Maranda Russell – Whiskers and Hairballs

Whiskers-and-Hairballs-CoverTitle: Whiskers and Hairballs: My Life as a Cat (a funny picture book for cat lovers of all ages!)

Author: Maranda Russell

ISBN: None given

Page count: 21

Genre: Children’s photo-illustrated picture book

Price: $0.99 per Kindle download


Author Bio:

I am a 30-year-old foster parent, children’s writer, poet and writing teacher. I am a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and have been awarded several awards and honors for my writings. I spend most of my time reading, writing, hanging out with my family, playing with my 5 cats and organizing author presentations & writing workshops at schools, businesses, and community centers around the Dayton, Ohio area. When I have extra time, I also like to dance, hike, visit art museums and browse local bookstores.


Tell us about your book:

Using hilarious pictures of cats in odd and sassy poses, this picture book tells the truth about what daily life is really like for a house cat. With simple, short prose, this is a perfect book for beginning readers, or for more advanced readers who just want a good laugh! Cat lovers of all ages are sure to love this one!


574597_380802131958550_100000862981087_1062329_1760074483_nHow long did it take to write the book?

It didn’t take long to write the book, but took years to get all the photographs for the illustrations!


What inspired you to write the book?

My love for cats and my love of humorous children’s books.


Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?

For this book, I chose the photos first and then wrote the words to go along with the pictures and to make it funnier.


What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?

If I can make the reader laugh or chuckle the whole way through the book, then I am happy!


Where can we go to buy your book?



Any other links or info you’d like to share?
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Excerpt from book:


Being a cat isn’t always easy…