As promised, I shared your questions with Jackson when we talked.
Here, now, are his answers.
The first question I posed was from Whskr:
“What achievement in your work are you most proud of, the achievement you treasure most?”
Jackson begins to tell me the story of a little girl. Her dad brought her up to meet Jackson after his first public appearance. The dad nudges his daughter. 'She has something to tell you,' he says.
Jackson: “She waited for a second, then she turned to me and she said, 'some day I want to do what you do.' And I said, 'That’s it! That’s it! Game over! We’re good!' ”
“All I care about is that there’s another generation. All I care about is that we have set something up here so that we never have to slide back to killing 12 million animals a year because we have – all of us over all these years – have changed the culture.
"People will look back someday and say, 'What? They used to kill massive numbers of animals for no good reason? Wow…that must have been a long time ago!' So having that little girl say, 'I’ll pick up that baton' – that was huge.”
When Sebastian's mom over at Sebastian the Sensitive Soul interviewed him, she discovered that some of his arm tattoos (we hear they're called "sleeves" - and don't we kitties sound all hip and cool?) were inked in the Denver area, where so much of the book "Cat Daddy" took place.
From The Island Cats: "We wanna know if Jackson Galaxy is his real name. ;-) "
As you know, many celebrities use a nom de plume when working to help them separate their public life from their private. (In Jackson's case - and with some of the "hellish cat cases" he's had to deal with, we were wondering if we should call his a nom de guerre instead? ;-)
We can tell you this: when Jackson calls you, caller ID lights up with "Galaxy, Jackson"!
The last two questions? Well, those are easy.
Mr. Pip: “I’d like to know more about how he got started in the hellish cat business?”
And Mark’s Mews (Ayla, Iza and Marley): “How did his head furs fall down to his chin?”
Guys, it’s all there, right in the book. No spoilers, sorry. But we can tell you, it’s well worth the read.
And if you’re planning on picking up “Cat Daddy” please, be sure to do so as soon as possible. Any author will tell you, those critical first days can often determine a book's success, and whether the author gets renewed by the publisher for any future books. So if you plan to buy, please - buy now!
This book is a work of non-fiction published by Tarcher/Penguin, and contains moderate profanity. I was given a copy of this book to review by the publisher free of charge, but all opinions in this review are my own.
Gratuitous picture of Faraday with book:
|"Two paws up - waaay up!"|