Thursday, October 25, 2012

Just Cause

by Julie

I need help with a plot point for the next White House Chef mystery. But, in order to request specific help, I need to divulge some key plot points from FONDUING FATHERS and I don't want to do that. This story builds on that one and FF doesn't come out until December. I hope to have a whole chunk of #7 written by then. But to do that I need my plot.

Are you starting to see my problem?

Ollie's life is turned upside down in FONDUING FATHERS. A lot happens to her, personally, and I want to tell everybody what's coming for her, but I know I need to keep that secret.

Keeping secrets for others is easy, because I know better than to share what isn't mine to tell. But keeping secrets for myself is hard. Gosh, I want to spill.

Sigh. But I can't.

Suffice it to say that Ollie encounters a problem early on in the story and I need a sensible reason for her to investigate. But I can't say more than that right now, so I guess I'll just muddle through on my own.

In the meantime, I'll ask for your help on this question: Let's say I need have a background "cause" that other characters in the story support. I don't want to make it a political issue because that'll just get ugly. I'm trying to come up with a cause... an active group that supports something that would be hard to argue with. And, I'd like it to be a domestic issue.

My current front-runner is something along the lines of the ASPCA. I'd fictionalize it for my purposes. Who can argue against kindness to animals, right?

Do you have any suggestions? Any "cause" you know of that wouldn't rise political ire?

Throw 'em at me. I'm all ears!