For two years, I stared at a particular phrase on the cork bulletin board in my office that my husband conceived as a book title about our 16 year old black cat, Midnight thinking, “I need to write a book about this…”
Midnight loved to prance throughout the house, her tail held high, the end sometimes waving or curling like a soft feather.
Last fall, on a gorgeous crisp morning, I awoke and penned Midnight’s tale to paper. But it wasn’t quite finished, and I couldn’t quite finish it without the creative words of fellow animal lover and friend, Pat Wahler.
I said to her, “You see, there’s this cat, and she has disabilities….”
Thus began a beautiful friendship where “Midnight, The One-Eyed Cat” blossomed on paper, and in both of our hearts.
Over coffee, tea, and chocolate at a favorite hangout in Cottleville, we edited, wrote, and re-edited. Months later, we sent off queries. A well-respected local publisher responded, touched by Midnight’s story, and offered words of encouragement, positive feedback, even suggestions for revisions.
Of course, this called for more coffee, tea and chocolate as we edited away.
When Pat and I felt we were ready, we resubmitted and sent off the revised story to the publisher.
About a month ago, we signed a contract with Amphorae Publishing for “Midnight, The One-Eyed Cat” – a picture book about overcoming disabilities, building confidence, and realizing it’s okay to be you, just the way you are.
We’re so excited to embark on this journey and can’t wait to bring Midnight’s story of courage to children near and far!
Here’s a pic of our pretty girl….(In real life, she is not disabled)