Most of my books have had an animal star in them - certainly all the picture books and the Megan Rix ones. Plus as a work-from-home writer (apart from when I'm walking the dogs by the river) I usually have a dog or two next to me while I'm writing and, when they were small enough, a pup fast asleep on my lap as I wrote at the computer in my office.
If I write on my laptop on the bed Traffy still crawls onto my lap for a cuddle - and she's pretty huge now.
To me, writing and pets just seem to go together. And as far as I can tell from the comments and writers of this blog lots of ABBA-ites agree. So I did a quick bit of research on authors and their pets and found some photos I'd like to share. There were far more than the few below but these are some that jumped out at me:
|Steven King with Marlowe|
|Beatrix potter and Benjamin Bouncer|
|Maurice Sendak and Herman|
|Mark Twain with Huckleberry cat|
|Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Flush|
I think Elizabeth's poem to her dog 'Flush' particularly resonates with me at the moment - having had a cold for the past week or so and knowing how much nicer taking an afternoon nap is with a dog cuddled up beside you.
Although my two would rather be having wild times!
What's your writer's pet like?
|There must be something down here.|
Ruth's latest book is Cat Magic published by Piccadilly and her website's www.ruthsymes.com
Megan's latest book is The Great Escape published by Puffin. It's been shortlisted for the East Sussex Children's Book Award. Her website's www.meganrix.com