What do you when your cat has a heart attack and dies and then comes back to life? You write a novel I guess. At least I did, for fun. Or not so much for fun but because I was freaked out by the experience. My cat had had a urinary tract infection and gave up eating. She vomited. So I took her to the emergency vet where after a routine examination, she went into cardiac arrest. Luckily, the doctors revived her. Afterward, the experience was on my mind and in my heart, my aching heart. In fact, I struggled with the trauma for months. Now, finally, she’s infection free and as good as a thirteen-year-old cat can be.
The artistic outcome was I started writing a story about it and couldn’t stop. It’s about a young woman who’s just finished graduate school and comes home to care for her family home while her mom’s away in rehab. The working title is Sophie and the Tree Hollow. And here are the first few paragraphs. If you like it and want to read more, let me know. I may self-publish it, I may shop for representation, I’m not sure yet. Regardless, here it is.