More about Ocicats.

Baron and Queenie in a late spring snow. Queenie is our golden retriever who isn't golden and refuses to retrieve anything. She's a sweetheart, though. Gingersnap in the Paws & Claws Mysteries is modeled after her.

Mochie (Mo-kee) in the Domestic Diva Mysteries is based on my cat, Mochie. The photo on the left was taken when he was a rascally kitten. The photo on the right is Mochie today. He is a classic Ocicat, which means he has the American Shorthair pattern of his ancestors on his fur instead of spots. Read more about Ocicats here.

Buttercup inspired Trixie, the Jack Russell Terrier with a nose for trouble, in the Paws & Claws Mysteries. Poor Buttercup was abandoned on our road as a young adult. One day with us, and we knew she would be a permanent part of the family.

Little Miss Sunshine (Sunny) was rescued from a hoarding situation and inspired Twinkletoes, the calico kitten in the Paws & Claws Mysteries. Just like Twinkletoes, Sunny has insatiable curiosity and sticks her nose into everything.


Baron was arrested by the dog police as a stray. After a period of incarceration, Angels of Assisi rescued him. We knew he was our dog the minute we saw him. Baron is addicted to tennis balls and tummy rubs.

Sweet Gretel inspired the character of Daisy in the Domestic Diva Mysteries.

Read about Rocky, the feral cat here.

TwinkleBelle is the newest member of the family. Even thought she was only 8 weeks old when she joined us, she made herself right at home and became friends with dogs and cats alike. Rescued from a local barn at two weeks of age, it looks like she might be the smartest kitty we've known!