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Devin’s Tails: Name A Novel About Your Pet

By Devin O’Branagan 

As a writer, titles are my worst things. When it grew dangerously close to publication deadline, my great friend and writing mentor, sci-fi author Edward Bryant, finally came up with the title for my animal-intensive comic novel, Red Hot Liberty. And I held a contest to find a title for my novella about a show dog mistaken for a cowdog, Show Dog Sings The Blues. My Facebook friend, Karen Mittan won, and the title rocked. Recently, I sat pondering what to name upcoming novels and thought I would once again fish for inspiration among my marvelous Facebook friends. I asked them, “If you were going to write a novel about your pet, what would the title be?” These were some of the answers I received:

– Chris Maximilian: “Rebel Without A Cause” and “Bella is Too Sexy For Her Fur”

– Mariadel C. Ruiz: “The Great Catsby”

– Jessica Morris: “Oh the Humanity….”

– Angi Miller Candias: “The Good, the Bad and the Furry”

– Jenny Anderson Kalahar: “Are You Going to Eat All of That?”

– Barbara Dimeler: “‘Life in a Shell’ (I have a turtle)… ha ha…”

– Melanie Macek: “Unknowing Hostage: How to claim your human and their territory as yours”

– Gail Baake: “I had a dear friend that called her six mini Dachshunds ‘The Wrecking Crew’”

– Ellen Clary: “MissAdventure”

– Dee Ambrose-Stahl: “I’d write about my wonderful Emmitt, and the title would be ‘Meet Me at the Bridge’”

– Kim Campbell Thornton: “The Queen and I”

– Brenda Jo Allison “‘Really.’ When I am training my dog, she does something silly and I just look at her and say ‘Really?’”

– Martha Kinman Fay: “Unconditional”

– Chelsea S. Miller: “The Quest for Hunger”

– Aileen Walden: “How Cats Conquered the World”

drop dead on recall– Maureen Paskin: “Mud Comes In All Colors”

– Lucy Castellon Goffan: “Love Has Four Legs”

– Sue Holtz: “Eternal Souls”

– Sheri Shepherd Levy: “Mischief With Love”

– Kimberly Golden: “‘How to Raise a Human’ by DOG”

– Marsha Pike: “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride”

– Kathy Tucker: “The Cat in the Pack”

– Kimberley Pearson: “Driving Humans Mad

– Stephanie Villegas Williams: “Pack Brat”

– Judy D Rarick: “The Escape Artist”

Now, my friends, onward to write the books about your delightful- ornery- and colorful-sounding critters. Facebook friend, author Sheila Webster Boneham already has:  Drop Dead on Recall, The Money Bird, and Catwalk. Her animal-related mystery novels are delightful. Maybe reading hers and mine will inspire you to write your own. You already have the title for it!

Copyright © 2014 – Devin O’Branagan – All Rights Reserved

Devin O’Branagan is a bestselling author who writes novels about uncommon heroes. Her genres include young adult urban fantasy, paranormal thrillers, comic mysteries, and fiction about dogs and cats. She is a member of the Dog Writers Association of America, the Cat Writers’ Association, and many of her writing projects support animal rescue. Her books have been published by Simon & Schuster’s Pocket Books in English, Heyne Verlag in German, and Dogan Egmont in Turkish. All of her books are available in both print and eBook formats. Visit her website at DevinWrites.com, and check her out on Facebook and Twitter.

More from Devin:

Devin’s Tails: Take Your Pet to Work

Devin’s Tails: Help Wanted

Devin’s Tails: Pets and Play Dates

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