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Clea Simon

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Clea Simon is the author of the upcoming The Ninth Life, the first in the Blackie & Care mysteries. She also writes Dulcie Schwartz feline mysteries, the Pru Marlowe pet noir mysteries, and the Theda Krakow mysteries, as well as three nonfiction books, including The Feline Mystique: On the Mysterious Connection Between Women and Cats. The recipient of multiple honors, including the Cat Writers Associations Presidents Award, she lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, with her husband, Jon Garelick, and their cat, Musetta."

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Clea Simon I just sent back the revised ms. for "Kittens Can Kill," the fifth Pru Marlowe pet noir, and am hard at work on the ninth Dulcie Schwartz feline…moreI just sent back the revised ms. for "Kittens Can Kill," the fifth Pru Marlowe pet noir, and am hard at work on the ninth Dulcie Schwartz feline mystery. (less)
Clea Simon I started writing "When Bunnies Go Bad" during that terrible winter, three years ago, when up here in Boston we had so much snow. I saw tracks of…moreI started writing "When Bunnies Go Bad" during that terrible winter, three years ago, when up here in Boston we had so much snow. I saw tracks of bunnies crossing our porch to eat the forsythia - the only shrub sticking out of the snow! Soon, I got to see them too! Then I read up on their behavior, to understand how they survived the winter. And then I reached out to a rabbit rescue group - they were wonderful about confirming and correcting what I had observed about bunny behavior. Thanks for reading!(less)
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I'm not a plotter. Far from it – instead, I am very much a "pantser," writing by the seat of my pants, so to speak. But as I explained a week or so ago, at some point, I do have to sit down and figure things out. Sometimes, the endings of my books make themselves obvious to me (of COURSE her best friend is implicated in the murder!). At other times, I realize I've made complications for myself...
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Clea Simon Wow! Booklist has reviewed my new Code Grey: A Feline-Filled Academic MysteryCode Grey, saying: "This unusual and intelligent series continues to surprise, with additional backstory on some of the characters adding layers of interest. Readers will not want Dulcie to finish her dissertation anytime soon." I am over the moon!

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Beth Hi Clea,
Thanks for befriending this fellow mystery author on Goodreads!

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