The inspiration for Coffee, Cats and Murder comes from my 2 cats that are actually named Mara and Drake. Though their personalities are very different from the characters they represent.
Drake is a grump jerk who will suddenly bite you when he is tires of your company and Mara is a shy girl who avoids people she doesn’t know and jumps at loud noises.
And they are not my only pets to make it into the story, Nikolai was my cat from primary school until university and Crispin was my dog through high school.
Although none of the characters match the pets they were named for it makes me smile to read their names through the story.