In writing (in life? in any creative endeavor?) there's a place for depth, and there's a place for fun. Sometimes they overlap, sometimes they don't. I don't always give a lot of thought to my process, I just know what I like to write. I like to write fiction, and I like to write cat fantasy.
What's "cat fantasy"?
Here are a few cat fantasy books I've read and love. I've read some of these several times.
- Gabriel King's The Wild Road and The Golden Cat (There is a scene involving cats in a lab in one of these books that haunts me to this day).
- Dianne Duane's The Book of Night with Moon (Great book set in New York City, with a highly detailed world of cat magic. I read this several times.)
- Tailchaser's Song by Tad Williams (A classic about a good natured orange tabby who tangles with evil. Haven't we all known one of those cats?)
I'm not a big mystery reader, but I recently judged three cat mystery novels for an annual professional writing contest. Now that was fun! I could get hooked on these mysteries. Each author handled the cats in the stories a bit differently. I liked it all.
As Ann Catanzaro, I write cat fantasy fiction. I've found writing cat fantasy (check out my cat fantasy, Kali's Will and the Orange Cat Club, here) incredibly fun. Writing is not the easiest profession in the world, but a little fun really helps soften the path. 🙂
If you love to imagine what your companion animal might do in a story, or how their characters might develop in a story, check out these books. Or, check out my friend Amber Polo's new dog fantasy book The Shapeshifters' Library! If you love dogs and libraries, and you don't like book burning werewolves, you'll love this book!