Monday, April 22, 2013

The Original Black Cat

The black cat in What Darkness Brings is inspired by this guy:


Huckleberry is a cat with serious attitude. He's big and beautiful and very smart, and he knows it. By the time he was six months old, we had to change all the old lever-type door handles in the house because he'd figured out how to open them. If this were a perfect world, Huckleberry would be an only cat. But this isn't a perfect world, which makes Huck cranky.


He likes to pretend he's not loving; he won't jump up in your lap and ask for pets, and if you pick him up, he'll tolerate it for about a minute, max, before he squirms and wants down. If you want pets, you need to go to him--preferably when he's in his tower, or on a pile of freshly laundered bedding. That is, after all, the proper way to show the worship he thinks is his due.


But the truth is, Huckleberry is secretly a very affectionate cat. He follows me from room to room, all day long, curling up nearby while I work. He especially loves to sit on the sofa beside me while I play my guitar--actually, that's the only time he will sit on the sofa beside anyone.


He really, really hates it when I go away for any length of time. Once I went to Morocco for three weeks and came home to found him ratty and half dead; he'd refused to eat, drink, or bathe while I was gone, despite the fact that Danielle and Steve were home with him. When I go up to the lake for a week of intensive writing, Huckleberry goes with me--not only because he's company and he loves it up there, but because he's miserable if I don't take him.


Will the black cat be back in Why Kings Confess? What do you think?



50 comments:

Barbara Butler McCoy said...

Huck is gorgeous ;0 I trust he's made the acquaintance of Henri Le Chat Noir on Youtube?

LOgalinOR said...

Candace,
Huck is a cutie-but he would definitely take particular offense to that description. He defines the word "regal", both the good and not so 'good', wouldn't you say? Huck also seems more of the "one person cat"--you're afraid to leave 'his royal highness.' He has already shown you that-LOL.
Of course, the black cat will be back in Why Kings Confess. He has already won the hearts of both Sebastian and Hero (Hero was frantic when she could not find the black cat and warned Jud Foy with her pistol to "stay away from my cat"). Black cat will probably spend a lot of time right next to Hero, in her last months of pregnancy and will make himself indispensable by the time baby St. Cyr arrives (and baby makes 4).
Absolutely loved the picture of Huck in your guitar case, his perfect spot-LOL (remember "the Kodak moment"?)

Jessica said...

Huck sounds majestic and cranky and absolutely perfect!!

And I very much hope the black cat is back in Why Kings Confess...I really liked him and how both Sebastian and Hero adopted him (without really admitting to said adoption).

Anonymous said...

Love Huck! He is just gorgeous. I had a cat once that was scary smart like that. He could open all our kitchen cabinets, even though they had baby proof devices (and when he was mad at us, he would do it overnight and you'd walk into a kitchen with all the cabinets and drawers standing open) and he could also open all doors with levered handles, even if he had to walk backwards when the door opened out. He was so wickedly smart and loved me above all others. He would hug me when I held him, with paws around either side of my neck and bury his head in my hair. He didn't like my husband so much, but would tolerate him if I wasn't around. He would sit on our fence and actually catch birds in mid-flight as they flew by and once stole chicken off the neighbors bbq mid-cooking process (the neighbor came over to complain about my "brazen" cat). I agree with LOgalinOR in that of course he will be in the next book and all those thereafter. I can't wait to hear what he'll be up to. Sabena

cs harris said...

Barbara, I love Henri, but I'm afraid Huck is not fond of other cats, even if they're just on a screen.

LOgalinOR, he definitely has the regal touch! Ironically, he began as my older daughter's cat, and the truth is she was the only one who could hold him forever. But since she went off to college ten years ago, I became his person.

Jessica, don't worry, he'll be back!

Sabena, your cat sounds like a wonderful, once-in-a-lifetime cat. I had to laugh at the story about the chicken; my sister's cat once came home with a hot barbecued chicken. She called around to all the neighbors but never could find the owner to apologize!

Charles Gramlich said...

Whoa. that's a lot of tabby

Anonymous said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Anonymous said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Anonymous said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Anonymous said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Anonymous said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Anonymous said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Anonymous said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Anonymous said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Anonymous said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Anonymous said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Anonymous said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Anonymous said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Anonymous said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Anonymous said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Anonymous said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Anonymous said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Anonymous said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Anonymous said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Anonymous said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Anonymous said...

C-i think i mentioned in a previous comment we had 3 cats in my house - all different. my siamese Suelek was the most huck like. i was 7 when we got her. although she loved to be touched it was only when she was in the mood. and then you better be or she tormented you. and god forbid you moved in the bed while she slept with you. ouch! at our lake house she took off to frolick in the woods and was gone a week. all i did was cry - then she came back - looking like who did it and ran - and preggars. i was 24 when she died and some days i still miss her 30 years later. Cat are great whether real or fiction!
ali

Anonymous said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Anonymous said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Anonymous said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Anonymous said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Anonymous said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Anonymous said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
cs harris said...

Ali, It is amazing to me how different cats can be. We have 5, and they're all radically different from each other. I almost didn't see your comment amidst all the span; there's obviously something about black cats that brings the creepy crawlies out in droves.

vp said...

Huck is amazing! I have one with very much the same attitude and habits and I adore him.

Also, thanks to Huck for inspiring you to include a cat in the series. That was really all that was missing. Now, it is perfect!

As to the black cat returning, I would be devastated if he did not. I love the little guy already.

Sphinx Ink said...

Clearly Huck is a music-lover! As well as talented in other respects ...if you had a piano, maybe he'd learn to "play" it. On YouTube I've seen a couple of cats playing piano.

cs harris said...

vp, yes, I must confess I do adore Huckleberry, but don't tell him--he's already big headed enough!

Sphinx, Dani does have a piano, but he's never shown any interest in it. His liking of the guitar took me by surprise.

Amy said...

I love this story mainly because I have a 10 year old black cat named...Sebastian. I also love all your books and recently went back and reread the series. I can't wait for 'Why Kings Confess'.

Amy said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
cs harris said...

Amy, that's funny! Tell your Sebastian hi for me.

lmhess said...

Please don't leave the black cat out of the next book - I loved him. He gave a nice touch to the story (reminded me of that stupid raven in D. Raybourn's Lady Julia series - pets as part of the story always make me smile). I loved Hero all the more for pulling her little pistol on creepy Mr. Foy. A girl after my own heart. I have loved this series so far, Candace - just keep up the great story telling!!

Coach Factory said...

polo ralph lauren outlet, gucci handbags, polo ralph lauren, prada handbags, kate spade handbags, christian louboutin shoes, prada outlet, coach purses, oakley sunglasses, ray ban outlet, michael kors outlet store, longchamp handbags, louis vuitton outlet, louis vuitton handbags, oakley vault, michael kors outlet, michael kors outlet online, louis vuitton outlet online, red bottom shoes, true religion, coach outlet, christian louboutin outlet, coach outlet store online, nike air max, ray ban sunglasses, michael kors outlet online, longchamp outlet online, chanel handbags, tiffany and co jewelry, kate spade outlet online, cheap oakley sunglasses, nike air max, burberry outlet online, jordan shoes, michael kors outlet online, louis vuitton, nike shoes, louboutin shoes, michael kors outlet online, nike free, tory burch outlet, coach outlet, burberry outlet online, louis vuitton outlet, longchamp outlet

Coach Factory said...

hollister, longchamp, mulberry, longchamp pas cher, nike free, scarpe hogan, guess pas cher, hollister, oakley pas cher, burberry pas cher, timberland, air max pas cher, hermes pas cher, air jordan, nike air max, michael kors uk, abercrombie and fitch, sac vanessa bruno, nike roshe run, nike free pas cher, north face, sac michael kors, nike trainers, chaussure louboutin, true religion outlet, ray ban uk, louis vuitton, converse pas cher, louis vuitton uk, ralph lauren, nike air max, new balance pas cher, michael kors canada, lacoste pas cher, sac louis vuitton, true religion outlet, air max, nike blazer pas cher, nike air force, louis vuitton pas cher, tn pas cher, longchamp, nike huarache, barbour, ralph lauren pas cher, lululemon, ray ban pas cher, vans pas cher, north face pas cher, nike roshe

Coach Factory said...

ugg soldes, canada goose outlet, mcm handbags, moncler outlet, valentino shoes, ugg boots, marc jacobs outlet, soccer jerseys, nfl jerseys, herve leger, ugg outlet, chi flat iron, moncler, mont blanc pens, birkin bag, canada goose pas cher, canada goose outlet, north face outlet, moncler, insanity workout, bottega veneta, ferragamo shoes, vans outlet, mac cosmetics, north face jackets, soccer shoes, lululemon outlet, ghd, babyliss pro, beats headphones, jimmy choo shoes, canada goose uk, uggs outlet, canada goose outlet, hollister, moncler, p90x workout, giuseppe zanotti, canada goose, uggs on sale, abercrombie and fitch, wedding dresses, celine handbags, ugg, new balance outlet, asics shoes, roshe run, rolex watches, reebok outlet, instyler ionic styler

sunny li said...


cheap nfl jerseys
nfl jerseys
nfl jerseys factory
cheap oakley sunglasses
coach outlet online
ralph lauren
polo ralph lauren
ralph lauren outlet online
michael kors outlet online
louis vuitton luxury
louis vuitton us
louis vuitton handbags uk
gucci handbags
louis vuitton outlet
sac louis vuitton
canada goose jackets outlet
canada goose
canada goose sale online
louis vuitton outlet online
louis vuitton outlet online
moncler outlet online
ray ban sunglasses
canada goose jackor
nike skor
prada outlet
prada
louis vuitton online
louis vuitton online shop

chenlina said...

chenlina20150727
michael kors bag
coach outlet
michael kors outlet
coach outlet online
louis vuitton
jordan 6s
jordans 11
lebron shoes
toms outlet
mont blanc
louis vuitton outlet
michael kors outlet online
jordan retro 11
chanel handbags
concords 11
jordan 11
coach outlet online
true religion jeans
ralph lauren
abercrombie and fitch
cheap jordans
coach outlet store online
pandara jewelry
soccer jerseys
michael kors outlet
michael kors outlet
coach outlet online
jordan 11 snakeskin
beats by dr dre
celine
ralph lauren outlet
coach outlet online
coach outlet
hollister clothing store
gucci outlet
pandora jewelry
caoch outlet
christian louboutin outlet
louis vuitton
oakley sunglasses

chenlina said...

chenlina20150827
pandora jewelry
cheap jordans
longchamp outlet
michael kors outlet
ralph lauren outlet
michael kors handbags
christian louboutin sale
louis vuitton
coach outlet
jordan 4 toro
replica rolex watches
coach factory outlet
louis vuitton handbags
nike uk
football shoes
nike huaraches
air max uk
ray ban sunglasses uk
ray ban wayfarer
michael kors outlet
hollister
longchamp handbags
coach outlet
coach outlet
ralph lauren outlet
louboutins
christian louboutin shoes
true religion jeans
gucci shoes
michael kors outlet
coach outlet
michael kors outlet
air max 95
cheap air max
air jordan pas cher
louis vuitton handbags
louis vuitton
prada
air max 90
ray ban sunglasses

Xiaozhengm 520 said...

2015-9-5 xiaozhengm
pandora jewelry
coach outlet store online
pandora charms 2015
louis vuitton
oakley sunglasses wholesale
air force 1
fitflops sale clearance
tory burch shoes
jordan uk
oakley store
mcm outlet
tory burch outlet
air max 90
timberland uk
michael kors handbags
kate spade outlet
michael kors bag
instyler curling iron
nike free run womens
michael kors
gucci uk
replica watches
nike roshe runs
polo ralph lauren
gucci outlet
ray ban glasses
borse gucci
ray ban outlet
barbour jackets
kate spade handbags
fitflop uk
mcm handbags
adidas trainers
gucci outlet
nike cortez
ray ban sunglass
soccer jerseys wholesale
nike uk
air max 90
cheap uggs

Hyabe Ibbe said...

kd basketball shoes
cheap michael kors bags
michael kors handbags
coach factory outlet
fitflops sale clearance
polo shirt
ferragamo shoes
salvatore ferragamo shoes
nike store
nike outlet
nike outlet
ferragamo shoes sale
kobes shoes
ugg boots on sale
gucci outlet online
cheap jordan 11
kobe bryant shoes
coach factory outlet
cheap nike shoes
cheap jordans
coach sale
fitflop shoes
ray ban wayfarer sunglasses
chanel bags online
nike clearance
fitflop shoes clearance
christian louboutin shoes
air max 2015
coach store
air jordan shoes for sale
celine bags
christian louboutin
polo ralph lauren factory store
coach factory
columbia outlet store
christian louboutin sale
jordan 6
coach bags
nike outlet
gucci sunglasses outlet
coach purses outlet
coach sunglasses
fitflops online
nike store
michael kors outlet online sale
ralph lauren extra 25 off
jordan 6
fitflop
20150916hxt

Jian Zhuo said...

celine outlet
chaussure louboutin
nike cortez
vans shoes
ugg boots canada
michael kors handbags
oakley sunglasses
cheap jordans
michael kors outlet clearance
fake rolex
20170112

dong dong23 said...

burberry outlet
stan smith adidas
true religion jeans
ralph lauren
asics shoes
coach factory
reebok shoes
manchester united jersey
toms shoes
ralph lauren outlet
20173.22wengdongdong