October 26, 2009

Blog Tour: The Last Will of Moira Leahy by Therese Walsh

Moira and Maeve are twin sisters. Moira's life is taken in a tragic accident and it seems that a piece of Maeve has died with her. Maeve purchases a dagger that reminds her of the time she spent playing with her beloved sister. Maeve decides that it's time to start anew and moves into a new apartment. The dagger holds more power than Maeve could have ever imagined. She soon learns that there are secrets revolving around her sisters death and it's up to her to find the truth.

This is an emotional account of the love between sisters. Magically written and beautifully told, this is a timeless story that captivates you, mind, body and soul.

Author Guest Post:
Writing about Animals

First, I’d like to thank Bridget for having me here as part of my blogging tour to promote my debut novel, The Last Will of Moira Leahy. Bridget left the door wide open for me to talk about whatever I liked, so I did a little snooping around her blog to learn more about her. I was happy to see her write about her love of dogs! As it so happens, a dog plays a somewhat important role in my novel. I’d love to tell you a little about that.

Like Bridget, I’m an animal lover—I have a Jack Russell terrier, and I have a cat. When I first started writing The Last Will, I decided that the main character, Maeve Leahy, would have a cat (Sam). When Maeve’s father decides to come for a surprise visit, he brings his best friend—his dog, Sparky. Sam essentially hides for the duration of Sparky’s visit, but Sparky is present in several scenes. In the story that sold to Random House, Sparky was a fun addition to the book but she wasn’t really essential. My editor asked me to amp up the tension in the first part of the story, though, and so I decided to ask something of my canine character.

My furry friend came through for me.

How Sparky is left outside in a sleet storm became one of the first of many odd events that Maeve would eventually have to sort through in order to better understand herself, her secret past with her twin sister, Moira, and the artifact she purchases one night at an auction. I imagined what my dog might do if left outside for hours in bad weather—howl, raise a fuss. I imaged how she’d behave afterwards, her need to cuddle after a warm bath, to nuzzle more deeply under the blankets. I included those details and more into the story.

Because I’m an animal lover, I’m sure pets of all varieties will find their way into my books—writing about them is just plain fun. If you read The Last Will of Moira Leahy, I hope you enjoy the inclusion of Sparky, Wonder Dog, as much as I did.

Happy reading!

What's the name of your favorite pet?

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Book Information:
The Last Will of Moira Leahy by Therese Walsh
Crown Publishing Group
Oct. 2009
304 pages
$24.00 US

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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book so that I could write an honest review.

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1 comment:

Sheila Deeth said...

All the best stories have animals in them somewhere, I'm sure... But I'm not sure I can name a favorite. Currently pet-less and missing her.