Guest post by Paws, Claws, and Magic Tales author:
Jenelle Leanne Schmidt
What was your inspiration for your story in the anthology?
Back in January of 2017, I participated in a writing contest for Speculative Faith. The challenge was to write a piece of flash fiction between 100-300 words that started from the prompt: “Kendall didn’t care if the other candidates thought he was power hungry — nothing could stop him from going after his destiny.” “Destined for Greatness” started its life as my entry for that contest. When the fairy tale and cat anthologies were announced, I had a burst of inspiration for how I could make Kendall’s life even more miserable than I already had and potentially tie it in to the fairy-tale series I’m planning to write after I finish my fantasy/gaslamp series. Thus, the story expanded slightly and became a strange blend of humorous cat story and original fairy tale.
Tell us about the cat(s) in your life.
There are no cats in my life currently. Unless you count my brother’s cats, which I enjoy petting when we visit them. I had a cat when I was younger, an enormous gray-striped cat I named “Tigger.” He was the epitome of an independent cat with a mind of his own. He was the sort of cat who would meow to go out, then change his mind halfway across the threshold. If I really wanted him to make up his mind, I’d have to hold the door open and stand there as though I really didn’t care what he did.
My 4-year old son is quite allergic to cats, so it doesn’t look like there will be any cats in my future… which honestly only bothers me because cats are a great marketing tool for authors. I like cats okay, but I’ve always been more of a dog-person… which is probably why my cat story has a bit of a strange/somewhat dark sense of humor to it!
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