Elizabeth Murphy--White Fox
I’m Victoria Heckman and I’d like to introduce my friend and character, Animal Communicator, Elizabeth Murphy.
Animal Communicator, you say? What’s that?
She talks to animals and makes a decent living doing so. Many people are curious about this line of work, so I thought I’d go direct to the source.
Right now, she and her husband, fire fighter Tig, are expecting their first child, so she has a lot on her plate.
First of all, an animal communicator isn’t a pet psychic. She can’t read their minds, she made sure to point out, but they do talk to her.
Q: So, Elizabeth, how did you get into this rather unusual job?
EM: I’ve always done it. I thought everyone could until I was around high school age and found out everyone couldn’t do it, that I was just weird!
Q: What’s it like? I mean, how do you do it?
EM: I think everyone with pets does it to some degree, they just may not realize they are doing it! We all talk to our pets, and we usually just fill in the gaps of what we think they reply. But really, they usually do. When you think you are speaking for them, often, they are speaking to you, and you hear that. Animals also communicate in pictures, especially if they are not used to human interaction. Sometimes when Teddy or Edward don’t know a word or concept in English, they will share a picture of it, from their mind to mine. I can send pictures back, as well.
Of course, just like kids, they don’t always listen. They either disagree with you, or just ignore you.
Q: How did this turn into a hobby—or an ability—to an actual job?
EM: I started talking to my own animals, and then friends and family asked for help with theirs. Word spread and now I have growing list of clients. It was difficult at first to know what to charge, but I’m certainly not the only animal communicator in this area. Others were very generous with their help and time. I also discovered, we all have slightly different ways of working. (A rotund striped tabby just came into the room.)
Q: Who is this?
EM: Oh, this is Teddy, and the little black guy behind him is Edward.
Q: Will they talk to me?
EM: Of course. They talk all the time. Do you have a specific question? They can understand you, just ask.
Q: Okay. This is odd for me, but Teddy, how do you feel about having someone be able to talk to you? To understand you?
T: (Sort of a blank look.)
Q: Does he not understand? Is it that I’m a stranger?
EM: No. He has never experienced life without me, so he doesn’t understand the concept. (She is looking intently at him.) Teddy, really. Um, he things it’s a silly question. He perceives his understanding is like yours or mine and why would we question that?
(The little black cat came and sat at my feet and is looking up at me.)
EM: Edward is saying for him it is special. He has a bond with my husband, but Tig doesn’t understand him on this level. He enjoys the clarity of our conversations, plus I translate for Tig.
Q: Speaking of your husband, how does he feel about all this?
EM: He was a bit of a skeptic, as most people are, but he’s seen enough to trust me. And the cats. I think he feels a little left out, but he’s getting better at this all the time. He can’t always accept that it’s real, so he works on that.
Q: I hear you have a new little one in the family?
EM: Oh, yes. Freya. She was abandoned in the house next door. Actually, the boys get credit for finding her. (Elizabeth looks intently at the adult cats for a moment.) They want you to know they are entirely responsible for her being here and that they generously allowed her to stay with us.
Q: Is that true?
EM: Mostly true. Freya began talking to me almost from the moment she arrived, so I suppose I would have discovered her, but the boys did a lot taking care of her and showing her around.
Q: I hear she has some sort of extra ability?
EM: As close as I am to these guys here, Freya is different. She is more, human, I suppose, in her interactions with me.
(Edward has rolled on his back and is pawing the air.)
EM: Edward wants me to tell you about the rabbit rescue we made.
Q: Teddy seems mad? Upset?
EM: He wasn’t part of that mission, so anything that doesn’t include him, doesn’t count.
Q: I’d love to hear about the rabbit rescue but I’m out of time. Anything else you’d like to share:
EM: Just that if you have a ‘feeling’ about your animals, or any animal, really, listen to it. They are probably telling you something!
White Fox, the latest in the Elizabeth Murphy Animal Communicator Series
Available in print or ebook
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Love animals? Victoria Heckman’s latest, White Fox, is a wonderful mystery with a pregnant heroine who communicates with her cats and other animals. A good friend of Elizabeth and her fire fighter husband goes missing and the hunt is on. Smart, surprisingly unusual, and a captivating puzzle enhanced because of a unique look into the animal world.
---Marilyn Meredith, author of the Deputy Tempe Crabtree Series
AKA F.M. Meredith
Victoria Heckman writes several mystery series: K.O.’d in Hawaii-a police procedural; Coconut Man Mysteries of Ancient Hawaii-a historical series; Elizabeth Murphy-Animal Communicator set on California’s Central Coast; and Pearl Harbor Blues, a stand-alone mystery. She has short stories in many anthologies as well as editing and compiling several more collections. Her latest Elizabeth Murphy mystery, White Fox, is now available in print and Kindle. She is a member of Sisters in Crime-Central Coast Chapter. Visit her website www.victoriaheckman.com or find her on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.