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To Catch a Cat Thief by Sean Cummings Publisher: Rebelight Publishing Genre: Middle Grade/mystery/humor
Hundreds of cats are missing! Fear not-Penelope Ann Pickersgill and her hippie grandma are on the case. While her friends go to cool camps, twelve-year-old Penelope has to spend the summer with Grandma Bev, who is convinced that cat-eating aliens are beaming the town's furry friends aboard their mother ship at night. Lights in the sky point to UFO's, but Penelope is sure there's a more logical explanation. With a little help from Sherlock Holmes, she and Grandma Bev set out to find the cats. Will they be able to solve the mystery before all the cats in Thornhill disappear?
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Where do your ideas come from?
I think that’s the most common question any author receives and really, who knows what it is? Sometimes what’s on the news can influence a writer, sometimes it’s our friends and family. Ideas come from observation, I think. And a desire to write something well.
How do you develop your writing ideas?
I write a test page and see how it feels. Then I’ll read it out loud. If it’s good enough, I’ll continue writing a first chapter and if what I’ve produced grabs me, then I continue with the project.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I was very fortunate to have a teacher named Ms. Flowers way back in 1977 – she was my Grade 5 teacher and she really promoted creative writing. I wanted to write stories because of how it made me feel to write and of course because I had something I wanted to say – even at ten years of age.
What makes you unique as a writer?
I write a lot of dark stuff but I try to fill my books with quirky, humorous and memorable characters. Most people who read my books find the eccentricities of some of my background characters to be as memorable as the story itself.
What writers inspire/d you?
Primo Levi whose books about surviving the holocaust was a huge influence. Even when things are dark and terrible there is hope. Pierre Berton whose books about Canada opened my eyes about my own country. Jim Butcher who writes amazing urban fantasy. Stephen King. Keren David who is, in my opinion, the best YA author on the planet. I think Chris Holm is a fantastic crime writer and you’re nuts if you don’t read his books. I could go on and on. Edward Willet who writes, in my opinion, the best Canadian Science Fiction.
How has your writing career changed since you started?
Well the biggest change is this book. My first six novels are adult or young adult. All but one are urban fantasy and each is progressively darker than the next. I wanted to write something fun and airy – Grandma Bev, the Groovy Gals are all great characters.
What does your writing process look like?
I have a day job. I am up at 3 AM. I write until 5:30. Eat breakfast. Go to work. Come home. Hang with my wife, cats and dog. Watch a bit of TV. Off to bed early. Read. Sleep. Back at it the next morning.
What are your writing goals for the next year?
I’m working on a very dark YA book about a teenage boy and his sister with Asperger’s who together, hunt serial killers. And I need to finish writing another middle grade book – I’m halfway through that one right now.
Name the five biggest distractions from your writing.
Life. Bills. Work. Snowstorms.
What character would you most like to be stuck in an elevator with?
Harry Dresden’s dog Mouse.
Some Get to know me Questions
What’s the best vacation you ever had?
London 2012 and 2013 to promote my books POLTERGEEKS and STUDENT BODIES.
What’s your favourite rainy day movie?
Lord of the Rings trilogy
If you could be any age again for a week, which would you choose and why?
17 and right out of high school before I joined the Army. Freedom. The future. Possibilities. Yeah, I could do that again.
If you could have personally witnessed one event in history, what would it be?
I’m 48 so I’ve seen a few things. Probably The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show live.
What's you favourite place to read?
In my bed.
When you walk into a book store, where do you head first?
Science Fiction and Fantasy
If you had a million dollars, what would be the first thing you would buy?
A green dress. But not a real green dress, that’s cruel.
Sean Cummings is a mutli-published author with works ranging from urban fantasy (Shade Fright, Funeral Pallor) to dark fantasy and superheroes. (Marshall Conrad) 2012 saw the publication of Sean’s first young adult novel. Poltergeeks is a rollicking story about teen witch a race against time to save her mother’s life. The second book Student Bodies, hit stores in 2013. In 2014, he published The North, a gripping post-apocalyptic thriller for teens. To Catch a Cat Thief is Sean's first middle grade novel.
Sean lives in Saskatoon Canada with his wife, two lazy cats and a spotted dog named Stormageddon. You can learn more about Sean and his books at www.sean-cummings.ca.
Giveaway Information: Contest ends November 27, 2015
- Two (2) winners will received a physical copy of To Catch A Cat Thief by Sean Cummings (US/Canada)
Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of To Catch A Cat Thief by Sean Cummings (INT)