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Fake News – Behind the BigAg Machine

Posted by on Jun 2, 2019 in Writing | 1 comment

In The Experiment, investigator Jude Brannock travels to a quiet farming community in rural Vermont to find her young protégé who has inexplicably vanished from his undercover job at a laboratory that is testing a new drug on animals. Although a fictional suspense novel, I have always tried to research the issues around which my stories revolve. In this newest book, genetically modified plants and the farmers who resist the chokehold of giant agribusinesses like Monsanto play a part. Because I’m not a scientist, I rely heavily on organizations and websites that will provide me with unbiased information in layman’s terms. I thought I had found one such site in The Genetic Literacy Project. Their tag line is “Science Not Ideology.” Their archived articles cover such topics as Crops & Food, Health & Wellness, and Sustainability, amongst many others. And at the top of their page, they assert that they are committed to full transparency, providing as proof a link to their latest “annual report.” Sounds pretty solid, right? The clue that this organization was not what it seems (and as a mystery writer, I’m into clues), was a single item in their mission statement: “Our goal is to disentangle science from ideology, prevent legislative over-reach, promote cooperation among academic and industry researchers and...

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Thoughts on Animal Rescue Stories

Posted by on Mar 23, 2019 in Writing | 0 comments

I am trying to discipline myself when it comes to Facebook scrolling. But I admit that I get bogged down when it comes to animal rescue stories. I am compelled to watch the video or read the story to the end. And given the number of shares and likes they all get, I am not alone. Many psychologists say that because, as humans, we are aware of our ultimate death, we dream of being rescued ourselves. Beginning at birth, we survive because our parents save us from hunger and predators. To be worthy of rescue, the infant adapts to the script of its culture and tries to grow up to be a hero esteemed for saving others. Perhaps. But that speaks to our relationship with other humans. What about with animals? It has made me wonder what it is about these stories that so captures us? Of course, we’re glad that the wolf did not drown in an icy river and that the baby elephant stuck in a pit was reunited with her mother. But I think our need for these stories is more about our feelings toward our fellow man than it is about the animals themselves.   A man who jumps into an icy river to save a wolf does so out...

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Book Review – The Tusk That Did the Damage

Posted by on Nov 11, 2018 in Writing | 0 comments

  In my pursuit to find contemporary animal-themed fiction, I came across a remarkable novel called The Tusk That Did the Damage by Tania James. It is told in the alternative voices of an elephant, a poacher and a filmmaker – each of whom provide a different perspective on the state of conservation in India. The elephant is nicknamed The Gravedigger. Orphaned by poachers as a calf and sold into a life of labor, he has finally escaped the...

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Review of The Wildlands by Abby Geni

Posted by on Sep 30, 2018 in Writing | 0 comments

  I have long believed that a powerful way to reach people about the sentience of animals and our  shameful treatment of them is through fiction. Thus, I keep my eyes open for good novels with the courage to tackle that difficult topic. The most recent read is a remarkable literary thriller called The Wildlands, by Abby Geni. A couple of years ago, I had read Geni’s earlier book, The Lightkeepers, an atmospheric, slow-building suspense novel about a nature...

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For I will consider my dog Percy

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in Writing | 1 comment

For anyone who has ever loved an animal. By the poet Mary Oliver. For I will consider my dog Percy. For he was made small but brave of heart. For if he met another dog he would kiss her in kindness. For when he slept he snored only a little. For he could be silly and noble in the same moment. For when he spoke he remembered the trumpet and when he scratched he struck the floor like a drum....

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The Experiment

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in Writing | 0 comments

To get a glimpse into the 3rd book of The Kinship Series, watch this amazing video by Beagle Freedom...

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Kaley – the rock star of TAFA 2016

Posted by on Jul 6, 2016 in Writing | 1 comment

It’s always been hard for us to leave our rescue dog Kaley for any length of time. She’s a rather nervous girl and often won’t eat or even chew on her favorite bone when we’re away. And it’s hard for us to leave her with even the most responsible dog sitter. It would always remind me of when my husband dropped off our five-year-old son at Kindergarten for the first time. When my husband assured him that he would do just fine, the little guy...

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