Ellen here, and I’m so happy to welcome J.C. Kenney to the Chicks for the first of what we hope will be many times. J.C. writes The Allie Cobb Mysteries. Do you love cats? Read this flat-out charming post, my friends…
Happy Birthday, Maria!
Hi, folks! I’m J.C. Kenney, author of The Allie Cobb Mysteries, and I’m so excited to be hanging out with you all today. First, it’s a real thrill to be a guest on The Chicks on the Case blog. What an amazing group of authors, right? Second, I’m celebrating a birthday.
This month, my family’s cat, Maria turns eight years old! Cue the confetti and kitty treats. We adopted her from the local Humane Society when she was two years old and life hasn’t been the same ever since. Over the years, she’s become the main character of my Monday Morning Maria social media posts and the basis for the cat Ursula in my Allie Cobb Mysteries books.
Maria’s birthday got me thinking about all the years I’ve lived with a cat. My first memories of living with a fur baby were of Shadow, an old, black tom my family had when I was little. After Shadow passed on, my family’s next cat was Ching, a Siamese we got when I was in the seventh grade.
Ching and I were inseparable, and she was one of my best friends during my high school and college years. She did love to yowl at my bedroom door to let me know she didn’t appreciate it when I closed it all the way, though.
Ching’s successor in my life was Jake, a stray my wife, Nancy, and I adopted. Jake had a snow-white coat and eyes as blue as a clear sky. He was an independent soul who and refused to sleep with us until one winter night when the thermometer dropped below zero. He was no dummy. A warm bed with his humans was way better than a cold floor.
Jake was a good cat. He lives with us through four different moves and the births of both of our boys. After a long life, Jake passed away in 2004, and my family went almost a decade without a fur baby in the house. It was the longest period in my life without a feline or canine companion.
Then, at my sons’ request we decided to get another cat, and Maria joined the family in February 2014. She bossy, assertive, and demanding. She’s also snuggly, loving, and the best lap cat I could ask for.
So, when I do the math, I’ve spent about 37 of my 53 years on the planet with a feline companion in the house. Given that, I guess it’s no surprise I have a shirt that reads “Cat Dad” or a sign in my office that says “I ♥︎ Cats,” or a pair of ceramic Siamese cats on my headboard. I think you get the idea.
So, how about you all? Do you have a special something in your life that adds to the joy of living? It could be a cat or a dog or a plant or a favorite hobby. Tell me about them. And I’ll be sure to tell birthday girl Maria all about them. Until next time, cheers!
BIO: J.C. Kenney is the author of the Allie Cobb Mysteries, which are set in the fictional small town of Rushing Creek, Indiana. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife, two sons, and a snuggly kitty cat. He loves motor sports, so when he’s not writing, you can probably find him checking in on the latest from IndyCar and other forms of racing. His latest cozy mystery is A Genuine Fix, from Kensington Publishing. For more information about it, go here: https://www.kensingtonbooks.com/book.aspx/37650
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