Tuesday, January 29, 2008
A real character turned into fiction
Elizabeth Adler has shared her life with a number of Siamese cats, and she has managed to feature one of them in her current Select Editions book Meet Me in Venice.
Siamese cats are not like other cats, for a variety of reasons. First of all, they talk. Endlessly. Second of all, most of them know how to fetch. Throw a toy, and they’ll bring it back to you, over and over. And of course some cats are perfectly content sleeping all day on a designated cat pillow, while a Siamese only sleeps when you’re not around, and usually somewhere it’s not supposed to be in the first place.
In Venice our mischievous cat manages to create an important plot development that somehow eludes most of the human characters in the story! For the record, the cat in the book is a seal point named Maow, and is based on Adler’s real life Siamese Sweet Pea.