Diane Lefer has had many cat editors to collaborate with.
Desi, pictured above, was Diane’s muse from a very early age:
Desi was abandoned way too young, only 3 weeks old, and she thought I was her mother. Or maybe the other way around: Like a mother, she was constantly reminding me to get serious and send my work out. When a manuscript came out of the printer, she’d wait for the last page to emerge and then she’d tap the paper for luck.
Later, after Desi passed away at 16 years of age, Diane fostered Junie.
The photos I took of Junie unfortunately also reveal a sloppy work space, something she never held against me. Instead, clutter and books that didn’t stand upright amused her. She was old school, reminding me that sometimes a pen works better than a computer.
Now Diane lives and writes with Mildred.
She’s very literate. Loves books and fortunately doesn’t literally devour them but she did chew up last year’s tax return. She doesn’t so much edit as perch on the computer and supervise.
If you’re a writer with a cat editor in your life and you’d like to share the joy, send me a note.