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September 14, 2012

Friday Fun with Keira Michelle Telford

In the spirit of Fun Friday, this is a guinea pig:

Sorry. That was a completely irrelevant distraction.
This post has nothing whatsoever to do with guinea pigs.

I know. It’s shocking. If you’ve been reading the other guest posts I’ve been leaving all over the interwebs, you’d be forgiven for thinking that I’m incapable of talking about anything else.

Fine. Be like that, then.
I’m actually here to talk about rutabagas.

Now that’s just plain rude.
But you’ve made your point: rutabagas are boring.
Guinea pigs it is, then.

Believe it or not, the inspiration for this:

Came from this:

See the resemblance? No? Well, you don’t have to live with her. Seriously though, she does have a lot in common with the monsters—the Chimera—in my books.

I modelled all Chimeran behavior on the behavior of guinea pigs.


From the way the Chimera sway their bums from side-to-side when they’re trying to intimidate someone, to the way they huff air through their nostrils right before they attack, it all goes on in my dining room. The shrilling for food (‘wheeking’ in guinea pig language) is something I hear every day, every time a bag rustles. The purring and gurgling is something I hear every time one of my girls decides to get a bit bossy with her cagemates. And the list goes on.

So, how’s that for something fun and interesting to brighten up your Friday?

Ugh. I give up.

About the author:

Michelle is a British ex-pat, now living in British Columbia, Canada. She is the author of a 10-book series of post-apocalyptic, dystopian science fiction books, all centering on the lead character of Ella 'Silver' Cross. The first book (a novella) in this series, Acheron, was released Nov 2011. The next book, A New Age dawns (the fourth book in the series), is due to be released later this September.

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2342 CE Dishonorably discharged from the Hunter Division and banished for crimes she did not commit, Silver struggles to come to terms with her new prison-like surroundings: a segregated area of the city called the Fringe District, populated by murderers, thieves and rapists. Starving, and desperate for money, she reluctantly accepts the Police Division's invitation to enroll in a covert Bounty Hunter program: an initiative devised to infiltrate the criminal underworld of the Fringers, and to force the very worst warrant dodging law-breakers to meet their fate—death. Unfortunately, Silver doesn't realize that the Police Division is about to up the ante. They need more than little snippets of information and arrests—they need someone to pull the trigger. They need an executioner. From

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  1. LOL my fave picture is the one where your guinea-pig asks if he just said something :)

  2. So funny! And he's so much fluffier and cuter than what he inspired :)) Nom, nom, nom...

  3. " uhh.. did you just say something" picture. that's one my favorite.LOL.

  4. When I was little, my sister was chosen to keep the classroom guinea pig for the summer. It had spent some time in a kindergarten class before going to 4th grade. It could whistle the Sesame Street song. The teacher didn't want it back so we kept him. He would get me in trouble because Mom would think I turned on TV.

  5. Also, I have to say, none of my pigs are smart enough to whistle the Sesame Street theme. They can't whistle any song. In fact, one of my pigs, Nigel, is terrified of anything that sounds like a bell or a whistle. Or a gameshow buzzer. Jeopardy was on the tv one day, and he literally pooped himself.

    Ah, the joys of owning pigs! :-P

  6. Definately the butt shot! :)