Sunday, April 3, 2011

The Book Readers Helped Me Build

by Leann

Last year, as I plotted the book that debuts on Tuesday--The Cat, The Lady and The Liar--I asked for a little help. I needed a name for a very special cat, one who was pampered and spoiled and full of herself. You picked the name Isis and Isis she is! Long black hair, green eyes and on arrival in the story, she is wearing a diamond collar. Fitting for a goddess, don't you think?

That name helped me picture her and develop her character--because as any cat lover knows, each cat has their own unique character. I hope in the coming weeks, you will send me feedback about what you think of Isis. I like to believe that my cat characters parallel humans with similar traits. Isis feels entitled and I'm sure you know a few folks exactly like her.

I interact quite a bit on CozyArmchair, a yahoo cozy discussion group. One particular member is a strong animal supporter and her name just seemed to fit the rich southern lady from the title. Yes, Ritaestelle, came to life with the help of that woman's name. Of course I have no idea what the real Ritaestelle looks like or if she has enough money to pay the Bill of Rights like my fictional creation. But the name was perfect. So thank you parents of Ritaestelle. You helped me--and Ritaestelle, I thank you for letting me borrow your name.

There are more "borrowed" names in my series. My real life sister's name is Candace Carson. My daughter's name is Jillian. My son's name is Shawn. My husband's name is Mike. If I'm going to leave something of myself behind, they belong there with me. Now, I believe in the book I am currently writing, I must name a cat Agatha Christie, after my own sick baby. I don't know if she will be with me when the The Cat, The Wife and The Weapon (working title) comes out next year. But she will be in my heart forever.

I have no questions this week, just many thanks for all the support I receive from readers every single day. Thank you for buying my books. It means so much.


Leann might be too shy to say it, but the rest of the Chicks aren't, and we want you to know that The Cat, The Lady and the Liar comes out on Tuesday (April 5th) in print and as an ebook.  It's available on Amazon, from Barnes & Noble, and from regular independent and mystery bookstores.


Lynda said...

Hi Leann. Glad to know you're working on another book in the Cats in Trouble Mysteries. They are THE BEST. Looking forward to Tuesday when I can read The Cat, The Lady, & The Liar. I enjoyed hearing about the names in your books mirroring your family. I'll continue to pray for Agatha Christie and you will both be in my thoughts.

Allen said...

Will this book be coming out on Kindle Tuesday, or do Kindle readers have to wait? So sorry to hear your Agatha Christie isn't well.

When will you be working on another book in the Yellow Rose series? I love them too.

Leann Sweeney said...

The kindle version is available for pre-order just like the print version, Allen. So I would guess it will be available any time. I have heard the book is in all the brick and mortar stores already. Yellow Rose is on hiatus because I have been sick and writing two series is just a little difficult. One day!! I miss Abby Rose!

Aurian said...

Congratulations on the new book Leann, and I bet is was fun writing about characters with your family names. All the best for your Agatha Christie, I hope she will get better soon.

Dru said...

Congrats on your upcoming book release. I can't wait to read this one.

Rita B said...

Love the series! And the personalities you give the cats is so cool! They truely do have their own style. Hope you are feeling better and that writing stays a joy for you to do.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks everyone. I mixed up my family names, matching a first name from one side of the family with a last name from the other side. For instance, Morris Ebeling. Morris is my paternal grandfather and Ebeling is on the other side. It really offered me a chance to "play" while I was writing. But NEITHER of my grandfathers was anything like the grumpy Morris Ebeling. :-)

Ritaestelle said...

Leann, I can't wait to read it! And btw, there is a photo of me on our cozy site with my screen name 'autmflwr' :D
Ps I voted for Truffles for the kitty's name :D

cyn209 said...

hi Leann!!!

i purchased the 1st 2 books in your series yesterday!!! can't wait to start them!!!!

good luck & congrats to you!!


ps.....sending positive vibes to AgathaChristie!!!!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Cynthia. I hope you enjoy the books. :-)

ev said...

Trying to read this while my very demanding,spoiled dog also named Isis is trying to get me to take her outside. Bossy little bugger.

Sending good wishes to Agatha. It's nice being able to let the ones you love live on in your stories. If I had any talent for writing, I would do the same. As it is, I only have talent for buying and reading books.

And rescuing bossy animals.

Juanita said...

I ordered The Cat, the Lady, and the Liar on Amazon Saturday - I can't wait to read it! I've loved the other ones :)

signlady217 said...

Will be picking this one up next week after I get home from vacation. Absolutlely loved the other two, and can't wait to read this one!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thank you and thanks for all the support you guys have given this book. It is doing very well and I am sort of blown away!

A disbelieving Leann!

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