The initial concept for The Merry Maines was
a story about a big Maine Coon, my own
beloved Hawkeye, and a Siamese, that was
originally titled The Princess With the
Talking Tail. However, when it made its way
into typescript, it had become a tale about a
gaggle of Maine Coons in and about a cattery
in the state of Maine and a very royal little
Korat. Now where the Korat came from I have
no idea. I simply looked at my clipboard
where everything gets written in longhand for
a first draft and there she was. I knew what a
Korat was, mind, but it had never occurred to
me to incorporate one into my story of life in a
Maine Coon cattery. Siamese I had owned—
well: lived with—but about a Korat, I knew
next to nothing. I have to confess that it wasn't
until after The Merry Maines was published
that I managed to acquire one. Yet, having
done so, I did get it right. Which makes me
very suspicious. About who was writing these
stories, I mean.
So I thought you all might like to see the
cast of characters who inspired these
However, I need to add two caveats here.
Do please remember these books are
FICTION. No responsible breeder ever
lets his or her cats run loose outside
unless constrained in an enclosure of
some kind. And no breeder will sell a
kitten to anyone who doesn't swear on
one's first born child that he/she will
always keep their new feline inside. For
the purposes of plot and the way cats
used to be kept in Maine, some of my
character cats do get outside
But not in reality. Life is just too
dangerous outside. No matter how careful
an owner might be, if a beloved pet
simply touches noses with a stray who
has FIV or Feline Leukemia, that's a
I won't even mention dogs, raccoons,
opossum, foxes and the like--nor
automobiles. I think you get the picture.
You will have paid a lot of money(or not;
getting a rescue instead) for a kitten or
cat a breeder has worked very hard to
love and raise for you so do not treat it
carelessly. Take care of your cat,
whatever the breed! Do not let it outside.
One other plea from this writer. DO NOT
DECLAW YOUR CAT OR KITTEN! That
is mutilation. Vets don't take just the
claw; they take the poor creature's whole
first knuckle. You wouldn't slice off a dog's
toenails if he dug up the garden or
scratched the couch so accord your cat
the same courtesy. There are an awful lot
of nerve endings in those big paws and
there's no way any vet can keep from
cutting some of them- -which can
condemn a cat to a life of pain. Just keep
them in scratching posts. Cats really are
bright. They can be taught. And nail
clippers are not expensive. If your
furniture is your first love--get an
aquarium. Or a gerbil. Don't get a cat.
The Merry Maines- A Shaggy Cat Story The Moosery
Sing A Song Of Sixpence The MerryMaines Go Country!
Something Wicked This Way Comes and The MerryMaines Down
However, most writers will confess, if a
bit reluctantly, to being used in this
manner. One plays “what if,” does a
rough draft with pen on paper and
behold, the Gods of Felinity (or their
muse) take over. The story and the
characters just seem to invent
themselves and while the writer might
have some idea about where the plot is
going, it’s the cats themselves who
define the tale. If I didn’t know better, I’d
believe that it is I who was being
programmed by this very wizardly
species. To wit: “who’s in charge
here?” Well, any and every cat ‘owner’
can come up with the answer to that
question. It’s a no brainer.
As I said, cats are magical creatures.
They're also pushy, imperial, goat-
headed and very sure of themselves--
and would we have it any other way?
And do we have a choice?
A cheeky Hawkeye says...
Now meet the cast of characters...
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