Thursday, June 12, 2014

Guest Post (and Book Giveaway!): A Feline Detective

One of the perks of having friends who are writers is getting to “test read” their books before the books are available for sale. Recently, I had the chance to test read the charming first book in Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick’s The Kitten Files series, The Case of the Tabloid Tattler.

The feline detective who helps her owner investigate a mystery is quite amusing and truly cat-like, and Perry has written a guest post about creating and writing a feline character. I’ll let her tell you all about it, and then you can enter to win the book at the end of the post!

Perry: Growing up, I had a very grumpy cat. Her name was Samantha, and she was like a walking bad attitude. I loved her despite this. As a little girl, I spent time copying her--pretending I was a cat too. In some ways I haven’t stopped pretending...

One of the comments I’ve heard repeated when people read my new book “The Case of the Tabloid Tattler” is that it sounds like a cat actually wrote it. I suppose to some this would be an insult (“You’re saying I’m like a cat in some way? Ew!”), but I was delighted to hear this because it means Mia’s “voice” is believable.

I remember randomly writing what became the first few lines of the book:

Keith was rambling again. And his theory was so boring a mere yawn couldn’t express my feelings well enough. I was getting up to go hide under the bed when he said, "I just don't know, Kitten. What do you think, huh?"

Then I decided this cat needed to have the ability to write, that the guy was a detective, and that the cat was going to help him solve a case. In a matter of moments I knew what the case would be, though not quite how it would all turn out. This was literally all the planning I did before diving in.

From that moment on I became Mia, an escaped laboratory cat who had learned to read and write, and who was determined to lead an interesting life. I have never written a book so quickly or had so much fun in the writing. I wasn’t the author dragging her through the motions of the plot. Rather, I lived her tale in my mind, letting her thoughts and actions flow naturally to the keyboard. I viewed the story from her slightly egotistical, snarky perspective. And, apparently becoming a cat for a while worked.

My guess is that I owe much of the realism, much of the believability to the time spent studying a certain bad cat years ago. Thank you, Samantha.

Perry is a Christian, homeschool graduate who has written and published "The Heavens Declare," "Light of the World," "Pearl's Practice," and "The Case of the Tabloid Tattler." She lives in beautiful Oregon with her best-friend-turned-husband and their sweet baby boys. Find her books and other writings and connect with her at:

Tomorrow, head over to for an interview in which Perry answers questions about being homeschooled, self-publishing, and her least favorite chore.

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