Meow, there. It’s been a while, but I finally caught an interview with a Fish. Actually, he’s a cat, but his name is Fish. We will find out why in a little bit.
Welcome, Fish. Please tell us more about yourself and your author, and I am really curious as to why you are called Fish.
I am Fish and I was fished out of a fish tank and taken home by Granny. Who thought cats couldn’t swim? I guess that is why Granny named me Fish because I was fishing for those Goldfish in that tank. My author’s name is Julie but she has her own shysters so I ignore her because shouldn’t she stay loyal to me?
Very interesting. What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.
I am so busy. I am the first of Granny’s pets and I help her in all of her books along with the whole menagerie she has adopted. I am in Granny Hooks A Crook, Granny Skewers A Scoundrel, Granny Snows A Sneak, Granny Forks A Fugitive and Granny Pins A Pilferer. They are unique cozy mysteries.
Wow, Meow! My author writes cozies, too, and there are some old people in them like Mac and Betty. Can you tell me more about your series?
I am in the Fuchsia, Minnesota series. My owner Granny is a cantankerous old woman. She’s a little forgetful but more so when she wants to hide something she is doing from her adult kids. We have an entire neighborhood along with her kids who help her get in trouble. It seems we have a tidbit of crime in Fuchsia. I could go for a tidbit right now. A tidbit is also a treat and I love treats. Granny doesn’t know, that I know, that she hides her chocolate under my bowl. It’s a good thing I don’t like chocolate. Sorry I got sidetracked, now back to the story. Who would think Granny and her weird neighbors would fight crime? And crime hides in strange places. Did you know criminals look normal? And the weapons she uses are amazing. She used an umbrella and a knitting needle, a snow shovel and a pitch fork plus a hat pin to catch those nasty people. Of course all of us shysters help her. She calls us shysters. A couple of times she almost got all of her friends killed. It is a good thing I have nine lives. The longer I’ve known her, over all the books, I found out why she is the way she is. Her past life holds lots of surprises and she falls in love but she changes her mind a lot on who she is in love with. Who knew you could fall in love when you are old. Is there anything more you want to know? If so you will have to check out the author’s books. I need to go find a tidbit. You made me hungry.
MOL – Meow out loud. To answer your question about old people falling in love, people of all ages fall in love in my series and also get involved in mysteries. John and Alicia aren’t old, but they are not young either. Mac and Betty, on the other hand, are in their 80’s. I guess anyone at any age can fall in love in books as well as in real life if that answers your question, Fish. Now here’s another question from me. Are you based on a real pet such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.
I started out to be based on my author’s grandkitty Buster. He was rescued by my author’s daughter. Someone left him out in the cold and he lost part of an ear, part of a paw and part of his tale but he isn’t Siamese so I am combined with him and my author’s Natasha who is a real troublemaker.
Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene? If so, please include it.
Fish needed to be fed. Fish was the cat Granny rescued from a fish tank at the pet store. She happened to be walking by the fish tank at the pet store when she felt water hit her face. Looking closer at the tank, she found a huge alley cat floundering in the fish tank. When Granny reached in to save him, he thanked her by tattooing her arm red with his claws. Granny then and there knew that this cat was the cat for her.
Granny took the cat to the employees to purchase him and the employees informed her that this cat was free. He didn’t belong to the pet store. He snuck in every day and tried to fish out the fish from the fish tank. Occasionally, he would crawl in and have to be rescued. They would be glad to be rid of him. Granny promptly named him Fish and took him home.
Fish had a personality of his own. He was feisty, lovable and was always bringing a new and unique present home for Granny to see. One night he thought Granny needed a new bra. Fish was aware of her nighttime attire. Who would have thought a cat could notice what someone wore. Fish, in his wandering, brought Granny home a hot pink, polka dot, padded bra. The only problem was that it was a 40DD. Granny could have only wished for those kinds of assets.
Fish was not your average looking hulk of an alley cat. Somewhere along the way, Fish had lost part of his tail, part of one of his ears and part of a paw. He was an unusual looking guy and when he pose, he looked as if he’d been out on an all night alley catter binge. He always looked a little tipsy.
Fish used the cat door most nights to wander around the town. Granny didn’t worry about him. Before she left for her day, she would leave his food in his bowl and when she got home Fish would be waiting for her along with the latest present he had acquired for Granny.
Very mice. What do you like most about your role in your authors’ books?
We keep our humans on track. We find clues. Plus in Fuchsia animals can roam the streets so we have a bird’s eye view. Well, maybe I don’t, but Radish the parrot does, so we can sneak and watch people and drop clues at Granny’s feet. She couldn’t solve a crime without us. Actually don’t tell her that. She thinks it is her but it is really us and we let her take the credit.
That’s quite humble of you. I and my canine co-star, Fido, don’t actually solve crimes, but we do lead our human characters to clues that help them figure mysteries out.
Are you a talking pet in your books or just a silent one like I am who just meows occasionally?
We don’t talk except amongst ourselves. But…we understand and we use sign language with our paws to get our point across when we need to heard. We have a choir when we all get going. Furball and I meow, Tank, Little White Poodle and Baskerville bark and howl. Mrs. Bleaty bleats and Radish squawks. We may go on tour with our choir sometime.
I save my louder meows for when I want to be fed. Since I live in a library, I need to talk in my inside voice. However, I have other methods to get my messages across, such as in my first mystery where I pretended to use a cardboard box as a scratching post because I wanted Alicia to find some letters.
What advice would you give other pet characters?
Let your owner think they are the boss. Look at them with adoring eyes and you will have them wrapped around your little paws and then they will do anything for you.
Do you have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.
Sometime this year the sixth book in the Fuchsia, Minnesota series will be out. The second book in the Brilliant Series will be out soon. It takes place in Birlliant Minnesota which isn’t too far from Fuchsia. We haven’t traveled there yet because we have been warned by Granny that there are two cats, Mrs. Mysterious and Mr. Shifty, and two dogs, Max and Jasperine that are predators and we would be in danger and this is one time we think we should listen to Granny.
Excellent. There are 3 books in the Cobble Cove mystery series, but my author is planning a fourth soon. She also has another cozy mystery series in mind. Of course, they will all feature pets because what is a cozy without a pet character?
Are you and/or your author on social media? If so, please list your links.
Thanks for sharing your authors’ links and for answering my questions. Best whiskers on you and your authors’ upcoming books.