Furbaby Friday with Author Caroline Clemmons


Today I am welcoming my friend and fellow author, Caroline Clemmons, who is sharing her life writing with a furbaby.

Caroline: As a child, I wasn’t allowed to have pets. My husband, who I call Hero, and I and our two daughters have had several family pets over the years. We loved each one as a family member. Our little Shih Tzu, Webster, died earlier this year and we still miss him terribly. We have three cats that have helped us in our grief over losing Webster.

Writing is usually a solitary profession. A few authors take their laptop to a café or write amidst the family’s comings and goings. Most of us tuck ourselves in a corner or an office where we can work uninterrupted. I have a small pink office that I love. Always welcome is a furbaby who wants to snuggle or simply keep me company. I have to admit my favorite is our black and white tuxedo cat, Sebastian.

Sebastian

My soft-hearted Hero met Sebastian while fishing at a local lake. Sebastian was the runt half the size of his siblings. Hero mentioned to the lake’s store clerk that he’d like to have that kitten. One day she called and said “his” kitten was in a box and he’d better hurry to pick him up because the store owner had already called animal control about the others.

When Hero brought Sebastian home, the kitten was too thin and fit in my husband’s hand. Poor little baby was not yet weaned. We bottle fed him until he was old enough for kitten pablum—which, by the way, looked just like human baby pablum.

That was over nine years ago. He’s no longer a runt, but is very long and tall and weighs 20 pounds. Sebastian’s my almost-constant companion. When he’s not with me, he usually sleeps on the corner of my side of our bed or—if we’re watching TV—on the back of the couch.

He senses when we’re upset and stays near to offer his company. About the only time he deserts me or our bed is when someone in our house is ill. Then, he stays by their side to guard them. Our eldest daughter is staying with us because of a shattered femur that (we hope) is finally healing after 21 months and six operations and bone grafts. Sebastian has stayed by her side at those low times when she’s been discouraged about her lack of progress.

Sebastian likes a schedule and lets me know when he thinks it’s my bedtime—he wants everyone where they’re supposed to be. He usually sleeps beside me or at my feet. Even though he’s a cat, he’s very vocal and can say “no”, “more”, “now”, “okay”, “here”, and a few other words. He calls me “Care-woe” but only uses my name when he wants something. I know—only a cat owner would believe that.

I love having Sebastian share my life—even when he sits on my arm and makes using the keyboard difficult or tries to “help” me make the bed or fold laundry. I agree with so-called experts who say pets calm us, lower high blood pressure, and extend our lives. I still miss Webster and the other pets we’ve lost, but I find comfort in having Sebastian as my companion.~

Caroline Clemmons is an Amazon bestselling and award winning author of historical and contemporary western romances. A frequent speaker at conferences and seminars, she has taught workshops on characterization, point of view, and layering a novel.

*** I very much enjoyed hearing about Sebastian. What a wonderful cat. Now, for a bit about Caroline’s latest release.

Amazing view from Moro Rock in Sequoia National Park, California.

Blurb for Lorraine

How to escape marriage to an odious man .

Leave the state.

Lorraine Stuart joins a group of women traveling to Tarnation, Texas, a town with numerous bachelors but no unmarried women. She longs to meet a man who will admire her and the writing ability that has her published in several publications, by a pseudonym, of course. Just her luck, out of all those in Tarnation, she falls for the most stubborn man she’s ever met. But the handsome newspaper owner is the only one who makes her heart flutter.

Grant Pettigrew has worked hard to establish the Tarnation Gazette. He is intrigued by Lorraine but he won’t let a woman write for his newspaper. Besides, he can’t afford to hire anyone yet. The redhead is gorgeous and ignites dreams of family, but he’s never met a more obstinate woman.

Will two immovable forces join to form a forever love?~

Author Bio: Caroline and her husband live in the heart of Texas cowboy country with their menagerie of rescued pets. When she’s not indulging her passion for writing, Caroline enjoys family, reading, travel, antiquing, genealogy, and getting together with friends. Find her on her blog, website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Google+, WattPad, Shelfari, and Pinterest.

Click on her Amazon Author Page for a complete list of her books and follow her there.

Subscribe to Caroline’s newsletter here to receive a FREE novella of HAPPY IS THE BRIDE, a humorous historical wedding disaster that ends happily—but you knew it would, didn’t you?

She loves to hear from her readers at caroline@carolineclemmons.com

39 responses to “Furbaby Friday with Author Caroline Clemmons

  1. Fur babies are the seeetest. I know what you mean about laying on your arm while you’re trying to write. Oscar does the same to me. I enjoyed your post. Your babies sound awesome!

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  2. What a lovely story! Glad he settled in so well. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I would be nothing without my fur babies!

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  4. Oh Sebastian is a very handsome guy! I relate to you – I have 3 cats and they all appreciate how hard I work FOR them. They don’t seem to get that as a writer I’m the boss lol. They spend significant amounts of time assisting me with a run across the keyboard, tails resting across my wrists, pushing my lap top to the very edge so they can rest comfortably behind it and more. But writing, so solitary already, would be less fun without them. Fun post!

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  5. I always had cats, and I’m enjoying the differences of having my furbaby Courage, a 4 year old dog.

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  6. Just reading about your fur babies made me smile, Caroline.

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  7. Beth, thank you very much for having me on your blog!

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  8. Handsome cat! Looks like one I had years ago. Best cat ever and great post. Love the furbaby theme.

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  9. Sebastian is a most handsome fellow who obviously adores his humans. Does he make an appearance in Lorraine?

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  10. Alison Henderson

    Sebastian looks very regal in the first photo and completely boneless in the second–just the way I remember my kitties!

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  11. What great little friends you have Caroline! I have loved all of my cats and recommend them to anyone who just needs a friend! All mine have been rescues of one kind or another, and the rescues has been two sided. Great post!

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  12. Cathy Hammerschmidt

    I was so glad to read about your furbabies! They add spice to our lives and keep us going. I have 9 cats whom I love dearly. I also enjoyed reading your Blurb for Lorraine. Thank you!

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  13. Sebastian is quite the handsome fellow!! I’m so glad he agreed to meet us. 😊

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  14. I love furbabies. Wonderful post. Thanks for sharing.
    Sue B

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