First, I want to thank everyone for all the wonderful comments on the second Jinx Hamilton book, Witch at Odds — really, for Witch at Heart as well. I’ve been getting comments and emails inquiring about the (third book, Witch at Last. I assure you, I’m writing as fast as I can. While I don’t want to give away any spoilers, I will tell you that my plot research for this book has including a lot of reading about magical creatures.
As you may have gathered from my photos on Instagram, the two writers who make up “me,” each live with creatures of their own. Patti has a mini poodle, Otis, who believes he’s the genius behind this whole operation, and Rana lives with a gray cat named Mickey who knows he’s the power behind the throne.
Both Mickey and Otis regularly participate in the daily videoconference that serve as Patti and Rana’s “office.” In typical dog / cat fashion, they have vastly differing opinions on pretty much everything. Otis has been rather annoyed, for instance, that Jinx lives with four cats, which he terms as “excessive” at best.
Mickey has pointed out that all proper witches have cats as familiars. Rana has been a crazy cat lady since receiving a kitten from her father at age 1. For her, Pyewacket, the Siamese cat that lived with Gillian Holroyd in the 1958 film Bell, Book, and Candle is the quintessential familiar.
Not to be outdone, however, Patti and Otis looked into the matter and discovered quite a wealth of preternatural dogs in the standard lore. Not the least of these is the barghest, a legendary black monster hound said to roam in the north of England. Sound familiar? It should. Popular belief holds that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle based the Hound of the Baskerville on tales of the barghest.
In the next Jinx Hamilton adventure, our young witch is set to encounter many revelations about the magical world — and there will be a new location introduced that I think you’re going to love. Some of her discoveries will involve magical creatures, and if Otis has his way, one of them may well be a dog. An idea that caused Mickey to flick his short tail in disdain and stalk to the back of the house.
Stay tuned to see how this classic dog/cat plot controversy resolves itself. Frankly, I think most of the time Patti and Rana are vastly relieved that Mickey and Otis only deal with each other online. Don’t tell them I said so, but together they represent way too much furry ego to ever be roomies!