2 Days to Go
Many of the characters in my Gidion Keep series draw on a bit of reality, but none of them are actually based on real people. I just take small aspects of people I know and blend them together. There is one exception to this, sort of: Gidion’s dog Page.Page has found her way into many of my creative endeavors. For the Gidion Keep series, she provides a useful role, almost always as a type of early warning system for vampires coming after Gidion. I think many readers also miss that Page is the equivalent of Grandpa’s arsenal. Grandpa has filled his house with swords and rifles, but Gidion’s father doesn’t have that option. Instead, he uses Page as a way to protect him and his son. Grandpa’s many weapons and Page are all signs of an aging vampire hunter, the measures one must take when an enemy who never grows old might return for revenge at any time.
The real Page became part of my family more than a decade ago. As a person who’s worked as a 911 dispatcher and has at times worked the midnight shift, I’ve often taken comfort in knowing my German shepherd-golden retriever mix was in the house with my family. While my wife jokingly refers to Page as “the World’s Most Boring Dog,” she can intimidate the hell out of a stranger who comes knocking on our door. Door-to-door salesmen look relieved when I close the door on them. I love our dog.Page didn’t just find her way into my Gidion Keep books, though. Prior to that, she became one of the recurring characters in a webcomic I did for many years that was called The Wildcat’s Lair. The webcomic featured a talking cat named Frank whose fur was black with blue stripes. Frank lived in my house with my family, so naturally, Page showed up quite often and with the two at odds. Page was also the mob boss of the canine underworld in Richmond and known in those circles as the Big Bitch. In an unintended bit of irony, the last episode didn’t even include Frank but featured me and Page. Just for laughs, I’m presenting that episode here for your amusement.
The Wildcat’s Lair
Episode Title: Twisted Tails
August 22, 2012
One day I might return to the webcomic for a few more episodes to give it a proper finale. It was a lot of fun to do, but my writing has taken priority where my creative free time is concerned. I’m happy to say that Gidion Keep is to blame for that.