What inspired you to write your book?
I started to write Avalon a few days after his passing in July 2013. I wasn’t ready to let go and the book was a way to keep my cat alive through my writing.
About your Book:
Some cats need nine lives to make a difference. Avalon only needed one.
From Amazon bestselling author Vanessa Morgan, Avalon is the heartwarming and once-in-a-lifetime love story of a girl and her neurotic Turkish Van cat.
With humor, the author details how Avalon made other creatures cringe in distress whenever he was around, how he threw her dates out by means of special techniques, and how he rendered it almost impossible for her to leave the house. Avalon was so incorrigible that even her landlord ordered her to get rid of him. But beneath Avalon’s demonic boisterousness, Vanessa recognized her own flaws and insecurities, and she understood that abandoning Avalon would be the worst she could do to him. Thanks to her unswerving loyalty, Avalon transformed into a tender feline, and even landed a major role in a horror movie. In turn, Avalon made it his mission to be there for his human companion.
Avalon is a memoir for anyone who has ever been obsessively in love with a pet.
Book Genre: Pet memoir
What formats are your books in
How do you see writing a book in the Pet Genre as different from writing other genres of books?
It’s still storytelling, so in that regard writing pet books is not that different from writing novels. There should be a common thread throughout a story, as well as a personal evolution and well-developed characters. The fact that the book is based on true events makes this harder for many writers. You have to keep in mind what’s important to the story you want to tell and dare to leave out the rest.
Advice to someone that is thinking about or currently working on a pet book
Ask yourself why someone would want to read your book. We all love our pets and want to eternalize them, but that doesn’t necessarily make them good book subjects. I was lucky with my ‘subject’. My cat starred in movies and had several bizarre quirks such as vomiting on purpose on the guinea pig and speaking a few words of French. Yet it’s our intense love story that makes his book worthwhile. I always knew that what I had with Avalon outclassed any of the great romance novels I had read. It was my aim to make the reader experience that love.
Think hard about the emotional impact you want your stories to have and work consistently in that direction. Many self-published works are forgettable because the emotional impact is missing. A book can be well-written, original, and smart, but if the reader doesn’t feel anything, the book won’t have any potential.
Make your pet proud of its book. Hire a professional editor and cover designer. Don’t do everything yourself. Your pet deserves the best.
How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
I first came into contact with self-publishing on Amazon Kindle with my supernatural short story The Strangers Outside. I was asked to contribute it to an anthology. However, that anthology never saw the light of day. I still wanted the story to be read, so I published it on Amazon Kindle. Suddenly I was making more money from my short story than from the novel I published traditionally. The financial rewards, the creative freedom, and the advantage to publish your books whenever you want, makes me want to stick with this type of publishing. It’s really nothing more than owning your own business compared to working for someone else; you create a product and sell it.
Unlike most authors, I’m not sticking to one genre. However, my books will have something to do with either animals, supernatural suspense or movies. Two of my works, The Strangers Outside and A Good Man, have been turned into films. My short film script, Next to Her, is currently in pre-production. When I’m not working on a book, you can find me reading, watching horror movies, digging through flea markets, or photographing felines for my blog Traveling Cats. My cat Avalon plays an important part in several of my stories.