The Sparkle Abbey Writing Team

We all love our pets, but how many of us are willing to name ourselves after them?  Find out where the writing team of Sparkle Abbey got their names and how their pets fit in to their mystery series.  Plenty of laughs and interesting facts about cats and dogs that paint, plastic surgeon transvestites, and beauty queens who fight over inheritances and men.

I know you’ll enjoy!

And if you leave a comment telling us about why your own pet (or your neighbor’s pet, or your imaginary pet) should be included in it’s own book, THREE lucky commenters will win a copy of one of the books below!

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About Diana Belchase

I am an author, who won the Golden Heart for my suspense novel "The Spy in the Mirror" and was a Golden Heart finalist, once again, for my second novel, "The Spy in the Harem." I am also a triple Daphne Du Maurier finalist for three other books. Please follow me at my website:, or friend/follow me on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter or on my YouTube Channel: See you there!

Posted on January 8, 2013, in Author Interview, Diana Belchase and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 78 Comments.

  1. Thanks for having us over, Diana.

    • So glad you’re both here! We’ll be announcing the winners on Thursday along with posting wonderful photos of the Sparkle Abbey namesakes as well as the K&T pets. Please stop by on Thursday everyone.

  2. Wonderful interview, ladies. I laughed out loud at the “cat with cattitude” because that’s why my kids wanted a dog. LOL. Congratulations on your wonderful series and I wish you all the best with these stories!

  3. What a delightful interview. Sounds like you ladies have a lot of fun with your writing careers. I’ve seen posts by “Sparkle Abbey” on CNN and confess to not checking who the real person is. Do you both post under your author name? How does that work? I love that you’re neighbors. We have two rescue poochies, both getting up in years now, 13 and 14. a long-haired, red Chihuahua and a Jack Russell. Continued good lucky with your writing and sales.

    I came over at the Anaheim Literacy Signing to introduce myself. (Barb K made all her friends stop by–I thought I was so special until you two burst out laughing!)

    I’m so impressed with writers who can collaborate, this can be a lonely profession. What’s the best and worst part of writing as a team?

  5. Great interview! The series sounds like a lot of fun. I think if I were going to co-write with someone I’d have to do it the way you ladies do. What a neat idea.

    Thanks for being with us today!

  6. Oh, and congrats on selling two more books in the series! 🙂

  7. My mini doxie Sammy needs his own book. That dog is the most onery, wild pet ever. He’s almost 9 and still acts like a puppy, still rips around the house and gets into everything he can, still barks at everything, and he’s the best lap dog in the world.

    Congrats on the success!

  8. Great interview! The stories sound like so much fun. I bet they’re fun to write. I have serious envy of your titles, they’re fabulous.:)

  9. Love the interview, ladies! The books sound like such fun.

    We have cats, and my 9 1/2 year old son is an ardent defender of felines. He laments the fact that cats are often the villain in children’s stories. He would love it if I wrote a book correcting this misconception, but I don’t write middle grade fiction so I keep telling him that he should write it.

  10. Thanks, Sharon! Did your kids end up with a dog? What kind! Do share. We’ve each had both and have to agree with whoever it was that said, “Dogs have owners; cats have servants.” 🙂

  11. Sounds like a good idea, Rachel. Maybe it’ll be the start of something wonderful for him.

  12. virginiagruver

    Love this series, can’t wait for the next one.

  13. So glad you stopped by Virginia!

  14. Nice video! Glad to have gotten to know you and your work better.

  15. Marsha, our pets are rescue pets, too. BTW, there is actually a Jack Russell dog that paints… As far as which one of us is posting, we usually sign off with our real names. So, I’ll put ML aka Sparkle or Anita will put Anita aka Abbey. We find people often call us Sparkle and Abbey. We don’t mind, we’ll answer either way. LOL

  16. Sarah – So nice to see you again! 🙂 Probably the very best thing about writing together is plotting together. We have so much fun! It helps that our process was similar. We both like a bit of a framework before we start writing. As far as the worst, the only negative we’ve found is that you have to be careful not to write the other person into a corner. Definitely more on the plus side than the minus.

  17. Rachel – Your son is right, cats are often the villains. Wouldn’t it be great if he decided to do a story that corrects that idea?

  18. Eve, thanks for stopping by. We do have a lot of fun with titles! It often involves margaritas. 🙂 Do you want to hear the titles of the next two?

  19. Hi Anita and Mary Lee–do you ever write your mysteries from the pet’s point of view? Congrats on such a successful series. It sounds like you have as much fun writing the books as your readers have reading them. I can’t wait to recommend these books to my sister who is a dog-person and a cat-person and a guinea-pig-person and a parakeet-person and a…well, let’s just say she loves animals.

  20. What a great interview, I can’t wait to Desperate Housedogs. My dog Chance should be a character in one of your books. He actually play jokes on other dogs. He can be kind too. When one of our dogs had dementia, he brought her food when she couldn’t find it.

    He’s also a bit of actor. He likes to pretend to limp to get attention. It always works with me, but then he knocks it off when I leave the room.

  21. How utterly cute. This should absolutely be in a book! Chance sounds as if he could have a series all his own. Thanks for coming Morgan.

  22. I love these authors and their series. Love that some of your guests are demanding their pets be the stars of the series. Mary Lee, Anita? are you listening. Great interview, Diana!

  23. Loved it! Great interview. You make me laugh.

    • They were so funny, Tami. And you should have seen how many times we had to start and stop — with people walking in and out of the room and interrupting us. LOL. We even moved rooms — but had a blast doing it. Thanks for stopping by.

  24. Chance sounds like a wonderful guy, Morgan. What a sweetheart! Love that he acts, too. LOL Sparkle does that sometimes if she’s not getting her treats quickly enough. She does this very pathetic one paw up pose. We’ll have to see if we can get a picture.

  25. Krista, we haven’t done anything from the animals’ point of view in this series, but I wouldn’t rule it out for a different series. Have you seen the Chet & Bernie mysteries? Those are from Chet, the dog’s pov and they’re great! I love that he missed clues because he gets distracted just like a real dog.

  26. Krista, thanks for the congrats! Yes, we do have a lot of fun with the books! Sounds like your sister would fit right in with us and our animal loving characters.

  27. Wonderful interview! I can hardly wait till Desperate Housedogs comes out.

    While I love dogs and have befriended them, I’m currently hosting two indoor cats, one of whom was born in my basement and believes he’s human. Whenever he wants something he stares at me and says ‘Maaaaa’ in a sliding scale from low to painfully high (almost beyond human hearing) until I pay attention and give him whatever he wants. And heaven help me if I don’t drop what I’m doing and give it to him immediately…lol

    Gotta love those pets. Thanks for bringing them into our escapes so we don’t have to travel alone 🙂

  28. Helen – You are so right! Gotta love those pets. What would we do without them? Love talkative cats; they can get so much said with tone, can’t they?

  29. What a great idea for a series of books, how entertaining. Gives me ideas for you about my Papillion princess, Effie. perhaps the canine Wonder Woman? LOL

  30. Thanks, Donelle aka bellwriter, for your kind words. 🙂 Don’t you have a new book coming out very soon?

  31. Before I forget, remember to join us on Thursday, not only to find out the three winners, but to also see photos of Anita and Mary Lee’s pets as well as the Thrilling pets of the gals at Kiss and Thrill.


  32. Krista – Yes, I have read Three Bags Full with the sheep. Too funny!

  33. Effie’s Dad – Effie, the canine Wonder Woman! You may be onto something. 🙂

  34. Thanks so much for hanging out with us today. So sorry my comments are all posting at the bottom instead of nicely after each post like Diana’s. I think it must be because I’m on my iPad…

  35. No matter where your comments are, we’re glad you were able to come and visit with us at Kiss and Thrill! The books are wonderful and I know our three lucky winners will be pleased on Thursday! Congratulations on the new release.

    Hugs, and see you soon!

  36. Thanks so much for having us, Diana! I’m on my computer now so hopefully comments and responses will show up properly.

  37. Will you be at Malice or any upcoming conferences where readers can meet you in person?

    • Yes, we do have several conferences coming up. We’ll be at Love is Murder in Chicago Feb 1-3, Left Coast Crime in Colorado Springs March 21-24, and then Malice Domestic in Bethesda, MD May 3-5.

      We love to talk with readers and we love to see pictures of your pets, so if you spot us stop and chat.

  38. Christine Caudle

    I love it when I’m able to spend a quiet Saturday morning curled up on my couch with a fresh cup of coffee in one hand and a Sparkle Abbey book in the other. I look forward to adding many more of your stories to my keeper shelf. The Pampered Pet Mystery series is so much fun to read!

  39. Extreme animal lover here… at one time hubby and I had 7 dogs (we lived in the country and they would just wonder to our home), 2 pygmy goats that thought they were lap dogs, 23 cats/kittens and 21 horses (17 rescue). Through it all my Shih Tzu, Ms. Wags Z., ruled them with an iron paw. At 13 years old she still rules. Hubby and I are lucky she lets us live here. (many treats is the key to entry) She even tells my hubby when it is time to lay down on the couch at night so she can lay under the blanket with her head on a pillow next to his. She would be hilariously uppity in a book.

    Thank you for allowing me to get to know you both through this blog! I definitely need to read these. And congratulations on your success!

  40. Fun video. Don’t have any pets. How about including an imaginary elephant?

  41. Well, bn100, you just never know. Thanks for stopping by!

  42. My only pet is a long gone guinea pig. But perhaps if something important were buried with her…

    • Ooh, I hope not that, Julia. Sparkle Abbey and I always make sure no animals are ever harmed in our stories. We’ll just have to remember her as she was and think up something marvelous for her.

  43. So enjoyed the Sparkle/Abbey story. How wonderful to be neighbors as well as partners in the writing biz. I have a dog named Elwood (a Scottie) in my boutique funeral planner series…and I don’t have a dog in real life. Seriously, now that I have a dog in a series, I FEEL like I have a dog in real life…Elwood demands attention! Your series sounds wonderful. Congrats on a great concept! Rolynn

  44. My dog, Beauty, is the only person in the house who really listens to me. And when i ask her what she wants, she tells me. She never responds to a question with another question, never makes unreasonable requests, never whines or…well, okay sometimes she whines. A little. She’s a rescue. Or did she rescue me? She was homeless and I was dogless, so it worked both ways Beauty-fully!

  45. Thanks, Rolynn. We’ll have to check out Elwood and your series! I know what you mean, sometimes those fictional pets feel like real pets.

  46. Kathleen – Love the name, Beauty. Our pets are all rescues too, and that’s the perfect description – it’s a mutual rescue. 🙂

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