I like cats! Yes, I even live with one. You can’t say you “own” a cat. If anything, they “own” you. There’s a joke about dogs having masters and cats having staff. So let’s just say, I’m on the staff of Chief Inspector Morse (named for the Colin Dexter detective). I’m in charge of cat toys, cat food, clean kitty litter boxes and other tasks that require opposable thumbs. He provides his own version of feline companionship. It’s a balance of attention and independence — the perfect mix for a writer’s pet.
That’s why I jumped at the chance to write something for the Time Yarns collection entitled “Cat’s Cradle.” I had read another book in the series and enjoyed the mix of genres and writers. I gave myself the challenge of writing about a cat and time travel, without creating a talking cat character. The result of this experiment is a story that hovers between supernatural tale and detective procedural.
Once again I’m writing in territory between genres, but this time I’m swinging on a thread in a Cat’s Cradle.
The entire idea of genres is a dicey one for me. I know it’s necessary for marketing and sales, but I always get caught up in the problem of where I belong. It’s like coloring inside the lines — it makes me want to rebel and scribble outside and maybe all the way to the edges of the paper and beyond! Genres feel like restrictions — urban fantasy, paranormal romance, police procedural, noir detective, cozy, mystery, romantic suspense, historical…. I could definitely imagine a story that could fall into all those categories and maybe even psychological suspense, thriller and horror, too.
That’s how I wound up writing about a cat named after one of the most significant figures in the development of forensic science: Dr. Edmond Locard.
Monsters — creatures of myth and magic — come in all shapes and sizes. Some might even have velvety ears and a fluffy tail.
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