Katie asked on Thursday what a good book to start with by Kris Rusch as she’s got so many. Anyway, we’d like to say we (and Maxwell, Faraday and Allie) loved What Fluffy Knew. Also, on Monday is Free Fiction Monday so any Monday you go to her blog, you get a free short story (it changes and doesn’t stay up so we’re just linking to the main blog).
Now, we’re great fantasy fans and we liked the Fey. The first book is The Sacrifice. If you like Games of Thrones and Lord of the Rings, you’ll probably like this. We think George R. R. Martin got ideas from the Fey for his characters! And yes, the series predates Game of Thrones–or the early part does.
Also, we’ve really been enjoying the Retrieval Artist Series, which is a mystery series set in the far future where we have run into other sentient beings and have a large moon base. The first of those is The Disappeared and that’s a ton of fun. The early Retrieval Artist don’t need to be read in order, but the later ones should be.
Now we’re off to watch the season finale of Downton Abbey!
Well, Katie was frantically pacing around Facebook asking when I was going to post a picture of where I was. Her smarty pants were getting hot. And she found me! “Whoops! I meant to say the Cleveland County Courthouse in Shelby, North Carolina!”
Apparently there is also a Cleveland County in Oklahoma too and she mis typed (or her human did) and wrote that first! We were surprised!
At any rate, Little Nicky responded, “The monument sits in front of the Old Cleveland County Courthouse in Shelby, at the intersection of South Lafayette and West Dale Streets. The Old Courthouse is now home to the Cleveland County Historical Museum.”
But I am so relieved to have been found and so quickly too!
Cats have inspired everything from the nonfiction I wrote back in the day (articles for Cat Fancy and business publications under a pen name I no longer use) to short stories that I write now. I wouldn’t have written two of my most popular short stories, The Secret Lives of Cats, and What Fluffy Knew, if cats didn’t run my life.
The Secret Lives of Cats came about because I stumbled on a German blog called Mr. Lee. Mr. Lee, a lovely cat, wears a camera everywhere goes. His photos (the ones he’s taken) have appeared in museums, and he has even produced a short film.
I have a mystery writer’s brain, so I wondered…what if my cat photographed a dead body?…and wrote from there. The story ended up becoming one of my most popular e-books as well as receiving an Anthony nomination and winning Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine’s Readers Choice Award.
Usually, though, my cat stories come from a more personal place. In 1998, my cat Ashley died. Her mother was a purebred red point Siamese who managed to hook up with the wrong guy. So the breeder gave the cats away, including Ash, who looked perfect to me. She was talkative and delightful and a true princess. When she finally passed on, I was devastated. So I wrote the opening to a story:
“Fluffy knew she was a princess. Her person told her so. And Fluffy herself could see it, in her white, white fur, her long elegant whiskers, and her dainty paws…”
The story went from there, with Fluffy, who never left her home, saving the world. This story’s been reprinted all over the world (most recently in Danish), and it comforts me to know that Ash lives on. Fluffy would not exist without her.
I have no idea how many cat stories I’ve written or how many stories the cats have influenced. Some of my aliens got their start from something one of my cats did. Some characters’ strange names come about because a cat walked on my keyboard (you know who you are, Molly).
I can’t imagine life without cats. I can’t imagine writing without cats.
They inform everything I do.
Both stories are available alone (linked above) or in the collection, Five Feline Fancies
Currently, I live with five indoor cats—Molly (pictured with her paws on the mouse), Galahad (above me as I read), Walter (beside me as I read), Ella (named for Ella Fitzgerald because she sings), and Monet (the beautiful cat who runs the house)—and one outdoors. His name is Little Tough Guy. He’s feral, but after three years, he finally lets me touch him. (I think our relationship got off to a rocky start when I threw him in a carrier and took him to the vet to lose a body part.)
I’ve written hundreds of short stories and novels under the names Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Kris Nelscott, Kristine Grayson, and a few I don’t admit to. You can find out more about my work at www.KristineKathrynRusch.com.
For those of you who don’t visit here, you may not have heard that we have a guest blogger tomorrow. It’s Kristine Kathryn Rusch, who is an award winning fantasy and science fiction author. For those of you who missed it, Gemini talks about how the woman managed this, but it was surprisingly easy (I wouldn’t be surprised it Kris wasn’t a closet fan of mine).
At any rate, if you’re like the male and have a blank stare on your face, Kristine Kathryn Rusch has written hundreds of short stories, many novels and several series. Kris writes under several common pen names as well as her own name.
At various times in her career she’s worked in radio and been an editor. In fact, we keep introducing her as the award winning science fiction and fantasy author but we’re actually short changing her by leaving off everything else.
Sometime around 1990, Kris spoke on a panel at Orycon. The Woman happened to be in the audience. The Woman didn’t know anything about her, but Kris’ no nonsense, cut-to-the-chase answers to the questions posed were so refreshing and useful, (quite unlike so many of the other speakers) that the Woman became a fan then and there. From that point on, if she saw Kris’s name in anthology or magazine, she purchased it. She also looked for her books. And over the years, you name it, Kris wrote it.
Fantasy lovers will enjoy the Fey series(although be warned, she is not shy about gore, and the Fey, to be honest, are not very nice.). Science Fiction lovers and mystery lovers alike will enjoy The Retrieval Artist series. The Woman likes science fiction but doesn’t like heavy science science fiction and these are great. Both series are under the Kris Rusch name.
People who want a thought provoking mystery or noir style mystery should read the Smokey Dalton series by Kris Nelscott.The Woman can’t just pick these up and read all of them at once. She needs a break because they tend to very intense and evocative. Lovers of light romance and perhaps a bit of paranormal elements should read the Kristine Grayson books. Not so much vampires as the Fates and quite a good romp. Yes, these are all Kristine Kathryn Rusch pen names. and you can read more about her on her blog. In fact, if you are a writer, her blog is one you really ought to be following.
The Business Rusch is invaluable. We’ve only touched on some of the highlights and our favorites, as there are too many to list and not get silly. Readers really do need to check her out. And yes, she writes a lot of short stories about cats. Reading Dean’s blog all the time, we hear mostly about the White Cat, aka Walter White Kitty, aka The Waltese Falcon. But they have several more. And that’s some of what you’ll learn about tomorrow.
Well, Mama is very excited about Kristine Kathryn Rusch guest posting on our blog on Thursday. She is still a little in shock. Last Thursday she got back from her morning acupuncture appointment (I do not like that because she rushes through my morning scritches), and read Kris’ blog post on the Business Rusch for the week.
Kris was writing about guest posting and the woman contacted her about guest posting on our blog, as Kris has so many short stories about cats and then Kris wrote back and she will be featured here on Thursday! Mama is so excited.
If you are thinking of writing seriously, we highly recommend reading the Business Rusch. Mama says that of everything she reads about writing, Kris’s work is the most no-nonsense and practical when it comes to the real business of being a writer.
We hope that you enjoy reading Kris’ work or even start checking it out now! Chey gets to talk about all the books that have made some really good laptime for us as Mama sits there reading them.
I’m a busy mancat. I have to do a post for Mousebreath about our guest blogger on Thursday. Mom is very excited so I am too. Award winning fantasy and science fiction author Kristine Kathryn Rusch wrote a post for OUR blog! Can you believe it? Gemini and Chey will tell you more about how this came about and about Kris’ career, for those of you who aren’t familiar with her.
This was a bit harder than I thought it would be when Katie reported back that apparently her smarty pants were losing their smarty and she couldn’t find me.
However, Pierre, Ashton and Newton came by and said, “OMC, we know this one! That’s at the RDV Sportsplex in Maitland, FL. The head peep passes it every day on the way to work. Are you hiding in Florida from the snow, Chey?”
And yes, I was invited to Florida by the Truffle and Brulee who said, “We’re so happy Newton, Pierre and Ashton found you. Mom Paula saw that particular artwork when she was in Florida for the Capital One Bowl in January. She literally stopped the car and told her passengers, “I have to get a picture of this for Chey to visit.” Never know where Mom Paula will travel next . . .”
However, given how difficult it was to find, I am a bit worried that she doesn’t actually want me to be found. If she really wants me to come live with her, she really just has to ask. I’m quite low maintenance.