To shake things up a bit, instead of asking author Linda Andrews’ a bunch of separate questions, Meankitty simply asked her to discuss how animals ruled her life and appeared in her work. Linda writes paranormal, fantasy and SF romance and her slogan is “Real characters, skewed realities.” You can find out more about her at www.lindaandrews.net. (Pictured to the left: Peaches the Head Biter. Go Peaches!)
Shadow came to us when my husband heard a pitiful meow. He was working in a warehouse at the time and the forklift was about to move a pallet when he spied 2 kittens. He rescued both and brought them home so they wouldn’t get squished. After living with us for 13 years, she still prefers to hide under things and only comes out to sleep on my hip. I can pet her but only if it is dark. She loves my husband and snuggles with him even during the day.
Peaches was a reward for my daughter when she finished her therapy. Peaches is a Petsmart kitty and she is the ruler of the household. She takes the dog down and cleans his ears, much to his dismay. She also likes to lick lotion off of people and if you don’t comply then she bites your head.
Cyanide (black) and Fat Charlie (black and white) were found while I was walking. There were four brothers all abandoned by their mother or their mother was eaten by a coyote that occasionally roams our neighborhood.
One kitten hissed at me all the way home and they were covered with fleas. A trip to the vet confirmed that they were 1 1/2 weeks old. So I was up every few hours feeding them with a bottle and making them potty. I managed to find homes for 2 of them and we kept the other 2. They do not like me, but I’m allowed to pet them.
The dog, Bear, is scared and doesn’t like being left in the house alone. I think it is because he is the only animal allowed outside and he lords it over the others. I got him as a puppy while working at a university. His pregnant mother and his father were abandoned in the backyard while their owners moved. A student heard the dogs cries and took them in. When the puppies got old enough they were giving them away. I took the last one. He believes I am his property and chases all except Peaches away from me.
I always have animals of some kind in my stories, and my latest is no different. In Blue Maneuver, the heroine Rae is cat-sitting a rather finicky character named Oscar. Oscar drinks bottled water and designer cat food. It is Oscar that appears at Rae’s window covered in blood (his recently returned owner’s). And let’s just say the alien next door likes cats too–although as a delicacy or a pet, it’s not really clear. (No cats were eaten in the course of the book)
Here is the book’s blurb: The extraterrestrials have landed and they’re human. Rae Hemplewhite didn’t believe in aliens until a close encounter with out-of-this-world technology drags her into the extraterrestrial security program. Helping alien refugees adjust to life on Earth is difficult enough, but her first clients have a price on their heads. Plus, her new partner seems torn between the urge to kiss her or kill her. And that’s the good news. The bad news: Alliances are forming in deep space. If Rae doesn’t keep her witnesses alive long enough to transfer their top secret information to the right faction of humanity, Earth will become a battlefield.