I designed this website several years ago for myself. It was developed by a wonderful collaborator, who easily realized my directives using the WordPress Ultimatum theme. The cat logo was adapted from a poster by Theophile Steinlen for Le Chat Noir, a 19th century cabaret in the Parisian district of Montmartre.
I wanted a dramatic Mondrianesque grid which would open to various features and thought the cat would humanize, and break up, the geometric format a bit. Aside from its bohemian origins, it has a personal significance since I have four black rescue cats, and it looks like a wise and detached observer, much like any author would wish to be.
I chose intense, bold, primal colors: gold, red, black, and white and in the final phase added the blue square, which opens to feature new books.