“I did a few readings here to kids in Malaysia and Singapore. We had this cat back in the US in my house, that was really old, and missing its tooth. And one day it showed up at my door and it belonged to nobody. We shooed it away, because we didn’t want him, and didn’t know where he came from. But he kept coming every single day for the next two weeks. Then one day my sister finally let the cat in the house, started feeding it, and it became our cat.
The whole time I was wondering, where did this cat come from? Its old, its missing a tooth. So when I was at university I wanted to get into the entertainment industry – and I took a summer job with the circus. I was helping produce the circus, I was an associate producer. I had my own trailer and saw at how all the animals were treated – they weren’t treated that great. And there was one performer cat that’s part of the show. So I said, ‘that’s it!’. Tabby, my cat at home, he’s an escaped circus cat, and he found our home and that’s how I wrote the story. I’ve written the second book and waiting for my illustrator to be done with the drawings. And its about Tabby the Cat going back to the circus to save all the other animals”.
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(This post was first published on August 25th 2016)