I published my escapist cozy fantasy book
September 17, 2021 10:47 AM   Subscribe

I published my escapist cozy fantasy book
I've just published Ray and the Cat Thing, the book I wrote during the hard lockdown when I desperately yearned for a light, escapist, happy story.

It's about getting far away from the city, finding kittens, eating pancakes, reading next to the fire while it's raining outside, making new friends, and a certain amount of very odd magic. It's set in South Africa.
Role: Writer
posted by Zumbador (6 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

I read the beginning and you have a very engaging writing style. Great work!
posted by mundo at 10:07 AM on September 18, 2021 [1 favorite]

Wow! What a lovely comment. Thanks that means a lot :)
posted by Zumbador at 9:10 AM on September 19, 2021 [1 favorite]

I got a copy and I'm looking forward to reading it!
posted by moonmilk at 6:42 PM on September 20, 2021 [1 favorite]

I enjoyed it quite a lot - both eerie and cozy, with a nice hopeful ending!

By the way, I was wondering if the stained glass window in Amberside is based on a real window. Your description was very engaging, and I'd love to see a picture of the inspiration if there is one.
posted by moonmilk at 10:51 AM on October 21, 2021 [1 favorite]

I'm so glad you enjoyed it!
That window was not based on an existing one, but I did look at a lot of Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau stained glass, and also many images of William Morris's "Red House"

And by the way, the name Amberside is an Easter egg, it's the name of a house in Elizabeth Enright's book "Return to Gone-away" which is a big favorite of mine. :)
posted by Zumbador at 2:29 AM on October 22, 2021 [2 favorites]

I've just read it and came over here to recommend it on the self-published books Ask. Had forgotten the author was a MeFite and that this is where I heard of it. Really enjoyed the book, thank you. Lots of engaging detail and I loved the cats and the house. I can see the Gone-Away connexion.
posted by paduasoy at 10:37 AM on January 6, 2022 [1 favorite]

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