Listen: Editor, Melinda, Roswell discussed on Let's Talk Pets
"Metz and blimp just giving background Melinda is the co author of the Roswell high series, which is free Ross will fans television show. It's a book has the basis of the hit television show Roswell. So big Roswell fan. You'll definitely want to listen to this show with Melinda. Also, a Edgar ward nominee for book right in Wong mystery series. And we're excited about having Molin on the show so Melinda about further ado, welcome to animal rights pet life radio. Thank you. Thanks for having me on almost our pleasure. It's our pleasure in graduations on the the big hit that latest book talk to the Pau. Tell us a little bit about the book the premise without giving away all the super secrets and endings in the urban gives us the book solo about where my editor of me up because he had gotten really intrigued. All the videos about cats stealing things. And he thought that there could be a book in it. And I was thinking he wanted to do a non fiction book about all these different kleptomaniac cats. And then he decided he'd rather do something more of a romance where the cat kind of I have the cat. Macgyver be able to smell. But his person Dany is lonely, and he sets out to find a guy for her. And he does it by stealing things from the guy dropping them off on her porch dot setup. Yeah. And so now this is being known to her. I'm assuming how kitty cats do things without us knowing about it until the last minute. Yes, she's very confused at for keeping things like their day, stocks and bathing, suits and crazy stuff. So would you call this a sort of a true romance with some mysteries that macgyver? The cats putting into play or how would you label it when you took on the project had you envision this whole thing that at the heart of it several romance. But macgyver helps a lot of people and he meddles in romances sometimes, but sometimes he takes on other problems. So there's not much of a mystery. 'cause kind of it is from a guy point of view. So we kind of know from the beginning that macgyver is taking care of his person by by doing these things, but she doesn't know. Now with macgyver as far as the kinds of items that he sort of taken under his wing and bringing into the house is that there are certain purpose reason he brings each one. Or is it more of an attention getter? He has a much better sense of smell than people do. And so he knows that people can't smell as well as he does. So he brings things that are really, really smelly. Because he thinks that then she'll be able to pick up on it. If you get something that's really kind of ripe. So his big selection process for her is just what is really smelly like the guy gone jogging. And so he brings the t shirt that's kind of drenched in sweat, or you know, he brings it just brings weird smelly stuff. And that's true. I think with most especially cats they like giving you the smell as the grossest presence that could possibly have is an honor to you and drop them at your doorstep. Typically, he's not threatening things that would intrigue her and think I wonder who this belongs to it must be really interesting person. It's just kind of stuff. Well, then tell us about this is your editor came to you. And said, hey, you know, let's write this book about these videos. He's klepto kitty videos that we've been seeing out there. Tell us a little bit about that background. Sure. Most of listeners know about it. But for those that don't what are those videos all about? And why are they so darn popular? If you go online and put in kleptomaniac cats on YouTube, you'll come up with a whole bunch of them. And I think Gary Goldstein my editor the first one that he became intrigued with was the one that was out in Oregon where the kitty belong to someone that was on the police force. And he started bringing all these things back in the his owner the police officer mounted a surveillance camera outside the driveway. And then he found that the kitty was bringing all these things that kitty actually, even brought a little bag of pot and left it on the driveway. So maybe he knew that his person was the one that took care of this kind of thing. So I don't know. But then there are lots of amazing ones. Like there was a I think it was a cat in Switzerland that he never stole anything until after his couple. That he lived with became pregnant, and then he started bringing all these stuffed animals home. Like, he knew that the baby would want to animals so that was a cute one. Now, are you personally into the kitty klepto or any of the kitty videos out there? I had watched many kitty videos, they're kind of addictive. So I've watched all the klepto kitties that I can find now with that found interesting. Have you worked with your editor before on other projects? Or is this something where he knew this would be ripe your alley in. What were your thoughts? When you first got the call or the Email, Saint here's what we we'd like for you guys to do for you to put together for us. You know, Gary, and I'd never worked together as editor and writer before but he and I both worked at Berkley publishing back in the mid eighties on time ago. And we were both editors there at the same time. And he knew that I was feeling writer now, and he knows my agent, and he just he I think he just thought that I would be good at it. So I was intrigued because I've never written anything for adults before and I used to edit romance. But I'd never really written a romance. So I was intrigued by both parts of it and thought it would be fun, and it was fun. And so the. Interesting twist behind the book how much play went into actually doing your research four it watching all the videos and getting all the latest stuff for this type of book compared to maybe other books that you've done is. It was more research intensive or was it more of you want to delve into the characters and try developed characters that people would relate to somewhere in the middle. The right among the streets that you mentioned the the boy and there in the stories had after syndrome, and my writing partner, Laura, I write with her a lot, but I didn't for this particular book, but we did a lot of research because trying to understand sort of the way he viewed the world and also he had really specific interests like the Wright brothers. So we had to research a lot of that. But I did research on cat behavior. And I wanted to know more about cats body language, I've had cats, although I've gotten horribly allergic now, but I kind of understand how they moved and some of the things they did. But I wanted to sort of know why? And you know, what I didn't really know about that organ that they had inside their mouth that kind of enhanced their sense of smell. In a different way. And so I I did some research done on cats had body, language and psychology. Besides just watching the videos, and I think it's important when you say that a lot of people think will possibly putting together a fiction books. All you have to do is come up with some key characters and create a nice narrative and a nice twist behind it. But there's actually in this type of thing, especially when you're dealing with animals. There is a great deal of research because you wanna make sure you get it. Right. Right. Like cats like the read their heads against you kind of to Mark that you're that you're there and lots of different things that were interesting that cats. Absolutely, absolutely. All right. Well, we're going to take a quick commercial break and come back to talk to Melinda. Metz little bit more about her book talk to the Paul as well as to Melinda a little bit about her overall writing styles. What's it take to be a successful freelance writer, and how does her background in editing come into play. So everybody hang tight. We're gonna come back ready for this commercial break. You're listening to animal rights on life. Radio.."