Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Real life sneaking into books

Danica Favorite here, and I wanted to share a little bit about real life sneaking into my books. As some of you may know, I'm a self-professed crazy chicken lady, and I'll admit, some people who know me would agree.

I like to sneak in stories about my chickens whenever I can, and HONOR-BOUND LAWMAN gave me the perfect opportunity.

At my husband's birthday party, my daughter came in crying after feeding the chickens. Tristan, her favorite rooster, attacked her, catching her right below the eye and leaving a cut. An entire room full of men got upset that the rooster came so close to poking my daughter's eye out. However, he was my daughter's favorite rooster, and my daughter begged them all to spare poor Tristan's life. Picture, if you will, Fern from Charlotte's Web pleading for Wilbur's life. That was the scene at my house. Only it was over a mean rooster who'd attacked my daughter.

A few weeks later, I was writing the book, and my daughter was in a play, so I used her play practices as writing time. During one of the shows, I was backstage, watching the little kids who were in the play and keeping them from getting into trouble. I had been stuck on a part, and then it hit me. The next thing that was going to happen was the mean rooster was going to attack the hero's daughters. I gleefully wrote the scene, and I was laughing so hard, I was crying. I was writing the entire scene that had JUST happened at my house.

However, as I read the scene to my daughter, and the resolution, she became angry. She didn't like how I wrote the scene, because she thought her poor misunderstood rooster had gotten a bad rap. And so, as I corrected the scene, then wrote the rest of the book, I kept her love for Tristan, our mean but loveable rooster, in mind.

I don't want to give away the rooster's role in the book, but it was a very important one. However, I will say that Tristan the mean rooster still lives at my house and continues terrorizing anyone who comes near.

Do you have any funny animal stories? Any rooster stories?

Everyone who comments will be entered to win a copy of my book.


About the book:

http://amzn.to/2okkF44
Her Rancher Bodyguard
When Laura Booth’s dangerous ex-husband escapes from prison, she turns to the one man who can protect her: Owen Hamilton. Living with the widowed former lawman—who once helped put her ex in jail—and his adorable twin daughters on their Colorado ranch is a welcome respite. For the first time, Laura feels safe—but after her troubled past, she’ll never trust her heart again.

Owen would like to say only obligation draws him to Laura’s side. But in his gut he knows his feelings for the gentle beauty run deeper than duty—and it stops him cold. After guarding their wary hearts for years, can Owen and Laura give love a second chance?









About the author: 


A self-professed crazy chicken lady, Danica Favorite loves the adventure of living a creative life. She and her family recently moved in to their dream home in the mountains above Denver, Colorado.  Danica loves to explore the depths of human nature and follow people on the journey to happily ever after. Though the journey is often bumpy, those bumps are what refine imperfect characters as they live the life God created them for. Oops, that just spoiled the ending of all of Danica’s stories. Then again, getting there is all the fun.

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23 comments:

  1. Danica, when I was a child, we had chickens and there was this one rooster that we called Top Knot because he had these feathers on the top of his head that flopped over and looked like he had a crown on his head. This rooster thought he ran the show and he loved to chase both the chickens and me whenever he so chose. I still chuckle every time I think about Top Knot. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You're welcome! What a cute story about Top Knot!

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  2. I love how your daughter has become Tristan's protector. What a life lesson! And great fodder for your stories.

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    1. Definitely. It's so funny how she sticks up for him when he's constantly going after her.

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  3. I put bits and pieces of my real life in my books.

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  4. That's so sweet and hilarious, Danica. I've never had any pet more exotic than a fish/dog/cat, but I love to put horses in my stories because I always wanted one.

    Years ago, when I was writing a Revolutionary War historical, I just *may* have put in the horse that went with my daughter's Felicity American Girl Doll. This horse was real though. :)

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    1. That's so cool Cate! And yes, animals in stories can definitely make up for the ones you wish you had!

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  5. Danica, I can just imagine...I've written in real scenes in my books too. Some can make you laugh, some can make you cry. I'm just glad Tristan is safely in your coop, ready to cause terror again. Roosters can be mean, I know that from my own experiences. I like to think they're just protecting all their hens. :)

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    1. He's definitely protective! He could be our guard rooster, except we have foxes who will get him. We had one rooster take on a fox and win, but the second fox who came bested the rooster. But not until after the rooster saved his hens.

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  6. Danica, that's a cute story. Glad you could use it in a book. I love to put bits and pieces of my life into books, too.

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    1. Thanks Merrillee! It's fun when you get to use things like this!

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  7. How funny! Reminds me of my brother and his winning show pig. Though we lived on a ranch and had been butchering our own meat for our entire young lives, it didn't occur to him that his show pig, which brought an excellent price at auction, would be slaughtered--until bacon showed up on his breakfast plate. Suddenly, every piece of ham/pork was Willard to him. Our dad secretly tracked down and bought back the pig, which turned so mean over time that my brother actually helped butcher it in the end. THAT outcome may just be the difference between boys and girls, however.

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    1. LOL! Growing up, we had such a pig as well. His name was Blackie. Though Blackie never turned mean. We just needed the meat!

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  8. Great story, Danica! As writers, we use everything! Right?

    Glad Tristan lives to see another day...and perhaps to appear in another book!

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    1. Yes we do!! And who knows? We shall see what the rooster does next!

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  9. I want to read this rooster's story. I'm glad your daughter stood up for him lol. When my sister and I were little, we were at our grandparents' house. She was aggravating the chickens and this one little game hen chased me! I wanted to tell that hen that it wasn't me but I couldn't get the words out and she wouldn't have listened to me anyway. Love animal stories!

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    1. Thanks Sally! So sad you got caught up in your sister's antics! Poor birds!

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  10. The mean but lovable rooster, sounds like some characters I've read about in a few stories Danica...lol!!

    I don't have any funny animal incidences myself, but they can be amusing can't they? I think they bring their own personality into a book and I love reading about them. One book I read, and I can't remember the name of it, but it featured a goat who was an escape artist and ate the prize flowers...lol! No matter what they did to keep in it's pen, it would still find a way to get out And the hero in the book didn't like the goat, but eventually he was won over :-)

    Thanks for sharing your rooster story Danica, I can imagine your daughter defending Tristan..haha!

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    1. Love it Trixi! Goats are fun too. I hope to get a goat someday!

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  11. Great story. I love that you used the rooster in your book.

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  12. I have a hilarious rooster scene in my upcoming June book. I was kind of bummed they didn't put psycho-rooster on the cover.

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