The Pampered Pets Mystery Series
They’d join forces and work together if they were speaking, but they're not.
oday we have with us a mystery writing team of Mary Lee Woods and Anita Carter. Mary Lee and Anita write the Pampered Pet series, their most recent success stories, Desperate Housedogs under a pseudonym, SPARKLE ABBEY. (I’ll switch this up, depending on what your blog says)
ABBEY: The great thing about working as a team is you always have someone to brainstorm with or run your ideas past. I love that part.
SPARKLE: Skinny Hazelnut Latte. And I can answer this one for Abbey…Chai Tea Latte. In fact, at our local Starbucks they just call us the Skinny Hazelnut and the Chai Tea. If I stop by without, Abbey, they say “Hey, where’s Chai Tea, today?”
ABBEY: Oh, definitely Chai tea latte!
ABBEY: There have been so many, but the first one that came to mind was that you can get braces for your dog. Who knew?
DONNELL: You’re in a burning building. Which of your characters would you call to save you?
SPARKLE: Read. I think all writers are readers first. I can’t say I have as much reading time as I once did but when I really want to unwind, I want to be transported someplace else via a book. If it also involves a bubble bath, all the better!
ABBEY: It’s been so long…I think I used drink a glass of wine while reading a book uninterrupted. Ok, I just checked the cupboard and I don’t even have wine in the house. (I‘ve added “wine” to my grocery list.)
DONNELL: Who’s your favorite cartoon character?
SPARKLE: Foghorn Leghorn. “That’s a joke, I say, that’s a joke.”
ABBEY: Sniffles the Mouse. For so many reasons.
SPARKLE: Ah, I’d forgotten about Sniffles…hilarious and so cute!
DONNELL: How often do you get lost in a story?
SPARKLE: Oh, that’s the best, isn’t it? Just the very best. When you’re so lost in a story that you lose track of time and then you surface and you have this feeling that the story world is more real than your world… I can’t say how often, but went it happens. Wow.
ABBEY: Not as often as, I’d like.
DONNELL: My “fictitious” dog has just started jumping the fence and chasing cars. How would you as the creator of a pet therapist advise me to handle the situation?
SPARKLE: Caro would advise that your dog probably is in need of some exercise. She’d recommend getting in some long walks to burn some of that energy. She might also suggest a new toy from Mel’s store the Bow Wow boutique.
ABBEY: Mel stocks these awesome Frisbees that are perfect for playtime at the dog park.
DONNELL: I have an associate who owns a pet snake. He’s not eating his mice anymore. Should I have him consult Dr. Lamont?
SPARKLE: Absolutely! In many cases when a snake won’t eat, there’s something in their environment causing the problem. Something has changed, perhaps a new cage, new family members. Believe it or not, the most likely cause is insecurity.
ABBEY: Definitely. Caro has a lot of experience with “snakes.”
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