It's a funny thing about the question, "What do I want to do when I grow up?" We ask it our entire lives! I certainly have.
Our passions are a curious part of our soul. They tend to stick with us. Many of them start when we're kids, and follow us around our entire lives. Sometimes we discover a passion later in life. I've experienced both.
I'm from the United States, and grew up in northern Wisconsin on a family dairy farm. As is typical of a farm, we always had lots of barn cats - about 20 to 30 of them at any given time. I played with the kittens a lot, and as a result I love cats - and animals in general for that matter.
The inspiration for the series, Rattles, the Barn Cat, originated from our family's trips to my mom's farm.
My mom had a barn full of wild cats, but there was one kitten that was unusually friendly towards people. There are currently three books in the series.
What kid doesn't like puppets? Find out more about having Rattles the puppet and Arlene White come together to your school or organization for an author visit and puppet show.
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