More About "The Cat Who Came Back for Christmas"

Catch up with author Julia Romp, and see what inspired her to write this holiday cat book.

By BowTie Editors | Posted: October, 2, 2012, 1:30 p.m. EST

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Julia Romp
Author Julia Romp with her son George and their cat, Ben, the subject of Romp's book
Tell us your inspiration behind the book, “The Cat Who Came Back for Christmas.”
My inspiration came from reading the diary I had kept since giving birth – notes and messages I had written about our day-to-day difficulties, hoping one day George would be able to look back and remember the good times as well as the bad .I wrote, “Your first tooth has pushed its way through and today and you have spent 24 hours trying to remove it.” When you read back, it's funny.

What was the most rewarding part about writing this book?
The most rewarding thing was raising money for other children with autism and making their dreams come true. I feel so proud and treasure my book it's my life and journey. It's amazing the letters and response I have had from all over the world relating their lives and stories with mine this brings us both great happiness .

What was the most difficult part about writing the book?
I think the most difficult part was reading back and taking myself back in time. It was not just emotional and funny at times, but heart-wrenching. As I read through my diary of good and bad times I relived the past 10 years of my life. It was like watching a film; at the movies, I cried and laughed and woke the next day telling myself, “Look at George now. He is one fine young man.”

What do you do in your free time?
I love nothing more to spend time with friends and family, but I'm normally very busy indeed. I work for a local animal charity doing “jumble sales” and raising money most weekends.

When I'm not doing that, I'm out dressed up as Mickey or Minnie mouse trying to raise money for a special little boy who has cancer and needs treatment. It's called Connor Whipp appeal and Kick Ass Mollie appeal. George helps me by dressing up as a mascot while I do the talking — just the way he likes it .

Do you have any pets?
I saved a cat called Henry from Essex. He had been living on the streets for many years and a lady who had read my book tracked me down and asked if I could help save this cat. Well, I did with every intention of rehoming him, but sadly he had been treated so badly he wasn't fit to be homed. He was blind and had some funny behavior problems. He took over the house. Now, we call him Granddad. Let's just say he rules us.

I also am holding a 3-year-old cat for the charity called Kitty. His family moved abroad, leaving him behind. I also have another cat called Bibby who was born outside and still lives in my front garden with a summer house being her home. No doubt, I have more to come this week. I have two catteries in my garden to help rescue and rehome .

What are your favorite things about cats?
I love every living creature animals mean the world to me, but cats are such clever,  understanding creatures — they give love unconditionally and bring so much to every family home. I wish more children were introduced to cats at younger age to show them what they can give you back.

Are you planning on writing more books?
I would love nothing more than one day to tell you the rest of my story. I dream of a book of Ben and Georgies' adventures in a children's book. Who knows? I feel so very lucky to have been able to meet such wonderful people since bringing the book out. T feel truly blessed to be able to share my life with so many people.

What would you like to tell cat owners?
I would like to say thank you from the bottom of my heart I'm just the ordinary girl who lives up the road who told you all my story and never dreamt I would one day get this published and meet so many truly wonderful people and make great friends, so I thank you all for your love understanding and for sharing your stories with me, George reads every note you send an email, to see him smile is amazing, I think we all feel the same, we cat lovers, about introducing younger children to animals in the home, I could never thank you enough you all make me and George so happy. 
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