By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: October 21, 2011
Shana Gammon is the author and illustrator of Marie’s Nine Lives. She based the book on her cat Marie; a cat that she and her family rescued from an animal shelter. This is Shana’s second book for children.
TCBR: Marie’s 9 Lives is a chapter book based on your cat Marie; a cat that you and your family rescued from an animal shelter. When did you realize that she would make a great protagonist for a story?
Shanna Gammon: It didn’t take long. Almost immediately we noticed Marie was a little different than other cats. At night, she loved to sleep in the sink or on top of the children’s heads. During the day, she would play with the children, occasionally going up and down their slide (by her choice) or walking along the top of their swing set. The kids were delighted. They thought that maybe she had once belonged to a circus. So I began to make up humorous stories to tell our children about where Marie had lived and what she had done before we adopted her.