My colleague and mystery author Pat Browning has had great success recently with Kindle. The reviews of her latest mystery, ABSINTHE OF MALICE have been glowing. You should check out her blogs because she’s a poster child for being a chameleon and reinventing your career.
I submit it has a lot to do with once living with a gorgeous orange tabby cat. Nope, the above is a kitty stand-in, but Pat shared with me how “George” the cat inspires her work even today.
Pat writes, “This is a true story. I don’t have a picture of my big orange striped cat because he’s long gone , but he lives in my fondest memories and in my book, ABSINTHE OF MALICE, a study in small town secrets.
In my book, under the fictitious name of Homer, he doesn’t solve crimes or do tricks, he just does cat things. He stalks birds in the back yard and when it’s time to eat he comes into the kitchen through the cat door. He’s a great judge of people though. He doesn’t like one of my main characters, a chief of police, and he leaves the room when that character shows up. When the man manages to redeem himself, Homer cozies up to him and goes to sleep on his new friend’s feet.
This cat’s real name was George and I loved him dearly from the day he was born. The time came when he could no longer manage and it was time to take him to the vet and put an end to his misery. I cried my eyes out until finally my best friend took him to the vet for me and then buried him on the old home place where George spent so many good years.
A few days later I was sitting at my kitchen counter, drinking coffee, feeling down and staring out the window at my little patio when suddenly George walked onto the deck. He stopped in the middle of the deck, did a long, leisurely stretch and walked on.
I dashed outside, calling him, looking everywhere, but he was nowhere to be found. He had simply disappeared and I never saw him again. Of course, he had never been there at all except for that brief moment when he stepped through whatever veil separates us from another world. I got his message. He was fit and fine, the same old George. I wanted to hug him, but the need was mine, not his, and this time it was a little easier to let him go. Pat Browning”
So, do you have a furry muse–ghostly or otherwise–who inspires you each day? Please share!
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