by Karen Duvall
When I write, I like complete silence. No music playing in the background, no television noises to distract me (unless it's football, of course. The sound of cheering keeps me motivated). My pets know my demands, and the cats are lovely about keeping quiet. The dog, on the other hand… She claims she can't help herself. I'll be right in the middle of a pivotal scene, concentrating on what the characters will do next, when all of a sudden… BARKBARKBARKBARKBARKBARK! I nearly fall off my chair.
Sammy: What's wrong with you?
Kinsey: Looks confused. I have no idea what you're talking about.
Sammy: The barking. At everything.
Kinsey: I do not bark at everything.
Sammy: You see a leaf fall from a tree, you bark. The birds gather at the feeder in the yard, you bark. A neighbor walks by the house, you bark.
Kinsey: I'm a watchdog. It's what I do.
Sammy: Watch things and then bark at them?
Sammy: You're making Mom a wreck, you know.
Kinsey: Am not.
Sammy: Are too.
Kinsey: She knows I can't help myself.
Sammy: She calls you Lady Barksalot.
Kinsey: Well, if a burglar ever comes in the yard or tries to break into the house—
Sammy: You'll break his ear drums with your high-decibel barks. I know.
Kinsey: Looks smug. You're just jealous.
Sammy: Excuse me?
Kinsey: You do nothing but eat and sleep all day.
Sammy: Untrue. I keep Mom's lap warm while she's writing. My purring always puts her in a good mood. I'm her muse.
Kinsey: Looks thoughtful. That's not what I heard.
Sammy: What did you hear?
Kinsey: That you're trouble.
Sammy: Just because my sudden energy bursts sometimes knocks plants over and sends vases crashing to the floor doesn't mean I'm trouble.
Kinsey: Just keep telling yourself that.
Sammy: Hisses and swats at Kinsey's retreating backside.
Karen Duvall is an award-winning author with 4 published novels and 2 novellas. Harlequin Luna published her Knight’s Curse series last year, and her post apocalyptic novella, Sun Storm, was released in Luna’s ‘Til The World Ends anthology in January 2013.
Karen lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and four incredibly spoiled pets. She is currently working on a new contemporary fantasy romance series.