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, The Marmalade Murders, is on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book.
Meow there. What is your name and your author’s name?
Hello! My name is Harrison and my author is Elizabeth J. Duncan.
Mice to meet you both.
What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.
I am the protagonist’s beautiful grey cat and I feature in the Penny Brannigan mystery series, set in North Wales.
I made my first appearance in A Small Hill to Die On (St. Martin’s Press, 2012) when my mother and I were rescued after a fire. I have appeared in every book since:
Never Laugh as a Hearse Goes By (St. Martin’s Press, 2013)
Slated for Death (St. Martin’s Press, 2015)
Murder on the Hour (St. Martin’s Press, 2016)
Murder is for Keeps (St. Martin’s Press, 2017)
The Marmalade Murders (St. Martin’s Press, 2018)
But, and this is a big BUT, I did not make a cover appearance until Slated for Death!
You are quite a star to be in so many books. I, myself, did not appear on a Cobble Cove mystery cover until the third book of the series and then it was only a likeness of my Siamese self.
Are you based on a real animal such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.
I am sorry to tell you that my author is a dog person, and doesn’t have a cat. She doesn’t have a dog either, for that matter, at this time because she spends almost half her time out of the country. However, I am based on the cover artist’s cat.
I see. Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene? If so, please include it.
This is the day my lucky author met me.
In the kitchen, cuddled together in a towel-lined box in front of the Aga were a black-and-white cat and her kitten. The mother’s paws were wrapped in bright pink bandaging and the fur on her ears was gone, revealing raw, blistered skin. “I have to put cream on them twice a day,” Emyr said, bending over and scooping up her kitten.
He placed the kitten in Penny’s arms. The kitten’s milky blue eyes tried to focus on her face and he meowed softly. Penny rubbed his round, downy head with her chin. His fur was a soft dove grey and his tiny paws were white, as was a small, roughly heart-shaped patch on his chest.
“Oh, I don’t want to put him down,” Penny exclaimed, as the kitten nuzzled into her neck, his tiny, sharp claws catching on her jacket.
“Well, maybe you don’t have to. I was wondering if you’d like to have him. I can’t think of anyone who could give him a better home.”
What a great introduction. Thank you for sharing it.
What do you like most about your role in your authors’ books?
I like when the author uses me to end a chapter. It’s an important job.
So true. My author likes to end each chapter with a mini cliffhanger so readers want to read more.
Are you a talking cat in your books or just a silent one like I am who just meows occasionally?
I am a silent character who lets my character know when it is time for my dinner.
I do much the same. Eating is a very important role for us character cats to play as real-life cats do much of it as well as sleep.
What advice would you give other cat characters?
Make sure they feature you on the cover.
Excellent advice. I pushed my author into featuring me on Written in Stone, our third mystery, and also had her create this blog for me.
Do you have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.
The Marmalade Murders comes out April 24, but if you can believe it, it’s not me on the cover! It’s a little ginger cat.
As well as you’re in it, that’s what counts. All cats make good cover models.
Are you and/or your author on social media? If so, please list your links.
My author is @ElizabethDuncan on Twitter and you can like her author page on http://facebook.com/elizabethjduncan
I don’t “like” any pages, but I’m sure my author will follow her. She enjoys meeting other authors especially cozy mystery ones like her.
Thanks for chatting with me, Harrison, and best whiskers to you and your author on your new release and blog tour.