Pens, Paws, and Claws would like to welcome author, R. L. Seago to the blog.
Tell our readers a little about yourself and your writing. My name is R.L. Seago, and I have 6 self- published mystery/suspense novels under my belt. I live I northern California with my wife of almost 28 years, and served in the US Navy for nearly 5 years as a Hospital Corpsman
Tell us about your pets. Are any of them models for pets in your writing? My wife Anna and I have 2 Pembroke Welsh Corgi sisters, Bella Rose and Sophie Marie. They are 7 ½ and sisters from the same litter
Tell us about any pets you have in your books/stories. Are any of them recurring characters? What are they and their names? In Voices of the Passed I introduce Solomon, a bull terrier and a Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Chauncy. In Tears of the Innocent you will meet Joker, a German shepherd and his owner Ryder Raynes. They own and operate a private detective agency in Santa Barbara. In #5, There Are None So Bind, you will meet Baxter, a sight dog for a young bind woman named Cassidy. There is also Oscar the beagle cross and Angus, a black Scottish Terrier.
What are you reading now? Currently rereading Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
What writing projects are you currently working on? Lucky #7 is in the creative process right now and will be a deviation in genre from my previous works.
Who is your favorite author and why? Steinbeck, Bradbury, Koontz and of course James Patterson. Oh, and a relatively new writer named Stephen King…lol
How do you use animals in your writing? Are they a character in their own right or just mentioned in passing? I use dogs in most of my projects, and believe in giving them their own personalities, character traits and purpose in the story. I firmly believe that dogs can make a great story even better. My primary rule with digs in my writing is simple- people can die, bad things happen, but THE DOG never dies
Why do you include animals in your writing? They give us so much unconditional love and enjoyment, to not use them in our writing is almost cruel
Do you have any working or service animals in your stories? Tell us about them. In None So Blind, Baxter a golden retriever is a sight dog for Cassidy Delgado, a former US Marine who was blinded in Afghanistan
What’s your favorite book or movie that had an animal as a central character? Why? Probably Rascal by Sterling North. I read that in 5th or 6th grade, and too this day it has a place on my bookshelf
When did you know you were a writer? And how did you know? High school on my newspaper
What do your pets do when you are writing? Sleep on our sofas, giving me their own form of support..lol
What are two things you know now that you wish you knew when you started writing? How difficult it is to get a publisher to take you seriously
Where is your favorite place to read (or write)? Why? In my office or at the beach
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be a writer? Do it for the love of the craft, not for the money or “fame”
What is one lesson you learned about writing or publishing that you’d like to share? Perseverance and patience
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