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Author Jess Black joins us to introduce her new junior-fiction series, Kitty is Not a Cat!


What is Kitty is Not a Cat about?

Kitty is Not a Cat is a warmly funny junior-fiction series about Kitty, a little girl who believes she can be anything she dreams - even a cat. When Kitty arrives on the doorstep of a house full of music-mad felines, their lives are turned upside down as they attempt to teach her how to be human.


Do you have a specific routine when writing your books?

Not really. I do lots of reading and research before I begin writing. Once writing I find it hard to think about anything else. A book will consume me until it is finished!


What is the best thing about being a children’s author? What is the hardest?

Best thing is getting to create characters and worlds that I love to spend time in and then sharing those worlds with kids. The hardest thing is starting a new series and facing the unknown!


What did you enjoy reading as a kid?

I loved anything by Enid Blyton – Magic Faraway Tree, Famous Five and Secret Seven. I also loved mysteries – Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys. I loved horses and read every horse book that exists! Later, I read lots of fantasy.


When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

Writing came to me later in life. I wrote for Theatre and Television and all the time I was writing short stories and doing writing courses. I never imagined I’d get published! I knew from my early twenties, but it didn’t happen for me until my mid-thirties!


  • Kitty is not a Cat: Lights Out - Bogan Entertainment Solutions, Jess Black

    Some children hate going to bed. Not Kitty! Kitty falls asleep every night curled up snug as a bug in a bed box. That is, until one spooky night when Kitty's night-light goes missing and her fear of the dark comes creeping out.

  • Kitty is not a Cat: Teddy's Bear - Bogan Entertainment Solutions, Jess Black

    What could be better that a cuddly teddy bear? How about a real-life grizzly bear! Kitty and the bear spend a fun-filled afternoon together, but it doesn't take long for Kitty to realise that having a grizzly bear for a playmate may be a little more trouble that she thought.

  • Kitty is not a Cat: Bath Time - Bogan Entertainment Solutions, Jess Black

    Kitty needs a bath, but that's easier said than done in a house full of cats who hate water! When the cats gather up the courage to explore the mansion's dusty old bathroom, Kitty realises that baths aren't so bad after all.

  • Kitty is not a Cat: Hired Hound - Bogan Entertainment Solutions, Jess Black

    A house full of musical cats who must stay silent? What kind of home is that? When the neighbours hire a guard dog to keep the cats quiet, they need a solution fast. And, as usual, it comes in the form of a little girl in a bright orange cat suit.

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