I'm at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writer's Conference and busy up to my ears so I'm going to make this short and sweet but hope to get some feedback . . . because I really want to know what you think!
I write suspense and in every one of my books thus far animals have been killed, cats and dogs. Mostly dogs. And after every one of my books releases I get emails from readers condemning me for killing animals in my stories. The poor doggies. They don't mind the killing of humans, hey, that's part of a suspense novel, right? But dogs and cats? Oh no, don't you go there Mr. Dellosso.
The comment usually goes something like this:
"I could take the murdering of people, but when a dog got killed, I couldn't read anymore. I don't tolerate that."
Huh? Really? Okay look, first, it's fiction, it's not real. No animals are really injured in the writing of my books. In fact, I love dogs. Cats? Not so much. And second, even if it was real, is the life of a dog more valuable than the life of a person?
I'd like your thoughts on this. Does it bother you more when animals are harmed or killed in a novel than when people are? And why? Please oh please tell me why. I don't like offending readers and would love to know the reasoning behind the comments.