Life’s a Zoo! : Lisa Harris, Author of "Deadly Intentions"

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Most of the articles I write are usually related to my suspense writing, so this time I thought it would be fun to share about my writing companions. . .AKA my pets!

While my kids were growing up, we always had a household of furry critters. We had dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, and even a turtle for a short period. In this crazy mixture of animals, we’ve had three rescue cats.

The first cat we brought home for our daughter had been scavenging for food and was completely wild. (She drew blood on my husband’s hand the first time we tried to feed her!) But after a couple days of food and love, Patches, as we named her, turned out to be the sweetest companion for my daughter and lived with our family eight years until she died. Our next cat was only a few weeks old when we got him. He was found abandoned in the middle of the road and brought to us by a friend who agreed to take in his sister. As much as I wasn’t sure I wanted a second cat, Cleo turned out to be the perfect addition to our family.

Our latest—and current—addition is a sweet cat named Jasmine. My daughter found her abandoned while visiting children at the hospital, and from our search on the internet, we believe she was only about a week and a half old. Because of that, I was extremely worried about the odds of this little one making it. Not only was she so small, when my daughter found her, it had only been a week since we lost Patches. How were we supposed to hand raise a baby kitten that should be with her mother? I researched the internet what to feed her, and everything we read talked about the importance of going veterinarian and getting specific formula for cats.

Which was a huge problem for us!

We happen to live in Africa, in a small town, where we have no access to kitty formula. We ended up making our own formula that included egg yolks and milk, and started feeding her every few hours. And this tiny kitten made it! We’ve now had her for almost two and a half years now and she’s the sweetest—and healthiest—cat! She’s already had two litters—before we could finally find someone to fix her—and loves sitting with me while I write. On top of Jasmine, we currently also have five dogs! Thankfully, Jasmine loves the dogs and actually spends a lot of time playing with them.

I’ve realized that I don’t have a lot of animals in my books, but the reason is because they are fast paced stories where the hero and heroine are on the run and I’m always worried about who will take care of the animals! I do have a few characters with pets, though.

In my Nikki Boyd series, Nikki has a Russian blue cat named Jade. Then in Dangerous Passage, Avery North’s daughter has a conglomeration of low-maintenance pets including three mice, an African clawed frog, a hamster, and a Birman cat named Tiger.

What animals do you have in your household? Have you ever raised a rescue animal?

Thanks for stopping by,

Lisa Harris


Bestselling author LISA HARRIS is a Christy Award finalist for Blood Ransom and Vendetta, Christy Award winner for Dangerous Passage, and the winner of the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel for 2011 (Blood Covenant) and 2015 (Vendetta) from Romantic Times. She has sold over half a million books. She and her family have spent over fourteen years working as missionaries in Africa where she runs a small non-profit organization that works alongside their church-planting ministry. The ECHO Project promotes Education, Compassion, Health, and Opportunity and is a way to "speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves...the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice." (Proverbs 31:8)

When she's not working she loves hanging out with her family, cooking different ethnic dishes, photography, and heading into the African bush on safari. For more information about her books and life in Africa visit her website at www.lisaharriswrites.com