Essays to inspire animal-themed creative writing...
Despite all we know about the sentience of animals, society tends to view and treat nonhuman animals as lesser creatures. And for society to change its views, writers must change their views. We must look closely at how we depict animals and ask ourselves difficult questions. For example, are we using animals for our writing in a way that is authentic and fair? Or are we using them for our own purposes, leading to further misconceptions and abuses?
As our awareness awakens about animals’ intelligence, sensitivity, and social and emotional lives, literature is beginning to reflect this change in awareness. Yet little has been written about the process of writing about animals, from crafting point of view to giving animals realistic voices.
Writers face many questions and choices in their work, from how to educate without being didactic to how to develop animals as characters for an audience that still views them as ingredients. In this book, writers will find myriad voices to assist them in writing about animals, from tips about craft to understanding the responsibility of writing about animals.
Here are the author bios of the two I interviewed:
Rosemary Lombard is an animal behavior researcher/ herpetologist and has worked as a public school and university teacher, a naturalist on San Francisco Bay, and in the areas of water pollution and turtle cognition, among many others. A Northwest native, she has also lived in Idaho, the Midwest, New York, and California. She currently lives and works with fifteen turtle collaborators at an independent behavioral lab in Hillsboro, Oregon.
Beth Lyons is a former English literature teacher, award-winning poet, and traveler who now lives and writes in Portland, Oregon. She is the author of three fantasy novels and three science fiction novellas, all available via Amazon Kindle. In addition, she is a fiction editor, teaches workshops on editing and creative writing, and currently moderates an online writing forum.