I just discovered I have a royal guest today. What is your name and your author’s name, your highness?
I am his royal majesty, King Henry. I was created by Anne Willow to help solve the mysteries she writes. She would be lost without me.
What book(s) have you appeared in, your Majesty? Please list them and their genre.
So far, I’ve appeared in Broken Promises (cozy mystery). It’s the first book in Anne’s new series, though she’s currently working on her second book.
Concatulations! Tell us more about this series.
It’s the Past Imperfect Mystery series. Julia is my human. She runs the antique shop in the small artist town of Grand Marais. It’s on the northwestern shore of Lake Superior. It was quiet until she arrived, but I was without a home then too. Julia has a special gift that she’s just learning about. She needs me to help understand it.
Are you based on a real cat such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.
Anne knew a cat once, a large, homeless, orange tabby who found her doorstep. He looked like he’d had a rough time, with a damaged ear and a few scars. It was late fall, and the nights can get cold on the North Shore. She invited him in to her home and heart. He was only with her a short time before he crossed the rainbow bridge, but she immortalized him in me. He left big paws to fill, but I won’t let her down.
Awww. I’m sure you’ll do the job. A king cat must have very large paws.
Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene? If so, please include it.
Dropping back against the pine memory chest, Julia was at a loss. “Curses? You couldn’t tell me this before you died?” Julia re-read the letter several times letting each word sink in. Hearing a noise, she headed to the deck, the afghan still pulled around her protectively. Julia watched Henry make his way along the lower roof up to her. “Finally get hungry?” She sat on the Adirondack chair. The large orange tabby jumped gracefully onto her lap. Julia cuddled with him, scratching the ear with the missing piece. “So, my little alley warrior, what’s the answer?”
Julia kissed him on the head, “Not very helpful. I wish you could talk. Maybe then I’d know what to do about all of this. It’s one thing to have the shop broken into and a murder, but now I’m some ghost whisperer or something?” Standing, Julia carried Henry into the kitchen. She placed his small bowl on the floor and let him eat. “It’s ridiculous. I’m nothing special and Sadie was a bit odd. Maybe she’s wrong or it’s a last bit of a joke.”
Henry looked up from his dinner. He dismissed her last statement with a knowing expression.
“Alright, your Majesty. If you know so much, why don’t’ you explain it to me.” Julia challenged.
Henry meowed again, this time sounding a bit frustrated.
“Forgive me for not understanding cat. Go back to your meal, then.” Julia shook her head before going back out to the deck. Taking her spot again, she grabbed the notebook off the side table. “One problem at a time. I need to figure out who broke into the shop and killed Tom Peterson. Aunt Sadie’s letter will have to wait.” She flipped through the notes she already made and jotted down the questions plaguing her mind. Julia sketched out a flow chart to see who and what connected. “Nothing was disturbed, other than the lamp. Whoever came in knew what they were looking for, but who knew the letter opener existed and where to find it?” Only two names connected to the letter opener. Julia checked everything again, it all came back to those two names.
Wow, Meow. You’ve tickled my fancy.
What do you like most about your role in your authors’ books?
I like that I’m there for Julia, anytime she needs me. I listen when she puzzles a problem out and help, in my own way. She still has one more gift to learn about and that’s where I’ll really be able to help her.
Are you a talking cat in your books or just a silent one like I am who just meows occasionally?
For now, I just meow, but soon, like Julia, you’ll be able to hear my thoughts. It’ll take her a bit of time to figure it out, but until then, I’ll keeping talking to her in my own way.
What advice would you give other cat characters?
Always be there for your human. They are fragile and don’t always know the best path to take. Remember, they would be lost without us. 😉
I agree completely. Cats are wiser than any human, real or character.
Do you have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.
Anne is working on her next book, but health problems have slowed things down. This book will bring in more about her life before Grand Marais, while solving a murder involving stolen antiquities. It takes place right after the end of Broken Promises. It should be out by the end of February.
The third book in the series will take us far away, but that’s a secret. You’ll discover more about Aunt Sadie and solve a mystery started 70 years earlier. That is expected to come out in late spring.
Sorry to hear your author’s been ill, but please keep us posted about the new books.
Are you and/or your author on social media? If so, please list your links.
Anne has an author page on Facebook – www.facebook.com/annewillowauthor and on Twitter – www.twitter.com/cozymysteryanne She also has a blog, but it’s still young. Last year, we had a health scare with Anne, so it’s still getting posts added. It’s https://annewillowauthor.wordpress.com (you can sign up for her newsletter – though I think I’m going to have to take it over very soon.)
I highly recommend you giving your author a paw with promotion. Best whiskers to both of you on your upcoming books. It was an honor cat chatting with you, Your Majesty.