Bastet & Bhagheera waiting for the Kat from the Venloos rooftop.
Kat op een Venloos dak
[Shabby en de Regenboogjongen]
My fabel in Dutch… Een kinderverhaal voor grote mensen. A novella.
I started writing ‘cat on a Venloos roof’ (or: Shabby & the rainbbow-boy) as comic relief while I was working on Bint Ibrahim. I was beginning to learn Dutch, and instead of practicing grammar, I made up stories. I’d be sitting in my zolderkamer looking outside to the tops of the buildings and to the Maas river… listening to the bird’s and to the sounds of people on the streets. I felt like a cat. Not a regular cat, of course, but a cat from another dimsion… the imaginal realm. The cat didn’t stay on the roof… and thus, she started meeting Characters, and each had their own set of problems.
One story led to another and I ended up with a book. I began to write it for myself, so I did not decide if it was a children’s or adult book. My language grew as I continued to write it. It thus begins younger than how it ends. This kind of approach is a No-No in the writing world… you have to first decide your audience and your genre… but not everything goes by the books, and sometimes you just have to go with it. Actually, always – if it’s fun! Throughout the process, my husband continues to patiently correct my various drafts and try to get some grammar lessons in there.
Skip to autumn, 2019. The manuscript is here, now to make it into a book, which calls for a team. And to my great joy… the team is forming, with Annemarie Staaks as editor, and the illustrations by Isabella El-Hasan and/or Studio Denk.
I could have not dreamed of better team.
Together, we have begun the process of raising the funds to make it happen. I have no doubt that it will come.
The Kat is alive… now to give it clothes.
You’ll hear more about this soon….