… there was the idea. And the idea was good.
Actually, in the beginning there was a cat. His name was Sharka and he arrived in our home back in 1988 as the runt of the litter from a pet shop.
By 2010, he was an old man who’d seen children grow up, new ones appear, old cats move on, new and more annoying ones steal his best sleeping patches, and his house half knocked down and rebuilt. He passed away in 2011 in my arms ready to go up to chase new mice somewhere his bones didn’t ache at the grand old age of 24.
His favourite place was always the garden, and this is what inspired the author of the books, A M Edwards to consider creating stories for another generation to enjoy Sharka’s musings on butterflies and flowers.
Over the coming months, this blog will show how Sharka The Cat goes from an idea to a real life book and Android App.
Whilst the books are written by A M Edwards, the illustrations are all created by her granddaughter Evie using the iPad app Paper and her own imagination.
Evie’s original drawing of Sharka was the inspiration for the stories and is now the icon and trademark of the books.
And here’s the smallest illustrator hard at work with some bugs and butterflies for the first book!
So… just watch this space!