Little Boy is a creative cat indeed and he's just finished the final draft of his latest thriller book, Take Time to Paws. He's now having a well deserved rest and a few beers after all of his hard work.
I've been proof reading it for him and I reckon it's pretty good.
It has all the elements for a ripper of a story: good strong plot, engaging characters, appropriate setting (this one takes place on the French Riviera. Although LB has not been there, he is a great armchair traveler - it's amazing how much detail one can glean from the internet), and a steady, relentless pace that carries the reader forward, page by page, chapter by chapter.
And LB has a real formula for his books. This is the fifth in the 'Paws' series - other notables that have scooped the suspense genre awards include Paws and Take a Breath and the insanely popular Push Paws and Stop.
His central character, Detective LB Paws, is seriously flawed by rapacious greed and a no-guilt approach to life but in that way he is attractive, dashing, irresistibly lovable and always captures the bad guys.
LB sets his stories in places that are glitzy, golden, wealthy, and rich with sensual pleasures, reflecting the corruption that often lies at the centre of his plots. The trappings of privilege litter his pages: luxury super yachts, fine champagne, designer brands. Once again .. the internet.
But I have to hand it to LB. He sits at his computer weekdays from 9am - 1pm. He works hard. he churns out the pages. Sometimes it's tough going, especially if he's a bit hungover, or there are days when he just doesn't feel like writing, but he sticks with it.
So what can we learn from a cat who writes and drinks beer?
Probably not a whole lot.
However, I'm sure Little Boy would share the following pearls of wisdom with us: "Eat well, sleep in a warm place, focus your mind on the task, observe people and take inspiration for your characters, get a good strong story line set somewhere interesting, take it page by page and then have a good purr when it's all done."