I’m so delighted to welcome Grace Elliot back to the blog!
Why Writers Are Cat People – Grace Elliot
I’m thrilled to be here – since just like this blog, my most favourite things are books and cats! I am a veterinarian by day and write historical romance by night – and one of my key writing tools is a cat, Widget.
Widget sits beside me whilst I write, and encourages me to keep writing because if I get up for a comfort break she will pinch the warm spot where I was sitting. Then when I come back those big eyes of hers look so hurt, that I just know if she could she’d have the RSPCA on speed dial if she could. There’s something so comforting about the quiet, none-intrusive companionship of a cat that really focuses my mind.
I love cats; I’m addicted to them and am owned by five. There is a saying that dog-people like to be in control and have little imagination, whereas cat-people are sensitive and creative – and I have a pet theory that most writers are actually cat people at heart!
Cats and writers have so many characteristics in common. Both cats and writers observe the world, quietly watch and note what goes on around them, and whereas cats sleep on the information, writers use it to fuel their work. It is the feline sensitivity of a writer that makes them notice the little details, the individual ticks that bring a character to life, in the same way that a hunting cat notices the tell-tale movement in the grass that could indicate a mouse on the move.
Another similarity is that both cats and writers need their own space, and get twitched if other people intrude. A writer needs quiet and concentration for their work, as do cats – it just so happens that a cats work is sleeping, and take this very seriously, honing naps into an art form that we mere humans can only dream of.
Cats are agile of body – and so are writers – but in mind. They create worlds where the hero or villain can climb to impossible heights, jump deadly gaps and find love in the most unlikely companions, whereas cats can do it all for real.
In my latest book, “Hope’s Betrayal” – the hero Captain George Huntley does indeed find love in the unlikely form of the smuggler he is pursuing, Miss Hope Tyler. Widget helped me write the book, by sitting by my side and keeping me at the keyboard when I might have gotten up for a cup of tea! The result of what a cat’s dedication can achieve is revealed in “Hope’s Betrayal.”
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