Thanks, Marlyn for inviting me to guest blog.
Since I’m new to Marlyn’s blog, I had to take a peek at some of the posts--and I’m delighted and impressed to see the number of books Marlyn reads and reviews. Stacks of them, some written by authors well known, and others by those who are newer discoveries. I admit I was excited to see my new release Beaglemania in one of the photographed stacks. If you look closely at the spine, you can see the adorable beagles who also appear on the front cover.
I also noted that Marlyn has included Killer Hobbies among the blogs that she follows. That’s where I blog every Wednesday.
I was invited to blog at Killer Hobbies years ago, thanks to my Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mystery series. My fellow Killer Hobbyists are crafters, and their mysteries feature characters who share their hobbies.
My main topic was to be pets. But as I said then, and always repeat, pets aren’t hobbies, they’re family.
My new Pet Rescue Mystery series is a spinoff from the Kendra series--both from Berkley Prime Crime. The new series features Lauren Vancouver, a pet rescuer who is introduced in Howl Deadly, the eighth Kendra mystery, and also appears in Feline Fatale, the ninth Kendra book. Lauren is in a position that most animal shelter directors might envy: her no-kill shelter, HotRescues, is funded by a wealthy man, Kendra’s guy, so one thing she never has to worry about is money.
To Lauren, they’re also an obsession--in a good way. She’ll do anything to save animals.
The first Pet Rescue Mystery, Beaglemania, begins with a rescue from a puppy mill. Some of Lauren’s later adventures will involve an animal hoarder and a shelter that takes in unadoptable pets.
In the Pet Rescue Mysteries, “no-kill” means pets, not people!
I have to say that researching and writing Beaglemania fed my own obsession with animals and modified it somewhat. I now volunteer at a local animal shelter, where I’m a dog adoption counselor. I’m also the new L.A. Pet Rescue Examiner for Examiner.com.
Plus, as part of my research for my Pet Rescue mystery series, I visited a lot of shelters, talked with a lot of people who also love animals, and even observed training sessions with the wonderful Small Animal Rescue Team of Los Angeles Animal Services.
I’ve researched a lot of books since I started writing, but I admit that the research I’m doing now, and the pet rescue volunteering that I’m doing partly in the name of research, is the most fun and productive research I’ve ever conducted.
Do you enjoy doing research? What kind is your favorite?
Please come visit me at www.LindaOJohnston.com and at Killer Hobbies on Wednesdays. Friend me on Facebook. I’d love to hear what you think of pet rescue--and Beaglemania!