Thursday, July 24, 2014
Why Build a Robot Cat?
But Jeepers, who looks like a black and white tuxedo cat, is more than just a companion in my story, THE BREAK-IN. He's got several jobs.
He's Forbes's confidant, privy to his innermost thoughts via his journals on the house network. Jeepers handles security for Forbes's house and laboratory. He's also an inadvertant matchmaker, as well--it's Jeepers that recognizes the younger version of Forbes's lover, Oliver.
And he has one more function--Jeepers is the story McGuffin. McGuffins have a long literary history and I couldn't resist creating a cute one with little white paws.
How does his McGuffin role play into the plot of THE BREAK-IN? You'll just have read it to find out. Until then, here's an excerpt:
Aidee Ladnier, an award-winning author of speculative fiction, began writing at twelve years old but took a hiatus to be a magician’s assistant, ride in hot air balloons, produce independent movies, collect interesting shoes, fold origami, send ping pong balls into space, and amass a secret file with the CIA. A lover of genre fiction, it has been a lifelong dream of Aidee's to write both romance and erotica with a little science fiction, fantasy, mystery, or the paranormal thrown in to add a zing.