Pens, Paws, and Claws would like to welcome Madeline McEwen to the blog for #WriterWednesday!
Tell our readers a little about yourself and your writing.
I’m an ex-pat from the UK, bi-focaled and technically challenged. Positivity and disabilities fill my daily life. I am passionate about humor and its therapeutic benefits.
Tell us about your pets.
A rescued gray, female, tabby who is minute and mute, but otherwise perfect. A ginger and white tabby who is bad tempered, extremely affectionate, and could win a yodeling contest. A male, 120 lb. Labradoodle masquerading as an Irish Wolfhound which possibly explains why the breeder lost their license. A female, rescue mutt [mother Poodle / father Labrador] who looks like a Labradoodle. Go figure.
What are you reading now?
The Seagull by Anne Cleeves which I’ll review on NetGalley soon.
Who is your favorite author and why?
I can only pick one? M. C. Beaton, Sue Townsend, Colin Cotterill, Erma Bombeck, and Terry Pratchett for their humor, Dorothy L. Sayers for her plots, P. D. James, and Elizabeth George for their psychological torture.
Did you have childhood pets? If so, tell us about them.
Cats, rabbits, and goldfish–they consumed each other, no doubt contributing to my bloodlust in later life.
How do you use animals in your writing? Are they a character in their own right or just mentioned in passing?
They often accompany taciturn characters and provide insight for the discerning and intelligent reader.
Why do you include animals in your writing?
I like to agree with the commonly held belief that people and their pets are similar in temperament and disposition. We humans often betray our true nature by how we interact during any random encounter with an animal.
What’s your favorite book or movie that had an animal as a central character? Why?
Watership Down, by Richard Adams, a heart-breaking and poignant epic. Lassie, Come Home, the TV series, watching in black in white in England. I loved them because they were adventurous and tender, which my mother dubbed “syrupy, sentimental American drivel.” Perhaps that’s when I decided to emigrate.
What’s the number one item on your bucket list and why?
I do not have a bucket list. I’ve had more luck in life than most.
What do your pets do when you are writing?
Assuming I have already walked the dogs, they lie on the floor within licking distance of my un-manicured toenails. [California = barefoot]
What’s in your “To Be Read” (TBR) pile right now? And how many TBR piles do you have?
I have three physical stacks of TBR books: bedroom, floor of car, and a kitchen corner, and one virtual stack on Goodreads. I like the latter best because it doesn’t need dusting.
Madeline McEwen and her Significant Other manage their four offspring, one major and three minors, two autistic, two neurotypical, plus a time-share with Alzheimer’s. In her free time, she walks the canines and chases the felines with her nose in a book and her fingers on a keyboard.
Her new novelette TIED UP WITH STRINGS is now available on Amazon for pre-orders:
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