Cat Editors: Mindy Mejia and Dusty

By Midge Raymond,

  Filed under: Cat Editors, On Writing, The Writing Life

Author Mindy Mejia lives and writes with a cat named Dusty.

Mindy's cat

On working with Dusty, Mindy says:

Dusty’s main editorial talents lie in encouragement and prioritization. He usually lounges on the table or in my lap, purring his approval at whatever scene I’m working on, and if I start daydreaming he’ll jump directly on top of the computer or manuscript (see picture) as if to say, “Oh, you’ve got better things to do than write? I guess I’ll just make this my new bed.” It never fails to refocus my energy, which I’m sure is his intent.

Mindy Mejia is the author of The Dragon Keeper (Ashland Creek Press, 2012) and the novel EVERYTHING YOU WANT ME TO BE, forthcoming from Emily Bestler Books in 2016. Visit Mindy’s website and stay tuned for more news on the release of her new book!

Are you a writer with a cat editor in your life? If you’d like to share your story, send me a note.



  Comments: 2

  1. Thank you, Judy! It’s so true about cats having to be in the middle of the action, whatever it is. I am so looking forward to introducing more writers and their cat editors — there are so many of us out there!

  2. Nice to meet you Dusty, and you, too Mindy. What is it about kitties that puts them right on our pages, right on our keyboards. Even my sister who’s not a writer says her kitty, Franny, likes to lay her head on the keyboard when Jackie is typing.

    Love this Cat Editor Series, Midge. A really cute idea. Look forward to meeting more writers and their cat editors in the days to come.