Hadleyville, U.S.A (AP)–An ongoing conflict between the Federation of Feline Familiars (FFF) and the Alliance of Alligators Overhead (AAO) has come to a head. Both sides have agreed to negotiate with the author, C. Lee McKenzie, and those negotiations continue behind locked doors. Thanks to supporter Alex Cavanaugh and E. J. Wesley, she is now in communication with the K-9 Collective; however, only the Malamute chapter has responded to lend a hand. They’ve sent contributions of three doggie rawhide bones and one ball with bell. The alligators ate them. She asks that any other contributions be sent the local animal shelter in the name of the cause.
|Malamute Chapter sends donations, but remains Switzerland in negotiations.|
|C. Lee Tries to Reason with Negotiator|
In the meantime, C. Lee has taken her case to the bloggers in hopes of stirring interest in her newly released middle grade novel, Alligators Overhead. At this time, she has refused to rewrite the story, replacing cats with alligators. As she said during a brief recess earlier today, “I have artistic control over this project, and I refuse to allow any of that control to slip through my fingers . . . even to those cuddly FFF members.”
When asked how she plans to deal with her book launch and these negotiations, she replied, “Very carefully. However, I will proceed with my book launch as planned and I hope followers will be able to get beyond the ugliness of the situation and stop by the different bloggers to add their support at sites I visit.”
|Catherine Stein, author of FireSee One support beleaguered author.|
C. Lee will be at Catherine Stein’s IDEA CITY today and, as she told this reporter, “. . .carrying on as if nothing is amiss. I hope my readers will stop in to leave a comment and forget that I’m embroiled in a nasty dispute about rewriting and threats of book banning.”
We contacted the FFF and the AAO, but lawyers for each side have asked that neither side speak to the press.