There are a LOT of squirrels in my RECENTLY FINISHED novel draft (now in revision - which makes me think of Panavision). Most of them aren't named, but there are a handful - four, to be exact - who are extra special. (One already has a mention in another post).
In revising the draft and adding a prologue (what I'm calling an overture, because I'm cinematic at heart), I decided to give three of the four an earlier appearance and, frankly, a bigger starring role.
The breakout star of the overture is a California ground squirrel named Cookie.
Because the squirrels of San Diego are fascinated by beat culture and fast cars, I knew I needed to find a mid-1950s to mid-1960s role model for Cookie. I had to look no further than Mamie Van Doren, the singer and platinum blonde bombshell who starred in a picture called, you guessed it, The Beat Generation.