Ellen here, and I’m so happy to welcome A.R. Kennedy to her first Chicks post. Don’t miss the darling photos of her doggies!
My Writing Companions
People often wonder how does a writer write. But a more entertaining question is “Who does a writer write with?”
This author writes with these two small pups. They are usually running around my condo. Occasionally, they are sleeping. Most often, my miniature schnauzer puppy, River—who turns one in October!—is running around our home with objects she shouldn’t have—pens, pencils, papers, reading glasses, water bottles. Her inclination to grab a writers’ tools makes me wonder if she wants to write her own story. For the time being, she’ll have to be the inspiration for my stories.
I know what you’re thinking—I want to see photos of this rambunctious puppy mid-antic. Alas, when she sees the phone, she attacks that too. There are teeth marks on most everything I own—my flip flops, my phone, my iPad, the TV remote, charging cables, notes on upcoming projects, my glasses.
My friends send me pictures of their pups sleeping. I have one picture of River sleeping, because she never stops. And I love her for it. It also leads to weekends at “Grandma’s” so I can get some writing completed.
That’s Hedwih on the left and River on the right.
To date, all of my novels include an adorable dog. In the Nathan Miccoli Mystery series, it’s Laude—a feisty, black miniature schnauzer who is Lily’s near constant companion.
In Saving Ferris, Ferris is the star. This failed out of service school golden retriever teaches Cecilia who her family really is and she never thought that would include a dog. Saving Ferris is a story that makes us consider what, exactly, pets mean to us.
My pups, the ones that live with me and the ones that have passed on but live forever in my heart, are the inspiration for these four legged loves. Their antics, their love, and their personalities are instrumental to the creation of my fictional pets.
**Cat lovers — I hope you are still with me. I love all pets. In my upcoming series, A Traveler Cozy Mystery, main character Naomi will be a cat owner.
BIO: A.R. Kennedy lives in Long Beach, New York, with her two pups. She works hard to put food on the floor for them. As her favorite T-shirt says, ‘I work so my dog can have a better life’. She’s an avid traveler. But don’t worry. While she’s away, her parents dote on their grand-puppies even more than she does. Her writing is a combination of her love of travel, animals, and the journey we all take to find ourselves.