If you have read any of my novels, with one exception, you know that they all include an animal as a character. So far, the stories have included Clarice – a turkey vulture, a mountain lion, and a road runner. I am currently working on Enchanted Rock White, and this bird has inserted itself into the story. Once again, without my permission. The chicken story is loosely based on a tale I heard from a couple of park employees. This story is going to be a little tricky to write, as I have already created the characters and the plot (although more characters will surely insert themselves, again, without permission). When I finish I will have to go back and remove clues so that the ending will be a surprise, as I can tell that already I have revealed too much too soon.
I got the idea of including an animal in each story from Edward Abbey. Although I never met the man, I have read all of his writing I can find, and consider him a sort of mentor, and my dream for years was to be a member of the Monkey Wrench Gang.