Ginger the Gangster Cat is the story of one cat’s overpowering passion for prawns – and for gourmet Spanish cuisine. One day, Ginger sets out to Barcelona – along with his little mate Sparky (the cutest cat in the universe) – to score a whole lorryload of tapas specialities from Tescos supermarket. Along the way, he meets up with the 16 gangster cats who have been pursuing him down all of his nine lifetimes – and he’s up to his fat, furry neck in trouble
Targeted Age Group:
Ginger is aimed at children over the age of 8, the parents who enjoy reading to them, and cat lovers everywhere.
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
There are many, many cat books out there – either written from the cat’s point of view or from its owners. My book seeks to do both – with a dash of humour, Buddhism and reincarnation thrown in.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Invite as much criticism as you can, and take it on board, no matter how much it hurts.
I’m a rather fat Buddhist who likes playing bridge with little old ladies and writing silly stories about cats.
I wrote my first cat book when I was eight. It was called ‘Jessie the Cat’ and even my mum liked it. There followed ‘Toad’s Dilemma’ (a sequel to my all time fave kid’s book, ‘The Wind in the Willows’) and a whole host of similarly derivative anthropomorphic masterpieces. Only after a short affair with journalism in my 20’s did I write anything with a human being in it (well, the Financial Times insisted upon it), and only after I went to India, aged 30, did I stop writing about cats (I only saw one in India).
My first published book (1986) was a travelogue on India – re-released here on Grinning Bandits as ‘Dial and Talk Foreign at Once.’ I wrote it to avoid having to return to a mind-numbing job in Social Services. There followed a slew of Asian travel guides – India, Thailand, Burma, Indonesia etc – but none of them paid very much and the last one gave me a ten-year writing block: I simply couldn’t decide which Delhi hotel had the best bathroom, the Taj Intercontinental or the Oberoi.
I returned to writing after breaking my leg in 2005 – my wife nagged me into it. And the first thing we penned together was…another cat book. Thus came into being ‘Ginger the Gangster Cat’, the story of one fat cat’s devotion to Spanish cuisine. For anyone interested, Sparky – our 3-year old perennial kitten and Ginger’s shy and nervous sidekick – is real. He really is the cutest cat in the universe. Ginger himself is a composite of every stray tom-cat we’ve had in the past, absolute terrors all of them!
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
‘Ginger’ came into being when my wife and I lost our little cat Sparky for three whole days. When we found him, trembling in the woods at the bottom of our garden, we began to wonder what would have happened if he HADN’T have been found. Oh yes, he would have been catnapped by a fat, ginger Fagin of the feline world, wouldn’t he, and put to work as a pussy Oliver!
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