It’s Friday, so time for another Catstruck! interview. Today we meet cat lover, Diana Dawn who tells a little about her writing and her kitties! You can read a little of her Catstruck! story, “Cat Fancy That” after the interview.
- Tell us a little bit about yourself, Diana.
I am a wife and mother of three… two boys 15 & 12, and one girl, 10. I currently live in Texas in the USA. I write clean romance. For example, I have a fantasy romance series called Whispering Willows. I also enjoy performing in musical community theater. I even got to play Miss Hannigan in “Annie” and Ursula in “The Little Mermaid”!
- When did you first start writing?
I wrote several stories as a young girl and teenager. But it really started about 25 years ago. I was part of a small online writing club. It was a “shared world”. We all would write a chapter a week or so. I love all things Snow White, so I decided to write my story around what would happen to Snow White if she “fell” into another world. I wrote in the group for several years, but the writing club finally shut down in 2009. I didn’t do anything with my work for the next 10 years. Then 2019, I decided to not let all of that time and dedication go to waste, so I made the leap to self-publish my chapters into a book series. I have books one through eleven published so far and plan to wrap up the series in book twelve next year. However, I have a lot of other projects in the pipeline as well, so I hope I can get book twelve done next year! I am part of many multi-author boxed sets from this year on through 2025!
- Who are your favorite authors?
That’s a tough one. I have always loved the comedic writing of Ellen Conford. And I also enjoy the writings of J. R. R. Tolkien.
- What inspires you to write?
I have a lot of stories in my head that I feel passionate about. I think it’s the emotion that inspires me the most. It really helps me to have some kind of emotional attachment to my characters.
- Tell us a little bit about your story in Catstruck, “Cat Fancy That”.
Duchess is a beautiful pure breed Himalayan cat in a comfortable home. She is an “only” cat and content to be such. So when her owners bring home a cute stray kitten, Duchess’ home life is threatened. Can she get past her resentment of the new feline and make friends with the little guy? Her position in the household may depend on it!
- Are the cats in the story based on your own?
Yes, absolutely. I have been raised with Himalayan cats most of my life. They are beautiful cats… a cross between a Persian and a Siamese… and very sweet. I also rescued a stray kitten from a kill shelter several years ago. When I married my husband, he also had a couple of rescued cats. We had a house full of cats! Just call me the “crazy cat lady”! I have owned a mix of pure breeds as well as rescued felines. So the “shenanigans” of both of the kitties in my story were definitely based on my own “fur babies”!
- What are you currently working on?
I have two stand-alone books coming out next year that are part of a multi-author series of similar themed books (in addition to the 12th and final book in my series!). One is a YA book about teens with special abilities, and the other is a clean romance aboard a cruise ship.
- Do you have kitties or other pets? (Feel free to add pictures!)
Yes! I have two Himalayans, one white short hair kitty, and a turtle!
- Do you have a favorite literary cat?
I’ve always enjoyed reading Garfield!
- How can readers connect with you?
I have an author website that talks all about my current projects and my series. And here, you can also join my newsletter where I always have great deals and giveaways!
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Want to read a snippet of “Cat Fancy That?” Of course you do!
‘New Kid on the Block’
Duchess yawned and stretched as she curled up in Sophie’s lap in the large chair near the fireplace. This was her favorite time. Sophie would read her book while Duchess slept peacefully. Soon, Sophie would grow tired and head to bed, and Duchess would follow and curl up next to her pillow. It was mornings that Duchess didn’t like. Sophie would grab her backpack and leave and be gone all day. Where does she go that takes so long? Her mom and dad would leave, too. And they would be gone even longer than Sophie. So, after some “crunchy munchies” and some fresh water from her kitty fountain, Duchess would bathe her long fur coat for most of the morning, and then sleep for the rest of the afternoon.
‘Ah, finally!’ Duchess thought as she heard the sound of a key in the door. Sophie came in and threw her backpack on the kitchen table. Duchess jumped up onto the table to demand her afternoon petting.
She sat as Sophie pulled several items from her backpack. “Got lots of homework today, Duchess.”
Duchess continued to rub Sophie’s hand as she tried to write.
“Duchess, I love you, but I can’t get my work done when you do that.” She picked Duchess up and set her on the floor.
Duchess gave her a confused look and proceeded to jump back up on the table and rub Sophie’s hand some more.
“Duchess! Ugh!” Sophie stood up, grabbed her books, and headed for her room. Just as Duchess reached the door, it closed, shutting her out.
“What? Wait! She never shuts me out of her room. What’s going on?”
Duchess started meowing at the door, but it didn’t open. So she lay on the floor in front of the door and waited, sadly.
After a while, Sophie’s mom and dad came into the house together. Strange, because usually Sophie’s mom gets home first from wherever it is they go every day, except for a couple of days a week.
“Sophie?” her mom called. “We have a surprise for you!”
Sophie’s dad was carrying a box with a lid. Duchess suddenly sensed a strange smell coming from the direction of the box. The family would often bring in outside food with different smells. This was not food.
“Yeah, Mom?” Sophie emerged from her room. Duchess sighed in relief. She was about to head to the bedroom, but curiosity got the best of her, and she decided to sit and see what all was going on with that box.
Sophie gasped as she lifted the lid. “OH! Mom, Dad, he’s so cute!” To Duchess’ horror, Sophie lifted a small, orange kitten from the box.
Her dad offered, “He was a stray that was hanging around my office building. So we had him bathed, fixed and checked out by a vet. Otherwise, we were afraid they would send him to the pound and… well, anyway. Do you like him?”
“I LOVE him!” Sophie snuggled the kitten to her cheek.
Duchess was dumbfounded, as she stared wide-eyed at her Sophie messing with some stray mutt of a cat! She even had the nerve to tell it she loved it! Indeed!
Her mom offered, “We need to see how Duchess is going to react to the new kitten.”
All eyes were on Duchess. She was appalled as she saw Sophie putting the kitten down close to her. Yuck! That smell! She hissed at the filthy animal and then ran into Sophie’s bedroom.
“Duchess!” Sophie scolded.
“Don’t worry. She’ll come around.” Her mom picked up the kitten and held it. “Any name ideas?”
Sophie noted the orange tabby cat’s color. “You know, I bet when he grows up, he’ll look like the orange cat on the cat food cans. What’s his name again?”
“Morris,” her mom replied.
“Morris it is, then!” Sophie took the kitten. “Morris, that’s a good name for you. Morris and Duchess. Hey, that has a cool ring to it! And don’t you worry about her. She’ll chill out and come around. Just give her some time. You hungry?”
Sophie went to the kitchen, opened a can of cat food, and offered a bowl to Morris. He accepted it hungrily.
“I thought you might be. And there’s the crunchy dry food over there, too.”
Duchess wandered out of the bedroom and jumped up on the counter to be away from the new brat. She scowled as she watched this punk kid eat her precious, meaty food. As she looked over at the can, she noticed that the picture on it looked very much like a grown-up version of this small cat. ‘Great. It’s like his picture is all over MY food!’ she thought.
“Duchess, you have to be nice to Morris. You two are going to have to get along. You’ll be together from now on… forever.”
Duchess wasn’t sure what all Sophie had just said, but whatever it was, it made her shiver.
So will Duchess and Morris finally become friends? Pick up a copy of Catstruck! to find out.
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