Rukia: writing hindrance or muse?

Today is release day for SHROUDED SOUL, the 3rd book in Clare Davidson’s Y.A. urban fantasy series, Hidden.

Shrouded Soul (Hidden: Book 3) is the penultimate book in the Hidden series. It will be available for Kindle and in paperback on Thursday 7th August.

“Davidson has done it again with Shrouded Soul! If you haven’t read her Hidden series, you are missing out.” Graham Austin-King

Shrouded Soul is an intense read.” J.L. Mbewe

From the back of the book:

Keeping secrets. Telling lies. Kim is protecting everyone. Isn’t she?

Kim’s secrets are pushing Sophie away, whilst AJ’s fears are damaging their fledgling relationship. Kim tries to reassure him, but she knows he should be worried. He should be running. She keeps telling herself they can all have a normal life, free from the influence of the Baneem—but it’s the biggest lie of all.

The illusion Kim is clinging to is shattered when AJ vanishes. But he isn’t the only one put in danger by the information Kim is hiding. How can she defend everyone from enemies who keep growing stronger?

Sounds great, doesn’t it?

To kick off Release Day, I asked Clare to take over my blog today and write about someone very dear to her – Rukia.

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Yep, this little sweetie.  Seeing as she was a puppy at the time Clare got her, I wanted to know if she found Rukia to be a help or a hindrance to her writing.  Please continue reading to see what she said.


Rukia: writing muse or hindrance?

Jenny asked me to write about the new addition in my life and how she helps (or hinders) my writing.

Meet Rukia, the Finnish Lapphund. Lappies are part of the spitz families of dog and were used to herd reindeer in Northern Finland.

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We’ve had Rukia since she was eight weeks old (she’s now 7 months). Right from the start she didn’t sleep very much. She’s always full of energy and loves attention.

So, the big question… is she a hindrance to my writing schedule or a muse?

Definitely a bit of both.

We start our day with a walk, which helps me clear my head and gives me time to think through story and character details. I can often work through a problematic scene during our walks. Besides, the fresh air and exercise is also good for my health (both physical and mental).

I try to write whilst Rukia is napping. As I said before, she doesn’t nap very much, so I have to grab the time while I can. Often, half way through a writing session, she’ll run into the sitting room with a ball and put it in my lap, tail wagging, giving me her characteristic lappy smile. It’s impossible not to take time out to play ball with her for a while.

Rukia 2014-07-22 13.32.07So, whilst Rukia can be distracting, she always puts a smile on my face.

Is she a muse? I’m honestly not sure. I guess if I ever write a dog into any of my books you’ll know the answer! What I do know is that Rukia is great company and she makes me happy. And a happy writer is a productive writer.

Do you have a pet who makes you happy? Tell Jenny and I about them. Share pictures if you can.

rukia 2014-07-25 12.55.52Thank you, Clare, for sharing Rukia with us.  She’s adorable. I’d never get any writing done with her around because I’d want to snuggle with her all the time.

Want to learn more about Clare and her books?

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About the author:

Clare Davidson is a character driven fantasy writer, teacher and mother, from the UK. Clare was born in Northampton and lived in Malaysia for four and a half years as a child, before returning to the UK to settle in Leeds with her family. Whilst attending Lancaster University, Clare met her future husband. They now share their lives with their young daughter, their cats and Rukia the Finnish Lapphund.


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Other books by Clare:

Book 1 in the “Hidden” series
Book 2 in the “Hidden” series