I originally had no idea what the Starfire would be. The shooting star on the cover was mainly ornamental, but maybe Graytail thought that it was the Starfire.
Graytail died of greencough shortly after Dawnflame became deputy.
Dawnkit and Fernkit became Dawnflame and Fernleaf.
The dog is a brindled mastiff.
At first, Dawnkit was Sunkit, but there was already Sunflower. Then she became Dawnkit, but one of Sunflower's kits was named Dawnkit. Sunflower's Dawnkit was renamed Birdkit instead.
The cat on the cover is Bluekit.
Graytail's appearance was inspired by my cat, Lovie.
I originally wrote Sapphiregaze as Sandstorm, but worried too much about copyright infringement and changed her [Sandstorm] to an OC. I decided that writing Sapphiregaze as old and faded would better depict how far after the Clans in the books that the story took place. And hey, you got a personality replica of Sandstorm now.