Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! If you’ve just discovered the hunt, be sure to start at Stop #1, and collect the clues through all 31 stops, in order, so you can enter to win one of our top 3 grand prizes!
- The hunt BEGINS with Stop #1 at Lisa Bergren’s site.
- Hunt through our loop using Chrome or Firefox as your browser (not Explorer).
- There is NO RUSH to complete the hunt—you have all weekend (until Sunday, 11/6)! So take your time, reading the unique posts along the way; our hope is that you discover new authors/new books.
- Submit your entry for the grand prizes by collecting the clue on each author’s scavenger hunt post and submitting your answer in the Rafflecopter form at Stop #31. Many authors are offering additional prizes along the way!
Here’s who it works… follow all the links to each author’s site and look for the clue in red. Once you’ve collected them all and compiled a complete sentence, hop back to Stop #1 and fill in the answer.
Now welcome my friend and fab author Louise Gouge!
Cats And Their Authors
By Louise M. Gouge
I love cats. Period. Always have. Always will.
When I became a writer and began to meet other writers, I wasn’t at all surprised to learn many of them also love feline critters.
Who can forget that Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats was the inspiration for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s great musical, Cats? Lewis said, “I have a great respect for cats–they are very shrewd people.” Someone gave Ernest Hemingway a six-toed cat, and its descendants still live in and around the author’s Key West home.
Fellow author Laurie Alice Eakes says, “I find my cats to be great stress relievers. Usually when I am working, I have one or both of them sprawled across my desk or my feet. When I pause to think, stroking their soft fur and listening to the resultant rumble of their purrs helps my brain relax and be creative…until they decide to help the writing by leaping with all four paws onto the keyboard.
More than one manuscript has gone off to my editor with a few odd characters imbedded in the manuscript, where I missed them in the final read-through.
Debbie Lynne Costello relates that her daughter’s cat sometimes walks on her keyboard, even moving the author out of the way. “I think she wants to be a writer when she grows up.”
I can relate to that. We have three cats, and each one has tried to enhance my stories by parking on or near my keyboard. Tigger lies on my desk and critiques my manuscript. Puff insists on adding her ideas to my stories.
MaryLu Tyndall agrees. “More than once, my cats have managed to either erase my writing or add their own special gibberish. And you know that intense, emotional scene I’m in the middle of writing? Try staying in the zone when a giant cat face appears in my vision, covering up my entire screen. Hard to get angry, however, when he’s purring and starts licking my nose.”
For a fascinating look at other authors of the past who were cat lovers, visit: http://mentalfloss.com/article/49302/11-writers-who-really-loved-cats.
So how about you? Do you have a cat? Does he/she inspire you? In what way?
Award-winning Florida author Louise M. Gouge writes historical fiction for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Historical Romances. A f
ormer college professor of English and humanities, she enjoys visiting historical sites and museums. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/
Her book Cowgirl Under The Mistletoe can be found here:
Your scavenger hunt word is Democrat,
Hop over to Louise’s site for Stop #11 to continue the hunt. Good luck everyone!