Sneaky Interviews Charles from The Spook in the Stacks by Eva Gates

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 current book is on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book.

Meow there. What is your name and your author’s name?

I’m Charles, named after Mr. Charles Dickens, a great man of letters because I am a great cat of letters, and I live at the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library. My author is Eva Gates.

Wow, Meow. So mice to meet you. I love libraries. I live in one, too. I’m the library cat in the Cobble Cove Library in upstate New York. Also, my author is a real-life librarian.

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

I made my literary debut in By Book or By Crook. Followed by Booked for Trouble, Reading UP A Storm, and now The Spook in the Stacks.

Concatulations! I have three books, but a fourth is in the works.

Please give more details about your books and if they are part of a series.

I star in the Lighthouse Library series. My picture appears prominently on every cover.

You lucky dog. I mean cat. I only had my picture on our latest book, Written in Stone. By the way, it looks like you’re a Siamese, like me. Are you based on a real animal such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.

My author is (horrors) more of a dog person. But she gets on okay with her daughters’ cats.

Dog people are okay. I’m glad your author’s daughter likes cats, though.

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

Charles leapt onto the desk. He gave a soft meow and stretched out a paw toward Julia. She wiped her eyes and scooped him up. She held him close, and he comforted her.

I felt myself smiling. If Charles believed in Julia, then I would too. “Your parents were both musicians. Do you play?”

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

I find that people can be so dumb sometimes. It’s up to me to point out to Lucy who can be trusted and who can not. Unfortunately, she can’t understand anything I say, as she doesn’t speak feline, so she often goes ahead and makes mistakes. I try to correct those mistakes, if I can.

I couldn’t agree more. I do the same with Alicia. Sometimes my dog co-star Fido lends a paw, too.

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

I don’t talk, but I try to express myself through actions and plaintive meows.

Love those plaintive meows. It gets them every time.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Don’t be too hard on your humans. They do their best.

So true.

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

The Spook in the Stacks was released on June 12 from Crooked Lane books.  The Lighthouse Library series has moved there from Penguin and we’re very excited about that. The book is set over Halloween, and Lucy (who calls herself the Halloween version of the Grinch)  begins to suspect some strange things are happening out in the marsh. She might be influenced by the classic novel reading club’s current choice, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

Oooh, I love that book. My author told me all about it, and she even visited that place not too long ago with her family.

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

Thank you for asking. You can contact my author at, through or On Facebook at On Twitter @vicki.delany or @evagatesauthor and on Instragram at vicki.delany

Pawsome. I will make sure my author connects with yours and will share this with our readers who love cozy mysteries involving libraries and cats (who doesn’t?). Thanks so much for the intermew, Charles, and best whiskers to you and your author on your upcoming books. It’s been such fun chatting with a fellow library cat character. Here’s a link to the rafflecopter that’s part of your blog tour:

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