The Query that got us Our Book Contract

For those of you interested in queries that succeeded in getting book contracts, here is Deborah and my original query for Pride and Prejudice and Kitties: Query PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND KITTIES humor, pop culture   Finally, chick lit meets … Continue reading

The Fabulous Cat Museum of San Francisco

Thanks to the fabulous Cat Museum of San Francisco for this image of Edward Gorey with his cats. It makes us think of Mr. Bennet in his library, escaping household craziness. Or is this Mr. Bennet, losing himself in a … Continue reading

A Writer’s Inner Cosmos or Don’t Underestimate Yourself!

Note: This post was originally published in a slightly altered form at My late kitty, Mittens, didn’t have much personality.  As my friend and co-author, Debbie, once observed, “he’s one notch above a stuffed animal.”  I argued for two … Continue reading

Wickham or the Nameless Narrator of The Aspern Papers?

I brought this hat back from Venice when we were living in Florence a few years ago.  I know – it’s more of a Henry James than a Jane Austen thing.  Mittens has that world-weary look of the perpetual traveler. … Continue reading

An Elizabeth Bennet Moment

Have you ever experienced have an Elizabeth Bennet moment?  Or, more specifically, an Elizabeth-Bennet-defies-Lady-Catherine-moment, the experience of “saying the thing you mean to say at the moment you mean to say it.”* Or maybe you didn’t say what you meant … Continue reading

Giving Thanks for Jane

Jane Austen is one of the ten reasons I’m glad I’m alive.  Or maybe even one of five, right up there with love, the silliness of cats, and morning light in the trees. When I think about Jane Austen I … Continue reading


Here’s the question – do cats understand Christmas? Perhaps they’ve heard stories of Santa Claus, a jolly old elf who flies around making mischief  delivering gifts. “But what does it do for me?” one might ask. Linus, for example, pictured above, … Continue reading


We have searched the great houses of Pride and Prejudice – Pemberley, Rosings, Netherfield Park – and lesser houses such as Longbourn and the humble parsonage of Mr. Collins. But we have not found pumpkins, or indeed any other indication that the … Continue reading

How our “Pride and Prejudice and Kitties” Query Survived 75 Agents

Until now, we’ve generally referred to the query letter that sold our book, Pride and Prejudice and Kitties, as having been sent to “X” number of agents.  But now, thanks to Galley Cat at Media Bistro, the word is out that … Continue reading

“I was miscast!” Pride and Prejudice and Kitties cats speak out!

  We did our very best to find an appropriate role for each cat whose photo appears in Pride and Prejudice and Kitties. Most cats were delighted with our choices – as is only to be expected. However, a few … Continue reading