Waking her brother, James, Amy suggests they follow Kiwi to see where she goes... whether it involves a hunt for mice or something else. Little do they know that, with a flick of her tail, Kiwi is going to magically change them into kittens and lead them on the adventure of their lives to a land they never knew existed in their wildest dreams. In the blue-lit world of
Does travel play in the writing of your books?
Yes! Travel is a fascinating topic because it can be physically travelling or mentally travelling, or to some other dimension that you invent! Everyone is on a path to something, or perhaps they’ve subconsciously wandered off the path they should be on or wanted to be on. Thinking about it, travel is a theme in a lot of my writing; not sure if it was intentional! It comes up a lot in my poetry – journeys, whether physical or in the mind. I have a free book of poems called Travelling Light, ironically, in which various characters wander the world searching for something that’s missing. Some know where they are going, others are lost or remember better times. Some are on the right road, some may have wandered off track. All of them will get somewhere in the end.
One of my books, which I began writing in 2009, but haven’t got far with, is a fantasy. The main character is a girl who is given something that takes her to a different world. So the journey is important, what she finds and learns about others and herself. She finds that she is stronger in the other world and she has advantages there that she doesn’t have at home. In the end, she’ll have to choose where she wants to be.
In the Kiwi Series, the heroine, Kiwi, is a magical cat who journeys between her two homes – the human world and a place called
, inhabited by catizens. In book 1, she turns her two human friends into kittens and takes them on an adventure in Cat City . In book 2, they travel to the Cat City and in book 3 they again spend most of the time in the human world, but they travel into the supernatural world on Halloween to a place inhabited by ghosts. Land of Giant Mice
Tell us about your next release.
My next book (this month) will be the one that I wrote for NaNoWrimo, called Three Heads and a Tail. There are four characters. Josie has red hair and green eyes, she’s a bit quirky, creative and clumsy, and loves animals. The book opens with her moving into a house shared by two guys: Benjamin, who has long blonde hair, likes acting, is a bit of a hippy and works in a flower shop; and David, who looks and acts like a model, plays in a band, works in a music shop and is a bit of a poser. The fourth character is Ben’s golden
Labrador dog, Glen, who has a bit of a doggie crush on the belle of the park, Mimi. The story is a sort of comedy romance with walkies!
Coming out in June will be the fourth book in the Kiwi Series. It is longer than the previous three books, and will take Kiwi and the gang to a couple of places they’ve never been before, one of which is an underworld below
. The plot will involve a missing ring, a hunt for the thief, a strange tale of magic and a battle with a mythical creature who imprisons one of the characters. Cat City
I also have a book of 300 haiku coming out soon, called the 575 from
– the title is my publisher InknBeans Press’ idea so I can’t take the credit! London
Who is your favorite author?
Roald Dahl. He bridged the gap, and wrote amazing stories for both adults and children. One of my favourite books ever is Fantastic Mr Fox. I loved this as a child and it’s still great. I really like his dark short story collections of the weird and fantastic. There is one called Pig that stayed in my head for a while. And another of a woman who keeps her overbearing and now dead husband’s brain – it was his idea in order to live beyond the grave! He can see her with his one eye, but he is totally powerless! You can imagine what she does!
Are the names of the characters in your novels important? How and why?
In the Kiwi Series, the main character, Kiwi, is based on a cat I used to have. She was black and cheeky, and funny. She’d swipe your dinner off your plate when you weren’t looking, but look like butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth, and she was really friendly with everyone. And she’d follow me everywhere. Dev, the bad guy in the books, is named after my friend’s cat. He’s actually a black cat, but in the books he’s white with one black paw. Moggie, Kiwi’s mum, is named after my current cat – I’ve had her for 12 years, and she’s totally cute and fluffy. She’s always been a little aloof and she’s picky about people – hence, her nickname is Moody Moggie in the books. Dev, my friend’s cat, used to chase her, so there is no love lost between them in the books! I guess Furrball’s name is obvious. Madame Purrfect is so named because she is. And
’s only film director is named after Clint Eastwood! Misty in book 3 is named after a cat we had when I was a child. In book 4, which isn’t published yet, I named one of the characters, a hamster called Jabba, after my friend’s child’s pet! I asked her what he looked like and his favourite things, and put him in! It was fun. I just made a website for the Kiwi books (www.kiwiincatcity.com) and in the Catnip section there is a competition where people can enter their pet to become a character in a future book. Cat City
What are the most important attributes for remaining sane as a writer?
Realising that you’re not going to get rich and famous I think, unless you’re very, very lucky! Writing is something you do because you enjoy it or because you just have to. It’s amazing to see your book out there in the public – I self-published mine, but then found a small-press publisher, InknBeans Press. I think the fact that you can now self-publish ebooks so easily is keeping a lot of writers sane – it’s so much easier now. I remember the frustration of being rejected by a publisher and then never trying again. Ten years later, I self-published that book (Kiwi in
Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?
Can I go to
please?! I went there once, about 10 years ago, and it’s my favourite place. I loved it. I stayed in hostels and visited Alaska Anchorage, Homer, Talkeetna, Denali and flew over Mt McKinley. It was the most amazing trip of my life. So I’d choose there. It would be great to write a book set there.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
Seeing my characters come to life when other people read about them. They’re no longer getting dusty, hidden away in a notebook in a drawer somewhere, or stuck in my head, banging against the walls. Let’s face it, no one wants to be stuck in there!
If you could exchange lives with any of your characters for a day, which character would you choose and why?
Kiwi! I want to walk down the blue-and-white mosaic streets of Cat City, bathe in the orange sun, investigate a mystery with Inspector Furrball, watch Furrlight at the Catema, take a trip in a paw-peddled catcar and then go on an adventure to a new world in a puff of purple magic smoke.
Hi, I’m Vickie. I live in
, and I’ve got a thing about fluffy cats. My day job has been working as a sub-editor on magazines. My favourite things include reading, writing, films, , the sea, taking photos, art, rock music, animals, nature, dancing like an eejit, travelling, birdsong, custard tarts, sleeping (if it was an Olympic sport, I’d be a contender) and tea. London, UK
On to books, I love them and always had a nose in one when I was a kid. Back then my faves were Enid Blyton (I thought I’d find that big one day, go on lots of adventures and live in a round house – ah, it didn’t happen), Hans Christian Anderson ( , especially), the Brothers Grimm (amazing), (I wanted to marry him – I just didn’t understand there would be a problem, what with him being an animal and all) and (yep, I wondered why my wardrobe didn’t work like that – did I have the wrong coats?).
This year, I also wrote my first horror story, which turned into a comedy somehow, for and it’s about people turning into pizza zombies!, which is a book to raise money for children’s charities. My story is called
Kaleidoscope, a book of poems
Kiwi in Cat City
Kiwi and the missing Magic
Kiwi and the living nightmare
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