Rescue Matters! How to Find, Foster, and Rehome Companion Animals (Alpine, 2009) for the reader of your choice. Click here to order now!

So there you have it. What else would you like to know? 

Drop Dead on Recall won the Maxwell Award for Fiction in the 2012 Dog Writers of America Writing Competition, and was named one of the Ten Best Pet Books of 2012 by NBCPetside blog. Obedience can be deadly!
The Money Bird is the second book in the series - released last September by publisher Midnight Ink. There's nothing friendlier - or more courageous - than a wet dog!

Watch for Catwalk, coming in September 2014. Because agility isn't just for dogs anymore!
Sheila's books are are available in the usual places and forms -- paperback, ebooks, large print, and Audible. If your local bookseller doesn't have them in stock, they can order them, or you can find them online or HERE.

*An earlier version of this post appeared at sheilaboneham.com

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Winning Dog Writers for 2013

The Dog Writers Association of America has announced the winners of the 2013 Writing Competition last Sunday. Check out  the winners and finalists here. Read on!

And please let your friends know about this new blog for readers who love animals, and animal lovers who read!

- Sheila

Monday, February 17, 2014

Welcome to Writers & Other Animals!

The idea for this blog has been romping around my brain for quite a while, and I'm wagging and purring (in a split-personality sort of way!) that it's finally coming to be. If you like to read about animals, I hope you will sign up to follow Writers & Other Animals, and share it with your like-minded friends. 

Our regularly scheduled posts will begin on Monday, March 3, with new posts appearing every Monday. Come meet a variety or writers and books, poems, stories, essays....All sorts of writing and writers, some of which you may already know, and some of which may be new to you. 

Like most blogs (and most writing!), this is a work in progress. If you have suggestions, please feel free to let me know, and I'll see what I can do. If you are interested in writing a post or in having your work featured, please begin with the information under the Submissions tab. 

I would love to hear from you - you can comment after any post, or email me.

Read, write, play with animals!

Sheila Webster Boneham
& Lily, Canine Technical Advisor