Hello Dear Followers,
It’s been a while since my last post, but I wanted to share with you a new author that has recently published her first children’s book titled “A Cat for Cathy” by Theresa Miller with illustrations by Christina Sanchez.
It is simply a delightful book for children and adults alike will definitely enjoy.
It tells the story of eight-year-old Cathy who wanted nothing more than a pet cat. She didn’t think her parents would get her one, so she hatches a plan to get one. Cathy finds a stray cat and took her home in hopes her parents would let her keep it. But little does she know, her Dad has a bigger surprise for her.
I enjoyed the book so much, and I think any parent who has experienced their child wanting a pet will enjoy this too. Who doesn’t remember being a kid and wanting a pet and trying everything you can to get one? I certainly do!
What I also loved about this book were the illustrations by Christina Sanchez. It is vibrant and alive and really catches the true essence of the story.
Theresa Miller isn’t just a book author, she is also a wonderful co-worker of mine, and I just found out she was an author a few weeks ago and thought I would give her a little shout out here on my book blog. I thought the best way for me to do that was to interview her myself, so here you go and enjoy!
DF: What made you start writing?
TM: At a young age I enjoyed reading. I remember in middle school, I picked out a book by Langston Hughes and I loved it. I can’t recall the name, but his poetry made me want to write. I started then. Whenever the teacher gave us an assignment to write an essay or story on a topic, my stories were always considered way to long. I remember one time the teacher said, great story but too long. Try cutting it down, I always thought if I cut it down, then there’s no story. That was the hard part. But at home I kept a notebook and just wrote, whenever something popped in my head, no matter what time it was I had to write it down. I have folders and folders of my poetry and other stories.
DF: Where did your inspiration come with “A Cat for Cathy?”
TM: I was visiting my mentee one day and she didn’t want to read. She was having a bad day. I said alright, how about I tell you a story. She said ok. I starting making up a story about a little girl that wanted a cat. My mentee said, hey you’re not reading out of a book. I said I know, it’s coming from my brain. She said I like it. At that very moment, I said to myself, hmm…if she likes it then what other child would. That’s how A Cat for Cathy was started.
DF: What have you enjoyed most about writing this book? And Why?
TM: Thinking of different ideas, how to organize the book. Thinking of how Cathy should look as well as the cats. I rewrote the middle part several times. I wanted something that I knew I did as a child, and what my nieces and nephews did when they really wanted something. My older son wanted a toy so bad when he was young and I remember stick figure pictures on my dresser and he placed one in my purse one time. Those memories made me rewrite the middle. How Cathy came up with her game plan.
DF: What message do you hope to convey with this book and books going forward?
TM: I want children to be able to read about different experiences that children may go through. But enjoy the story as well. Every child has a story to tell. This story may relate to a child who actually thought of doing this or actually did.
DF: What do you think children and parents alike will enjoy about this book?
TM: How Cathy was determined to get a cat. How you don’t give up on what you want in life. How Cathy and her mother hung flyers about the cat she found in the park.
DF: When you aren’t writing, what are you doing?
TM: Reading. I love to read. Barnes & Noble and I are the best of friends.
DF: What was your favorite children’s book? And Why?
TM: I can’t just give one answer. I will say this; my author when I was a child is Judy Blume. I loved her books. From Freckle Juice, Blubber, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Superfudge and many more. Her books were exciting and I remember waiting for the book order form that was handed out in class and I always ordered her books.
DF: What are your plans going forward?
TM: Going forward I plan to continue writing more children books. “Andy’s Ant Farm,” my second book, is with my editor now. That should be available in March or April. While that is being edited, I am currently writing my third.
DF: Is there a part of this book you want to highlight?
TM: Yes, when Cathy finds the stray cat. I wanted children to know how important it is to find the owner. The fact that flyers were hung and a number was given, it showed that she tried, but more importantly they gave Forrest a home.
DF: What advice would you give other aspiring writers?
TM: Keep writing. Don’t give up. There is always a way to get your stories out. If you tried to get published, but received letters or an email saying no, not interested. Don’t give up. Keep going and keep writing. I did self publishing. I read up on it, I watched videos on you-tube. My support system, my family, encouraged me. Once A Cat for Cathy was completed, they were amazed, shocked and I was told it’s about time. Never give up and let a no discourage you.