Saturday, 15 July 2017

The Python Problem

Welcome to Sally's book-a-day-for-2017 blog. If unfamiliar with the blog, scroll down.

The Python Problem (post 198) The Python Problem is the fourth in the Pet Vet series. This one was a request from the publisher, who wanted a story about a python. It took some ingenuity for us to come up with a viable plot. The previous "main patients" that had interacted with Trump the ALO were a cat (Cranky Paws), a mare and an old dog (The Mare's Tale) and a dog (Motorbike Bill). All of these might conceivably talk with Trump, but pythons are deaf and don't mew, bark, growl or neigh. We managed, by making Diamond the python's lack of "normal" communication a feature of the plot. We also introduced two characters named Peter Woo and Hayley Seeney, borrowing the names of a friend and a family member for the purpose. Diamond was named after a python our son had at the time. This snake was useful for research. The story worked out okay but it did take some thinking!

About the Blog 

Sally is Sally Odgers; author, manuscript assessor, editor, anthologist and reader. She runs and Prints Charming Books. (Sally is me, by the way, and I am lots of other things too, but these are the relevant ones for now.)

The goal for 2017 is to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. If you're an author, an aspiring author, a reader or just someone who enjoys windows into worlds, you might find this fun. The books are not in any special order, but will be assigned approximate dates, and pictures, where they exist. If you enjoyed a post, or want to ask about any of my books or my manuscript assessment service, leave me a message.

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