Do your characters have pets?
One of the things we tried when I was doing the rewrite for WRRW was giving my MC a pet. I went for a dog. But in the end he didn’t really work so I took him out again.
Yet when you think about it, there is often a pet, particularly in children’s books. How about Timmy in the Famous Five and Hedwig in Harry Potter?
We were discussing this over on the Litopia forums and someone said something that stuck in my mind – she said that most kids these days don’t have a pet but would like one, and so they like to read about them.
Is that really true? Do most kids really not have pets? Do your kids have pets?
I guess because I live, and always have lived, in the country, animals are very much a way of life.
And we don’t have many ourselves. I’d like to get chickens but my husband draws the line there. So for the past five years my kids have made do with only the guinea-pigs.
But now that has changed.
Please meet the latest additions to our household:
A mother and daughter we have just adopted from the RSPCA.