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In-House Author, Sandra Elzie, writing as SANDRA McGREGOR

Must an author always write the same type of book? The books I normally write are sweet, small-town romances…usually with children and even the occasional pet. But every now and then, I get an idea for a romantic suspense. Yes, I know what the experts say…that readers get used to what an author writes and […]

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Marilyn Baron - August 13, 2014 - 12:48 am

Both of your new books sound amazing. Best of luck with the releases. As an author who writes in a variety of genres I say write what you want.

sandra Elzie - August 13, 2014 - 7:23 am

Hi Marilyn,
Thanks for the kind words. I decided a long time ago to go with whatever story is in my head. That way, no characters are left behind in there to slow down the process. :)

Piper - August 13, 2014 - 8:07 am

These sound great Sandy! I love romantic suspense and the premise of Jessie is very intriguing. Good luck!

Walt Mussell - August 13, 2014 - 8:26 am

Sandy, I have no problem with writing different genres and think it’s great that you do it. Someone recently challenged to write a short story totally alien to anything I currently do. It was tough, especially figuring out how to write a new genre but keep it me.

Maxine Davis - August 13, 2014 - 9:20 am

Sandy, Best of luck with your two books. They both sound great. You have really been busy! I, too, say write what you want.

Connie Gillam - August 13, 2014 - 10:39 am

Sandy, I’m all for an author writing in different genres. I do. I think it keeps me fresh. I feel if I love the book, the reader will too.

Good luck on your new releases. They both sound wonderful.

Tamara LeBlanc - August 13, 2014 - 1:35 pm

I’m loving the blurbs for both of your books! So compelling!!
Best wishes to you on many more novels to come,

Trudy - August 13, 2014 - 2:13 pm

Hi Sandy, Both sould really good. I enjoy reading suspense and never get angry when a writer mixes it up a bit. Best of luck to you on your new releases! Dad Next Door was a real feel good one!

Linsey Lanier - August 13, 2014 - 2:37 pm

Congrats, Sandy. Those sound like two terrific stories. Best of luck with them. :)

Carol Burnside - August 13, 2014 - 2:59 pm

I’m of the same mind as Marilyn. Write what you want. Best of luck with your new releases, Sandy!

Sandy Elzie - August 13, 2014 - 4:55 pm

I got the following comment from a fellow writer I met at Nationals in N.Y. a few years ago.

Congrats on your new releases! I hope they become bestsellers! J

Sandy Vink

Sandy Elzie - August 13, 2014 - 4:58 pm

Thanks for the kind words, Piper. My first love is Family Friendly, Small Town stories, but a very strong second for me is Romantic Suspense. It’s fun to write. Thanks for dropping by and commenting.

Sandy Elzie - August 13, 2014 - 5:00 pm

Hi Walt,

I love that you rose to the challenge of writing “outside your box.” Actually, I think it can be a great training tool…sort of like having to hone down 70,000 to 55,000. It’s all good training.

Sandy Elzie - August 13, 2014 - 5:01 pm

Hi Maxine,
Thank you so much! And I have to thank all those bossy characters in my head for the amount of work being put out right now. They’re spoiled, I guess…they scream and I write…simple as that. (g)

Sandy Elzie - August 13, 2014 - 5:03 pm

Oh, Connie, I so agree with you about loving all my characters…and hoping everyone who reads them loves them just as much. Thanks for commenting.

Sandy Elzie - August 13, 2014 - 5:05 pm

Hi Tamara,
Hey, lady, I think Jessie is the book for you. lol It has a larger than life DEA agent who arrives on her doorstep looking shaggy (after all, he’s undercover) and she’s drawn to him in spite of the longish hair pulled back in a leather tie.

Thanks for dropping by.

Sandy Elzie - August 13, 2014 - 5:07 pm

Hey Trudy,
Glad you’re enjoying Dad Next Door…(Trudy was a winner last month of a free download) and thanks for the kind words.

Sandy Elzie - August 13, 2014 - 5:08 pm

Hi Linsey,
Thanks for dropping by and commenting. Let me know when your next mystery comes out !!

Sandy Elzie - August 13, 2014 - 5:11 pm

Thanks, Carol. I’ve mixed it up a bit over the years (one Women’s Fiction and one Time Travel, but otherwise I pretty much stay within the two genres of Sweet Contemporary and Romantic Suspense….well, except for the 3-book series about WWII girls raised in Denver Orphan’s Home coming out the first of next year. Some publishing houses calls that era Historical.

Bruce - August 13, 2014 - 7:39 pm

Hey there and congrats on all your new releases. I like that you are able to just write, as you said, whatever is in your head. Good thing I don’t or can’t, the inside of head looks like the aftermath of a Nuclear detonation. Guess that’s why there are people like you out there. Thank God.

Sandy Elzie - August 13, 2014 - 8:12 pm

Hi Bruce, you’re so funny. You should read one of my books sometime…it might surprise you. lol

Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment.

Know What You Are Talking About

by Maxine Davis   I love historical romances. I do want to write one set in the Old West, but I don’t know much more than I’ve seen in reruns of old Westerns. Would I call it a petticoat or a crinoline? Is a corset hooked or laced? I do know you mount a horse […]

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Walt Mussell - August 12, 2014 - 6:13 am

I do research, but I’m afraid research will paralyze me and keep me from writing. It’s as if it doesn’t sink in if I don’t at least write about it first.

However, I also read books my authors set in a similar time period. I end up making lists of items that are available in that time.

Marilyn Baron - August 12, 2014 - 6:33 am

Italy and olive oil. Can’t wait to read that book. I usually have the book and plot before I do research. But a lot of times because I’ve visited a place it makes me want to write about it. I did a lot of research for my book set in Bermuda but still things constantly change and you have to update. One thing to watch out for with research is the temptation to use it all in a book. You have to find the right balance.

Maxine Davis - August 12, 2014 - 9:26 am

Hi Walt, I know what you mean. It’s hard for me to stop the research nd get back to writing. Good idea to read the books and make a list. Thanks for commenting.

Maxine Davis - August 12, 2014 - 9:28 am

Hello Marilyn, I thought about you some times when I was writing the Italy book. If I could cook carbonera like you, I probably would have ate it every night! Thanks for commenting.

Connie Gillam - August 12, 2014 - 9:45 am

Funny that you should mention research. I’m doing a historical that involves Native Americans.
I tried writing as much of the book as I could before researching. That didn’t work. Too much of the history of that period affects the plot. I’m taking a “brief” break to do research.

And thanks, Marilyn, I’ll limit what I put in the book to just the essentials.

Maxine Davis - August 12, 2014 - 11:18 am

Good luck, Connie. I know I had to go back to the Italy book and take out a lot of information that I found interesting, but I think I was the only person that would think so.

sandra Elzie - August 12, 2014 - 11:32 pm

I’d love a quick trip back to the old west. lol I’m currenly working on a series set in 1944-45…WWII era and I’ve had to look up things like songs & movies of that time, costs to ride the trolley…I knew it took a token, but not how much the token cost.

Basically, I don’t enjoy research…it takes time away from writing, but it’s just a fact of writing since I want accuracy.

Piper - August 13, 2014 - 8:10 am

You and Walt are right–research can be so interesting it can be distracting. In my case, it has to be done. I’m already facing questions about my historical events, since everyone appears to be comfortable with the view that they grew up with rather than acknowledging more recent scholarship. So, while it can impact disciplined writing practices, it’s necessary.

Maxine Davis - August 13, 2014 - 9:13 am

Sandy, Yep, a little time travel would be good. Can’t wait to read your book! Thanks for commenting.

Maxine Davis - August 13, 2014 - 9:15 am

Piper, There is a book. Something about a timeline. I think Bryonna knows the title that she said is helpful in writing. Thank you for commenting.

tamara leblanc - August 13, 2014 - 1:31 pm

Late in commenting, sorry, but I saw your smiling face and this fun post and had to say hi!
I LOVE historicals, too. And to be honest, I haven’t read or written a good one in years. I used to devour them. But I don’t like doing too much research, so its kind of tough to write a good one.
Do you have any suggestions for a really good historical read? I like em sexy and I don’t mind the cowboys but I love knights.
Hugs to you!

Carol Burnside - August 13, 2014 - 3:13 pm

I recently read a “historical” based in the late 1800′s and one guy says to the other, “What’s up?” followed by “Not much. What’s up with you?” For a second there, I thought it had morphed into a time travel, but alas, it was just lazy writing. In another place, two girls have an exchange of “Seriously?” “Seriously.” Jerked me right out of the story.

Such things drive me nuts, so I know research is necessary, but it’s not my favorite part of writing.

Visting New Orleans, Louisiana

by L. Davis   This past February, I traveled with my beautiful wife, Maxine, to New Orleans.  While she attended a national credit union convention, I, along with other member’s spouses, was provided the opportunity to have a convention-sponsored tour of our New Orleans.   The first stop on our tour was a French Quarter […]

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Maxine Davis - August 8, 2014 - 3:29 pm

Hi Everyone, Got my midnights mixed up so this is a little late, and I apologize. Join me next week for another side of New Orleans and lots of pictures.

Jane - August 8, 2014 - 3:37 pm

I’ve heard so much about these cemetery/ghost tours in New Orleans, especially the tomb of Marie Laveau.

Did you get my email, Maxine?

Sia Huff - August 8, 2014 - 4:26 pm

Thank you to your hubby for taking us on this cemetery tour. I’ve heard that I must go see the crypts in New Orleans. Since I’ve only ever visited my own relatives, this advice seemed a little off. Like Jane, Marie Laveau’s name was mentioned.
Very interesting post!

Marilyn Baron - August 8, 2014 - 6:14 pm

Wow, how interesting, and spooky, especially the part about falling into the “pit.” No wonder so many scary stories take place in New Orleans. My husband travels there for business all the time and I don’t know if he’s ever been on one of those tours. I would never go alone or at night. But I loved the blog. It was very well written. Thank your husband for us.

Maxine Davis - August 9, 2014 - 8:32 am

Hi Jane, I did. Not until yesterday could I get my computer to send a reply to you. Sandra Elzie is going to send you your gift card for me. Congratulations again and thank you for commenting. You should receive it shortly. If not, please shoot me another email and I’ll put a card in the mail to you! So sorry for the delay.

Maxine Davis - August 9, 2014 - 8:34 am

Sia, He came back so excited. I want to take the tour. They didn’t get to Marie Laveau’s grave. I want to see that one and take a picture! For some reason I’m thinking it is in Cemetery #3, but not sure where I got that information. :)

Maxine Davis - August 9, 2014 - 8:38 am

Marilyn, He loved the tour! I had never heard about the “pit” either. There are just so many things to see and do there. I want to go back without a conference, and maybe in the Spring, and go on tours! Thank you for commenting

Susan Carlisle - August 11, 2014 - 9:58 am

I find everything about New Orleans interesting. The fact they have to bury above ground is even more fascinating. Thanks for sharing with us.

Connie Gillam - August 11, 2014 - 11:27 am

Hey, Maxine-

I’ve been to New Orleans many times. In fact my Young Adult novel takes place there and I have a scene set in cemetery#1 that your husband described. It’s a great city and I love visiting.
I’ve also been on a ghost tour through the French Quarter. Lots of fun.

Walt Mussell - August 11, 2014 - 12:56 pm

So, the year and a day clause means there is time to escape before falling in, yes?

sandra Elzie - August 12, 2014 - 11:28 pm

Hi Maxine,
Great Artcle that Lanny wrote. I’ve never been on this type of tour of the city, but can’t wait to get back down there.

Horn Tooting Here

by Susan Carlisle I’m sorry. I just can’t help it but I’m going to do some horn tooting this month. You may have to hear it next month also. On to the tooting. I have a double book out in September. I got my covers the other day. I’ve been known to open the attachments with one […]

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sandra Elzie - August 7, 2014 - 12:35 am

Wow…congrats on the covers! Of the two I think I like The Doctor Who Made Her Love Again….but maybe because he’s smiling.

They’re both georgous. Oh, and I think your hard work allows you to brag a bit. lol

Sandy Elzie - August 7, 2014 - 12:38 am

Whoops…my fingers got all mixed up. I mean, they’re both GORGEOUS. right? lol

Marilyn Baron - August 7, 2014 - 2:49 am

I agree with Sandra. They are both gorgeous. They could be brothers. I like the one who is smiling but the other is really handsome. Congratulations. It’s nice when a cover matches your vision of it and the story.

Walt Mussell - August 7, 2014 - 9:13 am

Susan, congrats on the covers. Would like to see the heroines.


Piper - August 7, 2014 - 10:51 am

These guys are a couple of hotties! Big congrats Susan!

Susan Carlisle - August 7, 2014 - 11:21 am

Thanks Sandy. It is hard for me to pick.

Susan Carlisle - August 7, 2014 - 11:22 am

It is nice to have cover that do match the characters. Congratulations on being a finalist in the Maggie.

Susan Carlisle - August 7, 2014 - 11:24 am

I do have a very pretty heroine on my fourth book. I’m sure I will have another one soon. Congrats to you to on be a finalist in the Maggie.

Susan Carlisle - August 7, 2014 - 11:26 am

They are hotties! I was pleased.

Maxine Davis - August 7, 2014 - 4:39 pm

Susan, Double congratulations! You can’t go wrong with either hunk. I think they are both book sellers – and, of course, the name Susan Carlisle on the cover!

Carol Burnside - August 7, 2014 - 5:49 pm

You already know my reaction. I LOVE them! Hunky doctors to drool over. Be still my heart!

Susan Carlisle - August 7, 2014 - 7:25 pm

Thanks Maxine. You are the best cheerleader.

Susan Carlisle - August 7, 2014 - 7:25 pm

Thanks. They are drool worthy.

Connie Gillam - August 8, 2014 - 10:03 am

Love the covers, Susan, especially Dr. McHottie.

Sia Huff - August 8, 2014 - 4:29 pm

I agree with the rest. Great covers. Hears to them bringing you a lot of sales next month.

Please Welcome Author, A.J. KIRBY

HOT-SPOTS A.J. Kirby For me – one of the biggest sports fans you could hope to meet – perhaps the most memorable image of this year’s soccer World Cup in Brazil was not the breathtaking image of a beautifully-wrought goal, nor was it the shot of the Brazilian players as they strained nerve and sinew […]

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Piper - August 6, 2014 - 7:43 am


Welcome to PFHT! I love your map and I do like the idea of a lot of people on Twitter talking about the same thing at the same time. The tweets help me to feel more connected. Twitter has changed my television viewing, I have to admit, of particular big events. It will be interesting to see if the increased engagement with this year’s World Cup will increase participation in soccer here. Thank you for your post!

Marilyn Baron - August 6, 2014 - 7:44 am

Wow. I love the way you write and it’s mesmerizing no matter what topic you’re covering. I don’t know much about soccer but you have me hooked. This is a wonderful post. est of luck with your latest book.

Walt Mussell - August 6, 2014 - 10:02 am


Welcome to PFHT! A former boss of mine, a man from England, once referred to me as someone who’s not a soccer fan but follows what’s going on. (Granted, this could also be interpreted to mean that I know enough at least to realize that when I hear name “Ronaldo,” I know it’s not someone from Brazil or Portugal discussing Ronald McDonald.)

I do agree with you that soccer is gaining popularity in this country. The most recent World Cup was the first time that I listened to matches on radio while I was driving. However, unlike listening to American-style football on radio, I could not follow very well what was happening. I have much to learn.

Best wishes for your book.

Walt Mussell - August 6, 2014 - 10:31 am

Adding a different link in case it is needed. The link above takes you to Amazon’s UK site and you have to search for the book again to purchase in the U.S. Try this link to go direct to the U.S. section for purchase.

Maxine Davis - August 6, 2014 - 10:48 am

Hi AJ, So glad you could join us at PFHT. Marilyn Baron introduced me to you, figuratively, of course, and I’m so glad she did. I will get The Pride ofAll Europe, and I know I’ll enjoy it. No one would guess, but I played (very) little intramural soccer in college, but enjoyed it. Thanks, Walt for the site.

Connie Gillam - August 6, 2014 - 11:36 am


I haven’t caught on to twitter, but the image you painted of the whole world communicating at once spoke to me. I’ll have to give it another try.

The World Cup even caught the interest of my youngest daughter-the bodies of the players that is.

Sia Huff - August 6, 2014 - 7:52 pm

All I can say is Wow, AJ. I love the way you’ve figured out what a powerful tool Twitter can be – and all because of soccer! Every man’s dream. Very cool map, BTW!

sandra Elzie - August 6, 2014 - 10:34 pm

Welcome to our blog! I thoroughly enjoyed your article and know I’ll enjoy your book. Soccer is gaining fans over here…at least according to my hubby. I love the idea of a lot of folks tweeting at the same time on a subject…or a World Cup. Guess I’ll have to get more involved with it.

Thanks for visiting with us.

AJ Kirby - August 7, 2014 - 5:04 am

Hi All

Thank you so much for your lovely comments about the blog. I truly appreciate it. Thanks to Walt for putting up the US link for the book, to Connie for making me laugh (the comment re, the players bodies), to Piper for pretty much agreeing with me, to Marilyn for another lovely comment, to Walt again for adding to the story – listening to the games on the radio! To Maxine for playing the game! I did too, but gave up a couple of years back… wish I’d carried on now. To Sia, and Sandra too. I felt a little like the pub bore droning on about football on here, but actually you’ve shown me there is an audience here! Thank you


Learning Lessons from Transformation on the Page by Sia Huff

I’ve been going through some major life changes since the beginning of the year. Job changes, the possibility of moving to another state, the teenager graduating from high school and getting ready for college, the Marine, who’s been in and out of our home for years, taking steps to permanently go, and our beautiful fur-baby […]

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Walt Mussell - August 5, 2014 - 7:08 am

Though it’s not a romance, the book I’ve re-read the most times, I think, is The Hobbit. It’s definitely a story of adjusting to changes in life. :-)

Sia Huff - August 5, 2014 - 7:43 am

You are so right, Walt. The Hobbit is an excellent example of changes. I’ve never read the book, just seen the movie. I think my boys were to the point they read well enough and wanted to read The Hobbit on their own. But we have it around here somewhere. Maybe I should check it out. Thanks for the suggestion.

Marilyn Baron - August 5, 2014 - 8:26 am

I read so many books each week, I don’t have much time to read a book twice, although I will say that I loved Ain’t She Sweet and may have reread that because I forgot I had read it in the first place.

I’ve lost a pet and gone through the empty nest syndrome and it was difficult. A group of authors from Georgia Romance Writers are presenting a panel on this and other subjects at the Decatur Book Festival this Labor Day. It’s called Tackling Difficult Topics in Fiction. It will talk about overcoming obstacles and coming out with that happy ending. If anyone is interested in that panel here’s a link
I think romance novels are wonderful not only for the escape factor but for lessons learned and hope that difficulties in life can be overcome. Great post.

Maxine Davis - August 5, 2014 - 8:32 am

Sia, some will not surprisedd when I say my choice. It is, of course, the Harry Potter books. Yes I read them for the story, but I read them because I am always amazed that a person had the imagination for all the strange words, places, things. I want to be a good writer but Ms. Rowling has a gift few people have. I’ve read all of them more than twice each. If I have a heavy heart, I like Wisdom for the Way by Charles R. Swindoll – very short, less than a page each of a very small book that says, ” Wise Words for Busy People.”

Sia Huff - August 5, 2014 - 10:04 am

Hi Marilyn,
Sounds like a great panel. I’ve never been to the Decatur Book Festival. It run Labor Day weekend, doesn’t it? This may be the year. Good luck with the panel. I’m sure you all will do great!

Sia Huff - August 5, 2014 - 10:08 am

Hi Maxine,
The Harry Potter series is a great one. I love it too. So many lessons throughout. Wisdom for the Way, sounds about what I need. I could always use more wisdom. Thanks for the suggestions.

Sandy Elzie - August 5, 2014 - 10:09 am

I don’t reread books so much as rewatch movies. I love Lord of the Rings because he’s constantly overcoming challenges, yet I hate the end of the last one. I wanted happily-ever-after for him, but alas….

Those of us who know you know how much you’ve been through, yet you’ve come through stronger for all the trials and bumpy places. Proud of ya.

Sia Huff - August 5, 2014 - 10:24 am

Thanks, Sandy. I appreciate your kind words. There are a ton of challenges to overcome in Lord of the Rings. It gets a little too violent for me to re-watch. But when the it’s on I’ve learned when to turn my head.

Carol Burnside - August 5, 2014 - 5:23 pm

Honestly, Sia, I don’t know that I’ve read a book twice. I wouldn’t mind revisiting Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer, just to see if the scenes that stuck in my mind are really as good as I remember. She has a talent for taking the most mundane thing and making it an emotional turning point in the story. I admire that.

I’m sorry you’re going through such a rough patch. Been there. Some things just take a while to weather. Here’s hoping you see silvery sunlight peeking through the clouds very soon. (((Hugs)))

Susan Carlisle - August 5, 2014 - 5:32 pm

I’ve read very few books more than once but a I have read a couple. Something foolish, Something guy which I read in the 8th grade and it is still a cute story of real love, Shana which is my all time favorite and Ashes in the Wind. I love the civil war as well as the love story. I hope when I’m old my grandchildren will come read to me some of my old favorites.

Sia Huff - August 5, 2014 - 6:26 pm

Ahh, Carol, I love LaVyrle Spencer. Hummingbird & Separate Beds, I read several times each. Thanks for the encouragement. I hope to feel the sunlight soon. {{{Hugs}}}

Sia Huff - August 5, 2014 - 6:34 pm

I’m with you on Kathleen Woodiwiss, Susan. I’ve read Shanna more than three times.
It seems I’m in the minority re-reading the same books over again.
I hope your grandchildren read to you too. It would repay you reading to them now.


by Sandra Elzie   How many times have you read a book where there’s a pet that steals the show?   I’ve read a couple over the past several decades of reading romance, but usually an author tosses one in and then you seldom see that animal again.   Stop and think how involved your […]

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Marilyn Baron - August 4, 2014 - 10:13 am

I love when pets are featured in a book and I love when they steal the show. That’s a good point about the pet making an appearance never to be seen again. I’ll have to watch out for that. I use my dog, a Bichon Frise, who has passed away, in many of my books, as a tribute to her.

Maxine Davis - August 4, 2014 - 10:54 am

I love dogs and like to put them in my books. I talk to my own dog a lot! In a book, the hero often talks to his dog. I sent it to a book company and “she” said “People don’t talk to dogs. That is just a way of “saying,” not “showing.” I disagreed and didn’t redo my book and send it back. I know cut off my nose …

Sandy Elzie - August 4, 2014 - 11:46 am

Hi Marilyn,
I had a golden lab years ago…LuLu…and she is my inspiration for my dogs in print. She had more personality than some people.

Sandy Elzie - August 4, 2014 - 11:49 am

Hi Maxine,
Anyone sho says people don’t talk to their dogs…or their pets in general…obviously doesn’t have one. You’d think we had a kid in the house the way we talk to Jack (the resident feline) LOL LOL
My cat just meowed out in the kitchen and I yelled out that I’m in the office. He just came running in here and jumped up on his lamb’s wool-covered windowseat.

Sia Huff - August 4, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Hi Sandy,
I’ve never written a dog in my books. Lori Foster had two beautiful yellow labs in her book, When You Dare. I fell in love with them.

Sandy Elzie - August 4, 2014 - 1:05 pm

Hi Sia,
Like Marilyn, I know you love dogs, so, someday you’ll write one into a story as a tribute to the friend you lost.

Carol Burnside - August 4, 2014 - 4:32 pm

As far as I’m concerned, if you’re going to have a pet in the story, they’re another character and should have a role to fulfill.

I had a dog and a cat in Her Unexpected Family. The dog got fed and got treats to illustrate the hero was indeed ready for a family. Later on the dog bonded with the little boy while he grieved for his mother.

The cat factored in several scenes with the heroine, illustrating her resolve not to get involved and later, the heroine’s emotional growth toward accepting friendship and love into her life.

I’m sure your Rusty will be a hit with readers. Best of luck with your new releases, Sandy!

Connie Gillam - August 4, 2014 - 7:45 pm


I mentioned two dogs in my latest book and failed to carry through when (1) one owner went to the hospital and (2)the other went to jail.

Bad me.

Walt Mussell - August 4, 2014 - 11:06 pm

I like to read stories with pets, as I had pets growing up. However, as my wife is allergic to pet hair, we don’t keep a pet. None of my heroes and heroines have pets. However, I do have animals that plays roles in my Japan books.

Sandy Elzie - August 5, 2014 - 9:58 am

Hi Carol,
I totally agree. Rusty is another character…a real character at times. :) Thanks for the best wishes and the same to you.

Sandy Elzie - August 5, 2014 - 10:00 am

Hi Connie,
I’ve been guilty in the past when the pet didn’t have a role to play, other than to make a person accept responsibility…which reminded him of childhood when he’d been denied a pet because his parents didn’t think he was ready for one. Bad me also.

Sandy Elzie - August 5, 2014 - 10:02 am

Hi Walt,
I’m with you…I love pets in books. I’ve always had a pet (or two or three) in my home, so pets are a natural thing for me to include. I’m sorry about your wife having alergies that prevent you having a pet…they can add so much to your life. We laugh at our cat all the time. He has little habits that are funny to watch.

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