If all goes according to plan, my talking cat fantasy novel, The Loudest Meow, will be released on Kindle this week. The paperback version will be available in the following week. I'm excited to share this book with you.
Every time I write a book, I learn things. Here are some thoughts I picked up from writing The Loudest Meow:
Writing is a wonderful way to deal with grief. I embarked on this project because our calico cat died. She fell ill, and the vet gave us a last-hope remedy to try that weekend to see if we could turn it around. During those last days, when it was clear that she was not going to get better, I made a promise to her that I would write a book where she would be the star. It's been a way for me to keep her in my mind and my heart after her passing. It has helped a lot.
Creativity changes things. Many of the cats in the book are based on family cats that have passed on. But somehow, all of them, when they entered the story, changed. Their traits became exaggerated. The other day, I found an old photo of my dear orange cat, Pumpkin, and I had to laugh, comparing her to Marmalade in the book. The cats in the book all became characters with their own lives.
I am now more attentive to cats in the world. I have the great fortune to work at home, and so I get to watch our three cats go about their lives every day. But I now feel that I have an agreement with the Great Cat Tribe that any cat who wants to be in my book can make that known to me, and I will do my best to make it happen. I'm the type of person who always visits the shelter cats at our local pet food stores. I take walks in my neighborhood, and cats sometimes come up to me. I talk to my friends' cats. I have felt an affinity to cats ever since I was a young child. I want to celebrate their greatness and their importance in the world.
I thought more about the thin veil between death and life while I wrote this book. It made me more conscious and less afraid of passing away. I came out of it feeling very connected to my extended cat family. I believe in Rainbow Bridge. I know that one day I will have the joy of being with my beloved animals again.
This is the first time I've started a series, and I found it challenging. I had a hard time figuring out the ending. I originally had set it up as more of a cliffhanger, and my characters complained to me in my head until I changed it so that their stories were resolved enough in this book that it could end here. I'm hard at work on Book 2 and deeply in love with it. But if anything should happen and this is the only book that these cats appear in, there is a satisfying ending. That was very important to me.
I think that's it for today. I'll put up an announcement when The Loudest Meow is up this week. Until then, take care.