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Local author chronicles the adventures of her cat

By Makenna Mays, Staff Writer

A Viking kitten may sound bizarre to some, but anything can come to life in a book, a lesson Carol Morton, local author, learned while writing, “Odda the Little Viking.”

Morton, who has worked at the Brookville Public Library for the past three years, never thought she would write a book.

“That was the furthest thing from my mind,” said Morton.

Morton worked in the pharmaceutical field for the past 42 years, and never considered writing until she met a little, grey kitten she named Odda because of her love of the city in Norway. When Morton found Odda, he was about two pounds and next to a busy parking lot, and an even busier highway.

“I just scooped him up and said you're going home with me,” said Morton.

When Morton took Odda home, she began to jot down and take pictures of all the comical things he would do. This became her inspiration for her book. While working at the library, Morton saw all the sometimes strange and offbeat topics in children's books.

“I figured you can write about anything, and I thought if they can do it, I can do it,” said Morton.

“Odda the Little Viking,” chronicles the adventures of Morton's cat and also includes some fun facts about Norway and the Vikings. Morton also has two more ideas for books, one including a kangaroo.

Morton said she would encourage anyone who is thinking about writing to do it. She said writing is a good outlet to express yourself, and this writing venture helped her find her own imagination.

“Having a book in your hand is certainly worth the effort,” said Morton.

Morton's book is currently available at Blue Velvet on Main Street. She can be reached at the library or at, if anyone is interested in purchasing a copy.