Interview With Iva Valentino the Author of Black Cats and Ballet Slippers | Outlaw Kritters Gifts & Jewelry for Dog, Cat & Animal lovers.
June 07, 2016


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Interview With Iva Valentino the Author of Black Cats and Ballet Slippers

Iva Valentino


This week, we have a different kind of animal inspired artist. We are featuring Iva Valentino, who is the author of "Black Cats & Ballet Slippers." This prior middle school teacher and lover of dance, is also crazy for animals. I think she's a cat wizard too, as her cat is 20 years old. She must have a magic 9-lives cat potion brewing. 

How do animals inspire your writing?

I grew up with lots of rescue pets. Especially cats… so many cats! When I was a kid in Ohio, I had a black cat named Mitzko. He was amazing. He was always so spunky, with a lot of “cat-titude!” Mungo, the black cat in my middle grade books, is Mitzko’s clone. Mungo plays a big part in “Black Cats and Ballet Slippers,” and will be returning in the sequel, titled “The Ballerina’s Guide to Football.”

Black Cat and Ballet Slippers


What type of writing do you specialize in?

I write middle grade fiction for girls. The books are lighthearted and funny, and can be enjoyed by adults, too!

Do you own or have you owned any pets, and if so, tell us about them?

My current furbabies are Xena and Lupo. Xena is a warrior catress all the way! She’s twenty years old—and a little deaf—but still going strong. Lupo is our wonderful rescue dog, who will be turning twelve this year. He’s a mix of lab and shepherd and who knows what else!

What are 3 of your favorite animal inspired movies?  

I absolutely LOVE animated movies. One of my favorites is The Lion King, which came out when I was going through a particularly angsty phase in middle school. I still sing Hakuna Matata when I feel stressed! I also really love Finding Nemo and Madagascar. And Ice Age… whoops, that’s four!

What charities or animal welfare groups are you involved with?

I volunteer for Pima Paws for Life. They are truly an awesome organization! I walk dogs once a week, and I also try to snuggle with the kitties as much as I can.


Side note- Pima Paws for Life is the main charity Outlaw Kritters supports, so we love Iva even more for volunteering there!

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