Alfie: The Doorstep Cat is a heart-warming, uplifting book where the central character is a cat. Alfie is a very special cat, as I believe all cats are, but through him we look at issues such as loss and grief, love, heart-break, loneliness and friendship. Looking at all these ‘human’ issues through Alfie’s eyes whilst he is on his very own special journey.
Why is this the perfect uplifting an heart-warming tale for Christmas?
I think animal stories are perfect at any time but especially Christmas! I think that Christmas is a very joyful but also reflective time, especially when we think of its true meaning. Most of us love look forward to Christmas but I also find it is a time when we count our blessings, and think of those who perhaps aren’t as fortunate as we are. I think this book does look at issues that many of us face but gives us hope and for me Christmas is all about hope.
Why will this be a great book for fans of A Street Cat Named Bob?
The books are fairly different but they both show the amazing place cats have in our lives and our hearts. I think that anyone who loves cats will enjoy Alfie’s journey if they loved A Street Cat Named Bob. Alfie doesn’t have a very easy time of it but he grows and develops and I think there are probably many similarities between the two cats.
Do you personally think that a pet can change a life?
I know that a pet can change a life. I have seen this not only in my own life but also in the lives of others. Treated right, pets have such important roles in our world and they really are remarkable. I have grown up having cats, dogs and even fish, and I have to say that they have all become such an important part of my family and taught me a lot. Our lives are enriched and the unconditional love that pets often give us is such an important lesson that they absolutely change our lives, for the better.
How much has your background in marketing helped you to market yourself as a new writer?
My background in marketing means I understand its importance; however for me it is a totally different experience marketing someone else’s product to my own! I think that it has helped because I understand the tools available when marketing a product, however it does feel very different when it is myself I am trying to market but hopefully my experience will help me as I am passionate about my book.
Why did you decide to move into writing after marketing?
I had wanted to write for a long time but real life got in the way. I have a family, I knew that juggling work and being a single-mother was difficult and it felt as if it was the right time to move into writing. I had always wanted to write a book so I bit the bullet and sat down and started it.
You have previously written for The Daily Mail, so can you tell us a bit about that experience?
I have been lucky enough to be featured in The Daily Mail in the past. I have written first person articles about myself and my family in the past. I think they are fantastic for giving people like me a platform, and gave me the opportunity to talk about things that I believed in. It was a great experience.
You are a single mum- so how do you juggle your time between writing and being there for your own?
I have no idea! Juggling working and looking after my son is difficult; I think any working parent would agree with that. But as I’m on my own I do sometimes find it overwhelming. I am lucky to have a supportive mum who helps out and my son is at school so that helps but I make sure that I spend quality time with him and if that means working late into the night then I do so. But I haven’t perfected it - for example my house is often a mess and I never get enough sleep!
What is next for you?
I hope that Alfie is a success and I would love to write more books - it has been a wonderful experience bringing Alfie to life and I really, deeply hope that there will be many more books to come.