"Some creatures love a full moon and take full advantage of its very presence. They see it as the perfect time to stalk their unsuspecting prey up one alley and down another. Walking around the neighbourhood under the cloak of darkness can reveal all mankind's secret assignations and their nocturnal excursions.
I see the poacher with his concealed game, the burglar effecting break and entry, the drunk slowly fumbling his way home, the teenager kissing her boyfriend passionately outside her house after an evening out on the town, the patrolling police constable on his beat and the siren of the racing ambulance as it attends the closure of life.
Look ever closer amid the shadows of deception and you will see Rory Hardy, who is furtively making his way to the back-door entrance of number 43 where his best-friend's wife admits him with a tender kiss and a look of sensuous anticipation that her husband on the night shift will never know.
And then...........and then there are us cats, the favourite pets of pharaohs, evil witches and suspicious spinsters. We walk by all manner of activity and none of you human participants give us a second glance. You believe you can do what you want in our presence and that your secret will remain safe with us. If only you humans knew what we get up to on our nightly prowl under the influence of a full moon, you'd never dare sleep through the night again!
When I saw this image, it reminded me of my books, 'The Kilkenny Cat Trilogy.' When planning these works, I disliked cats intensely and then after five years of researching their behaviour, I came to love them. I wanted the type of book characters who saw society for what it was and so chose a gypsy band of stray cats who travel lands and cross seas and encounter all manner of discrimination wherever they go. These three adult books are allergorical (all cat characters have human characteristics), and are a must for all cat lovers, pharaohs, evil witches, suspicious spinsters and budding authors who start off hating the canine species and know not their cleverness. They are available in e-book format from www.smashwords.com and in hard copy from amazon and www.lulu.com. All profits go to charity. The stories contain violent scenes which are not for the squeamish reader. You read them at their peril when the moon is full and there is no acknowledged liability or refund if you have a heart attack doing so!" William Forde: August 27th, 2015.