Pam Chamberlain's In the Company of Animals has now been published by Nimbus Publishing and I'm very honoured to be one of the 37 featured authors. All the stories are about human encounters with animals and, from what I've read so far, it's stirring stuff. I'm working my way through it but with one eye closed, particularly as all the stories are true. It's the same with films with animals in them; I can't watch, even if they're fictional. I can't cope when animals suffer. I suppose there's a writing lesson here, though. If you want to raise the stakes, just put an animal in a vulnerable position and you'll have your reader gripped. That's if they can bear to keep reading.