Cats make life better.
Cats make their way into your heart.
And that's where they live forever.
|Gwen and I became friends after all of our interviews and I finally met her in person in September 2012.
Not only will Homer be missed by his family, but by his extended family that consists of everyone who has been touched by his story. I know for one, that Gwen and Homer's story is one of my absolute favorites. I'm so glad my mom picked up a copy of Homer's Odyssey quite a few years ago in Barnes and Noble. Otherwise, I never would have become great friends with Gwen, interview her for my high school newspaper and get to feature her on my blog! You can read those posts here (Love Saves the Day, Homer's Heroes/Gwen's Blog, Gwen Cooper Interview).
|Photo courtesy of Gwen Cooper.
|Silly Homer bear.
Gwen donates 10% of her royalties from Homer's Odyssey to rescues and shelters that serve abused, abandoned, and disabled animals. She is in the process of creating the Homer's Heroes Fund, which each year will contribute a portion of the proceeds from all her books to a shelter, sanctuary, or rescue group doing outstanding work on behalf of special-needs animals. Homer was an ambassador for these animals, and it's a legacy that Gwen is trying to keep alive.
Gwen's new book, Love Saves the Day -- is a novel about a New York family, narrated by a rescue cat named Prudence -- will be released in paperback on October 22nd. For every copy of the paperback pre-ordered or sold between now and October 27th, Gwen will donate 100% of her royalties to Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary in Homer's name.
For those who haven't read Love Saves the Day, it is a heart warming story and I did a review of it which you can read here.
|Gwen & Homer.
Fly free, Homer 1997-2013. Eras much gato.