Authors With Cats: Meet Princess and Ptolemy
Princess and Ptolemy by Cass Morris
I've got two cats, Princess and Ptolemy. Princess, a calico, is almost nineteen years old, and I've had her for all but the first few weeks of her life. So, she's been my best friend pretty much forever. Being the grand dame that she is, she spends most of her time sleeping these days -- even more than is usual for a cat. She has a super-comfy bed, but she also loves nuzzling up in the blankets with me at night.
Ptolemy recently turned seven, and he has exactly two modes: majestic splendor and utter maniac. He's a goober prone to tearing about the apartment when he gets a message from the cat planet. He's a purebred Abyssinian that I rescued from the shelter, where his previous family had inexplicably dumped him because they were getting a divorce and "couldn't keep all their pets" -- something I find inexcusable. Did they keep all their children? Whatever. Their loss, my awesome gain. He's hilarious and so affectionate.
They're both wonderful companions and don't tend to be terribly distracting while I'm writing. They both pretty much always want to be in whatever room I'm in, but they don't tend to be prowlers or knockers-over-of-desk-items. The biggest problem is that they have a documented soporific effect. They look so sweet and peaceful while they're asleep! And it just makes me want to curl up and nap with them, which is not terribly conducive to productivity.
Cass Morris and her royal felines live and work in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Cass completed her Master of Letters at Mary Baldwin University in 2010, and she earned her undergraduate degree, a BA in English with a minor in history, from the College of William and Mary in 2007. She reads voraciously, wears corsets voluntarily, and will beat you at MarioKart. From Unseen Fire is her debut novel, a historical fantasy set in an alternate version of ancient Rome. Find her at cassmorriswrites.com or on Twitter at @CassRMorris.