Alex: You and Linda have
written several books about cats. Tell me about them.
Stuart: Our first cat book
was “The Little Book of Calm for Cats” which was beautifully
illustrated by the American artist Erica Oller. This book was
inspired by “The Little Book of Calm” and gives advice to our feline
friends on ways to avoid stress in their hectic lives. Next came
“Utterly Adorable Cats” which is a book of cat philosophy - giving
the cat perspective on life. It has been extremely successful and
has been translated into 20 languages including Romanian, Lithuania,
Czechoslovakian and Ukrainian. And now of course we have our best
cat book of all “The Secret Diary of Adrian Cat”.
Alex: Why another cat book?
Linda and I have had fifteen
books published over the past eight years but we like to return to
cats from time to time as they are so much fun to write about. We
have always had cats around the house – at one time we had three
living with us. They are fascinating animals, each with its own
unique personalities. I love their independent and how they come and
go as they please. It’s the fact that they disappear for hours or
even overnight that is so intriguing. It got us wondering what they
get up to when not curled up under the heater. Do they visit
generous neighbours who feed them on expensive wild salmon and fresh
cream? Do they get up to terrible mischief with cat friends?
Perhaps they become involved in all sorts of sophisticated cat
politics and have exciting adventures. Yes - they could quite easily
be living a secret life that we know nothing about.
Alex: So was it this secret
life that you captured in the book?
Exactly, the book is about
all the things Adrian could be getting up to; trying to become
famous, looking for the love of his life, promoting peace between
dogs, cats and mice, getting involved with an evil gang, saving the
life of a fox, treasure hunting with a pirate parrot and, of course,
looking after his human family.
Alex: Why did you choose the
title “The Secret Diary of Adrian Cat”?
I have always been a great
fan of Sue Townsend and have read many of her books. “The Secret
Diary of Adrian Mole” provided the inspiration to write our book in
a diary format. I loved the idea of a cat keeping a secret diary of
all his adventures, worries and aspirations. “The Secret Diary of
Adrian Cat” started out as a working title for the book but Adrian
took on such a powerful character that when the book was complete we
could not bear to change his name. We spent hours trying other
names, but none were right – Adrian was Adrian and refused to be
called anything else.
Alex: Is there any
similarity between Adrian Cat and Adrian Mole?
Well both Adrians have more
than their fair share of problems to deal with. Both are rather
pretentious, very ambitious and think themselves smarter than they
actually are. Adrian Cat for instance is always offering his friend,
Lucky, advice and always with disastrous consequences. Love features
large in each of their lives – Adrian Cat falls for a beautiful
white Persian whose ruthless ambition frequently forces Adrian into
trouble and danger.
Alex: So what are you
working on now?
We are writing a humorous
children’s novel entitled “Medusa Island”. It’s about an evil
scientist who finds a way to alter the DNA of people and animals to
turn them into mythical creatures. It is scheduled to be published
by DNA Press early 2008.
Alex: What about Adrian Cat,
will be seeing more of him?
We will be keeping followers
up to date on his antics on the website,
www.TheSecretDiaryOfAdrianCat.com. There are still lots of
adventures left to tell, so it is not impossible that there could be
a follow up book sometime in the future.