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Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Smokey's Redemption by SUSAN HARRIS
Today, my cat, Smokey,
is a guest at a ladies meeting in Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan. I am featured to share my books
and since Smokey has been the inspiration for, and subject of, a few publications, he also received an invitation to the Christian
In my June post,
Messing Up Habitually,I described my
angst at leaving out Smokey
from my picture books, and my feeble attempts at
redemption. Although he is immortalized on film on a CTV production (http://regina.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=895655), it did not
bring me the same level of satisfaction of having his photo in the books.
Smokey & family on CTV
writing the June 17 blog, I decided to publish another children’s book that
had been in the pipeline since winter. (The idea for Christmas A to Z was inspired by the success of Alphabet on The
Farm [Borealis press 2014] ). Then the brainwave hit - put Smokey’s photo in the
Smokey at CTV, June 17, 2016
I was not going
to miss another opportunity of featuring Smokey in print, no matter how far removed the
subject might be. I refused to overthink the idea. This was the moment of
redemption and there was no stopping me. All my creativity went into the how to
fit Smokey in, not the “if he should be there”. And I became bolder. As to never regret the
memories of the rest of the brood, I decided to include our entire furry family.
Strawberry, Moka, Paris, Nice and Latte. Sadly, Latte is no longer with us at
the time of this writing but she will live on in the book.
My daughter created
a simple collage with the cats for the back cover of Christmas A to Z. I am convinced that many will enjoy seeing the
cats on a Christmas tree if Smokey’s visits to the television studio, school, and
ladies group are an indicator of interest in our feline family.
Cat Collage for new book Christmas A to Z
"Once is a mistake. Twice is a pattern. Three times is a habit. Eleven must be
for redemption." concludes the June blog.
I'd say twelve is definitely redemption.
Harris is the author of ten books. Her upcoming picture book, Christmas A to Z will be released in
October. Stories about Smokey are featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul and in 10½ Sketches:
Insights on Being Successful Right Where You Are. The story of how Smokey
became a house pet and inspired Susan’s writings can be read in a free download
of “How Not to Kidnap a Cat” athttp://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RNV3P10