Sneaky’s Interview of Nick and ROCCO, the character and real life cats of TC LoTempio

fred-profile Today I am doing a double head butting interview with both a real life and character cat. This is  a fur-st for me. I am chattering with Rocco, the real life cat of author TC LoTiempo and her feline character, Nick Charles from her Nick and Nora mystery series.

Hello, Kitties, please introduce yourselves to our reading audience.

image001-2Rocco:  My name is ROCCO LoTempio, and my human is Toni also known as TC. Many people ask why I always spell my name in all caps. The answer should be obvious. So that it’s larger than life, just like me!!!!!!!  I am not a character in a book (although the character of Nick in the Nick and Nora mysteries is modelled after me) but I do run my own blog, www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com, where I conduct author interviews monthly!

Nick:  I’m Nick Charles. I am one of the main characters, if not THE main character, in the Nick and Nora mystery series by T.C. My adventures were first recounted in MEOW IF ITS MURDER, followed by CLAWS FOR ALARM. The third book, CRIME AND CATNIP is out December 6 of this year.

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Mice to meet you both. This question is for Nick. Please tell us more about your series

Nick:  The Nick and Nora mystery series recounts the adventures of Nora Charles, an ex-true crime reporter who returned to her roots in Cruz, California to take over her late mother’s sandwich shop. Along the way she adopts a tubby tuxedo cat who belonged to a missing PI, and who seems to have a flair for detection just like his former owner. I’m fond of spelling out clues with my favorite toy, Scrabble tiles.

Pawsome.

This is for Rocco. What do you like most about your human’s books?

Rocco:  I love the fact they all feature cats, although she has written some paranormals. I’ve been after her to do one with a vampire cat……

I also like that Debbie always includes a cat or two in her books and sometimes even a dog like Fido, my co-star in her Cobble Cove mysteries. A vampire cat would be totally pawsome and fur-raising I’m sure.

For Nick, are you based on a real cat such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.

king-roccoNick:  Yes, as Rocco said, I am based on him. He is a real cat. TC’s tuxedo, who runs his own blog and interviews authors monthly! ROCCO is also a bit on the tubby side, but he is an excellent interviewer!!!!!!!

(Rocco purrs) Thanks, Nick.

Nick: Of Claus, Rocco.

Another question for Rocco. Does your human have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.

image006Rocco:  Book three in the Nick and Nora series, CRIME AND CATNIP will be out December 6. After that, we’ll have to see. TC Lotempio has a new series coming out from Crooked Lane in March of next year but unfortunately Rocco is not in that one (hiss)

Nick, what advice would you give other cat characters? –

Nick:  Purr softly and carry a big stick.

My motto exactly.

Rocco, can you share an excerpt from one of TC’s books since you are litter-ally at her side when she writes them.

Rocco:  From CLAWS FOR ALARM:

I tried the door which seemed to be stuck. I looked at the doorframe, which appeared to be less than sturdy, checked it for alarm wires. Seeing none, I raised my leg and gave the door a swift, hard kick. It clicked open an inch, and I pushed it all the way open. We walked into a tiny office not much bigger than a postage stamp. A large metal desk and battered file cabinet took up the majority of the space. Another door at the far end stood part-way open. Nick suddenly tensed, and I saw the hairs on his back rise. His tail fluffed out, and he started to growl, deep in his throat.

I frowned. “What’s wrong. What do you sense?”

Nick reared up on his hind legs and then shot through the partially open door. I had no choice but to follow. The room I now found myself in appeared to be a slightly larger version of the previous office. Nick crouched in front of a large metal desk and as I entered, he shifted his body slightly. I caught a glimpse of two feet, very still, shod in the pair of eggplant Louboutins I’d admired earlier in the evening.

“Oh, crap,” I cried. “Please tell me that’s not what I think it is.” I walked around Nick and peeped around the edge of the desk. I saw a twisted figure in a white raincoat bunched up around shapely legs, a tumble of black hair covering its face, the neck bent at an unnatural angle.

“Shit,” I said.

“MA-ROW!” Nick yowled.

I heard a sound behind me as Nick dived under a nearby chair. My heart started to beat wildly in my chest. The last time he’d pulled something like that I’d been caught next to a dead body and hauled off to the police station. His fat rear had barely wiggled out of sight before the door slammed back and I found myself looking first down the barrel of a .45 and then, as I raised my gaze, at the grim, unsmiling face of Detective Leroy Samms. He looked at me, then at the feet, then back to me again. He lowered his arm, slipped his gun back into his shoulder holster. “Well, well. Look what the cat dragged in.”

Nick: That’s my favorite scene, Rocco. Thanks for sharing it.

Rocco: My  purr-sonal pleasure, Nick.

What do you like most about your role in your authors’ books, Nick?

Nick:  Meow – I like that I’m the main focus, pretty much all of the time.

Are you a talking cat in your books or just a silent one like I am who just meows occasionally?

That’s a funny story – I was originally supposed to be a talking cat in the original manuscript but Penguin wanted me silent, so silent I became. Not to say that I don’t express my feelings in other ways, meow.

image005My last question to Rocco are you and/or your human on social media? If so, please list your links.

ROCCO’s blog: www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/RoccoBlogger

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/toni.lotempio.5

https://www.facebook.com/RoccoBlogger/

Head butts to both of you on a purr-fect interview and much luck to Nick on his books, Rocco on his blog, and TC LoTempio on her upcoming publications.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Oliver’s Interview of Sneaky

olivernewbook3Okay, Fur Friends and Humble Humans. You are in for a rare treat better than caviar or catnip. Today, my author Debbie’s cat, Oliver, is going to interview yours truly about our new book.

High Paws, Sneaky! It’s great to finally meet you in the virtual fur.

 What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.

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I was introduced in Debbie’s first Cobble Cove Mystery, A Stone’s Throw, that is a cozy mystery. I am also featured in the second book that was just released, Between a Rock and a Hard Place.

Are you in a series? If so, please give information about it.

I am the library cat in the Cobble Cove mystery series as I  already meowed. No offense, Ollie, but I think you need some practice with your interview techniques. 

Sorry, Sneaky. This is my first interview.

What do you like most about your human’s books?

I enjoy all the characters, both humans and animals. Fido, the golden retriever dog, is my pet co-star. For a dog, he is pretty pawsome. I also like the mysteries, although I find it very fur-strating when the humans can be so stupid that they don’t cat-ch all the clues.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Watch your human as he or she writes and make sure they are giving you purr-fect lines and scenes. If not, you can improvise and make some changes to your script. For instance, Debbie had no idea that I would teach that old man, Mac, a lesson in A Stone’s Throw when she allowed Sheila, the Cobble Cove library director, to accept his excuse for not cleaning my litter box. Now all our readers will remember his smelly jacket.

stripeyatcomputerThat’s a bit drastic, Sneaky. I leave that sort’ve revenge to my step-brother cat, Stripey. He did a dirty deed to Debbie’s husband’s computer bag once when he wasn’t giving him attention.

Does your human have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place (Cobble Cove Mystery #2) just came out on October 12. Even though the book can be read without reading the other, I highly recommend you start with the first mystery, A Stone’s Throw,  not only because my early scenes are paw-some but because you will want to get to know the main characters who continue in the following book along with new ones who are introduced. But, mostly, you should buy the first one (as well as the new one) so that Debbie can afford cat food and litter for her real life cats, Oliver and Stripey.

Awww, Sneaks. Thanks for the plug. I could just head bump you.

That’s not necessary, Oliver, but I appreciate the thought. 

Of claus. Can you share an excerpt from your latest book, Sneaky?

I thought you’d never ask. Actually, this is one that Debbie just read at her author talk at the North Bellmore Library about my storytime scene:

Laura opened the staff lounge, and Alicia followed her in flicking up the light switch next to the door. The room into which they walked was cozy with a few tables covered by red and green holiday tablecloths that Vera had recently purchased in town, and chairs similar to the one in Sheila’s office that she’d promised to replace soon with padded ones. There was a small refrigerator and a counter with coffee maker, mugs, and sweeteners.

Laura continued through the room to the back door framed by a cat flap. She put her finger to her lips.

“Shhh. He might be sleeping. That would be great. We can catch him unaware.”

She opened the door slowly and tiptoed through. Alicia followed on her toes, as well, the squeals from downstairs reaching a crescendo as the two women entered the storage/cat room. 

Sneaky was indeed sleeping, nestled into the cat bed they’d moved from under the local history collection downstairs; but, like most felines, he was alert to the slightest noise. As Laura and Alicia entered the room, one brown ear flap lifted and Sneaky’s left eye opened a slit.

“Uh, oh,” he’s heard us. Laura bent down and unlocked the cat carrier. Sneaky, hearing the familiar sound, jumped up from his bed.

“Oh, no, you don’t, Mr. Sneak,” Laura said. She signaled to Alicia to block the exit as she ran across the room and scooped up the cat in one fell swoop. Then, rushing back to the carrier, she pushed him in and secured all four hinges that closed the door.

“Amazing,” Alicia said. “You’re such an expert at catching cats. I had one before I married my first husband, and my mom and I always had such a difficult time getting him to the vet. We had to close all the rooms in our house, and he would still run under the couch.”

Laura laughed. “I’ve had lots of practice. I grew up in a house full of kitties, and I’ve also done animal rescue. Mr. Sneaks is no match for me.”

She picked up the case as Sneaky began to meow, his bellows mixing with the children’s wails from below. “Let’s get down there before some of these kids start throwing up from excitement.”

I loved the part where you lifted your ear flap and opened your eye slit. I’m sure it took a lot of self-control to pretend to let Laura cat-ch you.

I hate to beg for my food and, as you know, we Siamese cats can be quite vocal especially at five in the morning. Thank goodness Debbie is an early bird and writes at the crackle of dawn.

debbiephotoAre you and/or your human on social media? If so, please list your links. Although I’m privy to Debbie’s computer, I’ll let you post the info since this is your blog.

Of, Claus, Oliver.

I just started my own purr-sonal blog  that you are reading at https://sneakylibrarycat.wordpress.com

Debbie has her own blog on her website: https://debbiedelouise.com

She also has a FB author page: https://www.facebook.com/debbie.delouise.author

Her twitter account where she tweets like a birdy is https://twitter.com/Deblibrarian

Her Amazon page where you can purchase all her books is Author.to/DebbieDeLouise

What a paw-some interview, Sneaky. Do you think if I’m really nice, I’ll get a blog of my own one day?

I wouldn’t hold my purrs, Ollie. 

I won’t, but I will offer you and Debbie my best whiskers on your new book.

Thank you. I have already shared some plans with Debbie for a third Cobble Cove mystery that will take full advantage of my acting tail-ants. 

olivercatbedI can’t wait, Sneaky. Now, however, my comfy cat bed calls where I will curl up and take a nap while you and Debbie work hard on your upcoming books and you continue this paw-some blog featuring many more cool cat characters and their authors..

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mew Release: Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Cobble Cove Mystery #2

between-a-rockhard-place-001Hey, pussycats (humans and other animals), I have some paw-some news to share. My author has just released her second Cobble Cove Mystery, Between a Rock and a Hard Place. I  am celebrating with some catnip and reading a few of my scenes from the book.

cobble-cove-mysteriesbydebbie-de-louiseIf you haven’t read my author’s first mystery, A Stone’s Throw, do not fear. You can still purr-chase a copy in eBook or paperback at myBook.to/StonesThrow.

If you’ve read the first book or don’t mind starting with the second, you can get your paws on this mew release for free on Kindle Unlimited or only $4.99 as an Amazon ebook by mouse clicking myBook.to/CobbleCove2 or, for the paperback, myBook.to/CC2paper. It will also be available as a paperback that will be listed on Amazon soon.  I promise you it is more enticing than catnip.

Here are two excerpts starring your favorite library cat from Between a Rock and a Hard Place:

pawprint The first one is from my story time scene. I may have put up a bit of a fuss, but I let Laura, the new Children’s Librarian, believe she actually had me under control. I could win an A-cat-amy award if this were a movie.

Laura opened the staff lounge, and Alicia followed her in flicking up the light switch next to the door. The room into which they walked was cozy with a few tables covered by red and green holiday tablecloths that Vera had recently purchased in town and chairs similar to the one in Sheila’s office that she’d promised to replace with padded ones soon. There was a small refrigerator and a counter with coffee maker, mugs, and sweeteners.

Laura continued through the room to the back door framed by a cat flap. She put her finger to her lips.

“Shhh. He might be sleeping. That would be great. We can catch him unaware.”

She opened the door slowly and tiptoed through. Alicia followed on her toes, as well, the squeals from downstairs reaching a crescendo as the two women entered the storage/cat room.

Sneaky was indeed sleeping, nestled into the cat bed they’d moved from under the local history collection downstairs, but, like most felines, he was alert to the slightest noise. As Laura and Alicia entered the room, one brown ear flap lifted and Sneaky’s left eye opened a slit.

“Uh, oh. He’s heard us.” Laura bent down and unlocked the top and bottom hinges of the cat carrier by the door. Sneaky, hearing the familiar sound, jumped up from his bed.

“Oh, no you don’t, Mr. Sneak,” Laura said. She signaled to Alicia to block the exit as she ran across the room and scooped Sneaky up in her arms in one fell swoop. Then, rushing back to the carrier, she pushed him in and secured all four hinges that closed the door.

“Amazing,” Alicia said.” You’re such an expert at catching cats. I had one when before I married my first husband, and my mom and I always had such a difficult time getting him to the vet. We had to close all the rooms in our house, and he would still run under the couch.”

Laura laughed.” I’ve had lots of practice. I grew up with a house full of kitties, and I’ve also done animal rescue. Mr. Sneak is no match for me.”

She picked up the case as Sneaky began to meow, his bellows mixing with the children’s wails from below.” Let’s get going before some of those kids start throwing up from excitement.”

Alicia, abandoning her guard post by the door, followed Laura and the caged cat down to the Children’s Room. Parents, mostly mothers and a few fathers, were lined up around the room as their children, ranging in age from two to five, sat in a circle Indian-leg style around a chair. Jean was handling crowd control and had selected and arranged some picture books on a cart to the side of the seat where Laura would sit to read to the kids.

As soon as Laura entered the room carrying Sneaky, the group went wild. Jean, assisted by some of the parents, had to restrain the children from opening the cat carrier. Sneaky had quieted down but had scuttled to the back of the carrier. Alicia knew it would be difficult to extract him until the noise level dissipated.

Laura excused herself as she carried Sneaky to her reading chair and placed the carrier beside it. She put a finger to her lips in the stereotypical librarian “shushing” gesture.

“Quiet down, children. Sneaky will be too frightened to come out if you are too loud.”

Alicia noticed Walter on the other side of the room. He was ready to clean up any mess the cat or the kids might make. Donald and Vera were also looking on from the sidelines but ready to return to their posts at Reference or Circulation if any patron needed them. Alicia was surprised Sheila wasn’t there too, as she usually attended all library programs. She wondered what she was working on that might be so important.

Laura sat in the center chair.

“Okay, kids. If this is your first time at Sneaky Storytime, let me go over the rules. I have a few books to share with you this morning. After I read them, I will allow you to come up, one at a time, to pet Sneaky who I will hold on my lap. You will have to be very quiet, or he will run away.” She looked toward Walter who took his cue and drew the room dividing panels closed. Since the panels were opaque, Donald and Vera could still keep watch on the front desk.

“One other announcement before we begin,” Laura continued.” Sneaky is also having a special guest today. He will be joining us in just a few minutes.”

This was a surprise to Alicia. Who could be the cat’s special guest? Laura’s words were met with claps and yaaays from the kids.

Can you guess who my special guest was? You will just have to read the book to see.

pawprints2Here is a scene that was a bit painful for me. If they ever turn the Cobble Cove books into movies, I would ask a cat double to play this scene. It’s where Alicia and Laura take me to the new town vet:

Laura jostled the carrier toward the exit oblivious to Sneaky’s cries of confinement. Alicia walked in front with her keys ready to open the car.

“See you guys later,” Laura called over her shoulder.” Wish us luck with our impatient patient.”

“Just watch your fingers when you open that cage,” Donald warned.

Jean chuckled.” Don’t worry. Laura’s got that tiger under control.”

Dr. Clark’s office was in her house on Marble Lane in the new development west of the shops. The house itself was of moderate size but large enough for the practice and Donna and her pets. She had three rescues – a greyhound and two cats.

Alicia tapped on the office door using the cat-shaped bronze knocker. Donna Clark, her cinnamon-colored hair in a bun atop her head, answered immediately.

“Come on in, Ladies. My receptionist just went to lunch, but I’m all set to see you. Bring Sneaky back to the exam room.”

They followed her through the carpeted front office where a few plastic chairs sat empty. The vet’s waiting room was hardly ever vacant, but it was lunch hour, so they had come at a good time.

The exam room featured framed prints and photos of cats and dogs on pale blue walls. Laura hefted the cat carrier on to the metal table. It was typical of cats to prefer to remain caged once they got used to their captivity and made fusses to be removed. Sneaky was no exception, but the vet deftly pulled him out while closing the case in one fell swoop.

Laura smiled.” Good job, Dr. Clark. He’s a quick one.”

Donna squinted her gray blue eyes as she used some instruments she carried in her white smock to examine the cat’s eyes and ears. Then she squeezed his mouth open to look inside.

“He looks quite healthy but is due for his rabies shot. I’ll also need a weight on him.” She picked Sneaky up and laid him down on a scale that Alicia thought she could’ve used for her babies when they were smaller. The dial registered fifteen pounds.

“Oh, my. He can afford to lose a little. Does he eat scraps?”

“His room is right outside the staff lounge,” Laura replied.” I think some of the staff smuggles food to him. Even though Donald makes all those cat jokes, I think he’s the biggest offender.”

“That’s not good,” Donna said.” Today’s cat food is specially formulated for feline needs. I would restrict him to that and cut back a bit on his dry food.” She was petting Sneaky who was beginning to purr, finally adjusting to his new surroundings.” I’ll go get the shot. Just watch that he doesn’t make a run for it.”

As Bugs used to say in my favorite cartoon, “That’s all Folks.” Now go click your mouse to Amazon and order the book myBook.to/CobbleCove2. You can also follow my author (and me, of course) on her social media links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/debbie.delouise.author/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Deblibrarian

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/debbiedelouise

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2750133.Debbie_De_Louise

Amazon Author Page: Author.to/DebbieDeLouise

Website/Blog/Newsletter Sign-Up: https://debbiedelouise.com

 

 

Interview with Penny, Barbara Florio Graham’s Teakettle Spokescat

qtpennyHey, there pussycats, I have another pawsome guest with me today. Her name is Penny, and she  shares an office with author Barbara Florio Graham, a busy writer, consultant, and mentor. .

Welcome, Penny. Please tell us about yourself and your author.

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The first Simon Teakettle

I’m still pretty young, so haven’t written a book yet. But I am Chief Spokescat for our company, Simon Teakettle Ink, which was named for the first Simon Teakettle.

 He became famous by appearing on CBC radio programs, and in many newspapers and magazines.  You can read all about him at

http://www.simonteakettle.com/simont.htm

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He was succeeded by Simon Teakettle the Younger, who decided to join Bobbi in compiling the best of Simon Teakettle’s writing with hers in a book, Mewsings/Musings: http://SimonTeakettle.com/musmews.htm. This book contained prize-winning humor by both Simon and Bobbi, and won an award from the Cat Writers’ Association.

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Barbara “Bobbi” Florio Graham with Terzo

When this book was published, Simon Teakettle III (Terzo) took over, and started a blog. He was also in a video that was praised by cat behaviorists, because it demonstrated Bobbi’s successful training techniques. Watch it here: http://lnkd.in/fKsbhH

Terzo also founded a Virtual MEWSical Society, with 33 cats and a parrot, and it became so popular that when other cats (and some dogs) also wanted to join, he started a Fan Club. That has now grown to more than 90 species of animals from 34 countries on six continents! See all of them at http://SimonTeakettle.com/fan.htm, and send a photo if you want to join!
pennyteddyAfter three Simons in a row, Bobbi decided she needed a feminine feline companion, and found me at a local shelter. It was just after my first birthday, in 2015.

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Penny with her toys

 I took over the blog as soon as I arrived, and I also handle all the publicity for the company. This includes creating colorful posters (containing photos of me) for the Great Canadian Theatre Company (http://gctc.ca), where Bobbi has been a supporter for more than 30 years, and has been quoted in their season brochure.

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Penny doing her “pen trick.”

I love showing off the tricks I’ve learned, how I “sit nicely” and give one paw and then the other, and how I touch something with first one paw and then the other in order to get a treat. Of course I sit by my tray in order to have my dinner delivered, and “sit and stay” by the door when she’s bringing things in from outside.

 I’m an indoor cat, which suits me fine because I spent my first few months outdoors, and really appreciate having a cozy home, a safe and warm place to sleep, and someone to love.

Wow, Meow! Your author is quite renowned, and you follow a long tradition of Litter-ate cats. I must tell Debbie to look into that Mewsical Society for her cats, Oliver and Stripey. Since I’m not a real life cat, I probably am not eligible for membership. Rats!

Are you a talking cat in your books or just a silent one like I am who just meows occasionally?

I was very quiet when I first arrived, but now I talk whenever I want Bobbi’s attention. I try not to bother her when she’s working, and have several places to nap in the office. I also have a wonderful, carpeted shelf in the office window with my own personal bird-feeder on the other side of the glass. The birds aren’t afraid of me, because I sit very still as I watch them.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

You have to develop your own persona and your own voice. Each of the Simon Teakettles had a distinct personality, and so do I. Simon I was a writer, very quiet and observant. Simon II was fiercely independent, a bit critical of human behavior, and adventurous. Terzo was more laid back, a big supporter of the arts, and devoted to teaching other cats how to behave properly. That’s why he made the video: http://lnkd.in/fKsbhH

That’s purrfect advice, Penny. Love the video.

 Do you have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.

Bobbi is very busy mentoring authors and working to help them produce their books. She also contributes to four quarterly publications and others in between. So with her own writing and consulting, she hasn’t planned another cat book. Yet. But I’m ready whenever she is!

I’m sure you are, and I’m sure it will be wonderful. You are very lucky to have such a talented author.

Are you and/or your author on social media? If so, please list your links.

My blog is on the Simon Teakettle website, along with a page about me with lots of photos. I also have a fabulous Fan Club, and many pages of cat information, all of which are linked from my blog page:

http://simonteakettle.com/blogsimont.htm

 There is also a Simon Teakettle Facebook page: facebook.com/Simon.Teakettle.Ink.

Very mice. I have to speak to Debbie about considering a fan club and Facebook page for me, but I’m not going to hold my purrs. She’s very busy now, too, and I’m just happy as a kitty with catnip that she’s found the time to create this blog for me.

Thank you so much, Penny. It’s been a pleasure making your cat acquaintance and learning all about your pawsome author and her Teakettle cats. 

(all photos courtesy of Barbara Florio Graham)

 

Interview with Charles from the Lighthouse Library Series by Eva Gates

Meow there and welcome, Charles. I understand you are featured in the great Library Lighthouse mystery series by Eva Gates, the pen name of Vicki Delaney. As a library cat myself, I find this very interesting and would love to learn more about you and these books. Can you fill me in?

readingupastorm3I star in the Lighthouse Library series. By Book or By Crook, Booked for Trouble, and Reading Up A Storm, from Penguin/Random House. They are cozy mysteries – cozy, like me. The Lighthouse Library series is set in a library situated in the Bodie Island Lighthouse near Nags Head, North Carolina. When Lucy Richardson, the new librarian, arrives to begin work and to move into the apartment over the library, it’s up to me to take care of her, show her the ropes, keep her from getting into trouble.  Unfortunately, I’ve been unable to do much of the latter.

Meow Wow! What a furry coincidence. I’m also a library cat and originally my main character lived in an apartment over the library, too. It wasn’t in a lighthouse, though. That sounds so interesting. My author is currently working on a lighthouse novel set in South Carolina, but it’s not a cozy mystery. It still has two cats in it because Debbie can’t help but include them. We seem to have much in common.

Are you based on a real cat such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.

eva-gates(Sush… my author is more of a dog person. Shudder). I’m hoping to change her mind.

MOL – Meow Out Loud. My author pre-furs cats, but she has nothing against dogs. In fact, my co-star animal in our Cobble Cove books is Fido, the golden retriever. He actually gets more prime parts than I do in my opinion.

Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene? Something that will get tails swishing.

Lucy?” Watson said. “I asked who’s Stephanie?”

“A friend of Lucy’s,” Butch put in. “From Raleigh, she said. I didn’t think much of her.”

“She… uh….she’s uh… She’s visiting her mom who’s a friend of Bertie,” I said.

“Does this Stephanie have a last name?”

“I didn’t get it,” Butch said.

“Stanton,” I said. “Same as her mom. She has her mom’s name and not her father’s because…”  A gaping chasm opened in front of me.  I managed to stop myself before I fell over the cliff and blurted everything out.

“What relevance does that have?” Watson asked. I didn’t like the look in his eyes. He was too darn perceptive.

“None,” I said, trying to sound nonchalant. “None at all. Why until last night she didn’t even know…”

I practically jumped out of my skin as the entire returns shelf fell over. Books flew everywhere. The shelf, just a cart on wheels, crashed into the circulation desk, and The Joy of Cooking, easily three inches thick, hit the back of the computer monitor. The monitor wobbled and Connor, who was standing closest, leaped for it.  He reached it in time, but his foot slipped on a magazine and his legs spilled out from under him. He fell to the floor in a heap, where he lay wide-eyed and startled, amongst scattered books and magazines.

At the sound of the crashing cart, Watson and Butch had whirled around. Watson was reaching into his jacket, and Butch’s hand lunged for his hip.

“Don’t shoot,” Connor said plaintively.

Butch reached down, grabbed Connor’s hand and pulled him to his feet.

Only I saw Charles slip out from under the overturned cart, carrying a small blue and white ball in his mouth. He tossed the ball to one side, leapt up onto the arm of my chair, and gave me a self-satisfied smirk.  I gave him a hearty pat.  Extra kibble for you tonight, buddy.

Mice excerpt. Lots of action, and I can just visualize that cart crashing down. What fun!

What do you like most about your role in your authors’ books?

The grace and charm I bring to the lives of the staff and patrons of the Bodie Inland Lighthouse Library.

Worthy causes indeed. I mingle mostly with the Cobble Cove library staff; and, in my new book coming out on October 12,  they’ve even given me my own room accessible through the upstairs staff lounge. Since the room has that pawsome invention, a cat flap, I am still free to wander. In Between a Rock and a Hard place, I  am also the main attraction at childrens’ story times.

Are you a talking cat in your books or just a silent one like I am who just meows occasionally?

I let my actions speak for themselves.

Always the best policy for us cat characters.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

It takes time and patience when dealing with foolish humans, but I have found that the results can be worth it.

So true, Charles.

Do you have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.

wewishyou_coverI have decided to retire. The Lighthouse Library series fell victim to the “great cozy massacre” at Penguin. I have, however, been giving tips to Moriarty the shop cat in Vicki’s new Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series (look for Elementary, She Read in March, 2017). Moriarty doesn’t seem inclined, so far, to pay attention. Just between you and me: I don’t trust him. Vicki has a new book coming out in the Year Round Christmas series, We Wish You a Murderous Christmas, on Nov. 1st.  No cats, alas, just Matterhorn the Saint Bernard puppy.

Oh, so sorry about that. Sometimes my owner is glad she publishes with  small publishers. Our next book is coming out by Solstice Publishing, and we are both very happy with them so far.

Are you and/or your author on social media? If so, please list your links.

www.vickidelany.com

https://www.facebook.com/evagatesauthor/

@vickidelany

@evagatesauthor

Thanks for chattering with me today, Charles, and best whiskers on your retirement. Good luck also to your author on her upcoming books and let her know that I’ll be happy to interview Moriarty after his series releases.