Lilian Jackson Braun is famously known as the author of "The Cat Who..." series, which she began penning in 1966 with the inaugural edition, "The Cat Who Could Read Backwards." The series ran for almost 40 years, concluding in 2007 with "The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers." The series includes 29 volumes in total, with other titles including "The Cat Who Smelled a Rat," "The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare" and "The Cat Who Sniffed Glue."
Braun's "The Cat Who..." books have sold millions of copies and appeared regularly on the New York Times' bestsellers list. The books, which were translated into 16 languages, featured a human protagonist and owner of Koko and Yum Yum, two Siamese cats. Lilian Jackson Braun continued writing until just a few short years before her death in 2011 at the age of 97.
Beyond Braun's "The Cat Who..." series, she also wrote some short stories, including "The Cat Who Had 14 Tales," written in 1988, "The Private Life of the Cat Who..." and "Short and Tall Tales," both of which were written in 2003.
Braun worked for and retired from the Detroit Free Press, serving 30 years as an editor there. She lived in Tryon, North Carolina, and dedicated all of her books to her husband Earl.