Congratulations to Night Writer Sue Wilson, who has recently published her first book, The Misadventures of a Cat Named Blossom.
Today I welcome Suzanne Wilson, a friend and fellow writer from my writers’ group. We have been meeting together with Night Writers for nearly ten years now since I joined in September of 2006. During that time, Sue has been the one of all of us–a core group of about a dozen during these past ten years–who has the group laughing out loud as she reads her children’s stories about the antics of Blossom, a cat who tries so hard to please Mrs. H, and yet so often finds herself in situations not quite the way she envisioned them.
We were all very excited when The Misadventures of a Cat Named Blossom, a collection of short stories, was published just a few months ago! It’s over a hundred pages of entertaining tales, the kind that parents will love reading as much as kids will love hearing.
- How long have you been a writer and what got you started? In 2005 I took an online writing course intending to write a children’s storybook. My final assignment ended up being a chapter book about Blossom. I didn’t think it was very good but I continued writing more Blossom chapter books after that.
- Did you always know you wanted to write, from the time you were young? No, I didn’t do any creative writing until 2005. I took a composition class my senior year in high school and I was horrible.
- What were some of your own favorite books as a child? Are the Blossom stories anything like those? My favorite was a library book called Pitschi, written and illustrated by Hans Fischer. I think I almost loved his drawings of the characters more than the story itself. I’d take my pencil and tablet of paper and create my own stories with drawings of Pitschi, a little cat, and the other cats and dogs living in the same house, Mauli, Ruli and Bello. There were more characters than that but those are the ones I chose to remember.
- You used to have cats yourself. How much is Blossom like your cats? Nothing, other than much of what she does is self-serving. I think Blossom is more like me. People have told me they can see me in Blossom’s character. I’m not sure what that is, possibly striving to be something I’m not?
Continue reading at The World of the Blue Bells Trilogy.