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A Cat Who Can Travel Through Time

Updated on December 30, 2016

The Eye of Nefertiti by Maria Luisa Lang

The Eye of Nefertiti by Maria Luisa Lang can be read as a sequel to The Pharaoh’s Cat or as a standalone novel. The Eye of Nefertiti by Maria Luisa Lang follows out cute time traveling cat as he travels from present day New York City all the way to England, in both ancient and modern times, and then all the way to ancient Egypt. During his journey the cat confronts a demon that leaves him in a situation that only his Pharaoh can rescue him from.

The Eye of Nefertiti by Maria Luisa Lang was just as well written and well developed as The Pharaoh’s Cat and it moved at a wonderfully fast pace. Though like Maria says it is important not to rush through reading it otherwise you will truly miss out on being able to savor a truly well written story about a wonderful cat. The cat was by far my favorite character again! I really liked Nefertiti as well and I felt like the author did a good job with keeping her realistic while still making her an interesting part of this book.

Make sure to check out the link to the right as it leads to my review of The Pharaoh’s Cat and Maria's interview on that book!

Author Interview

What inspired you to write this book?

I didn’t want to abandon my cat or the little family I’d created at the end of the first Pharaoh’s Cat novel and felt the cat could further evolve emotionally and psychologically if he faced new obstacles and experienced new feelings. The Egyptian queen Nefertiti was also an inspiration. I’d always been fascinated by her famous bust and the part she played in Egyptian history.

Did you ever consider writing yourself into your book? If yes did you and if no why did you refrain?

My cat is me in many ways. He has my sense of humor and my sense of justice. I live on the Upper West Side of New York City, and as I did in The Pharaoh’s Cat, I used my neighborhood as one of the settings. In The Eye of Nefertiti, my cat goes to Bath, England, before returning to ancient Egypt. I’ve spent a lot of time in Bath and know the beautiful Georgian city quite well. It’s one of my favorite places. When I was planning my sequel, I knew Bath would play a major part in it. Also, I enjoy going to flea markets, and my cat visits a Bath flea market.

Which part was the hardest for you to write and why?

When writing The Pharaoh’s Cat, I learned that a novel’s first chapter was the most important and the hardest. That goes double for the first chapter of The Eye of Nefertiti. For the novel to stand alone, I had to have the cat summarize key plot points of the first novel and explain his human attributes, but without interrupting the flow of the narrative. Hard work that had to seem effortless!

Which part was the easiest for you to write and why?

Describing my New York City neighborhood and the city of Bath, England. It was mostly remembering.

Which character was the hardest to write and why?

I find minor characters difficult. Though they play a smart part in the story, they still have to be given distinctive personalities, and because their parts are small, that has to done with few words. But, as in first Pharaoh’s Cat novel, the cat was the most difficult. I again was writing in the first person and the present tense, and the entire narrative had to be in his voice, including the information about ancient Egypt. I also had the further challenge of weaving in the cat’s memories of his life with the Pharaoh.

Which character was the easiest to write and why?

My villain. Though evil, he’s also charming and has an ironic sense of humor. It was easy and satisfying to write dialogue for him

Who was your favorite character and why?

Though they’re all my favorites, the cat is very special to me because there’s so much of me in him. But my Nefertiti is also very special to me. She embodies my fascination with the real Nefertiti.

Were there any characters that you did not like?

I like them all. Even my villain. He made me smile despite myself.

What made you choose to write a book on this topic?

My love of cats and fascination with ancient Egypt, especially my fascination with Nefertiti.

Did you base any of the characters off of real people?

As I did with the first Pharaoh’s Cat novel, I imagined well-known actors playing the major roles, and my characterizations were probably affected by my choices. Nefertiti was a real person, and my Nefertiti is based on her in that I used the little known about her in my characterization. The rest is pure invention.

What made you decide to become an author?

I’ve sketched and painted, and writing seemed a natural extension. Writing seems to be in my blood. My mother wrote a memoir of her experiences in Rome during the war, and one of my brothers is a noted Italian art critic and the author of several books and numerous articles.

What advice would you give to your readers?

The Eye of Nefertiti is fast-paced, but read it slowly, savor it.

What type of person do you believe would enjoy your book?

Not just cat lovers. Anyone curious about history and delighted by fantasy. Anyone drawn by the mystique of Nefertiti.

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