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