Saturday, September 27, 2014


by Mary Kennedy                               
Did you know October was National Cat month? Here at the Cozy Chicks, we're gearing up for a fun celebration of cats (both real and fictional) and a giveaway for both you and your cat! I can't say any more right now because I don't want to spoil the surprise, but I can guarantee that one lucky reader (and one lucky cat) will receive a great gift.
I thought I'd tell you a bit about why cats are so important to me. When I tell people I'm a mystery writer, they picture my life as glamorous and exciting, filled with an endless round of power lunches and research trips to exotic locales. What they forget is that 90% of my time is spent hunched in front of the computer, wrestling my characters and plots into submission. A writer's life is a surprisingly solitary one.
And that's where my cat comes in. I have eight rescued cats and they bring enormous joy to my life. The spend much of the day with me (when they're not snoozing or just chilling on the glassed-in sun porch) and their quiet presence is comforting.
You're never alone when you have a houseful of cats, there's always someone who needs a pat on the head, a belly rub or a quick snuggle. My cats have very different personalities and I enjoy them all. All are rescues, by the way, and I feel very lucky that they have crossed my path. I never planned on having 8 cats (who would?) but now that I have them, I can't imagine a life without them.
I included two fictional cats in NIGHTMARES CAN BE MURDER, the first of the Dream Club Mysteries. The fictional cats are named Barney and Scout and like my own cats, they have no magical powers, don't solve crimes and are just lovable house cats. You can see them on the cover. Barney may have just destroyed the dreamcatcher, look closely on the bottom right of the cover. Oh no!
Because of my cats, I never have to spend a lonely hour at the computer, I have plenty of fur-babies to offer me companionship.  Only 4 cats were featured in today's blog (and let me tell you, the other Kennedy cats are furious!) so I'll have to include the other 4 in next week's blog, which will kick off National Cat Month and a fun celebration.                          
Till then, stay tuned, hug your cat, and be sure to tell him or her that a fun surprise might be arriving next month!  
Mary Kennedy