Start with reality and make it fictional

The Cozy Cat Chronicles

By Sally Carpenter

In writing a book, why reinvent the wheel?

In 1991 I went on a weekend cruise to Nassau aboard the SS Ecstasy of the Carnival cruse line. This particular cruise had special activities for a small group of Monkees fans, including a private concert with Peter Tork and James Lee Stanley.

Fortunately I saved every scrap of paper and photo from that event. I had the ship’s newspaper with the daily schedule of events, a map of the decks and rooms, and pictures of the island. I’d even written an account of the weekend for the Monkee Business fanzine (no longer in publication).

So when I began writing my latest Cozy Cat Press novel, “The Cunning Cruise Ship Caper,” I dug out this information to use in designing my fictitious cruise ship. I started with the Ecstasy’s layout and made adjustments in the rooms to accommodate my…

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