Monday, April 30, 2012

Z is for Zeke: Just an Ordinary Dog, with an Extraordinary Skill

Zeke can talk. Well, sort of. Zeke has the unique skill of identifying people he likes with special sounds. This is kind of cute except Zeke is also a bloodhound and he knows things people he knows might not want others to know. It is fitting that this A-to-Z Challenge should end up with Zeke since he is, without a doubt, one of the best characters I've ever created. In my novel Each Angel Burns, Zeke is Gabe's dog, part bloodhound, part black and tan coonhound, and all devoted lovableness.

Creating Zeke happened by accident. When I was first working on the book I was having trouble with the character of Gabe because he is a strong-silent type who doesn't talk much and I had a very difficult time getting his thoughts into the story. Then one day I thought, "What Gabe needs is a dog." Thus Zeke came into being and he presented a very interesting and clever new possibility for the plot which worked out rather nicely, too. So Zeke accomplished 2 things, he provided Gabe with someone to talk to and he drove a very important part of the story.

I've always been a dog lover and, having created one dog character I know I will make more of them. In my current WIP I have another wonderful dog. Her name is Toots and she is Oliver's constant companion in The Whiskey Bottle in the Wall. Dogs make great characters.

And so this is the last day of the A-to-Z Challenge. It has been a lot of fun sharing my imaginary friends with those who read this blog and I look forward to doing more of it. I've also been introduced to a lot of terrific new blogs and some great ideas. Tomorrow I'll be back to my normal blogging including the continuation of my Writers-On-Writing series. Thanks for stopping by.

This blog post is part of the April 2012 A-to-Z Blogging Challenge. Thanks for visiting.

1 comment:

  1. We can't forget our furry friends in our stories! I incorporated a little dachshund named Skipper into my first novel, and I love that little dog to pieces! (I'm a big partial to the breed. They are little lovers and always are right there when you need them.) I think you definitely ended your challenge on a warm and fuzzy note. :)


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