Monday, May 2, 2011

[BEHIND THE SCENES] Origin of the Duo

As part of Release Week Goodness, we present a look behind the workings of the novel and the ongoing serial.

I got the idea for Kat and Mouse while reading a Gunsmith Cats graphic novel one day. I wanted to create something along the same vein. Something that was part buddy movie, part action-adventure, with strong female leads and fun banter between the characters.

So my thought process went something like this: "Xena is set in a mythic past. Gunsmith Cats in modern-day Chicago. Dirty Pair in the far future. What about the near-future? The cyberpunk world?"


Enter Kat and Mouse: Guns for Hire.

It's written on the back of a computer printout dated 1996. As you can see, Mouse had a more "lively" name at the time.

Originally, the duo was supposed to operate as a private security firm: Troubleshooters, Inc. Somewhere in the creation, the private security firm idea got shelved and the duo turned into freelancers.

This next set of notes were probably written out after the above:

Closer to the pair we now know.

Yes, Kat started off having a name. I originally through that it would be a shortened form of her first name (Kat for Katherine). She also chose a new last name (Blackwolfe) after leaving behind her past (O'Connor).

I later ditched that idea and decided "Kat" would be her "handle" and make no further references to her real name. (I know what it is but I'm not going to tell.)

Same with Mouse. Handle, no further references to her real name.

Tomorrow: The inspiration for the Ladies.

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