Author’s Inspiration: “Hugs and Hisses”

Hi, everyone. This week, I’m skipping two titles: Brief Interludes is a collection of short fiction that I’ve already discussed, and Seen Through the Phantom’s Eyes is an omnibus of the eponymous series, which I’ve already covered.

That brings us to Hugs and Hisses: My Mission of Love as a Shelter Volunteer. There is no better way to explain my inspiration than with the first few paragraphs of my author’s note:

I need to be frank here and tell readers that I initially abandoned this manuscript for a couple of years. I didn’t think it captured all of the joy that I felt from my volunteerism with such a wonderful organization.

Then, on September 19, 2015, I came home to find that my flame-point Balinese cat Teddy, whom we adopted from Humane Society Silicon Valley as a kitten, had died suddenly at the age of two. The vet thinks he had a blood clot; there was nothing I could have done … and yet my heart was breaking all the same and my head was filled with irrational recriminations about what I might have done differently. Teddy was one of the hundreds of cats and kittens I have worked with since I started volunteering at the shelter in 2010 and he was the first one who I knew really was supposed to be my little guy.

Teddy was visually impaired, but that didn’t stop him from living life to the fullest. He loved noisy toys that he could find by tracking the sound, and sitting in the open, screened windows at twilight to experience all of the sounds and smells outside. He was my precious baby boy.

I picked up this manuscript again because of him. What I found were stories of love, compassion, and outright heroism. Teddy was an inspiration in more ways than I can name; he gave me the courage to finish this book and to share it with all of you.

Want your own copy of Hugs and Hisses? Here are the purchase links and back cover copy:

Award-winning author, animal communicator, and Reiki practitioner Sharon E. Cathcart shares tales from her humane education work in this new memoir. Sharing stories of both happiness and heartbreak, Cathcart brings us into the challenging world of animal rescue.

All proceeds from the book will benefit Humane Society Silicon Valley.



Amazon (click through for your country’s website)

Apple Books

Barnes & Noble

Better World Books

Blackwells (UK)

Bokus (Sweden)

Book Depository

Booktopia (Australia)

Chapters Indigo (Canada)

Dymocks (Australia)

Fnac (France)


KoboBooks (Also available for 2400 Super Points if you are part of the program)

Love’s Sweet Arrow

Mondadori (Italy)

Rakuten Overdrive (Via your local library)


The Ripped Bodice




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