Shawn Flynn never expected to become an author, but his debut book is a story he couldn't help but tell.
It started when Flynn and his fiance first moved into their new home in Connecticut. The couple was in love and ready to start their lives together, but a twist in their story sent Flynn down an unexpected path.
The cat, affectionately called Kitty, was aloof, yet curious with a vibrant personality. The more time he spent in Flynn's backyard, the more comfortable he became around people. Kitty followed the new homeowner around outside and didn't hesitate to accept the occasional handful of Friskies. It wasn't long until Flynn had a regular companion in the new cat, and Kitty eventually made his way into Flynn's home and heart.
When Flynn's personal life sent him staggering, Kitty was there. Flynn describes with honest detail how when things got rough, he leaned on Kitty for support and unerring companionship. Flynn wrote;
"Kitty had become my best friend. He loved me unconditionally and showed me every day."
A man who wasn't interested in owning a cat formed a bond and a deep connection he can't explain and never would have predicted. Kitty showed him that while relationships with people are often complicated and painful, something as simple as a meaningful connection with a cat can carry you through rough times.
Kitty was the constant support Flynn needed to cope with his experiences, and he also introduced his owner to a new passion. After taking Kitty in and feeling the joy of saving one cat's life, Flynn went on to rescue several more outdoor cats. Every time he came across a feline in need, Flynn knew he couldn't turn away. Kitty mad a lasting impression and taught him that every life is worth saving.
"THE KITTY Who Rescued Me After I Rescued Him" is a heart-warming story, written as if the author is talking directly to his readers. Flynn narrates the events that occurred after he met Kitty with simple honesty, and his voice emits relatable emotion. With each chapter in the inspiring story, he describes how his relationship with Kitty evolves into a life-changing bond of true friendship.
The book's title, "THE KITTY Who Rescued Me After I Rescued Him," is in itself the summary of a lovely story about heartfelt companionship Flynn believes needed to be told. It's a quick read that honors his friend while speaking volumes about the importance of rescuing animals and their healing powers.
Flynn's first book has caught the attention of cat lovers and book critiques alike. "THE KITTY Who Rescued Me After I Rescued Him" is a 2017 Reader's Favorite Award winner and also a finalist in the 2017 Best International Book Awards.
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All images courtesy of Shawn Flynn.
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