I had a hard time concentrating on Translucent Trust today since I was also blogging at Prairie Chicks Write Romance. My post, Trolling for an Agent, showed my take on the agent issue. I was very curious to see what everyone thought and so, I kept going over and checking. It’s hard to write one thing when you’re thinking on another.
Storywise – Some animals died in my wip today. It wasn’t Dyler nor Hayley’s doing...or was it? If they hadn’t been investigating the cold case, then the villain wouldn’t be stalking them. He only killed the animals because he could. He wanted to show Dyler and Hayley that he could get close enough to hurt them. And, Dyler definitely suffered when he saw what had happened to his herd.
But, now I’m wondering about my readers – the animal lovers in the crowd.
You see, in one of my other stories, the heroine isn’t crazy about dogs. So, when a smallish dog is thrust in her arms she just holds it awkwardly. In her POV, she refers to the dog as ‘it’. Someone who read my wip said I can’t do that. She said my heroine has to cuddle the dog and refer to it as ‘he’ or ‘she’ or I was going to ‘turn off’ all my dog lover readers. But, it was in my heroine's POV and she wasn't crazy about the dog.
I know today’s readers are a fickle bunch, but do you think if they read a book where animals are hurt, they’ll put down the book permanently? Would you? What about a certain type of animal? Like...it’s fine if the cat falls out of the tree but I’d better catch the dog? Do people really think like this? Come on, talk to me....