So what inspired me to write a book about a cat detective? My husband and I moved to San Francisco in 2008, and a couple of our favorite areas in the city were North Beach and Telegraph Hill.
Telegraph Hill has about 400 steep steps, and every once in a while when we were feeling energetic, we would make the trek over these steps from the Embarcadero side over onto the North Beach side.
It’s kind of like walking through an urban rain forest with all the flowers, plants, and trees.
In all the foliage and nooks and crannies of the houses that are built up the side of the hill, we would see cats kind of hidden away and watching us.
For some reason, that’s the only place in the city we would see cats - maybe they stay inside in most areas of the city. Another thing I came to love about the city was the wild parrots of Telegraph Hill.
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Angela Crider Neary is an attorney by day and writer by night. She is an avid mystery reader and especially enjoys reading novels set in interesting locales. She was inspired to write her first mystery novella, Li'l Tom and the Pussyfoot Detective Bureau: The Case of the Parrots Desaparecidos by one of her favorite areas in San Francisco, Telegraph Hill. To learn more, visit her on Facebook and Amazon.