Kiwi in Cat City by Vickie Johnstone @vickiejohnstone

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What inspired you to write your book?
I didn’t set out to write animal stories for children – it just happened. The first book I ever finished was Kiwi in Cat City in 2002. I had been made redundant and suddenly had a lot of time on my hands.

The story was inspired by a little black, fluffy, golden-eyed, chubby cat that I used to have, called Kiwi. She was cheeky, intelligent, curious, and liked to follow me down the road on the way to work – I’d have to scoop her up, take her back and run off! I’m sure she’d have hopped on the train with me if she could. Kiwi liked to chase shadows on walls, munch Whiskers food, roll on her back with her paws in the air for strokes, and hunt birds (alas, she was very good, and it was the only thing we argued about). When she wasn’t trying to swipe the dinner off my plate when I wasn’t looking or jumping in the air to catch a moth in mid-flight, she’d be curled up on my bed or waiting to pouncing out at me. One day she followed me to the supermarket round the corner, waited patiently on a wall, and then came back home with me.

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Man vs Cat by David M Brown @elenchera

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In 2010 my wife decided that the house would be much nicer with cats. I had never owned cats before. We started with 2 cats but over the months the number increased to 3, then 4 and finally to 6. Around the time we adopted cats no.3 and no.4 I started writing some blog posts, just general observations about their behaviour. I also had some fun with a monthly column called 36 Lives where I imagined four of the cats having meetings and discussing humans and our interests. Last year I decided to combine the blogs into one book that became Man vs Cat. I also wrote some additional material to go alongside the earlier work. The book is intended both as a non-fiction account of some of the six cats’ escapades but is also designed to be humorous. It’s based around the idea that I am the downtrodden owner (true!) and I am afraid the cats are trying to kill me (might be true!) . My proof in the book comes from observations, minutes from meetings and other documentary evidence I have managed to find. You could say this book is a record of me trying to adapt to being a cat owner.
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Prick Thy Neighbour – a short rom-com film, starring a lovable cat! – by Georgina French

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Meow! My Mum’s written a short romantic-comedy film about some humans (why?) & a cat (that’s more like it). It’s going to be directed by British actress Tara Fitzgerald (‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Sirens’, ‘Brassed Off’, ‘Waking the Dead’) in May 2014. Purrrr! If you go to and ‘like’ their Facebook page you can follow their catventures & perhaps get involved in the making of the film… PAWSOME!



About the Author:
Together with the writer Lisa Jacobs (a cat owner and lover), I am producing her quirky romantic comedy short film entitled ‘Prick Thy Neighbour’, which will be shot in the UK May 2014 by British Film, TV & Theatre actress, Tara Fitzgerald (‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Sirens’, ‘Brassed Off’, ‘Waking the Dead’).

“Prick Thy Neighbour’ is… a love story of warring neighbours, an incontinent cat, roses, a gun, a mop, a cement-mixer, pizza… and a couple of pricks! The story is about finding beauty in places we don’t usually search for it. It is about missing what’s in front of your nose (or right next door!). It is about hope.”
(Tara Fitzgerald)

As you can see from the above tag-line, our film features a cat! His name is Kit-Kat – a lovable, all-knowing, sensitive, incontinent cat who plays a major role in our quirky, touching story.

Our intention is to make this film with very high production values and the best of British talent, aiming it at top tier film festivals, such as Cannes, Clermont-Ferrand, Palm Springs and hopefully a distribution deal.

For info, we have been short-listed by Film London for their ‘London Calling’ shorts funding scheme (awardees to be announced February 2014) as well having been granted a kit bursary from Four Corners – London’s Centre for Film & Photography, so our project has been very well received thus far.

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Abandoned beauty Mancho – by Nika Čeranič

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About 3 years ago we order some food and outside was really bad weather, it was heavy raining. When we opened a door to delivery guy, small fluffy scoop just run in our house. She was all wet and looked more like hedgehog than cat.

We fed her (or him – as we thought then) and love was born. Next day we found her 3 brothers and sisters 500m from our house and we took care of them too (we called a shelter and they took them). But we could not separate from Mancho, so she stay with us.

She is beautiful and very friendly cat which just adores our presence and demands full attention :)



About the Author:
Hi, my name is Nika and I am one of owners of website CatsAdvices.com. I enjoy in writing articles and manuals about health and good care of cats. Me and my boyfriend Damir are big cat lovers who can not imagine life without our cat Mancho :)

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Catnip Crusade – by Kendra Brown


Little Figaro is on the prowl. How will his search end? Will his quest end triumphantly or will he know defeat? After all, the odds are against him; he only has three properly functioning legs. Tragically his left hind leg – the one marked with a perfect dot – had to be reconstructed and reinforced with a steel rod after he was trampled on by his mother. The recovery was miserable, it was feared young Figaro may never roam his domain (you know, the apartment..mostly the living room) with the same stealth, confidence, and strength as he once did. As the days passed the twinkle slowly returned to his eyes and the fire reignited in his soul.

Despite all odds (not really – the surgeon said he expected Figaro to make a full recovery) the short haired domestic who’s white silky armor was adorned with even silkier black patches was once again darting around his domain like it had never known his absence. What a brave kitty is he – how should anyone doubt the courage of this majestic feline. Alas, no one could. No one did. For the short haired domestic known as Figaro made it clear that he was ruler of his fate and no man, woman, or beast would ever dictate his future. So when mighty Figaro set out on a voyage to find his misplaced sacred catnip, no one, not even the gallant kitty himself, could have foreseen how the catnip crusade would end.

How could such a daring kitty succumb to a task as elementary as catnip retrieval? We may never know this answer to this question. All we know for sure is that on that fateful day after losing to the elusive catnip, Sir Figaro threw a little kitty fit. It is a day the noble young feline looks back on and thinks to himself, “If I had thumbs, I would cleverly caption pictures of mom to make her look ridiculous – but since I can’t, I’ll make sure to puke on the carpet close enough to the tile that she knows I put it there on purpose out of spite.”



About the Author:
I am Kendra, Figaro’s mom, and the only person on this earth who loves him more than his dad, Brett. We have had Figaro since the day after Thanksgiving 2011 and we have done nothing but play, love, and spoil him ever since. We call Figaro the “World’s Most Expensive Kitty” because before turning a year old, he had to have a $4,000 reconstructive surgery and is frequently being taken to the vet for an undiagnosed gastrointestinal problem.

Not only does he require $40 cat food because of his high maintenance tummy but under the instruction of his sometimes girlfriend Dr. Johnson, he is allowed yogurt and milk to further aid his ailing insides. Brett and I could not imagine life without the little guy in it – if a cat who likes to drink from the toilet and wash his paws in any water cup he sees fit doesn’t tug at the heart strings then Figaro is not the cat for you so it’s probably best he’s with us.

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Kali ate my watermelon – by Kali

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I got Kali from the SPCA at about six months. She looked exhausted from being in the street. So the moment, she arrived she plopped down into cat bed and went to sleep. When she woke up, I found that I had the best cat in the whole world. I also found out that Kali eats anything. No matter how hard I try to stop her. She finds the most interesting things to eat. I went downstairs to let some friends in. By the time, I returned, Kali had the watermelon on the floor eating it.



About the Author:
I am a psychologist, author and yogini.

Fun Funky Cat’s Eyes

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Fun Funky Cats – Art by Deborah Carney

I love cats, I love art, here I combined them. I hope you enjoy the outcome!

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Interview with Author – Vickie Johnstone @vickiejohnstone


Author Bio:
Vickie Johnstone lives in London, UK, where she works as a freelance sub-editor on magazines and an editor on indie books. She has a thing about fluffy cats and also loves reading, writing, films, the sea, rock music, art, nature, Milky Bar, Baileys and travelling.

Vickie has self-published the following books:
Kaleidoscope (poetry); Travelling Light (poetry); Life’s Rhythms (haiku); 3 Heads and a Tail (comedy romance); Kiwi in Cat City (magical cat series for middle grade readers); Kiwi and the Missing Magic; Kiwi and the Living Nightmare; Kiwi and the Serpent of the Isle; Kiwi in the Realm of Ra; Kiwi’s Christmas Tail; Day of the Living Pizza (comedy detective series for middle grade readers), and Day of the Pesky Shadow.

The Kiwi Series contains superb illustrations by Nikki McBroom.

What inspires you to write?
What inspires me? All sorts.

I write poetry, so anything can inspire me here – a walk in the forest, birdsong, a spider web, a drink of chocolate… anything. One day the moon was really full and shining really brightly with a halo of mist – I hurried home to write about it. The only problem is that sometimes I think of something in the shower or when I’m about to go to sleep – just a line or two – and it’s lost because I don’t write it down. My memory isn’t the best! :)

3 Heads & a Tail, a comedy starring three people and a dog, was inspired by the challenge of NaNoWriMo – writing a book of 50k in 30 days. I named the dog after my first pet, called Glen, and made him a Labrador – my favourite breed as I always thought Guide Dogs were amazing. I’m not sure what inspired his character – I made that up as I went along! I wanted to humanise him a bit – he’s a little grumpy too, and swears like a trooper. I wrote this book so fast that my imagination took over from any structure I wanted to enforce. It was a seat-of-the-pants job. I didn’t know what would come out.

The Kiwi Series was inspired by a little black cat I used to have called Kiwi. I wrote a poem about her when she was alive. She died in 2000. In 2002, I was made redundant from my job. Sitting at home with nothing to do, I went through some old notebooks and poetry books that I’d written. I found the Kiwi poem. For some reason I started thinking about a story about cats – a world full of cats. I called them catizens and started writing Kiwi in Cat City. Various characters popped up in my head and the plot of a catnapping. I had a whale of a time writing this book. I wrote it in four weeks.

Reviews of my books inspire me and other writers. The first two reviews for Kiwi in Cat City were good and I was soooo happy. I can’t tell you how much. I was so happy, I cried. This inspired me to write more because I assumed the book was garbage because a publisher had rejected it long ago. It made me hope that maybe I can do this. I’ve written ten books since then.

I can honestly say that other indie writers inspired me to write the books that I’ve written since 2011. There is a great community of them online. They rock.

Tell us about your writing process
I don’t really have a process, I think! For example, I’ve been working so hard since Christmas that I haven’t written anything – but that has to change soon as I’m dying to write!! :)

In 2011, on the advice of an indie author, I started keeping a notebook with me at all times. I scribble poems in there and ideas for books, or characters. When I’m writing a book, I scribble down keywords for things I’ve thought of, so I don’t forget. I’ve put rough plot lines down too.

I write on my laptop. I used to write freehand, but this changed in 2011. I think of that time as the year I started writing properly and taking it seriously. I don’t use any software. Just Word.

With NaNoWriMo, my process changed. For that, I had to sit down every day and write something, and think on the spot – I had no plan. This changed the way I looked at writing.

With poetry, I write them fast. I see something in my head – an image or a character or just a feeling about something – and I write. Most are written in five or ten minutes. Most don’t rhyme either. Prompt words really help to get me thinking. I started writing haiku in 2010. I love it, but I have to count the syllables on my fingers. Again, most are little flashes of inspiration in a few minutes.

Most of the time, I just get an idea. I can’t start writing until I see the scenes rolling in my head. That goes into the question below though, so I’ll shut up now!

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Lol, yes! I can’t write until I have the characters in my head and I can see them. I don’t talk to them – although I used to talk to my cat Kiwi, if that counts! I talk through them instead. I have to see the scenes playing. I think of them and try to imagine them. The best thing is if you’re walking down the street and you suddenly see all this stuff in your imagination – that’s so cool. When everything goes quiet and there’s nothing up there, I’m thinking uh oh! But NaNoWriMo taught me that even if there’s nothing going on – no inspiration, so to speak – if you sit down and get out your laptop, something will come. It might not be great, but it will come!

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’ve always written since I was really young and always had my nose in a book. But I never actually finished a book until 2002 – Kiwi in Cat City. I did write a couple as a teenager, but I’ve no idea what happened to them. I probably binned them! Kiwi was my first proper book. I sent it to one big publisher, who rejected it, saying they’d received far too many submissions of children’s books. They made no comment on the book, so I assumed it was rubbish. I gave up. I put it in a drawer and forgot about it. No one read it, and I went back to writing poetry and stuff I never finished.

Around January 2011, my boyfriend read an article about an author who had self-published on Amazon Kindle. When he told me, a little light bulb flashed in my brain – could I do that? It seemed the only way I would ever be published and I started getting really excited about it. My dream from when I was young was to publish a book. What I wanted was for my story to be read and get some feedback. Just to see it in the public eye would be enough.

I self-published Kiwi in Cat City and a book of poetry, called Kaleidoscope, in the first couple of months of 2011. I’ve written ten books since then because the fact that I can publish them and they can be read, and maybe inspire happiness in someone (I know that sounds corny!), drives me forward. They don’t have to sit in a dusty drawer.

I would advise new authors to look at Amazon Kindle and Smashwords. The Smashwords Style and Marketing guides are great. You can also self-publish a paperback on Createspace – it looks hard, but once you find out about it, it isn’t. There are many author groups on Facebook and LinkedIn that you can check out, and really, they will teach you everything. Set up on twitter and make a blog. You can put everything about you and your books on your blog. You need one! I’m currently doing my first blog tour, which is fun – recommended too! There is so much to learn and there is so much on offer – these things above are just the tip of the iceberg. Also, don’t forget to have fun :) And get a good editor. Don’t pay a publisher for anything – that’s vanity publishing. You can do it yourself. All you need is to learn how to format, create a cover and find an editor. You just need Word and PhotoShop.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?

It’s expanding. It’s getting bigger and the playing field has been levelled. I think this is the best time to be a writer. Everyone can self-publish a book. There are no limits. I find marketing very difficult. Getting your books and name noticed is hard. You need to build up a following and a good reputation – that’s hard. After all, only the readers can say whether your book is good. Finding your readers is a big challenge. I’d like to see more ‘middle men’ – those offering services to help with marketing and promotion. Also, I hope that everyone starts to take self-published books more seriously. We have to offer the best books we can produce. I think perceptions are changing. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens in future. Oh, and I hope the vanity publishers disappear!

What do you use?
Professional Editor

What genres do you write:: Poetry, children’s books (middle grade), comedy and general fiction

What formats are your books in: Both eBook and Print

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Interview with Author – David M Brown @elenchera


Author Bio:
David Brown could be considered a fantasy fanatic, especially since he has spent the last 10 years developing a 47,000-year history for his fictional world of Elenchera. When converting his obsession into literary form, David commits himself to a rigorous writing and editing process before his work can meet his approval. Combined with the critical eye of his wife and a BA Hons in History and English, David’s dedication leads him to his goal of inspiring readers through heartfelt stories and characters.

Although David is inspired primarily by fantasy fiction, he also finds his muse in the form of anime, world cinema, history, and biographies. His own books, Fezariu’s Epiphany and A World Apart, and the in-progress Ansel’s Remorse and The Stars Beneath the Parapets combine aspects from worlds both old and new into compelling tales of a world not soon forgotten. David himself certainly does not lack a spirit of adventure; in fact, he left his job in 2007 in order to spend a month travelling. Second only to meeting and marrying his wife, David counts this as one of the most amazing experiences of his life.

Did David mention he owns six cats and that at least one of them is trying to take over the world?

What inspires you to write?
I always loved reading in my teens and even tried writing a book or two but never could complete one. Through school, college and university, my favourite subject was always history and even after my education ended I continued to delve into the past in search of more knowledge and revelations from those that have preceded us. History is a goldmine of inspiration for me and it helped me to build a fantasy world. Recurrent themes exist in human history, our many failings of the past replicated in the present. Technology may change but I don’t think a lot of people really do.

When it comes to writing, I love creating new characters, imagining how I would handle certain situations they find themselves in. A combination of history, films, music, books and even games tend to be the catalysts that give me the ideas and inspire me to keep going on. The world in general inspires me. An idea can come to me from the simplest of things. A conversation I have heard, a piece of land I have seen or a sudden memory that comes to me. My biggest inspiration though is my wife and muse, Donna, who I owe my writing career to. She gave me the confidence to publish my first novel and with her by my side it’s been a richly rewarding journey. I would not be here had it not been for her.

Tell us about your writing process
When I’m writing about our six cats I am usually reliant on spontaneity in reflecting their latest antics such as the daily blog, Diary of Mr Kain. I don’t consider myself a hilarious person but I do think I can be quite witty and I do find that writing about the cats allows me to write in a relaxed manner. Where they’re concerned I can just be as silly and ludicrous as I want to be and it tends to befit them. I don’t really believe they’re out to get me and take over the world. Goodness no, I know it for sure.

When writing fantasy my approach is very different. I often have to outline the story in depth (even if it is just in my head), or I may need to trace a journey and timeline of events across a map just so I’m clear in what I need to do. I will have key events in my mind that are set in stone before the prologue or first chapter has even been written. When I do start to write a book I can visualise those key events as major landmarks on my path and all I have to do is to bridge the gaps between those prominent points that protrude from the earth and are high on the horizon. Although I have the key moments in mind prior to the start of the novel, I often find the story may take an unusual turn before I have finished connecting those landmarks.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I think of my characters as being in the same room as me at times. I may not engage in a conversation with them as such but quite often I will be writing, thinking I know what I have in mind for the story, when suddenly the character(s) will take charge. I sit writing, wondering where they are taking me, and very often it is on a different path to what I had first intended. It always turns out to be a better path than what I had intended but it is no exaggeration to say that I sometimes feel separated from myself when I write. I hover just above and watch as the characters take charge. There have been times when I’ve been watching the words flow and only when I stop am I aware of my surroundings. It’s as if everything around me hasn’t just been blocked out, it’s no longer there. Some characters speak louder than others and I feel compelled to write about the loud ones. It’s all I can do to get them to leave me alone.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
As I finished my first novel, my wife supported me in researching the best way forward for the book. Although I was writing fantasy, it was a different kind of fantasy, one that may or may not be so easily embraced. Self-publishing was a great way to test the water and see how viable my writing was as a future prospect. I have no issue with publishers but they are focused on publishing books that will be successful and easy to market. Taking a gamble on something different is not often a sensible step for them.

This is why I love the indie world. Authors can write whatever they wish, experiment with genres and story lines, and publish their work. Readers are the best judge of a book’s quality and through self-publishing I think we all have a level playing field. The challenge is making yourself heard but at least you are in a position where you have a book available to readers at the click of the a button and their reviews and feedback will give you the insight you need on just how good you are as a writer and to the quality of your work.

I would recommend self-publishing for new authors. It’s hard work and you will have to pay for professional services (editing, formatting, book cover etc) if you want to release a quality product but it is worth it. You have so much more freedom and you will meet so many wonderful people on the way who will not shun you for being a novice, they will embrace and help you.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think both traditional and self-publishing will continue to thrive side by side. Whichever path you choose, it isn’t easy to be a huge success and even harder to make writing your only source of income but it is still a dream worth pursuing. There is a stigma attached to self-publishing still but I do believe indie authors are redressing the balance with books good enough to rival, if not better, traditionally published works. That stigma will be hard to remove though given how easy it is for anyone to publish a book, regardless of its quality, so for the time being I think there will be readers willing to read both traditional and self-published works, but many may prefer to stick with traditional works for the time being.

I also don’t believe that the rise of the ebook will spell the end of hardbacks and paperbacks. The new technology is very good but I don’t think you can fully replicate that feeling of reading a book in a digital format. I read both types and would miss either were they to cease to exist.

What do you use?
Co-writer, Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers

What genres do you write:: Non-fiction/Humour, Fantasy, Short Stories

What formats are your books in: Both eBook and Print

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Carolyn Banguero Author Interview on @BookGoodies Podcast

Author Carolyn Banguero joins BookGoodies podcast host Deborah Carney to talk about books, writing and current projects.

I am the author of the children’s book ‘Paolo’s Adventures, The Tale of a Very Brave Little Kitty, Volume I’. This book was self-published through Book Publisher’s Network in Bothell, WA. Since its release in October, 2011, the first printing has sold out with a second printing now available. ‘Paolo’s Adventures’ has been received very well. I have had successful book signing events in several books stores, such as Barnes & Noble, Third Place Books and Elliott Bay Book Company. KOMO NEWS interviewed me at one of the book signings. KING 5′s New Day Northwest and Q 13 FOX News had me as a guest on their studio shows. Links to all three appearances are available on the following press release.

Some information about Paolo:
Paolo’s Adventures is the tale of a very brave little kitty who was born in the wild with his siblings. Paolo and his siblings were rescued and brought into a foster home. When this small kitten played, he ran out of breath very quickly. This was due to a concave ribcage, pushing his heart and lungs to the side. Paolo had a surgery to correct this and wore a body cast while his body healed. A long the way, Paolo learned how to trust people in his journey of healing.

Paolo was brought to MEOW (Mercer Island Eastside Orphans and Waifs) Cat Rescue for his surgery. MEOW is a non-profit, no-kill cat and dog rescue organization that helps many animals such as Paolo. A percentage of the net proceeds benefit MEOW.

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