So, the story behind Pete and Virgil Save Spring...Sort of started off as a sequel to another story I had written years ago titled Simon and the Sweet Pea Root. It was written for my sister when my nephew was born and all our animals were characters in the story. The reason for the "sweet pea" was my sister called my her cat Simon, Sweet Pea. I may have to find a picture and post it, but Simon was a huge long haired cat. He was a yellow, blonde big feline ball of fluff. He was an indoor cat, so he was declawed. In the story he was called a "Fluff" by everyone else, which meant he had a lot of heart, but very little brains. You know the blonde jokes. They apply here as well. Anyway, Simon went on this great adventure and saved the day.
I had thought about writing another story as a sequel using meerkats. (I love meerkats.) Baby, one of the cat character is the other book would say, "There's no such thing as a mere cat." She was that type of cat. But for some reason, I just couldn't get a good story, but two characters came out of that work that started to take over the story, so I decided to write a story about them.
I needed names for these two squirrel characters and my husband suggested Pete and Virgil after his two uncles. They are squirrelly kind of characters, so it seemed to fit. Now of course my husband always asks me when I'm going to write the story. Well that's what I'm doing.
I may see if I can find Simon and the Sweet Pea Root and update it. After all, I wrote it 23 years ago. Maybe I'll put it as a free download or something. I think that would be cool.
I'll be checking with you soon! Hope every one has a blessed day!