As promised after my interview with Paw, the dog from Sandra Baublitz’ Dog Detective mysteries, I had the pleasure to interview two of the author’s real life cats.
Meow there, kitties. What are your names.
Hi, I’m Socky, Sandra’s black and white tuxedo male cat.
And I’m Miss Kitty her all black female cat.
We’re author Sandra Baublitz’s pets. She writes the Dog Detective Series cozy mysteries.
What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.
Miss Kitty: We don’t appear in any of her books as ourselves.
Socky: Yet. (Grumbles)
Miss Kitty: Socky’s grumpy because a black cat will be in our owner’s next book.
Socky: Not fair.
Don’t worry, Socky. I’m sure your author will base one of her characters on you, too, one day.
Do either of you influence your author’s writing?
Miss Kitty: Yes. We are very supportive of our owner.
Socky: I sit in her lap as she types and purr to her.
Miss Kitty: I sneak peeks of her work at night and we both whisper advice in her ear as she sleeps.
Socky: So that’s how you got in the book.
Miss Kitty: Hush. (Nudges Socky) You were an influence on Kathleen the cat’s character in the Missing Actor.
Socky: Let’s just say that some of the mischief the cats in the books cause are from actual events.
I think that’s pawsome. Although my author created me in the image of her Siamese Oliver who passed away two months ago, I have my own purrsonality.
How do you feel about your author choosing a dog as her main character in her dog mysteries?
Miss Kitty: Hiss.
Socky: We hate dogs.
Miss Kitty: To be fair, our author didn’t own cats when she started. She owned a dog.
Socky: If she wants a dog in our life, I have to say Paw is the best option.
That’s how I feel about Fido, my dog co-star. Debbie never had a golden retriever, but she did have poodles and a German shepherd when she was younger.
Can you share an excerpt from one of your author’s books that features a cat in an important scene? If so, please include it.
We’re not allowed to reveal book 2 but here’s an excerpt from The Missing Actor:
I kept a tight grasp on Paw’s leash. Several birds flew up out of the field, but my real concern was more rabbits. Paw loved to chase them. We were getting close to the older homes when we heard a rustling in a nearby bush. Paw instantly went alert. We watched as a furry head poked out. It looked at us and then stepped out toward us.
Shelbee cried, “Kathleen!”
The cat was a mix of gray and black with long hair and tufts on her ears. Bits of grass stuck to her fur. Her tail was erect indicating she was happy to see us. She meowed plaintively to us.
I was so startled when Paw lunged at her I lost my grip on his leash. He immediately ran at Kathleen. She turned and ran back to the houses with Paw in hot pursuit.
I ran after Paw with Shelbee close behind me. We were both yelling for Paw to stop. Shelbee soon passed me since she had much longer legs. I was huffing and puffing as I exited the field and came out behind the older homes. I was just in time to see Kathleen slip through a cat door in one of the older homes. Paw ran full out into the door. He bounced off and shook himself. Shelbee was soon there on her hands and knees talking to Kathleen through the door. She had to keep pushing Paw out of the way.
I approached more slowly to catch my breath. As I did, I noticed the house appeared to be unoccupied. There were no curtains at the windows or lights on in the house. No outdoor furniture and the grass looked like it needed to be mowed. The cat door was set in what appeared to be a small door to the garage.
“She isn’t coming out,” Shelbee said to me as I got to the door. We could hear her meowing plaintively. It sounded as if she was scolding us. Paw kept jumping up at the door to look in, but someone had covered the window in the door with black plastic.
I grabbed Paw’s collar and hauled him back from the door. I said to Shelbee, “Try shaking the can. Maybe with Paw back, she will come out.”
Shelbee tried this and Kathleen stepped cautiously out. Paw was surprisingly quiet. But when Shelbee reached to pick her up, Kathleen slipped back inside. Paw started barking as well.
“I get the feeling they want us to go inside,” Shelbee said, looking up at me. I nodded in agreement.
What do you like most about your role in your authors’ books?
We’re proud to have convinced her to add cats to her books. Neither of us are fans of dogs. And everyone knows that cats are more intelligent.
Do the cats in your author’s books talk or are they silent like I am and just meow occasionally?
The cats we inspired meow. They don’t talk. It might scare the humans.
Good point. Humans can be scaredy cats especially when they are featured in mysteries.
What advice would you give cat characters?
Cause as much mischief as you can and scratch the killer. Better yet, jump on the villain’s head and back.
MOL (Meow Out Loud). I like how you think.
Do you have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.
Book 2 in the Dog Detective Series is planned for March. We’ll do our best to help our author finish it. It’s set at a Bed and Breakfast. A murder mystery game is planned, but one of the guests dies before the game begins. Two cats join Paw, our author’s Saint Bernard character.
Miss Kitty: I’m the inspiration for Saber. (She preens).
Miss Kitty: Just ignore him.
Paw filled me in on that book. It sounds pawsome.
Are you and/or your author on social media? If so, please list your links.
Socky: I’m on her personal Facebook page profile photo.
Miss Kitty (under her breath) Ham.
And we both show up on her social media now and then.
You should purrsuade Sandra to give you a blog, too. Just a thought. In the meantime, best whiskers to you and your author and thanks for cat chatting with me today.