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A little while ago I sent out a teaser for the Cosmic Cat cover reveal. Now that Cosmic Cat is safely off to the editor, it’s definitely time to show off the beautiful cover.

And here it is!

Back Cover:

 I asked my cats what they thought of the new cover, but they were noncommittal.

Well, cat opinions aside, I love this painting by cat artist Leslie Cobb, and the colorful motif works perfectly with the whimsical comic-con theme of Cosmic Cat.

When a superhero cosplayer falls to his death at a comic con, Lynley is left holding the bag— and a cat!

 The name of cover painting is, “Ready for my Close-up”, © 2014 by Leslie Cobb. The cat in this painting resembles the kitty who plays a big part in Cosmic Cat,  Kitty. She is a sweet, elderly girl who finds herself homeless when her people are murdered. Lynley takes her in, not realizing Kitty hates other cats! Since Lynley’s clowder numbers eight already, the conflict creates a massive conundrum. But don’t worry, it’s a cozy mystery so it all works out in the end.

The real story of the painting is something quite different. Here is Leslie’s account:

“Lexi was originally rescued by my friend Cathy Ramsey, who was a tireless advocate for animals who saved many lives over the years. After Cathy passed away in 2012, some of her cats, including Lexi, came to Shadow Cats. Lexi now lives in Cookie’s Place, the area within Shadow Cats Rescue for cats who have Feline Leukemia. On the Shadow Cats website there’s a link to a live Kitty Cam where people can watch the cats in Cookie’s Place, and Lexi is happy to be front and center!”

 Coming this fall: Cosmic Cat, the 6th Crazy Cat Lady Cozy Mystery

Who killed Captain Cat?

His tribe, the Planet Avengers, want to know.

The costumed crusaders are out to save the world and have been known to ruffle a few feathers, but so far, only cat shelter philanthropist Esmae Westhouse has been accused of the crime. Esmae isn’t talking. Is that because she’s guilty, or is she covering for someone.

To determine if the death was a personal affair or something much more insidious,

Lynley dons her Star Trek uniform to go undercover with the vigilante cosplayers, but when another of the Avengers is killed, things happen fast, and Lynley finds herself on the wrong end of murder.

Catch up on the other Crazy Cat Lady mysteries at:

Amazon Page: www.amazon.com/author/molliehunt

Smashwords Page: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/CatWriter

Draft2Digital ebooks: https://www.draft2digital.com/book/

 

 

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For a writer, winning an award is an amazing gift. Though most of us love our stories and would write them even if no one ever saw them or read them, such acknowledgement is very satisfying. It validates all those isolated hours spent inside our heads, because deep down, many of us think our obsession with writing is a little crazy.

I just won two Certificates of Excellence from the Cat Writers’ Association: one for my latest Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery, Cat Café, and one for my book of cat poetry, Cat Poems: For the Love of Cats. I submitted two other entries that did not earn a COE, but the judging is stiff, and I trust there was a reason the judges didn’t consider those works good enough to win.

The COE is only the first step in a two-part award cycle. For the COE, works are judged on their own merits and not against others in the category, but for the second round, all the COE winners will compete against each other. A single entry will be awarded the coveted CWA Muse Medallion at the conference coming up in May. I have been the recipient of Muses in the past, and that honor is nothing short of wonderful. Wish me luck. I’m up alongside some other remarkable and accomplished writers.

There is a story to tell about how I came to be a member of the Cat Writers’ Association. It began many years ago when I was first writing. I had managed a few mysteries but was beginning to realize I wanted to write about cats, so I began the Cat Seasons Tetralagy, four sci-fi fantasy books where cats save the world. I don’t remember how I heard about CWA— probably from my own reading favorites such as Shirley Rousseau Murphy’s Joe Grey series— but I was greatly intrigued. I knew that if I could join this cat-centric organization, my future in cat writing would be assured.

Back in those days, self-publishing in its current incarnation hadn’t sprung into being, and I was at the mercy of publishers and agents. Any of you who went this same route remember the double bind: publishers only want you if you had an agent; agents only want you if a publisher had agreed to take the work. It was frustrating but I didn’t really care— I’d just start writing another book and forget all about what was supposed to happen to it when I was done.

But in the back of my mind, I wanted something other than a portfolio of rejection slips, no matter how many Steven King and J.K. Rowling had racked up before their eventual fame.  I really thought the Cat Writers’ Association could give me the cred I needed to succeed. The only problem was, to become a professional member, I needed to have published work.

I knew it was easier to publish a short story than a book, so I decided to write one. Trouble was, whenever I began to write, my plot turned into seventy-five-thousand words, not twenty-five-hundred. But I buckled down and did it. It was exhausting trying to cram all my ideas into such a small space, but I did it. I liked the result and sent it out to magazines.

In fact, I still didn’t get picked up, and I soon moved on to writing more books. Sometime later, I did manage to get enough cat writing under my belt to qualify for CWA. It’s been a wonderful experience and has lived up to all my hopeful expectations and more. Thank you CWA, and see everyone at the conference!

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I’m so glad it’s finally spring!  It’s been beautiful here in sunny Portland Oregon. The flowers are blooming and the sky is blue (at least part of the time). The cats are shaking off their winter somnolence and wanting to go outside. Flocks of little birds have been descending on our garden, picking at last year’s seeds. The grass already needs a mow.

And you all know what comes after spring!

Nothing says summer like lounging in the warm reading a book, so get ready for trips to the beach and the mountain, or summer nights in your own back yard, with a Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery and a guaranteed happy ending. Until April 6, the first 4 of the series  are on sale from Smashwords ebook publishers. Just click on the links below for the coupon codes.

About the Crazy Cat Lady mysteries: Lynley Cannon is the crazy cat lady, but she’s not quite crazy yet. Follow Lynley’s adventures as the sixty-something cat shelter volunteer finds more trouble than a cat in catnip, taking crazy to a whole new level.

Cats’ Eyes (#1) Look what the cat dragged in! When Lynley’s old kitty Fluffo discovers a stolen uncut diamond, Lynley finds herself accused of murdering the thieves.

Copy Cats (#2) When Lynley exposes a breed cat counterfeiting ring, she becomes the target of a serial killer who murders with a grisly cat-like claw.

Cat’s Paw (#3) Two suspicious deaths at an elite art retreat send Lynley running back to Portland, but murder follows in her wake.

Cat Call (#4) Lynley takes over as cat handler for a TV pilot only to find the show is hexed and murder is waiting in the wings.

First 4 Crazy Cat Lady Cozy Mysteries On Sale for $2.50

Sale ends April 6 ~ebooks from Smashwords Publishing
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Today I have the pleasure of interviewing a true cat artist— No not an artist who paints cats, but a cat who paints artwork! Quint Cole, of Colehaus Cats, has been painting from a young age. Here is his story:

~Please tell us a little about yourself.

I don’t know what there is to tell. I’m a quiet kind of kitty. Sure, I get hyper sometimes, and sometimes, I want to bother my sisters, but who doesn’t? I am thankful that my humans saw my creativity and energy and directed me into paths like my painting to combine them into a way to express both at the same time.

~How did you begin your painting career? How did the humans come to know you were an artist?

I used to create from the specks of toothpaste I found on the bathroom mirror. Pawing at them, I quickly saw art and that the variations could be endless. The humans must have picked up on that and had a desire to channel my energy. Pretty much, my human Mom looked at what she saw as smears every day and said, “Um, no. Let’s take this somewhere else.”

~What is your artistic process?

Usually, Mom picks up on my restlessness and gets my cardboard ‘studio’ together. Then, she puts together some paint blobs in a shallow bowl (in colors similar to what’s blooming outside) and something to paint on. By this time, I am more than ready to begin. When everything’s ready, including having a mousie or special toy nearby, we get to work! I touch some color and touch the paper. Sometimes, I create bold streaks, sometimes hard paw prints and sometimes I get all soft and delicate. It all depends on my mood for the day. Sometimes I’m cranky and me and Mom tussle a bit over the creation stuff, but then I get lots of scritches and attention.

~I know your paints are safe, but do you ever lick your painty paws?

No. Ugh. I won’t even touch my mousie if he gets paint on him, accidently, of course. After Mom cleans my paws, I’ll lick them then. Just not before.

~Who chooses your colors? They are beautiful.

Thank you for mentioning that. I do like the colors Mom sets out. Once mixed, I mostly get to pick which ones to use. Ultimately, it’s a collaboration, I suppose. I do have favorite colors. Sometimes, I like painting with just purples and yellow. How I love yellow! I like oranges and apricots quite a bit too. But that yellow color, did I mention I like yellow?

~I read that you take inspiration walks to see the blooming flowers before you paint. Which flowers are your favorites?

I like them all, but l love Dad’s pink Rhododendrons the best. It’s big and in spring, is covered with flowers. Oh, and petunias. I like sticking my nose in petunias.

~Since cats don’t use money, at least not directly, what happens to funds from the sale of your artwork?

Early on, I donated to the shelter my foster family worked through, or a charity for a shelter’s benefit. Sometimes, someone needs funds for doctor visits or that kind of thing. I like it best when I hear that I’m helping a cause or a cat in need with my efforts. A very small amount is needed for my supplies. My Mom buys in bulk!

~You have quite a big family. Tell us about your fur-brothers and -sisters.

There are both the current residents of Colehaus and those that came before us. The Dad explains it best, I think. He’s told us stories of all other kitties who came before us. Those are some of my favorite Dad-time stories. I love the way he explains that each cat is special, no matter how short or how long they are part of the family. He says each one leaves a lasting impression and sweet memory in his heart and in Mom’s too. Our Colehaus Cats blog is our way of allowing the world to see how exceptional and distinctive rescued kitties are and perhaps, a reader might feel so moved as to rescue and love a kitty or two themselves and further enrich their own lives.

~Your human family actively works to benefit cats. Can you tell me a bit more about what they do?

Outside cats just seem to find my Mom and Dad; always have, they’ll tell you. We live out where people used to abandon pets to fend for themselves and someone would always be in need of food, shelter and/or medical help. My Mom and Dad along with our cat blog friends raised money for a couple of feeding stations and two sturdy feral shelters that have warming beds inside. All are used regularly especially during winter months. A few years ago Mom was a volunteer at a local shelter, painting their walls and photographing new intakes while Dad served on the shelter’s board of directors. But it’s not just cats. Sometimes, they simply feed and provide water and shelter for birds and other wildlife. It seems they always have something keeping them busy, which I suppose is a good thing because it keeps them out of trouble.

~Thanks so much, Quint, for spending time with us. It isn’t every day we meet such a talented feline. I hope all our readers will look up your website and buy your paintings! I realize that like all true artists, you paint only when you feel the muse, so folks who want one of these unique originals shouldn’t hesitate to purchase.

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About Quint’s original paintings (available on the Colehaus Cats website)

Non-toxic, pet-friendly, water-based acrylic paint has been applied onto heavy art paper by Quint himself using his hard and soft paw painting methods. This is not a print but an original painting ready to frame or hang as is. Please expect differences in design and color variance from one painting to the next.

Each piece comes attached to a white 8 inch x 10 inch mat. Each is signed and numbered, includes Quint’s card, and is slip-cased in a clear, plastic sleeve before shipping.

Every sale of Quint’s art is used to benefit cats in need of food, help and medical care.

Thank you for allowing Quint to continue his passion for painting. He thanks you for helping him help others by purchasing from his art shop!

Here is one of my favorites: 

Quint’s Winter Berries, 2017 on Art Paper with 8 x 10 Inch White Mat. (3 Available @ $15.00)

In a collaboration between Quint and his human mom, Quint has recreated another of the many views of his garden. Bursting with red berries, holly bushes offer a bright visual spot against dark cedars beyond which an early dawn sky shows off its winter colors of pale blue, purple and gold.

Links: 

Blogsite: https://www.colehauscats.com/

Quint’s Store: https://colehauscats.bigcartel.com/

cats@colehaus.com

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COSMIC CAT, the 6th Crazy Cat Lady Cozy Mystery, is underway! I just finished the fourth draft, the one where I go through and plug in all the research results, cull through the overused words, and generally clean up the flow. It’s also where I hope to have fixed any inconsistencies. And it’s where I begin to think about the cover.

I have my cover designed and all ready to go, but the quandary is when to reveal it. I wouldn’t want people to be tired of it by the time the book comes out, which will be several months from now. On the other hand, it’s good to get it into the public eye. Besides, it features another original painting by cat artist Leslie Cobb, and who doesn’t like seeing beautiful artwork of cats?

Or in this case, cat. There is only one cat on the cover of Cosmic Cat, but she is important. Her name is Kitty, and Lynley takes her on when her cohabitor is murdered at a comic-con. Little does Lynley know that Kitty is highly cat-reactive! Lynley already has eight cats in her home, so it’s going to be a problem!

Here’s a little about Cosmic Cat:

When a superhero cosplayer falls to his death at a comic con, Lynley is left holding the bag— and a cat!

Who killed Captain Cat?

His tribe, the Planet Avengers, want to know.

The costumed crusaders are out to save the world and have been known to ruffle a few feathers, but so far, only cat shelter philanthropist Esmae Westhouse has been accused of the crime. Esmae isn’t talking. Is that because she’s guilty, or is she covering for someone.

To determine if the death was a personal affair or something much more insidious,

Lynley dons her Star Trek uniform to go undercover with the vigilante cosplayers, but when another of the Avengers is killed, things happen fast, and Lynley finds herself on the wrong end of murder.

After all this talk about the Cosmic Cat cover, I got excited and nearly revealed it right here and now, but Tyler stepped in and saved me from myself. As you can see, he is very successfully hiding the book with the magnificent bulk of himself.

Maybe next time…

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Here’s the grand update for Moshow’s Arm &B Hammer campaign to benefit the cats of Mac’s Fund:

Reblogged from Katzenworld:

https://katzenworld.co.uk/2019/03/03/cat-rapper-goal-reached-arm-hammer-donates-10000-to-macs-fund/

Thank you, Cat Rapper!

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It’s snowing again in Portland. Not much, just a few flakes, but enough to remind us it isn’t really spring even though green things are poking up through the soil. There are some early flowers in bloom, purple crocus and snowdrops, but today we are reminded of why they call them “snow” drops.

A day like today calls for relaxing in the warmth of home. And how better to do that than read a cat story or two with a cat on your lap? And how much more fun would it be if some of those stories were a bit edgy and thought-invoking. Cat people know that underneath all that floof is a multifaceted beast that may well have hailed from another planet.

Yes, you guessed it. I’m leading into promotion for a new bundle of cat stories coming out today. It’s called CAT TALES #1, and will soon be followed by CAT TALES #2 AND #3.

Steve Vernon, the coordinator of the bundles, is a writer and cat person himself, and when we discovered we had twin kitties, (the lovely cover model for the bundle) I decided it was a good time to introduce my clowder to a new group of cat fans.

(More about Cat Tales #1 later in the post)

I currently have 3 cats living with me: Little, Tyler, and Blaze.

LITTLE is the sweet girl I’ve had the longest.

AGE: 13

COLORS: Black with white pendent.

FAVORITE PASTIME: Playing with a sparkly ball in the bath tub.

PHILOSOPHY ON LIFE: “I’m the queen.”

TYLER came from the Humane Society about 2 years ago.

AGE: 15 or 19— I’ve received varying opinions, and it’s hard to tell since he has no teeth.

COLORS: Brown tiger tabby.

FAVORITE PASTIME: Sleeping and playing with his Cat Amazing food puzzle toy.

PHILOSOPHY ON LIFE: “Live well!”

BLAZE has only been with us since March and is still wondering.

AGE: 10

COLORS: Tuxedo

FAVORITE PASTIME: Lying on my chest, purring loudly.

PHILOSOPHY ON LIFE: “What the …?”

Now to the bundle. I love the stories I’ve read so far and can’t wait to read the rest. There are nine total by authors Steve Vernon, Jamie Ferguson, Thea Hutcheson, Deb Logan, Michael R.E. Adams, Dara Girard, Linda Jordan, De Kenyon, and myself. Check the BundleRabbit site for the full list of titles and covers.

Also available from the following sellers:

Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NW919M3/

Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/cat-tales-issue-1

Apple – https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1453451755

Barnes & Noble – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1130641240

Grab up a copy, find a warm spot to relax with a cat on your lap, and enjoy a few Cat Tales!

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Lux has been adopted!

Stay tuned for details; I’m planning an interview with his new cat mom soon, but I couldn’t wait to share the news!

After five years and three states, Lux the 911 cat is finally home!
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Blind kitties don’t know they have a disability, and with our help, they never need to. Take a few minutes to check out this post reblogged from Katzenworld. Watch the video of Honey Bee, the blind adventure cat, and Oscar the blind kitten’s very first encounter with a cat toy! Inspirational!

Source: The Best Cat Toys for Blind Cats – Katzenworld

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Our guest today is Northwest Cat Artist Leslie Cobb. Leslie is an amazing person whom I have the pleasure to know personally. She is part artist, part cat advocate, and part kitty angel. Her home is filled with bright colors and special needs cats. You may recognize Leslie’s artwork from the covers of my Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series. Her paintings are featured on the 5 published books, and will continue with the next in the series, Cosmic Cat and Cat Noel, coming out later this year.

~Leslie, when did you start your art journey? Was it something you set out to do or did the muse take you?

Leslie: In 1998, my 19-year-old one-eyed cat Esmeralda passed away. I was devastated. I had been present when she was born (my sister and I rescued her pregnant mother, who died shortly after giving birth) so she had been a huge part of my life. I had always planned to commission an artist to do a portrait of her and I was upset that I had waited too long. While going through photos of her to see if I had any that an artist could use as reference, it occurred to me that no one knew her as well as I did, and maybe I should try it. After all, if it didn’t turn out as I hoped, I could still look for someone else to paint her. I found some old brushes and mostly-dried-out paints in my storage area and gave it a try. That first effort was truly awful but it reminded me that I once loved art.

~But you didn’t stop there. What prompted you to continue painting after doing Esmeralda’s portrait?

Leslie: I enjoyed the process enough to give it another try, and I started a series of paintings showing Esmeralda as an angel, sometimes watching over my other two cats. Those paintings turned out to be the best possible grief therapy. Once I got started, I couldn’t stop! I found myself craving a lot of bright colors, which is one of the things people tend to notice about my art. Seeing how much more cheerful I felt when surrounded by color, I even completely redecorated my house, getting rid of furniture and home décor in neutral shades and replacing everything with vibrantly colored pieces. The paintings of Esmeralda are shown on my website as the Guardian Angel Series. Over time I found myself able to let go of my grief and do paintings in which she didn’t appear.

~Did you always paint cats? What is it about cats that pique your imagination?

Leslie: Yes, I only paint cats! Around the time I was born, the family cat had a litter of kittens, and I crawled around the floor with them. There hasn’t been a time since when I didn’t have at least one cat in my life. I’ve always believed that people who don’t like cats are just people who haven’t taken the time to get to know what cats are really like. Cats love unconditionally; they possess the most amazing grace and fluidity in their movements; and they’re just so much fun to have around. Years ago someone jokingly suggested that I had imprinted on cats when I was a baby the way ducklings imprint on the first creature they see after hatching. That would explain a lot!

Don’t Stop Believing

~Do you have formal art training or are you self-taught— or a bit of both?

Leslie: I had always enjoyed drawing as a child and took art classes through high school and even a few life drawing courses at a local college in my early 20s but didn’t pursue it further. I did a few crafts, such as hand-painted t-shirts and paperclay jewelry I designed and painted to sell at a few little craft fairs. But moving from those small pieces to a full canvas requiring a composition, color theme, and background was a big leap that was somewhat daunting at first. 

~Are the cats in your paintings all real cats that you know?

Leslie: No. Initially, after painting Esmeralda and my own cats, I started doing paintings in which I made up cats in various situations. For a number of years, I was showing my work at an art gallery which did a new themed group show every month. To be considered, each piece had to match the theme for that month. I worked hard at making a cat painting fit the theme so I could be in every show! But that all changed in 2009.

First Date

~What happened then?

Leslie: I volunteered at Best Friends Animal Society’s sanctuary in Utah and was overwhelmed by their work in saving special needs animals. I was inspired to do an 18-painting series based on my experiences at the sanctuary. Each painting is intended to raise awareness about an important topic, such as hoarding, animal cruelty, declawing, shy or fearful cats, and cats with various health problems or special needs. Each print sold from that group of paintings, shown on my website as the Sanctuary Series, has information on the back about Best Friends and about the issue that inspired me to do that painting. I also donate $5 from the sale of each of those prints back to Best Friends. I realized then that my art could be used to help animals, so since then I’ve done paintings inspired by other groups doing important work for cats, such as Shadow Cats in Texas, Tabby’s Place in New Jersey, Cat Town in California, Little Woman Home for Animals in Texas, and others. In each case, I donate $5 from print sales to the organization caring for the cat featured in the painting. Of course I still paint my own cats!

That’s wonderful that you donate a portion of sales to cat causes! It makes your paintings even more special.

More Than Just a Pretty Face

~Can someone commission you to paint their cat? How do you decide what cats to paint?

Leslie: I don’t do any commissioned work. I paint pretty slowly and I have way too many paintings backed up in my head that I still need to get on canvas! Something about a specific cat has to inspire me, and I gravitate more toward those with special needs or a compelling story. When people tell me about their cats and want me to paint them, sometimes a cat will fit my criteria and I’ll decide to do the painting. The pet owner will get a free print and will have the opportunity to purchase the original painting but isn’t obligated to buy it.

~You mentioned you may do a painting of Lux, the Portland cat who made viral media news a few years back when he aggressively attacked his people, driving them to call 911. As you know, I fostered Lux for celebrity cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy and was set to adopt him, but he became more violent than I could handle. Best Friends took him in and worked with him, and recently he went to a forever home. Lux certainly has a compelling story! 

Leslie: He certainly does, not to mention that he’s a gorgeous cat! I took a lot of photos of him on my last visit and I do hope to paint him. I keep a mental list of cats I want to feature in a painting, and while there are several ahead of him, he’s definitely on the list.

~Besides painting cats, you are a dedicated cat advocate. Tell us about your experiences in fostering, volunteering, and adopting.

Leslie: In addition to volunteering for Best Friends, which I do every year, I briefly volunteered for Cat Town in Oakland, CA at the first cat café in the U.S., and this past year I helped with the Pretty Kitty Holiday Bazaar to benefit House of Dreams in Portland, OR. Until a year ago, I had a full time job and didn’t have much time for volunteering. I’ve tried fostering a few times but I came to the realization that I’m more comfortable just adopting so I have the authority to decide what veterinary treatment a cat in my care receives.

Tongue Tied

~You have an entire clowder of senior and special needs cats. Tell us about them.

Leslie: With nine cats I’ve got a full house for sure! Tallulah Jane has been with me the longest. She’s 15, and I’ve had her since she was 6 weeks old. Someone actually gave her to me while I was in my booth at an art festival! She was very ill and wasn’t expected to survive, but she pulled through and is the love of my life. For years she came to my art fairs and hung out in a cozy bed on a table in my booth, greeting my customers. It was a sad day when I realized she no longer enjoyed going with me. She has a weak immune system and damaged sinus passages from infections when she was a tiny kitten.

I adopted Riley as a companion for Tallulah once she recovered from her illness. I took her to an adoption event and she chose him. He has a malformed epiglottis, which makes his breathing very loud at times and puts him at greater risk of aspiration pneumonia. He’s also 15 years old.

Annabel is 14, and she has what’s known as a symblepharon; she had a severe eye infection shortly after birth before her eyes had even opened. As it healed, her third eyelid split and a portion of it adhered to her cornea with scar tissue. That eye doesn’t open all the way and looks abnormal, but she isn’t in pain and she still has some vision in it.

Genevieve, who’s 12, also has a symblepharon but not as severe as Annabel’s. A rescue group was having trouble getting her eye infections (she had 4 different infections at once) under control, so I offered to bring her home and take her to a veterinary eye specialist. Once she recovered, I decided to keep her since she got along so well with the rest of the gang.

Saffron is my youngest at 6 years old. At just 6 weeks old, she had been found trapped in an outboard motor; her tail was broken and her pelvis was fractured in two places when I adopted her the day after her rescue. Her tail still hangs limply but her pelvis healed well. She’s a bit of a brat and likes to ambush other cats at the litter box. We’re working on that.

Herman came to me in 2016; his human mom had died the same day I lost my own mother. The hospice coordinator for both women asked me about options to rehome him and I offered to take him myself. He’s 15 and has chronic kidney disease.

Nico is my oldest, estimated to be 19 or 20. He was around 18 when I saw a photo of him on Facebook. His owner was terminally ill and could no longer care for him so he had been taken to a shelter. He had a severely damaged eye that had to be removed but he recovered well and is pretty healthy overall.

Delaney is 15 and has been with me less than a year. There was an electrical fire that destroyed her home and she rescued herself by squeezing out through a mail slot. But because of the fire, her owner could no longer care for her so I agreed to take her. She was transported to me from California by volunteers with a group called The Catz Meow.

My newest kitty is Winifred, who is 14. She was at a California shelter because of her owner’s medical issues, and after two months without any adoption interest, she was in danger of euthanasia. I was planning a trip to the area for the holidays, so a friend agreed to foster her until I could bring her home when I returned from my trip. She’s mostly deaf but very sweet. She hasn’t yet been integrated into the rest of the family.

Going Home

~Where can we find your artwork? Online? Shows?

Leslie: My website is www.lesliecobb.com, and my Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/Cat-Art-by-Leslie-Cobb-187037681358852/. I’m fairly new to Oregon and although I’ve applied for several shows this year, I haven’t yet been notified whether I’ll be accepted.

One upcoming show I’m very excited about is POP Cats. They started in Miami in 2017, and then in Austin for 2018. This year they’ll be holding events in both Austin and Portland! I’ve already registered for the Portland event, which will be held at the Oregon Convention Center on September 28-29. You can see more about it at https://popcats.org.

My website doesn’t have an online shopping cart, but if anyone sees something they are interested in, they can email me at catart@lesliecobb.com and we can make arrangements that way.

~Thanks so much, Leslie Cobb, for visiting with us today. I can’t wait to reveal the cover of my next Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery, Cosmic Cat, which again features your beautiful artwork!

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