I have a very interesting guest here today. What is your name and your author’s name, Mr. Cat?
My name is Sylvester, a suitable name for a big cat like me, and my author is Joyce Ann Brown.
(Note from author: Sylvester’s nickname, which he doesn’t seem to want to share, is Psycho Cat. He earned that name with his erratic behavior during kittenhood. That’s Psycho, not psychic, but sometimes he seems to be both when he sniffs out clues and knows good from evil.)
Very mice to meet you, Psycho Cat, I mean Sylvester.
What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.
Concatulations! I’m going to be on my fourth book soon, too. My author just finished writing the first draft of it.
Are you in a series? If so, please give information about it.
I’m proud to have my name on The Psycho Cat and the Landlady Mystery series. The stories are set, in the most part, in Kansas City, Missouri. Beth, the landlady of several duplex and condo rental properties, adopts me at the end of the first book after I’ve helped save my first owner, Beth’s niece, from a maniacal murderer. In the following books, I point out clues with yowls, scratches, purrs, and a bit of berserk behavior. (Not to be boastful, but I act that way on purpose, so the humans will pay attention.) I also get the jump on a couple of would-be kidnappers—protective behavior, NOT psycho. “Sniff.”
Are you based on a real cat such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.
Ha! I’m based on all cats that act psycho at times. (I’m told that’s most of them, not only my author’s cats, Moose and Chloe.) My author collects anecdotes about cats and lets me live them in her books. If you have any good cat stories, let Joyce Ann Brown know. I’ll get to do something new in our next book.
What a pawsome opportunity. My author Debbie’s cat, Stripey, is definitely a psycho cat at times. I also have my moments especially when Alicia or Laura at the library give me catnip.
Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene? If so, please include it.
This is from Tailed when Beth and her husband, Arnie, are on an RV trip with Beth’s sister, Meg, and her husband. Psycho Cat is traveling with Beth and Weeny the dog is with Meg. Suspect forces are at work, but no one in the party is ready to accept what they can’t prove. Beth and Arnie are sitting on the bed in the RV.
Arnie sat on the other side of Psycho Cat and gave him a thorough massage so that the contented cat rolled onto his back to encourage a tummy rub. “There’s nothing missing that I can tell. Nobody broke in. Meg just forgot to lock the door. Don’t give her trouble. It’s understandable she’d forget when she was carrying this big guy outta here.”
“If anyone tried to break-in while Psycho Cat was here, before Meg got him, he would’ve been up to his old tricks and scared the intruder away,” Beth said.
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“Do you think someone got into the RV while Psycho Cat was gone?” Beth asked. “Should I go over and ask Meg if she’s sure she locked the door when she took him to her RV?”
“They probably went straight to bed. Besides, you don’t want to embarrass her. She might have been struggling to carry this big boy and just not gotten it locked. We’ve all had a hard evening, and there’s been no harm done here.”
Arnie stopped petting, and Psycho Cat jumped off the bed, hissed at its wooden base, and prowled the perimeter. He ran to Beth’s feet, pawed her leg, and met her with a deep meow and a paw jab at the bedspread when she leaned over to calm him with a head rub.
She leaned over and lifted the spread. “What’s the matter, are you still complaining that you were kidnapped away from your favorite napping place to spend the evening with Weeny? Everything’s alright now. We’re here. Come up with me.” She lifted the cat back up beside her on the bed and continued stroking his smooth yellow fur.
Wow, Meow. That was a purrfect excerpt.
What do you like most about your role in your authors’ books?
I get to help solve murder mysteries by being myself.
That’s always a good thing.
Are you a talking cat in your books or just a silent one like I am who just meows occasionally?
I meow and hiss and yowl and growl deep in my throat, but I don’t speak human.
Who would want to? Those humans never understand each other, anyway – MOL (meow out loud).
What advice would you give other cat characters?
Be your cat self, and you’ll be great. Be patient with those people who talk baby talk to you. As Mark Twain said, ““If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve man, but deteriorate the cat.”
My favorite quote. That Twain guy was pretty wise for a human.
Do you have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.
The fourth Psycho Cat and the Landlady Mystery was released in February. Tailed is the book from which I took the excerpt above. Gil and Freddy, the two bumbling crooks who follow Beth and me, get their own mindboggling chapters in our latest adventure.
Excellent. Way to go, Sylvester!
Are you and/or your author on social media? If so, please list your links.
Our Website is: http://www.joyceannbrown.com
Other links where you can find Joyce Ann Brown (and me) are:
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/joyceannbrown
Hometown Reads: https://hometownreads.com/books/tailed
You and your author sure are social. I notice you’re on Hometown Reads, too. So are my Cobble Cove books. Your author also has a few blogs. Debbie has her own, and I take care of this one.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with my readers?
Here is a YouTube video where I tell more about how Beth and I solve the mysteries in each of our books: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tK7SKx094nM
Thank you so much. That was a great video. I love videos. I even feature a cat-related film each Friday on this blog.
Best whiskers to you and Joyce Ann Brown on your wonderful series.