Bad Cat Ink is the indie publishing imprint owned and operated by author Melody Daggerhart. I offer freelance writing, editing, proofreading, and illustration services. I will provide a page with more information about these services in the near future.
The name and logo were inspired by my beloved black cat, Koshka, who passed away a few years ago. Like every cat on the face of the planet, she had a thing for books and paper. If I left a stack somewhere, she’d sit on it. If I opened something to read, she’d sit on it. If I was trying to type, she’d sit on my lap or in front of the computer. My reading and writing times were defined by having her nesting on me or somewhere nearby, especially if I had a blanket. She lived to be 17, and in her later years, she became quite the grumpy old woman. She went from being my “fuzzy angel” who was always there when I needed a hug to being my “demon cat” who peed the rugs, refused her food, and irritated her adopted sister, my other black cat, Kathy. So, when I saw the above statuette at a local Renaissance festival, I bought it with her in mind. It sits on the shelf at my writing desk, and it was the first thing that my attention settled on when trying to think of a name for my new business and imprint.
Kathy lived to be almost 19, but passed away last year after also going through a “demon cat” phase. But both of my kitties will always be loved and remembered for their “help” with my reading and writing and publishing efforts. They were often present to support me when no one else was.
Now a new kitty is following in their paw-prints. Meet Bad Cat Ink’s new mascot: Tsukimori (or, if you read Japanese, 月森). It means “Moon Forest”. And though he is itty bitty as of this writing, he is already a handful of trouble, living up to the “kitty-goyle” name. 🙂
As for me, I am a dark fantasy author, avid reader, and lover of languages. I was an avid Dr. Seuss fan as a child and checked out, literally, armloads of his books from my library. I credit him with being my first inspiration in imaginative ventures.
When I was in fifth grade, I chose to do a book report on The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. I was surprised and crushed when the teacher told me no. She said it was too long and hard — that I needed to pick something more age appropriate. I argued until I won the right to do it, but she warned me there would be no exceptions to the due date for the assignment. Not only did I finish the book on time, but I got an A on it. And that book started me down a lifelong path of love for fantasy literature and art in general.
I started writing novel-length fiction in high school for my friends, but went to college as an art major wanting to illustrate publications. Later, at the recommendation of one of my English professors, I switched to English literature and languages studies. I discovered I enjoyed writing stories more than illustrating them. Since then I have also worked as a reference room librarian, tutor, and a freelance database consultant. One of my favourite jobs was working for Wizards of the Coast, helping to collect data for an in-house encyclopedia on their Dragonlance series.
My literary influences include J.R.R. Tolkien, Anne Rice, R.A. Salvatore, Anthony Burgess, Charles Dickens, Edgar Allen Poe, and H.P. Lovecraft … among many others. I am primarily a storyteller at heart, so I will always be writing something. It’s not a career for me; it’s a love affair — a way of life. If I can entertain others along the way, that will turn this into a good journey.
My writing is also heavily influenced by my years living in Japan and my affinity for Northern European cultures. I am a Third Culture Kid, having had 22 addresses between 2 continents over my lifetime … so far. I’m currently in America, WA state, with my daughter, her dog, and my two guinea pigs and new kitten. When I’m not writing about dark elves and vampires, I love reading, playing computer games, researching lore and linguistics, and creating or admiring various arts. I also enjoy hiking, history, philosophy, cultural studies, and playing with hair colours, which change frequently according to my whim (another fun thing I’ve been doing since high school).
Yoroshikuonegaishimasu! (bow, bow) Nice to meet you!