R.F. Kristi – a doctorate in economic development and is enchanted by Cats.
I had never imagined myself writing stories for children which is just what I am doing right now with enjoyment and passion. My specialty, due to my work with the United Nations concentrated on writing reports of a technical nature. A world much removed from the milieu of children’s books. Rather, I am what is commonly known in the development field – a career diplomat holding a doctorate in economic development.
The intelligence and allure of cats has always enchanted me. Writing the Inca Cat Series arose out of nowhere. Perhaps from watching and interacting with both my cats, Inca and Cara, the Inca Cat Series was born. Loving a good mystery, when I started writing about the cat adventures, the ideas started flowing. The first book in the series is titled “The Cats Who Crossed Over From Paris” and embroils readers in the escapades of a cross-continental furry family as they leave their native France for the United Kingdom for a spot of detective prowess.Christmas Cats is the second instalment in the series and is a detective story full of intrigue and deception. A human friend has been lost for some time—a tip that might lead to his recovery has taken the dog detective Terrance and his human co-detectives on a wild adventure in the Himalayas. Closer to home, the remaining cats must deal with the possible wrongful eviction of a fellow pet’s owner. Told from Inca’s perspective, the story takes several surprising twists and turns and highlights the importance of giving second chances.
The third in the series, ‘Cats in Provence’ is due to be launched sometime in March 2017 and will tell the story of Inca and Company, the detective agency headed by the adventure loving Inca will hunt an art thief in Provence and Paris, France.
When and why did you start writing?
I started writing children’s books recently. I am not sure why I started writing. All I can say is that once I started writing, I could not stop and I discovered that writing children’s books was something that I enjoyed doing very much, much more than my day job.
How do you measure success as a writer?
The traditional way I suppose is by the number of sales and positive reviews gained by a book. But in my opinion, success is that and much more. Above all, if you love what you are doing and enjoying the development of the plot and story, and the creation of the final product, I believe that is the most important indicator of true success.
Describe your latest book to our readers
The third in the Inca Cat Series, ‘Cats in Provence’ is due to be launched sometime early this year. Inca & Company, the detective agency headed by the adventure loving Inca will hunt an art thief in Provence and Paris, France.
What would you like readers to take away from your writing?
The purpose of my books is primarily to help children gain an even greater respect and love for animals. The books are written in a way to show children that animals have personalities, feelings and activities just like them and they are to be treated kindly, loved and appreciated. Hence if a young child learns to love and appreciate animals, I believe my writing efforts would have paid off.
What’s next for you?
After self-publishing the second book in the Inca Series, I was offered a publishing contract froma traditional publisher. Hence, despite the challenges and pitfalls, I am pleased with the end results of both books self-published. I am keeping my fingers crossed and hoping that I will be able to reach a wider audience o children and parents in this new venture I will contribute returns from sales to animal rescue homes.
by R.F Kristi
Inca, a Siberian puss, tells the story about her furry family – her brother Fromage, who is addicted to cheese and considers himself a cheese monger, and her sister, Cara, a gorgeous but timid Siamese. Inca, an avid fan of Dr. House, considers herself the leader of the troupe and responsible for the well-being of the family. They own, according to Inca, Missy, a young humanoid who has a well-established cheese shop in Paris. The story revolves around how Missy decides to move to London with her co-partners, Jacques and Genevieve, to run their new cheese shop and café. Can Fromage leave his pal, Charlotte, behind? Soon after arriving in London, the three cats accompany Missy to their neighbor’s house where they meet Monk, a blue Russian cat and Terrance, a golden retriever owned by their famous neighbor, a detective named Solo, living in the same compound in Kensington.
Things start to get interesting when Monk tries to help their neighbor, Polo, a sad little Pekinese whose mistress, a formerly well-known opera singer who is pining for her lost husband, has her valuable diamond necklace stolen. Can Inca and her family assist Monk and Terrance to recover the necklace and resolve Polo’s problems?