It’s Saturday, the first Saturday in the school year here in Sioux City, IA. My nieces went back to school just yesterday, which I think is stupid. Who starts school on a Friday and then bam it’s the weekend. Makes no sense. Well, anyway today I am giving over my blog to Paranormal Romance and Fantasy author Aurora Jean Alexander. She is going to talk about her current series in the works and her lovely kitties. Hope you have an awesome read…
I am Aurora Jean Alexander, AJ in short. I’m an author who recently published her 2nd book in ‘The Council Of Twelve’ series, Sundance.
I was quite young when I discovered I wanted to write. I doubt I can tell you one specific time or even time frame when I started writing. I felt that’s what I wanted to do. Since I lack talent in painting and drawing, I had to do something with my creativity and decided that’s the way to do it.
I’m not sure there ever was “a starting point” when I decided clearly, I wanted to be a writer. I learned to write at the age of four, and I remember developing little stories since I’m a Kindergarten kid. In school, when others complained about essays, mine were easily 6 – 10 pages long, I enjoyed it so much. When I got older, the need to write deepened, and I became more serious. Finally, I worked myself ‘up’ to the point where I am now; writing a series of 13 books with the second in the series published.
For a long time already, I felt fascinated by angels. Quite some time ago I asked myself if angels would ever fall in love. And here, the basic idea for ‘The Council Of Twelve’ series was born. Of course, I needed to add a bit more to the story than ‘only’ love. And that’s what I tried to do.
Next, to being a writer, I’m also a cat mommy. At my place there are three beautiful Maine Coon cats, one of them a tomcat and two females. I call them my ‘assistants.’ They all are gorgeous, of course, and each one of them has a fairly unique personality. I love talking about my cats. Jake is a rare golden tabby with white. He is a breathtaking ‘tiger’ with huge paws, and the sweetest personality one can imagine. He is very soft and caring. When I got him I had a tiny black Persian, and he used to play with her. Even though it looked quite rough he never hurt her. And when she got sick, shortly before I had to euthanize her, she couldn’t wash anymore, and Jake helped her.
Charlet is the one I got after the Persian passed away. She is a Maine Coon black-tabby and has the cutest face one can imagine, surrounded by a black line like it would frame her little face. She is quite small for a Maine Coon cat, but she stood her ground quite well and showed Jake that he could not do with her whatever he liked. She is a very mommy-oriented cat and loves to cuddle and curl up on my desk.
Tjara is a beautiful black Maine Coon cat. She is a former ‘best of show’ cat. I got her after she was retired from breeding. That is how I got all my cats. Each one was already grown up when I provided them with a forever home. Tjara is a very self-confident cat. When I brought her in, it took her about half an hour, and she took the job as a ‘pack leader.’ She is proud and strong, and very elegant. With her I have my own personal mini-Panther.
Each one of them is dear to my heart and enriches my life in an indescribable way. My writing is a major part of my life, and my cats are the other major part. I’m happy for every new reader of my books, and so are my assistants. (They get treats when I celebrate new readers.)