The first books I fell in love with were all animals. I read Walter Farley's Black Stallion series over and over again along with many favorite dog tales. I fell in love with fantasy during my early teens but I never forgot my love for those magnificent horses and heroic dogs.
When I first started writing, I thought I wanted to write books like the ones I enjoyed so much in my elementary years. That didn't work out. Instead I started out with a fantasy romance series with very few animals involved. My second romance series is a different matter. More about that in a later post.
My epic fantasy series, The Futhark Chronicles, features humans and elves as well as all types of demon creatures. But I couldn't stop myself from writing a wonderful horse into the novels. Bayard is the name of a horse of legend known for adjusting his size to carry his rider and also being able to understand human speech. The horse in my novel only understands the speech of his half-elf master and he can't adjust his size but he is trained in battle. He has a great personality and I think my readers will love him as much as I love the Black Stallion.
Do you enjoy animals as characters in books you read or write? Did you read animal centric stories when you were younger?