Friday, December 16, 2011

Hathor the Cat

I truly wonder how readers have taken to Hathor the cat. I realized when I wrote her into the storyline of "Not Forgotten" I was taking a risk. It was a risk because it's very easy to lose a reader when animals take on human-like qualities in fiction. My approach was simple: She was needed to tie up some lose ends but she needed to be a cat in order to give her character a sense of believability. What I mean by this is that she could never demonstrate any behaviors that would be unnatural for a cat and her "supernatural" qualities needed to be seen through the eyes of the human characters in the story. With this approach the reader is not overwhelmed with things that seem too distant from the scope of reality. If this were a fantasy piece, Hathor may have been a bit more flamboyant.