Sneaky Interviews Lucy from Confessions of a Red Herring by Dana Dratch

Sneaky here with another pawsome interview of a pet character. Today, it’s my pleasure to be cat chatting with a cozy mystery dog whose currrent book is on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book.

Hello, there. Please introduce yourself, Ms. Dog.I’m Lucy, She-wolf of Fordham, Virginia. The vet calls me Lucy Vlodnachek K9. She’s nice. And, for a little while, I answered to “Puppy.” But my guy fixed that. His name’s “Nick.” He named me “Lucy.” He says it’s because I’m a crazy redhead. I love him!

It’s great to love your human co-stars. I adore Alicia and Laura, too. They’re my main Buds in my Cobble Cove mystery series. Tell me about your books.

I go everywhere with Nick and Alex – Nick’s littermate. I’m in CONFESSIONS OF A RED HERRING, and I’ll be in SEEING RED, too. It’s called a “sequel.”

Sounds purrfect. So, this is the first book of your series. Tell us more.

It’s a bunch of books. Every one is “A Red Herring Mystery.” But I don’t know what all the fuss is about. I’ve nibbled books. They don’t taste good.

It’s not good to nibble books, Lucy. They would be very mad at me at the Cobble Cove Library if I did that.

Are you based on a real dog such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.

 I am Lucy, Devourer of Pizza. There are no others like me.

It’s nice to be unique. We should all be our own characters.

Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene? If so, please include it.

Well, I’m pretty good at expressing myself. This is one story that Alex tells from when we first came to live with her:

I opened the screen door for Lucy, and she bounced into the kitchen.


“Rowr,” Lucy replied, loping past me and over to her water bowl. She lapped delicately for a minute or so. Then nosed the food bowl, which was empty. She looked up at me, pointedly. Without breaking eye contact, she put an over-sized paw in the food dish.

“Nick says you have to wait ’til he gets back.”

She reached down with her nose and pushed the bowl toward me. Then she looked up expectantly.

“An hour, tops.”

She ducked again, this time sliding the bowl right into my feet. Then she sat back on her haunches and stared up at me.

I looked away. Then back. I swear I heard her stomach rumble.

“Oh, all right. But if anyone asks, this was just a snack.”

Great scene.

What do you like most about your role in your authors’ books?

Bacon! And pizza! And I have a lot of people who love me and talk to me and take me for walks. Like Baba. She’s Alex and Nick’s grandma. She has a soft, kind voice and she smells like pot roast. And Gabby. She’s Nick’s girl. When I was little, she found me looking for food on the street. She carried me to Nick. That was in a place called “Vegas.” Now we all live with Alex.

Food is one of the many pleasures in life for us pet characters, as it is for real-life pets. As a cat character, I also enjoy napping, but that’s more a feline thing.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Learn to howl. It’s fun! Also, bacon. Eggs aren’t bad either. Especially with bacon. Did I mention the bacon? Oh, and stay away from socks.

I can yowl. Not sure that’s the same as a dog’s howl, but it can be mighty loud. I prefer chicken and fish. I don’t believe anyone’s ever given me bacon. As far as socks, they may great play toys.

Do you have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.

CONFESSIONS OF A RED HERRING is brand new. Right now. It’s all about me and my pack. Someone’s killed Alex’s boss. And someone’s trying to hurt Alex. But we stick together!

That’s what cozy mystery characters do. Condogulations on your new book.

Are you and/or your author on social media? If so, please list your links.

I’m very social. I like walks, sniffing flowers, following butterflies and watching trees. People pet me and give me cookies. My guy says I’m well-socialized. Alex says before I came she didn’t even know her neighbors. And they’re nice! Especially the Clancys.

Oh, Alex says you mean her website: Also Goodreads, Bookbub and Amazon. And someone tweets about us – whatever that is — at @ReadAboutMoney.

Debbie tweets, too, but the only tweets I care about are the ones birds make. Thanks for the pawsome interview, and tail wags on your new release and blog tour. I’m including more information about your book and your rafflecopter link below. Not sure what a rafflecopter is, but I hear you can win something by entering it.


As a reporter, she’s used to covering the news.

Now she’s the headline.

Alex Vlodnachek has been a reporter for 12 years, a P.R. rep for three months, and a murder suspect for all of 24 hours. When her agency’s double-dealing CEO is stabbed, scheming co-workers cast the new redhead as a compelling red herring. The story is media catnip—especially her salacious nickname: Vlod the Impaler.

Even Alex has to admit she looks guilty.

Out of a job and under suspicion, Alex is running low on cash, when she’s visited by a second disaster: her family. Soon her tiny bungalow is bursting with her nearest and not-so-dearest. To keep herself out of jail—and save what’s left of her sanity—Alex returns to her reporting roots. She goes undercover to reclaim her life, break the story

And unmask a murderer. Pretty much in that order.

What she doesn’t know: The killer also has a to-do list. And Alex is on it.

Dana Dratch is the author of CONFESSIONS OF A RED HERRING, which was releasedt May 29. A former newspaper reporter and current personal finance writer, she’s currently writing the sequel, SEEING RED, which has Alex, Trip, rescue-pup Lucy, and the whole crazy Vlodnachek family going up against spies, art thieves and a very determined murderer. 

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Sneaky Interviews Lestrade, author Julia Buckley’s Character Cat

It’s been awhile, but I finally have another author’s character cat here for an interview. What is your name and your author’s name, Sir?

My name is Lestrade. I live in Blue Lake, Indiana, which is a fictional town created by Julia Buckley. My owner is Lena, and she dotes on me, which is only appropriate.

Of claws. It’s people’s jobs to dote on us. Mice to meet you, Lestrade.

What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.

I appear in A Dark and Stormy Murder, Death in Dark Blue, and A Dark and Twisting Path (coming in August). They are mysteries, of course.

We character cats are very suitable for mysteries. My author read your author’s first book and enjoyed it very much.

For readers who aren’t familiar with the series, please give information about it.

My owner, Lena London, came to Blue Lake for a job, so she brought me with her. I was not happy at first, but then I saw our room: it’s big and bright with lots of sunspots, and has a giant window that looks out on trees full of birds. Although I try to make Lena feel guilty now and then, I actually like my new house.

Lena has been under a lot of stress since we arrived–something about a murder and a missing person and a kidnapped child. I don’t really have much interest in human issues. I made friends with two dogs here named Heathcliff and Rochester, and we mostly spend the day looking for good sun spots and resting our eyes.

There are lots of perks being a pet character.

Are you based on a real cat such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.

Mr. Mulliner

Supposedly there’s a cat out there named Mr. Mulliner who has some similarities to me. I saw his picture once–I don’t see the resemblance. Julia has a few other cats, too. I’m including their photos if you don’t mind.

All cats are unique, even cat characters, and I don’t mind including your author’s cats. The more cat photos the merrier, IMFO (In my feline opinion).








Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene? If so, please include it.

This is how A DARK AND STORMY MURDER BEGINS. You’ll notice I’m featured prominently.

I was immersed in The Lost Child, one of my favorite Camilla Graham novels, when an unlikely phone call changed my life.

In my quiet living room, things were placid: I sat on my couch in blue jeans, a sweatshirt and fuzzy socks, cuddling my sleeping cat, Lestrade, whose large body practically warmed my entire right side. In the book, things were tense: it was dusk, and the Eiffel Tower gleamed gold in the background. The young Englishwoman, Phillippa Earl, waited for the Frenchman, Henri, to get any information he might have about her lost charge, Colin, a sensitive nine-year-old who had somehow been taken from underneath Phillippa’s watchful and loving gaze.  She feared for the boy’s life, and the handsome Henri had told her, in a stolen conversation in the street, that he had more information for her. Now she waited beneath the tower in the chill of a Paris spring, hoping against hope that little Colin, whom she loved more than his own parents did, would be returned to her. Lingering beneath her fear was a strange attraction to the mysterious Henri, the man who had murmured in her ear and briefly held her hand, hinting that all would be well . . .

The phone rang, and I jumped.  Lestrade jumped, too, but then settled against my leg, glaring briefly at me before descending back into his luxurious slumber.  His fluffy white belly was too great a temptation, and I ruffled it with my hand while I clicked on my phone. Lestrade opened one eye, not sure whether to purr or swat my hand—both had been responses in the past, depending on his mood.  His face, a pleasing mixture of gray, white and buff, grew curious as I started speaking . . . .

 Pawsome beginning, and you certainly steal the opening, Lestrade.

What do you like most about your role in your authors’ books?

I like the fact that I’m the only cat in Lena’s life. That’s how it should be.

I agree. I’m pretty much the only cat in Alicia’s life, although I’m shared among the library staff and patrons at the Cobble Cove Library.

Are you a talking cat in your books or just a silent one like I am who just meows occasionally?

Like any cat, I am dignified and silent, although I do like to chuckle at birds, and occasionally meow at Lena when she is tardy with my feedings. I also meow at her employer, Camilla Graham, who is apparently “famous.” I don’t know exactly what this means.

There are lots of things about human characters that are hard for us cats to understand and vice versa.

 What advice would you give other cat characters?

Cats don’t need advice. We are all confident in ourselves.

So true.

Are you and/or your author on social media? If so, please list your links.

Lena’s story can be found at this website:

 Twitter: @juliabucks

 Facebook: Julia Buckley Mystery Novels

 Instagram: JEllenBuckley

Great! I will certainly have Debbie connect with your author. Thanks so much for cat chatting with me Lestrade, and best whiskers on you and Julia’s upcoming mysteries.