If they do so with their shirts off, even better.
The fact is, one great way to show parts of a character not readily apparent to the world is through their interactions with animals. People have pets, and they become a part of families and lives. A guy who is rough and gruff on the outside may become sweet and open in the presence of his dog. The bad boy becomes nurturing and soft spoken when presented with a hungry, stray cat.
When I’m not writing I’m a veterinary nurse, a career I love just as much as being an author. Our four legged friends and family members are important to me and something that has snuck into my writing. I think I’m simply incapable of imagining a happy life that doesn’t include a pet of some sort. In one way or another there is an animal featured in everything I’ve written since I learned to put words to the page.
In my recent release, Electric Candle, Jonas Forge is a 200+ year old vampire, a cop, thinks he’s a hard-ass and a confirmed dog lover. The guy who normally runs at trouble turns into a large pile of goo when his dog, Moose is around.
Moose became a minor character in his own right during Electric Candle. He’s not permitted to sleep on the furniture, so of course, he often sprawls on his back on the couch. Moose doesn’t steal food off the table, but readily accepts anything covertly offered. He’s in the thick of everything, a great jogging partner, and does his part to defend the vampires, werewolf, ghost and human he shares his large house with.
He’s no particular breed, but a German Shepherd mix, a big boy—around a hundred pounds and that tail never stops wagging!