The Outlaw Varjak Paw

There are Seven Skills that give a cat great power, and Varjak Paw knows them all.  He can fight, he can hunt, he can walk unseen.  There's just one problem.

Sally Bones, the thin white cat who leads the city's deadliest gang, also knows the Skills.  She knows even more than Varjak does. And now she's coming to get him...


"SF Said has joined the likes of JK Rowling and Philip Pullman" – Time Out 
"Great new characters and some cracking fight scenes... you will want to know what happens next!" – CBBC Newsround  
"Beautifully illustrated by Dave McKean and written in spine-tingling prose, the novels have a suspenseful edginess that children instantly respond to" – The Times 
"Cats, martial arts, Gothic urban landscapes, bravery, power struggles, creepy towers, juicy fish and some very loyal dogs... this book has it all" – Delirium's Librarian


Awards
  • The Blue Peter Book Of The Year
  • The Blue Peter Book I Couldn't Put Down Award
  • Leicester Teenage Book Of The Year
  • Nominated for the Carnegie Medal



162 comments:

tyrar said...

It was amazing

SF Said said...

Thank you so much, Tyrar - and thanks for taking the time to leave me a comment!

Adam Jones said...

I read both the books in about 2 weeks, when I started reading them I couldn't stop, you HAVE to release that third book! You have really inspired me to start getting into making cat books again. :D -Adam

SF Said said...

Wow, that is amazing! Thank you so much for your kind words, Adam! There will definitely be a third Varjak book one day; in the meantime, I hope you'll try my new book Phoenix. It might look very different on the surface - humans and aliens, instead of cats and dogs - but I think it has many of the same themes & ideas underneath it all...

Anonymous said...

Hello, I have been reading your books for 2 Years and I have to say that they were fantastic, the names of every Character and the detailed storyline has got me glued to the book, but for one question, where did you get the name Varjak from? Because umm a long time ago I once had a Human Warrior Character named Varjak and I was surprised that the name was used, I am not mad about this because I know alot of people have also used the name too.

Also, when is there going to be a 3rd book of Varjak Paw? I am dying to read it! =^.^=

SF Said said...

Hi there, thank you very much for your kind comment! To answer your questions: I named the character after my own cat, who was called Varjak Paw; and I'm not sure when the third one will be exactly, but it will happen one day! I wrote a bit about it here. In the meantime, I hope you'll try my new book Phoenix, which has just been published. It's not about Varjak Paw, but if you like the Varjak books, I hope you'll like it too...

Anonymous said...

i love your books!! im from a school that you know, you will soon get to see that i am a big fan of you!!! please realease the third book!! (I am from Oakridge combined school!!)

SF Said said...

Hello, and thank you for your great comment! I'm looking forward to visiting Oakridge very much indeed. In the meantime, I wrote a bit about the third book here...

Rose Taylor said...

Hello, you came to my school, Park Hill Kenilworth and I bought the Outlaw Varjak Paw. It was great and I couldn't stop reding it so it was finished a one am on Saturday morining! You'r books are the exact books that I love! thank you.

SF Said said...

Hello Rose, and thank you so much for that brilliant comment! I love it when I find a book that I can't stop reading, so it's fantastic to hear that you felt like that about The Outlaw Varjak Paw! I hope you'll enjoy my other books too!

Rose Taylor said...

Hello again! I'm going to be SO exited when you're knew book comes out! Belive me, I will be the first in the shop to buy it! If you write a third book of Varjak Paw, would Sally Bones come back to life and become a good guy or become a spirit and restart the vanishings?

SF Said said...

Hello again Rose! Thank you so much! I will write a third Varjak book one day, but not for a while yet - I wrote a bit about my idea for it here. In the meantime, if you haven't already read it, I hope you'll try my new book Phoenix - it's not about Varjak, but I think if you enjoyed Outlaw, you'll enjoy it too!

Rose Taylor said...

Yep, I will. anyway, I'm so glad that your going to continue writing books because they are so good! thanx

SF Said said...

Thank you, that really means a lot to me! Happy reading!

Anonymous said...

Hello, My name is Isabella. My friend and I have just finished your books! I am addicted to them! What happened to Holly’s eye? Do you have any other similar books? If not any recommendations? I cant wait to see the third book!

SF Said said...

Hello Isabella! Thank you so much for your lovely comment, and please thank your friend for me too! I can't say too much about Holly's eye at the moment, but I think the third book will answer your questions! It might be a while before I write that book though, for reasons I wrote a little bit about here.

In the meantime, have you seen my new book Phoenix? It just came out a few months ago. It might sound quite different on the surface - humans & aliens rather than cats & dogs - but if you like Varjak Paw, I hope you will enjoy it too; many of the same themes and ideas are at the heart of it.

Abbas Jama said...

I love the books. They are awesome! I have some questions, what is going to happen in the next book after the outlaw varjak paw? And who is going to be the antagonist in the next book?
By Abbas Jama

SF Said said...

Dear Abbas,

Thank you very much for your kind comment!

I can't tell you yet exactly what is going to happen in the third Varjak Paw book, as I haven't started to write it yet. But you can find out most of what I know in this blog post, where I talked about my ideas for the book.

In the meantime, I hope you'll try my new book Phoenix. It's not a Varjak Paw story; not even cats and dogs this time, but humans and aliens instead. Nevertheless, if you like Varjak, I think you'll find lots of things to like in Phoenix, too – it has very similar themes underneath the surface.

With best wishes,
SF Said

Anonymous said...

hi sf said i just read the outlaw varjak paw it was real cool and im exited for reading phoenix

SF Said said...

Hi there,

Thank you so much! I'm really glad you enjoyed The Outlaw Varjak Paw, and I hope you enjoy Phoenix too – I think it's the best book I've written so far!

All the best,
SF

Anonymous said...

thanx just one qestion (i know i didnt spell that right why did it take so long batreen (SPELLING) the outlaw vp and phoenix

SF Said said...

Thanks for the question! I wish it didn't take so long. But my aim is to make each one of my books as good as it can possibly be, however long it takes. In the case of Phoenix, that took seven years. It's a really big, epic story, set across a whole galaxy, and it's about three times the length of Varjak Paw – so maybe it's not surprising it took so long! And it is as good as I could make it, so it does feel worth all the time and hard work now.

Having said that, I hope my next book, TYGER, will not take as long as that!

With best wishes,
SF

malachi said...

I've read your first and second book and I really liked them but I want to ask you a question. Varjaks eyes in the two books are all yellow but the side of the book has black pupils in the middle do you know what that means?

SF Said said...

Hi Malachi, thanks for your comment. I didn't do the pictures, so you'd have to ask Dave McKean about this if you want to be sure - but I think they just show different angles. You know sometimes when you look at a cat's eyes, they seem to be entirely glowing? And at other times, you can see the pupils? For me, that's what the pictures suggest. I hope that's helpful!

With best wishes,
SF

Anonymous said...

Dear Sf Said,
i'm writing to tell you that the books you have written are my favorite.you inspired me to write books myself. I wanted to ask you if i could have permission to write a book based on varjak paw. I also wanted to know your tips on writing a book. I am ten and i found out about your books when i was nine.I can't wait for your new book to come out! Best wishes Isobel

Anonymous said...

Dear Fs Said,
it's me again Isobel. Because your my favourite author i wanted to ask if you could come to our school.only if it is not too far away. it is called North Kidlington Primary School. it is the summer holidays at the moment so i will ask the head master after the holidays.then i will see if he can get in contact with you. if you can come i would like to meet you in person and have one fo my books signed. North Kidlington School is in oxfordshire. Best wishes Isobel

SF Said said...

Dear Isobel,

Thank you so much for your lovely message! It really means a lot to hear that my books are your favourites, and that they've inspired you to write as well. I'd be very happy for you to write as many stories as you like based on Varjak Paw – some of the first stories I wrote were based on my favourites too! – though my agent says I can't give you permission to sell those stories, or make money from them in any way. As for tips on writing, I'm doing a series of them right here on my blog; just click this link, and scroll down to the bottom to find them all.

Thanks again, and good luck with your writing!

With best wishes,
SF

SF Said said...

Hello again Isobel! And thank you – I would love to visit your school, so please do ask your headmaster to get in touch with me by leaving a comment here with his email address, so that I can reply to him.

Thanks again, and best wishes,
SF

SF Said said...

Dear Isobel,

Many thanks for giving me the email address. I will send Mr Kemp an email now.

With best wishes,
SF Said

Anonymous said...

Dear sf said, Have you sent the email because our headmaster has not told us anything about this subject yet. I am really looking forward to you coming because you are my favourite author. I have also finished the book phoenix I also showed my best friend the book phoenix and she read it. She absolutely loved it. I hope you reply soon. Yours sincerely isobel

SF Said said...

Dear Isobel,

Yes, I emailed the school just after you sent me the email address. I haven't heard anything back from them, though. Perhaps you could ask them if they received the email? If not, I can always send them another one.

In the meantime, thank you so much for reading Phoenix and for sharing it with your best friend! I'm so glad you both liked it! Who was your favourite character?

With best wishes,
SF Said

Anonymous said...

My favourite character is bazooka and my best friends is bixa with her needles in her hair and lightning fast fighting moves. My favorite bit in the story was when lucky/lucifer turned into a star and created space again. My second favourite bit in the story is when luck found out his mum was a shadow guard. I will ask the headmaster about the email problem.
Yours sincerely isobel
p.s I am writing a story at the moment.

SF Said said...

Dear Isobel,

I love what you say about Phoenix – thank you so much! Those are some of my favourite things in it, too.

Just to let you know, I've now heard back from the school. Unfortunately, they don't want to make a booking for me to visit. But if you like, I can send you signed book plates that you can stick into your books? At least that way, you'll have them signed. Let me know if you'd like this, and I'll send them to you care of the school.

Good luck with your story, and with all your writing!

With best wishes,
SF

Anonymous said...

hello I love reading the book 'Varjak paw' can you please make one more book or even 2 more? OH MY GOD! it is the best cat book I'VE EVER READ! i love your books! thanks bye! ^^ ^.*

SF Said said...

Thank you so much for your amazing comment! There is a second book about Varjak Paw; it's called The Outlaw Varjak Paw. You can read about it on this page. There will be a third book about him one day, but not for a while yet. I wrote a bit about it here.

In the meantime, I hope you'll try my new book Phoenix - it's not about Varjak, but I think you might enjoy it too!

With best wishes,
SF

Tyresse said...

Hello s.f said, I enjoy reading your amazing book, The outlaw of Varjak Paw. I give it 10/10 and 5 stars rating! Varjak is even stronger, more powerful than Sally bones. The outlaw of varjak paw is my favorite book of all time and can i just say? YOU ARE THE BEST AUTHOR KNOWN TO MAN! your amazing book really catch my attention and also make me want to read the varjak paw collection over and over and over again! Keep up the good work! P.S Mr hall said hello! :)

From Tyresse, 10, year 6, onyx class.

SF Said said...

Hello Tyresse! Thank you so much for your amazing comment - it really means a lot to hear things like that about my books. The Outlaw Varjak Paw wasn't an easy book to write, a lot of work went into it, but hearing that makes all the hard work feel worthwhile.

Thanks again - and please say hello to Mr Hall from me!

Keep the Way alive,
SF

Ivan said...

Dear SF Said
Tell me how you came up with the name Varjak?

SF Said said...

Dear Ivan,

I named the character of Varjak after my own cat, whose name was Varjak Paw!

Thanks and best wishes,
SF

Ivan said...

Dear SF Said
Did you know that the name means varjak raven in the Hungarian language.
all the best

SF Said said...

Dear Ivan,

I didn't know that, but I'm very interested to learn it – thank you very much for letting me know! I've heard that 'Varjak' means 'warrior' in Polish, too.

On your other question, Monamy was the name of the cat I had when I was a child, but Varjak was the name of the cat I had at the time when I started to write Varjak Paw, as an adult.

With best wishes,
SF

Ivan said...

dear SF Said,
thank you for the answer.
I mean, does that mean that you name Varjak?
Monami means - my friend.
Varjhak also what it means?
all the best

SF Said said...

I didn't know it had a meaning at that stage – it was just a name that I liked. It came from a mis-hearing of a line in the film 'Breakfast At Tiffany's', which has a character called Paul Varjak. Another character reads his name as "Varjak, Paul". I mis-heard this as "Varjak Paw" and immediately thought it would be a great name for a cat!

WhiteTiger said...

Now sure how I didn't find this website before. But I wanted to say thank you for writing such brilliant books. It has been a few years since I read them, but I still remember them today :).

Do you have any plans of expanding on the series? I would love to see a prequel about Jelal, my memory is bad but I think I got the idea that Sally Bone was once his enemy as she had survived for a very long time before finally loosing to Varlak, I would love to read about their struggle.

Oh and I am sure you get this a lot, but I read on the wiki that the movie rights were bought. Is there any word on this? Or is there no progress currently :P?

But anyhow thank you for your brilliant work. I may have to check out your other series some time too :).

SF Said said...

Dear WhiteTiger,

Thank you so much for your visit, and your kind words about my work!

I will write a third book about Varjak one day, and I think it will include some material about Jalal's early days, so I hope one day you'll read that book! It won't be for a while, though – I wrote a little about it here.

On the question of movie rights, the latest info is all here.

And as for my other work - my new book Phoenix is now available in paperback. It's about humans and aliens rather than cats and dogs, but I think if you enjoyed Varjak, you'll enjoy it too, as it very much comes from the same place.

And you may be interested to learn that the next book, which I'm currently working on, is called TYGER!

Thanks again, and best wishes,
SF Said

Ivan said...

Dear SF Said
Tell us about your character please: Sally Bones:
How did you come up with this character?
He was the prototype?
Why she had one eye?
all the best

SF Said said...

Dear Ivan,

Thanks for your question. Sally Bones wasn't in the first draft of Varjak Paw. Originally, the bosses of both gangs were big strong tomcats, like Ginger. I noticed this and thought it would be better to make them different, and more interesting to give them different qualities. So Sally Bones gradually evolved as I worked on the book, and became much more interesting, I think!

All the best,
SF

Ivan said...

Yes, the book became so really the best!
Sally Bones is a very interesting character.
Varjak among fans in Russia, Sally Bones second most popular after Varjak!
Tell me please: How did you create this character?
What helped you to create Sally Bones?
all the best

SF Said said...

That's great to hear, thank you. It was really just a process of trying things out.

First I thought it would be more interesting if she was intelligent, rather than physically strong, and became a leader because of her intelligence. Then I thought it would be even more interesting if she knew the Way as well – maybe even knew it better than Varjak! Once I had that idea, I thought she had become a really interesting character. I'm glad that fans like her too!

All the best,
SF

Ivan said...

It's really colorful character, you'll have a very interesting comparison: Sally Bones seemed represents darkness, cold and winter.
A Varyak sun and hope.
When Varyak wins the dawn comes and with it the spring.
It would be great if in the third part of the story you told Sally or fight Selii and Jalal!
You get a wonderful character!
all the best

SF Said said...

Thanks again! I think something like that is likely to happen in the third book... one day!

All the best,
SF

TheYoungGuardian said...

All the characters and two books are amazing, they serve as something like comfort and adventure for me to hide myself away in <3 News about a third book someday is exciting! Do you think a new villam will arise, or would it be something entirely different/internal within the cities? Or do you think it would play about Varjak's past family?

TheYoungGuardian said...

Then again, a backstory on the lives of Sally Bones and Jalal would be interesting. (Not sure who Selii is?)

TheYoungGuardian said...

Personally, I wouldn't be anxious for a movie on this series - since directors have "visions" of how it'll be from their perspective, rather than the author's (and pretty much making them kind of suffer throughout the filming if things aren't agreed on), if that makes sense?

TheYoungGuardian said...

Like... I'd rather have the tales be preserved in books, haha. But that's only my take on it

SF Said said...

Thank you so much for all your thoughts and questions! I don't know much more about the third book at this stage than the various things I've said around this blog, so we'll see when the time comes... But I'm so glad you've enjoyed the first two books, though!

SF Said said...

Well, it depends how it's done. I was trying to make the movie with Dave McKean, who illustrated the books - so while it wouldn't have been the same as the books, it would have come from a very similar place. Of course, books and films are never the same; for a story to work cinematically, it has to be different. But it can share the same spirit, perhaps...

Ivan said...

Dear SF Said
It would be great if you make a post about the characters in his books, such as Varjak, Razor, Sally Bones, Holly, Kludge etc.. It would be interesting to know how you came up with them, they were prototypes, that inspires you to create the characters.

SF Said said...

Dear Ivan,

Thank you for your comment. I've never done a post like that, and to be honest, I wouldn't know how to. The process of character creation is a bit mysterious, even to me, so perhaps it's best to just let the characters be themselves, and enjoy them as they appear in the books!

With best wishes,
SF

Brandon said...

SF Said, the great creator of Varjak Paw (you probably remember me)
I would like to know if there will be a return of.. well he's not quite gentle..
return of the man?
Because unless Cludge gave him rabies, he should still be out there, right?

SF Said said...

Hello Brandon!

Thank you for your message - that's a very interesting question. I honestly don't know what the answer is at this point, as I haven't started writing the third one yet, but I would say that anything is possible!

Keep the Way alive,
SF

Karen said...

SF Said,

I read Varjak paw when I was younger, I couldn't put it down, it's my favourite book ever! I'm 15 now and I've read many books and still not one book has been as brilliant as Varjak Paw! I have just discovered the second book and I'm super excited to start reading it! Thanks so much for writing such entertaining books!

Karen :)

SF Said said...

Dear karen,

Thank you so much for that amazing comment – you've just made my day! I hope you enjoy The Outlaw Varjak Paw as well, please let me know how it goes!

Keep the Way alive,
SF

Steve G said...

Hi SF, I contacted you a long time ago about not being able to find "The Outlaw Varjak Paw" available as an ebook anywhere in the United States. Do you know if it will be sometime? I would love to add it to my e-library for my daughter. Thanks! Steve

Louisa Merriam said...

Dear Mr Said,

We are Year 3 from St Francis School in North Somerset.

We adore your fantastic Varjak books and think you are the most amazing author! Your books are our favourite books ever... by miles!!!

We would love to find out what happened to Varjak and the Free Cats. Do you think you might ever write a new Varjak book? We hope so!

We would love to know what happened to Holly's eye? Also is Sally Bones really Jalal's enemy Saliya of the North? What is your favourite book Mr Said?

We will keep The Way alive....

Love from your biggest fans....

The Year 3 Paws

SF Said said...

Dear Year 3 Paws,

Thank you so much for your fantastic comment - that really means a lot to me!

I will definitely write a third book about Varjak one day, but it won't be for a while yet. I wrote a little bit about my idea for it here. I hope you will find answers to your questions in it, when it eventually happens!

As for my own favourite book - I think it's probably Watership Down by Richard Adams. I wrote a bit about it here. The BBC are about to do a new animated version of it, so this would be a great time to read it!

Thanks again, and keep the Way alive!
SF Said

SF Said said...

Dear Steve,

Many thanks for your message – I asked my publishers to look into it. They tell me that US ebook of The Outlaw Varjak Paw is no longer available, but the UK ebook should be available to buy in the US in the next month, which is good news. Please do let me know if you find it (or not!)

Thanks again, and best wishes,
SF

Anonymous said...

Hi SFsaidits great to talk to an author so my name is Tebe and Im in year 4 so why did gave the cats blues and why does Sally Bones get one eye

Anonymous said...

SF said I loved your first book. In fact when i heared the next chapter I jumped I up and down whith excitment.


SF Said said...

Hi Tebe,

Thank you for your comment, it's great for an author to hear from readers!

I think your question about Sally Bones and her one eye might be answered in the third Varjak Paw book. I haven't written that one yet, but I hope to write it one day...

Keep the Way alive!
SF

SF Said said...

Thank you so much, that's amazing to hear! I hope you enjoy the rest of the book too!

Anonymous said...

hi Sf said I am the biggest fan of yours and I just wanted to say that my teacher is begging you to write the 3rd book of Varjak paw I have a brilliant idea for your next Varjak Paw.

Anonymous said...

my idea is that sally bones is back and bad she has a neice...Sally slicer and she doesn't want to become like her aunt sally and varjak and holly get kittens ill tell you the next bit tomorrow Do you like it already?

Anonymous said...

hi sf said I just wanted to say.... WHEN ARE YOU WRITING THE 3RD BOOK.......IM ON MY KNEES PLZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ IM BEGGING YOU WRITE THE 3RD BOOK OF Varjak paw plzzz Mr Said

SF Said said...

Hi there,

Thank you so much for your kind comments! I will definitely write a third Varjak Paw book one day, but it might not be for a while yet. I wrote a bit about why, and about my ideas for it, in this blog post.

But I'm always very honoured when people write stories using my characters and worlds. Some of the first stories I ever wrote used characters from my favourite TV shows, so I think if you want to read the story you're describing, you should write it yourself!

Happy writing - and happy reading!
SF Said

SF Said said...

Thank you again! Don't worry, I will write a third book about Varjak one day – I wrote a bit about it here.

Keep the Way alive!
SF Said

Anonymous said...

hey I love your book, SF said. It's amazingly adventurerous

SF Said said...

Thank you so much for your message! That's very kind of you. Have you read my new book Phoenix yet? I think it's even more adventurous...

With best wishes,
SF

Steve G said...

Hi SF, just wanted to let you know that "The Outlaw Varjak Paw" is now available as an ebook in the US at both Amazon and Barnes & Noble! At last! Just bought my copy today!

SF Said said...

Hi Steve, thank you so much for that wonderful news! And thanks for making me aware of the situation; I'm glad it's finally available.

Happy reading – and best wishes!
SF

Natalie Lightowler said...

You're awesome man keep the way alive. Read books. Eat. Sleep. Breathe. Way. Read. Repeat

Anonymous said...

Hi SF said my class has been reading this my teacher likes it i love your books, you inspired me.

SF Said said...

Thank you so much again, Natalie! Reading books is definitely as vital to me as eating, sleeping and breathing... So yes: keep the Way alive!
SF

SF Said said...

Hi there,

Thank you so much for your fantastic comment! I'm so glad that you feel inspired by my books. Keep reading!

With best wishes,
SF Said

Adam Gori said...

I write to you from the States. We absolutely adored the audio version of Varjak Paw. How can we purchase an audio copy of The Outlaw Varjak Paw? It doesn't seem to be available on this side of the Atlantic.

SF Said said...

Dear Adam,

Thank you very much for your kind comment! I've passed your question on to my agent, and will get back to you when she has some information.

With best wishes,
SF Said

Adam Gori said...

Thank you! I look forward to hearing her response.

SF Said said...

Dear Adam,

Here's my publisher's reply to your question:

"There is no physical audio version of Outlaw at the moment, in the UK or US. However, there is a downloadable version (unabridged), and it looks like is available from audible and amazon.com, so should be purchasable in the US."

I hope that's helpful - please let me know how you get on.

With best wishes,
SF Said

Adam Gori said...

Thank you for checking with your publisher. I am an Audible member, but The Outlaw Varjak Paw audio is not available in the US "version" of Audible or Amazon. I wonder if it's possible for your publisher to contact the US "branch" of Audible and ask that the book be added?

Unknown said...

I have red the first book and im reding the second for the second time. Its by far my favourite book. Its AMAZING. i cant put it down!

SF Said said...

Thank you so much for your amazing comment! That really means a lot to me. Who is your favourite character in the books?

Keep the Way alive,
SF

SF Said said...

Dear Adam,

Thanks for coming back to me on this - I've passed your comment on to them, and will get back to you with the reply when I have it!

With best wishes,
SF Said

Anonymous said...

hi SF said its me again i just wanted to say that your books make my day im always happy and really you need to tell me the exact date when you are getting your 3rd book in varjack paw many thx your biggest fan

Anonymous said...

At start i used to hate reading but know im always sticking my head in a book thx to you . you always have a way of bonding with children and i can feel that connection you helping young readers to improve and use their imagination more often

Anonymous said...

when my teacher said we had to a mythical story I wrote the story and my friend had to peer asses it and she loved it so much that she wanted a part 2 so it took me a while and i wrote it finally when she read it she wanted a part 3!!!!! but what i hadn't realised.was that she was enjoying it so this is your lesson it's not about how long the story/varjack paw 3rd takes it about how people think of your book do they enjoy it? me personally i love all your books .

Anonymous said...

Hello Mr Said i just wanted to say that how do you get ideas.Could you give me some tips on how you engage with young readers and how do you make them get interested in your books??????????????????

SF Said said...

Dear Adam,

I've heard back from my publishers - they tell me that this link should work in the US:
http://www.audible.com/pd/Kids/The-Outlaw-Varjak-Paw-Audiobook/B004U759EG/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1444737029&sr=1-1

I hope it works for you - please let me know how it goes!

Thanks and all the best,
SF

SF Said said...

Hi there,

Thank you so much for your amazing comments! I'm really glad that you enjoy my books, and are now reading all sorts of other books, and writing your own stories too! That's a very inspiring thing for a writer to hear, so thank you.

I'm afraid I can't give you a date for the 3rd Varjak Paw book, because I haven't written it yet. I wrote a bit about why, and my idea for it, in this blog post. But I will definitely post about it when the time comes.

In the meantime, have you read my new book Phoenix? I think it's my best one yet...

Keep the Way alive!
SF

SF Said said...

Hi there, and thank you for your comment. I think you can get ideas from anywhere. The idea for Varjak Paw started with me looking at my own cat – I wrote a bit about it in this blog post.

As for making readers interested in my books – I do everything I can to make my books as exciting and page-turning as possible. And I also try to fill them with everything that I love and find interesting myself.

So my best writing advice would be to write the stories that you most want to read yourself. I've done a few other writing tips on this blog; you can find them here.

Thanks again, and best wishes,
SF Said

Mia Streetman said...

Hi Mr. Said. I'm Mia, from the U.S.A. I recently finished your Varjak Paw books and I loved them. I loved the illustrations and the characters from the book. The characters were very believable and I drew fanart of Varjak Paw. I really hope you make a Varjak Paw Movie. I would watch it as soon as it came out. I imagine it to be similar to the German film Felidae, but more kid friendly. Basically what I'm saying is that you should keep making books. I'm also glad that you haven't made too many Varjak Paw books because many great series have hundreds of books and it just gets repetitive sometimes. Thank you so much for creating these books (I will read Phoenix soon).

SF Said said...

Dear Mia,

Thank you so much for your wonderful comment! I'm so glad that you enjoyed the Varjak Paw books. There will be a third book one day, but not for a while, and I think there will only be three. I wrote a bit about my idea for it here. I also wrote a bit about plans to make a Varjak Paw movie here.

Phoenix will be published in the US next year by Candlewick Press, but is currently available in the UK. I think it's the best book I've written so far, so I hope you enjoy it too – please let me know what you think if you get a chance to read it!

With best wishes,
SF Said

Anonymous said...

salutations Mr Said i just wanted to say you brighten my day so thank you for that

Anonymous said...

and by the way can you tell what the phoenix is about i would love to read it as it is one of your thrilling adventures

SF Said said...

Thank you very much! There's lots of information about Phoenix on this page of my site. I hope you enjoy reading it - please let me know what you think if you do!

With best wishes,
SF Said

SF Said said...

Salutations! And thank you for leaving me a comment that has brightened my day!

With best wishes,
SF Said

SF Said said...

Dear Adam,

The latest update from my publishers is that the link should now be working fine. I hope it does work this time - please let me know what the latest is!

Thanks again, and all the best,
SF

George Cosgrove said...

Dear SF Said,
Me and my class have just started reading the outlaw varjak paw and so far it sounds amazing!!!! I am so excited to read on and can't wait to find out what happens to the family, Sally Bones and Razor.
From George Cosgrove

SF Said said...

Dear George,

Thank you so much for letting me know! I'm excited to hear that you are enjoying The Outlaw Varjak Paw. Quite a lot happens to Razor in particular as the book goes on... Please let me know what you think when you get to the end!

With best wishes,
SF Said

Estate Ramirez said...

I loved this book

Estate Ramirez said...

I like your books a lot I can wait tell number 3 if there will be one I sure hope so

SF Said said...

Thank you so much for your kind comments! I'm really glad you enjoyed The Outlaw Varjak Paw. There will be a third book about Varjak one day; I wrote a bit about my idea for it here. In the meantime, have you read my new book Phoenix yet? It's not about cats, but if you enjoyed Varjak's adventures, I hope you will enjoy it too!

Keep the Way alive,
SF

Estate Ramirez said...

Ok I will read it

Estate Ramirez said...

When I read your books I can actually visuals the stuff happening

Estate Ramirez said...

Me real name estevan not Estate

SF Said said...

Hi again Estevan! Thank you so much - I'm very lucky to work with a brilliant illustrator like Dave McKean; I think his pictures really help bring the books to life. I hope you enjoy Phoenix too - please let me know what you think if you get a chance to read it!

Estate Ramirez said...

This is so cool to talk to my favorite author

Estate Ramirez said...

Can u tell me a little about your self?

SF Said said...

Thank you Estevan! There's lots of info about me here on the site, so have a look around, but if you click the link to this page, you'll find a good place to start. I'm also on twitter as @whatSFSaid, and talk to readers a lot there

VarjakFangirl108 said...

Hey there! I just want to say how much the Varjak Paw series has impacted my life, so much inspiration has been given to me by these books. I cannot express how much I love them, the second in particular. Razor and Sally have to be my favorites, and I have a question about Sally's eye. For the Outlaw Paw's Russian back cover, Sally's eye is on the left side, is that the official side it's on or is it supposed to be flipped to the other way?
Again, thank you x100 for writing these, they're amazing and honestly I don't know what I would do without them. <3

Unknown said...

Hey S.F I realy like Varjak Paw. How did come up with the "gentle-men" an the "Two-Black Cats"
Thanks,Yolo-swag-dj.

SF Said said...

Hi there! Thank you so much for that amazing comment - it really means a lot to hear things like that from readers. Writing The Outlaw Varjak Paw is probably the hardest thing I've ever done, but it feels worthwhile when I hear something like that! Here's a link to a blog I made about it; it also contains one of Dave McKean's original pictures of Sally Bones, which I hope will answer your question:
http://dfb.randomhousechildrens.co.uk/blog/index.php/2012/09/03/sf-said-varjak-paw-sequels/

Thanks again, and keep the Way alive,
SF Said

SF Said said...

Hi there! Thank you so much for your comment. The two black cats were among the last things I came up with in Varjak Paw. Originally the Gentleman was very different too; he even had dialogue that the cats could understand! But I thought it would be better to have him on another level to the cats, impossibly huge and distant, and to give him the two black cats, who could be on Varjak's level. I hope you like them!

Keep the Way alive,
SF Said

VarjakFangirl108 said...

Oh my gosh, thank you so much for replying! I asked the question because I am going to get a custom stuffed animal of Sally, and I wanted to make sure what side the eye was on. Sooooo, just to be clear, the black dot on the left side, is that the eye or the socket? I have honestly took hours looking at all of the pictures of her in the books, debating which side it's on. Again, thank you so, so much for replying, it's great to actually talk a little bit to my favorite author.

Unknown said...

Will you write another varjak book?

SF Said said...

Oh wow, that sounds amazing! I would say the left is the eye, and the right is the socket. Good luck with it - and thank you again for the messages, it's great to talk to readers!

SF Said said...

Hi there, and thank you for your question. I am definitely planning to write another Varjak book one day. You can read a bit about my idea for it in this blog post.

Keep the Way alive,
SF

VarjakFangirl108 said...

Thank you, oh my gosh!! ^_^ I'll totally send you a picture of it when it arrives.
Also, I draw tons of Varjak fan art. Here are a some of my favorite pieces that I did:
http://expectocs.deviantart.com/art/Tam-Varjak-Holly-Cludge-563215148?q=gallery%3AExpectOCs%2F55539700&qo=21

http://expectocs.deviantart.com/art/There-ll-be-scars-everywhere-but-you-ll-live-556830826?q=gallery%3AExpectOCs%2F55539700&qo=37

http://expectocs.deviantart.com/art/Holjak-550806540?q=gallery%3AExpectOCs%2F55539700&qo=58

http://i.imgur.com/CMUuRXJ.jpg Lol, you have no idea how much I draw Sally. She is seriously awesome

SF Said said...

Thank you so much for these links! It's great to see your work. And please do send me a picture when it arrives - if you tweet it to @whatSFSaid, I'll retweet it!

With best wishes,
SF

Anonymous said...

I love your books. You are one of the best writers in the world. It would be good, because I heard that you're writing the 3rd book about Varjak Paw, if you'd mention and include Varjak's family in it. Also, as I read that in this book Varjak is old, after this it'd be great if you write stories about his children.

Huzaifah

Adam Gori said...

It *is* available now! Thank you.

SF Said said...

Hooray! That's fantastic news – thanks for letting me know! And sorry it took so long. Hope you enjoy it!

All the best,
SF

SF Said said...

Dear Huzaifah,

Thank you so much for your wonderful message - that really means a lot to me. I haven't started writing the third Varjak book yet, but I definitely will one day. There's a little bit about my idea for it in this blog post.

In the meantime, have you had a chance to read my new book Phoenix yet?

Thanks again, and keep the Way alive,
SF

Adam Gori said...

We listened to it and loved it. Such a great story, and so well written. Thank you. Now if only Varjak Paw were available on Audible here. We want to recommend it to our friends.

SF Said said...

That's so great to know, thank you so much! I'll ask the publishers if there's any chance of that happening...

Anonymous said...

Dear SF
I really love your Varjak paw books!
I would like to know how Holly got her ice blue eye and what happened to varjak paw's family. Will you be writing a new book to carry on the story?
Also, please can you visit my school Burton Green Primary school in Kenilworth if I check with my head teacher? If you come please could you encourage my classmates to read the Varjak Paw books? I have tried but they think the front cover looks a bit weird! I think it's actually quite cool.
I'm going to read Phoenix next. Have you written any other books?
I hope you can answer my questions.
Freya aged 9 (just)

SF Said said...

Dear Freya,

Thank you so much for your lovely comment! It really means a lot that you took the time to let me know that you loved the Varjak Paw books – that's so wonderful to hear!

I am definitely planning to write a third Varjak Paw book one day, and I think it will answer your questions about the story. I wrote a little bit about my idea for it in this blog post.

I hope you enjoy Phoenix too! It might seem very different on the surface, as it's about humans and aliens rather than cats and dogs, but it doesn't seem that different to me, deep down. I think if you liked Holly, you will also like Bixa Quicksilver, the alien girl with needles in her hair... Please let me know what you think when you've had a chance to read it!

So far, I've only written those three books, but I'm working on a new trilogy at the moment. The working title for these books is TYGER and I wrote a little bit about it in this blog post.

And I would love to visit your school - if they would like to invite me, please could you ask your teacher to leave me a message with their email address on my author visits page, and then I can discuss the details with them?

Thanks so much again, and keep the Way alive!
SF

Anonymous said...

Hi this is Olivia Dennis in year five.I go to Whaplode church of England primary school. we just read your outlaw varjak paw yesterday.Today our teacher, called Mrs Adie,really misssed reading Varjak paw.Maybe one day you could come to our school and read a book of yours to us.Thank you very much for making varjak paw, our class loves it!!!!!!!!!!

SF Said said...

Dear Olivia,

Thank you so much for your fantastic comment – it's so brilliant to hear that you enjoyed my books, and that your teacher and your class enjoyed them too!

I'd love to visit your school one day. If they would like to invite me, please could you ask Mrs Adie or another of your teachers to leave me a message on my Author Visits page, and to leave me an email address to reply to, so we can discuss the details?

Thanks again - and please give my best wishes to everyone at Whaplode!
SF

Harley cooper said...

Dear fs said,
I am a very big fan of yours my name is Harley cooper I am from whaplode Primary school I started reading your books because of the best teacher in the world Mrs Adie!!!!!! I LOVE YOUR BOOKS!!!!!!!!!please can you come to my school. My favourite book is varjack paw. Also you are the best author ever. Thanks to Mrs Adie once more to get me to start reading your books! Please respond

Your sincerely,Harley cooper

SF Said said...

Dear Harley,

Thank you so much for your brilliant message - I'm so glad you're enjoying my books!

I'd love to visit your school one day. If they would like to invite me, please could you ask Mrs Adie or another of your teachers to leave me a message on my Author Visits page, and to leave me an email address to reply to, so we can discuss the details?

With best wishes,
SF Said

Anonymous said...

Dear SF Said
Hi this is Izzie from whaplode church of England primary school , your books are incredible and our teacher Mrs Adie has missed reading your books . We are so excited to be meeting you, our teacher has set up an email and is sorting out you coming !!! Will you make a 3rd Varjak paw ?

From Izzie ��

SF Said said...

Dear Izzie,

Thank you so much for your message! I've been emailing with Mrs Adie, and I hope it'll be possible for me to come and visit you one day. In the meantime, yes, there will be a third Varjak Paw book, but it won't be for a while yet - I wrote about it in this blog post.

Keep the Way alive!
SF

Anonymous said...

Dear Sf said
Thank you for reading my feedback I can't wait for the 3rd varjak paw . what is it like being an author ? I like reading and writing stories . ����
From Izzie , I love your books

SF Said said...

Dear Izzie,

Thank you very much for your message. Being an author is hard work, but if you like reading and writing stories, it is the best work you could possibly do! I wrote a little bit about how I write my books in this blog post - I hope it's helpful for your own writing.

With best wishes,
SF

Anonymous said...

Thank you it was helpful
From Izzie 😁

Narwhal Girl said...

Hi SF Said! Varjak paw and the Outlaw Varjak Paw are some of my favorite cat books right next to Warriors! I know many people have asked you about a 3rd Varjak Paw but I have an idea. It would kind of be cool if you did a Varjak Paw adventure series. If not, thats fine it was just an idea! Also, if you won't, I can write one myself and then send it to you!

-Olivia

Alara said...

Hello SF Said!I think your books are AWSOME!Will a third book of Varjak Paw come out?If it will I will feel Epic!Bassicly the only thing i can say isYOU ARE THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


-Alara

SF Said said...

Hello Alara!

Thank you so much for your AWESOME message - that really means a lot to me!

I am definitely planning to write a third Varjak Paw book one day. Here's a link to a piece where I wrote about my idea for it.

Thanks again, and keep the Way alive!
SF Said

Peri said...

This book was amazing -- Razor is an absolute fave.

SF Said said...

Thank you so much, Peri! I'm really glad you like Razor, because I think he has the most interesting story of any of the characters in this book; he changes the most from the beginning of the story to the end. So it means a lot that he's your fave!

Keep the Way alive,
SF

Anonymous said...

Hey SF Said. I have read your other book called Phoenix after my friend begged me on her knees to read it (she is the one that commented about sally slicer and hollies kittens).
I must say the book was really interesting especially Phoenix as I loved the character Bixa.
i also have an idea on the second book of phoenix lucky descended form the skies and goes to Bixa and says the stars are dying because of Lexin the other aliens are invading the magic of stars the team are back ready to face another adventure

SF Said said...

Thank you so much for your fantastic message - and please thank your friend for begging you to read Phoenix, that really means a lot to me! I'm really glad you liked Bixa, as she's probably my favourite character in Phoenix too.

And thank you for your great story idea! I'm not currently planning to write another Phoenix book, but if that's a story you would like to read, I think you should write it yourself! I would be totally honoured if you wanted to write another story about those characters. And just in case it's helpful, here's a link to a blog where I gave some writing tips - and my first tip is to write the story you most want to read yourself!

With best wishes,
SF

Eannej Ermynj said...

I read the book Varjak Paw and the Outlaw Varjak Paw and let me tell you they were the best books I had read in my almost 10 year long life. On 22 January 2017 the night I finished the book I couldn't stop thinking of even writing my own Varjak Paw related book. If you do decide to write a new book I would love for you to tell me just don't tell me when until its almost published because I will end up counting down every day until it comes out. If you do decide to write the next book to the Barjak Paw series it would be nice if Holly tells everyone what had happened after their last encounter with Holly before she sacrificed herself to help Barjak escape, and have her describe how she sees now. Also I feel as if Ginger and his gang should be in the book more.

-Anderson L.

SF Said said...

Dear Anderson,

Thank you so much for your fantastic comment! That really means a lot to me. I am planning to write a third Varjak Paw book one day - I wrote a bit about my idea for it in this blog post. I don't know when it will happen, but it will definitely happen one day! And I think it will have something to say about what happened to Holly.

In the meantime, have you read my new book Phoenix yet? It's not about Varjak, or even about cats, but I think it's my best one so far!

Thanks again, and keep the Way alive,
SF Said

Ayeh said...

Dear SFsaid,
My name is Ayeh and i would like to tell you how amazing you are in writing varjak paw!Me and my class had fineshed both parts of the book!i love your books you are the most amazing author! May i ask about what happend to Varjaks family?where did he go?iwould really like to know!This has been a great oppurtunity talking to someone special like you!Thank you.

To:SFsaid

SF Said said...

Dear Ayeh,

Thank you so much for your lovely message! I'm really glad you enjoyed Varjak Paw. You find out what happens to his family at the end of the first book, and you find out what happens to Varjak afterwards in the next book – The Outlaw Varjak Paw. I hope you enjoy reading that one too!

With best wishes,
SF Said

Brandon (remember me SF? :3) said...

Varjak Paw theory : it's based off naruto lol
The first part of Varjak Paw, Varjak was just a child. Same as Naruto,
second part being where Varjak is a "teen", like Naruto as well..
Third part, as SF has said, (heh, get it?) Varjak is going to be older like the elder paw, same way as Naruto is, in Boruto. (which would be the third part)
They also have very similar story lines. Holly could be based off of Sasuke Uchiha, considering she has a very similar personality and has the 'cursed eye' now, while Tam came off very friendly to Varjak, (which, isn't much like Sakura at the beginning, but it is near end)


SF, have I leaked the story for some next Varjak Paw book? Is Varjak going to have a son? that'd be really cool :o

SF Said said...

Hi Brandon! Thank you so much for coming back, and for your great comment. I have to be honest, I've never read Naruto - would you recommend it?

I don't know much more about the story for the third Varjak book beyond what I've already written in this piece:
http://www.sfsaid.com/2016/07/will-there-ever-be-third-varjak-paw-book.html

Also, my books change a lot as I work on them, so anything I might think now may not end up being in it! I'll find out when I get there, eventually...

Thank you for patience, and keep the Way alive!
SF

Brandon said...

Tyvm for getting back to me. Yes, I would totally recommend you watch or read Naruto. I'm a huge fan of it myself, and recently, what I believe to be the "final" part of the anime is coming out. I've grown up since I first wrote to you SF, and I'm still thinking about the books Varjak Paw and The Outlaw Varjak Paw everyday. Sometimes I like to imagine what Varjak would be doing right now, or crossing it over with things like Steven Universe/Naruto.
Sorry for the late reply, my internet was working quite slowly when you got back to me.

SF Said said...

Hi Brandon,

Thanks for the recommendation - I'll look out for Naruto!

And thanks for your kind words about Varjak - it's brilliant to hear that you still think about the books. That really means a lot.

Have you had a chance to read Phoenix yet? It's not about Varjak, but it very much comes from the same place. It's just been published in the US - here's a book trailer that Dave McKean made for it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nql-uTU7LXw

With best wishes,
SF

Brandon said...

No, I have been unable to get the chance to read Phoenix.
My family is quite poor as it is, and I relied on my previous schools to be able to read Varjak Paw and The Outlaw Varjak Paw.
I'm hoping that I will be able to, even if it takes a long time.
I don't live in the US, either. I'm in Nova Scotia, Canada. Is it available anywhere nearby?

SF Said said...

Hi again Brandon,

Phoenix should be available in Canada too - the US publishers, Candlewick, have all the North American rights. So you could ask your local bookshop to order it, or your local library might already have it; if not, they should be able to get it in for you at no charge if you request it. Here's a link to the Candlewick page for Phoenix with more info.

With best wishes,
SF