Sneaky here with another pawsome interview of a pet character. Today, it’s my pleasure to be cat chatting with a cozy mystery cat whose currrent book is on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book.
Meow there. What is your name and your author’s name?
Hi Sneaky! My name is Sir Figaro Newton, but Poppy calls me Fig. Aunt Ginny calls me Pestilence and I allow it because she has a heavy hand with the treats. Our story is being told by Libby Klein who has been obsessed with fluffy cats since she was a child.
I’m Siamese, so I’m not very fluffy, but I certainly understand the appeal of long-haired furry cats.
What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.
Only one of my books has been released so far: Class Reunions are Murder. But there are more on the way – because who wouldn’t want more of me?
Well, I haven’t read it, but it sounds interesting and so do you.
Is this a series? If so, tell us about it.
I appear in a cozy mystery series that should have been called Figaro the Wondercat Always Saves the Day. But, due to what I can only assume is a marketing error, we’re known as the Poppy McAllister Mysteries.
MOL (Meow Out Loud). That’s the way these publishers do it, buddy. My series is called the “Cobble Cove Mysteries” which should be “Sneaky, the Library Cat’s Adventures with Alicia.” At least, I have my own blog which is some compensation. Maybe if you meow loud enough, you’ll get yours, too, or maybe a Facebook page.
Are you based on a real cat such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.
What do you mean based on? I am a real cat. I’m a beautiful black smoke Persian with orange eyes and a fluffy cottony coat to die for. There are pictures around Libby’s office that look just like me. Although I heard that gorgeous fella moved up to the all you can eat tuna buffet in the sky some time ago.
Ah, yes. My author’s Siamese, Oliver, traveled there this past November. I am based on him but younger and will stick around until my series ends which I pray with all my paws it won’t for a long time.
Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene? If so, please include it.
Gosh, they’re all so riveting. It’s hard to pinpoint the scene where I shine the most.
Option 1: from Chapter 1:
Figaro was, in technical terms, “a little loopy-doopy.” It could be disconcerting to have a side-kick who’d go completely limp and flop over like he’d just passed out. Sometimes with a stretch and a roll, sometimes with a thud as he hit the floor. It was his feline idea of performance art. He thinks it sends the message that he’s not a threat and wants to be friends. Mostly it sends the message that he’s crazy and could begin foaming at the mouth any minute. Many a child had run away from his famous death scene screaming, and left him lying there confused.
Option 2: From Act 3:
I balled my fists up and had to shove them under my knees. “Why can’t you see that this proves I’m innocent? Why else would someone send me a death threat?”
Amber closed her flip book and bagged the note. “It’s not hard for me to believe someone could hate you enough to want to kill you, if that’s what you’re asking.”
Figaro flicked his tail and knocked a figurine of a girl on a swing off the shelf. It hit Amber on the head and she jerked her neck around to see where it came from.
Aunt Ginny started to laugh but quickly covered it with a cough. Then she chastised Figaro by cuddling him off the mantle and cooing at him. “That was a very bad boy. Let’s get you some tuna.”
I see what you mean. Both are purrfect scenes. Concats to you, Fig!
What do you like most about your role in your authors’ books?
I’m not one to brag, but some would say I steal the show. At first, I thought the books were an invasion of my privacy. You think Libby is making my antics up, but in reality, she is much like Dian Fossey, hovering over me, cataloging my every move. Class Reunions could be my unauthorized biography. Now I’ve come to the place of accepting my superior position as Poppy’s sidekick, and dare I say it, hero.
There’s no shame in admitting your heroic status.
Are you a talking cat in your books or just a silent one like I am who just meows occasionally?
I say plenty. How much of it they understand is the real question. Sometimes Poppy and Aunt Ginny meow at me like I’m supposed to be impressed with that. It’s not my fault Google translate doesn’t have a search field for Feline. I’ve often had to resort to some clever manipulation to get my point across. Don’t underestimate how powerful bathing the nether regions in front of company can be to express one’s displeasure over the catch of the day, or disagreement about appropriate grooming times.
Google translate! What a thought. We must contact their support and demand a feline language update.
What advice would you give other cat characters?
This is your show. Everyone else is support staff there to open the cans and scratch you under the chin. You can get away with just about anything if you’re cute enough. I like to curl up on Poppy’s head in the middle of the night while she sleeps and use her like my personal space heater. She wakes up and thinks she’s in menopause having a hot flash. It’s hilarious.
You are such a tease.
Do you have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.
Midnight Snacks are Murder will be coming out in July of 2018. I don’t want to give too much away, but someone in this house goes on a rampage. Then Restaurant Weeks are Murder will be released sometime around January of 2019. I expect the Friskies people will have contacted me to do a celebrity spotlight by then, so your readers will be able to say they knew me before I hit it big.
I don’t mean to break your catnip bubble, but your chances of that are slim since it hasn’t happened to me.
Are you and/or your author on social media? If so, please list your links.
When Libby isn’t divulging sensitive information about my doings, she’s feverishly tapping on the keyboard updating the world with her random thoughts. Here are the accounts I’ve had to block because she keeps sending me memes and cat videos.
This is a rendering of me – but not me – Libby would have pictures of the original Figaro.
Thank you for the interview!
My pleasure, Fig. I wish you and Libby best whiskers on your book, series, and blog tour. Below is a link to your tour page and rafflecopter.