Are cats an author's and illustrator's best friend?
Characters sometimes access their author long before the writer moves their story from the mind’s eye to the printed page.
Chester the cat belongs to such a creation story for a character whose existence merges:
• experience; and
Readers thus consider Chester’s birth as dating to the release in 2007 of the feline’s autobiography in combination with his creator’s biography when in fact his existence in Mélanie Watt’s mental drawing board goes back to 1999. Chester finally decides to wait no longer for stories to be illustrated and written about and by him.
Chester effectuates changes by applying red marker make-overs to what publishers expect to be the life-story of Country Mouse in his country house.