Writing the Circus

Meet the members of my personal circus and discuss the challenges of including beasties in books.


  1. Nice little family,Carsen. I love animals, as well. As a reader, I think they add realism and a good foil to show us something about the character. As a writer, I’ve included one for the first time–a cat named Pearson. It was fun to watch my character share her problems with him. We’ll see how that works.


  2. Since we all love animals, perhaps the question is more about how they can function within the story itself. Perhaps as a means of revealing some of the inner ruminations of the character s/he might otherwise not find a way of showing.


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