Friday, September 16, 2016

Donna's Little Helper

The mission, should you choose to accept it: study college student behavior and report back to me.

Hi, it's Donna Michaels and that is the mission I gave my daughter’s cat Franco before we left her dorm last month. This is Jes’ junior year in college and she’s going to rush a sorority this fall/spring, depending on the ‘house’ she is interested in. 

So exciting! This works out great for me too, because I’ll be writing a book in an N/A collection with two incredible authors next spring that focuses on three sorority sisters and a mystery at their college. I can hardly wait!

Did I also mention it’ll be first person? New ground for me. I’m excited about the challenge, but need all the help I could get. So, I enlisted Franco’s services to take notes and keep up on the research for me while I make my other deadlines. 

Here are a few shots of him hard at work.
Pretending to chill while secretly recording activity in the common area
I'm not sure what he's looking for...and I'm not sure I want to know
Keeping an eye on the parking lot for any suspicious activity
Lulling them in with cuteness. They must've been on to him
Looking at things from a different perspective
I'm not sure why he's inspecting my daughter's finger. It'll be in the report
This is where he told them to get the camera out of his face, they were going to blow his cover

So, as you can see, I’m pretty sure he has a lot to tell me the next time we meet. Jes will fill me in on the rushing and all the steps involved, but Franco…he’s going to have the juicy stuff about college life in general so I get the vibe right. He’s my inside guy.

An author’s exciting! We get to talk to some amazing people...and cats…to get the facts. Just imagine all the good stuff your pets could report...

Hope you have a great September.

Thanks for reading,


Margo Hoornstra said...

Franco is adorable! And, I'm sure, more than up to the mission.

Leah St. James said...

How fun! My older son was in a fraternity, and after one visit to the house--I'll spare you the details--I was more than happy to NOT have a mole to report back on the goings-on. But those were guys. :-) Franco looks like he'll be quite vigilant in his reportage. :-)

Jannine Gallant said...

What a cutie. Sounds like you have an excellent inside source. Good luck with your project, Donna!

Andrea Downing said...

Just make sure he doesn't change loyalties and decide not to tell you everything...Cat detectives are sort of like that!

Rolynn Anderson said...

Maybe you could attach a camera to the kitty (no one will have to know). Sometimes one has to see it to believe it! What a gorgeous cat...and how fun to live those college days vicariously through your daughter.

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

If the cat fails on his mission, he can come live with me. I'm writing a book in first person. It's a fun change. Part of me wants to write it in present tense, but I don't know that I'm up for that challenge. Good luck with your story. I'm sure it'll be great.

Diane Burton said...

A great helper you have there, Donna. Be sure to share his report with us. We may need the inspiration. I love writing in 1st person POV--my cozy mysteries and my new sci-fi romance. Vonnie, I tried present tense with the sfr novella. I had a hard time staying in the present; ended up changing it to past tense. It feels like talking to the reader. Best wishes, Donna. And have fun!

Alison Henderson said...

Donna, I LOVE Franco! I bet he's BMOC. Good luck with your experiment writing 1st person. I've never tried it, but maybe one of these days...

Alicia Dean said...

Sounds like a fun project! But, you might need another spy. Jes doesn't seem to be all that into this covert operation. :)

remullins said...

He's a double agent - I'm sure of it.