Clea Simon

Stretch. Run Around. Repeat: How a Writer’s Cat Takes Care of Her Human

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Stretch. Run around. Repeat.

Conscious Cat readers will undoubtedly recognize a pattern here. You could call it a cat’s morning regimen. But as we enter the darkest days of winter – as well as the second year of a pandemic that has us more shut in than ever before – I’m trying to make this my routine as well.Continue Reading

Writing About the Cats We Love

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Clara was supposed to be a tortoiseshell. Although, Clara – the heart, if not exactly the heroine – of my new cozy cat mystery An Incantation of Cats is now a calico, she was a tortie through at least two drafts of A Spell of Murder, the first book in the “Witch Cats of Cambridge” series, largely due to Ingrid’s influence. I started this series before Thisbe, my current feline companion, came into my life, but through Ingrid, I had learned about tortitude and the delightful and assertive personalities these multi-colored kitties can have.Continue Reading

Discovering Tortitude, or, What Happens When a Writer Doesn’t Feature Her Tortie in Her New Book

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Thisbe is annoyed. And who can blame her? Although this lovely tortie lady joined our household in April, she will not be featured in my new A Spell of Murder, which kicks off my “witch cats of Cambridge” series on Dec. 11. In fact, among the multiple felines at the heart of my magical new cozy, none is tortoiseshell.

Being a tortie, Thisbe is both preternaturally intelligent and responsive, and she is well aware of the slight being done her. On seeing the reviewer’s advanced reading copy, which features a calico on the cover, she took to her divan, no doubt to mull retribution, even as I wait for my finished copies.Continue Reading

Review: Cross My Path

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I love it when a book’s cover accurately convey’s the “feel” of the story inside, and this is definitely true for Clea Simon’s Blackie and Care Cat Mystery series. Cross My Path is the third book in the series featuring Blackie the cat and his human Care, a young private detective.

Written in the voice of Blackie, a black cat with a mysterious past, set in an unnamed city with a post-apocalyptic feel, this series combines elements of fantasy and mystery.Continue Reading

Discovering Tortitude: Under Thisbe’s Peach Paw

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How soon is too soon to invite another feline spirit into one’s life? That’s a question I still don’t know the answer to. We lost Musetta, my beautiful feline muse, in September – nine months ago – and I miss her still. Something will trigger a memory – the sight of another tuxedo cat, though never one with whiskers as long and graceful as hers, a shadow falling by the window where she used to lounge – and I am thrown back into mourning.Continue Reading

Classic Cat Books Series: The Feline Mystique: On the Mysterious Connection Between Women and Cats

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When I first read The Feline Mystique: On the Mysterious Connection Between Women and Cats in 2002, I never in my wildest dreams imagined I would one day meet the author, become friends with her, and review her books on my own website. In 2002, Amber, the original conscious cat and the inspiration for this website, had only been in my life for two years. I wouldn’t meet Buckley until 2005. I can’t recall just how many times I read the book back then, but I do remember that it had a profound effect on me.Continue Reading

Review: As Dark As My Fur

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Even though the saying goes “you can’t always judge a book by its cover,” this actually doesn’t always apply with book covers. However, in the case of As Dark As My Fur, the second book in Clea Simon’s Blackie and Care Cat Mystery series, the cover accurately reflects the book’s feel and tone.

Written in the voice of Blackie, a black cat with a mysterious past, set in an unnamed city with a post-apocalyptic feel, this series combines elements of fantasy and mystery. In As Dark As My Fur, Simon continues the adventures of Blackie and  teenager Care, an apprentice private detective. Continue Reading