Please welcome Clare Davidson! YA fantasy author of Trinity and Reaper’s Rhythm. If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you probably have heard of her with her recent book tour, an interview and one of my favorite tortured heroes. Today, she shares with us about her two pet cats: Ash & Pirate.
Last September, my husband started his new job. Fantastic, except it was eighty miles away, which meant he had to live away during the week (still does). This left our daughter and I on our own during the week. Which should have been okay, because we had our grumpy grey and white cat, Ash, to keep us company.
Except we didn’t.
He went wandering one day and didn’t come back. The house was lonely, especially at night. I was used to Ash curling up on my pillow, but suddenly both he and my husband were gone. Add to that my daughter’s constant questions about when Ash was coming home. “Has he gone to cat Penang?” she’d ask. “Maybe he’s enjoying the swimming pool,” she’d say.
It was heartbreaking.
I’d had Ash since 2001, when I bought my first house. Due to a quirk of fate, we got him from a rescue shelter. The day before we went up, he’d been picked out by another family. Then Tom and I went looking for a cat. I was adamant I wanted a grey and white cat. I’d had one, called Jeremy, years ago when I lived in Malaysia. I’d had to leave him behind when we returned to England and never really got over it. Anyway, I digress. There were no grey and white cats in the pens, so I went and asked the staff, just as a family were returning a “wild” young cat.
Then nine months old, Ash was a timid, frightened cat, who was anything but “wild”. Twenty-four hours later, he was our cat, but only because I refused to give up on my wish of having a grey and white cat.
Fast-forward eleven and a half years and I was convinced he was gone for good. I was lonely, struggling with adjusting to being a solo mum during the week and bursting into tears every time my daughter asked about Ash. So I made the decision to get a new cat.
Enter a crazy little white kitten.
I admit I’d forgotten what it was like to have a kitten, because I hadn’t had one since I was a kid (a gorgeous tabby called Humbug, who sadly lost an argument with a car), so I really wasn’t prepared for a curtain climbing white blur of energy.
I asked my daughter what we should call him. Without much deliberation (she was only three), she decided he was Pirate. I’d like to say it was because of his cheeky, slightly devious nature, but no, it was because she’d just been watching Jake and the Neverland Pirates. Still, Pirate stuck and to be fair, it DOES suit him.
Of course, he only had two days to settle in before Ash wandered back in the door – six weeks after he’d vanished. Funnily enough, he was NOT impressed at the tiny white upstart in HIS house. Gradually (and begrudgingly) they have got used to each other. Sometimes, when they think no one’s looking, they’ll even curl up near each other.
Clare Davidson is an independent writer, based in Lancaster. Clare is a high school teacher, mother and character-driven fantasy writer. Clare was born in Northampton and lived in Malaysia for four and a half years as a child, before returning to the UK to settle in Leeds with her family. Whilst attending Lancaster University, Clare met her future husband and never left. They now share their lives with their young daughter, a cranky grey cat and an insane white kitten.
She published her first novel, Trinity in July 2012. Trinity is a young adult, fantasy novel, which currently has seventeen five star reviews on Amazon UK.
Her second novel, Reaper’s Rhythm, is due to be released on the 26th July 2013. Also aimed at a young adult audience, Reaper’s Rhythm is an urban fantasy with a dash of mystery.
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