Sneaky here with another pawsome interview of a pet character. Today, it’s my pleasure to cat chat with a fellow cozy mystery cat whose current book, Cat Cafe, is on tour with Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours.
Meow there. What is your name and your author’s name?
Oh, wow! It’s you— It’s really you! (Jumping up and down in kittenish glee) Sneaky, you’re my hero! I’m having a cat fit just to be in your presence. Okay, it’s not just because I’m young, only a little over a year— it’s because, guess what? I’m a Siamese too! Siameeeeese! Just like you!
Oh, but you wanted to know my name. I’m Mab, a purebred lilac point Siamese that my cohabitor character Lynley Cannon rescued from a nefarious breeder when I was just a baby kitten. And oh yeah, my author’s name is Mollie Hunt.
So mice to meet you, Mab, and I’m very honored to be your hero.
What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.
I wasn’t born when my author wrote the first of her Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series, Cats’ Eyes, but I came in with the second, Copy Cats, and have been with Lynley’s clowder ever since. (Cat’s Paw #3, Cat Call #4, and Cat Café #5)
Pawsome. I’m glad you joined the series. I’m sure you’re doing a great job. Siamese cat characters are purrfect fits for cat cozies.
Please tell me more about your series.
Mollie’s Crazy Cat Lady cozy mysteries feature Lynley Cannon, a sixty-something cat shelter volunteer who finds more trouble than a cat in catnip. Lynley lives in Portland, Oregon in an old Victorian house with her fluctuating number of cats. Right now our clowder is up to eight. Lynley is retired, and you wouldn’t think she could get herself into so many precarious situations, but it’s her natural, cat-like curiosity that makes her jump paws-first into extraordinary things.
Sounds like you have your paws full with a human character like that.
Are you based on a real cat such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.
Some of my clan, like Dirty Harry, Little, and Big Red, are real cats who actually live with my author. Then there are Violet and Emilio who are fashioned after cats Mollie has fostered in the past. I, myself, am a fictional creation and proud of it!
I’m fictional, too, although I’m slightly based on Debbie’s cat, Oliver, who has gone to Rainbow Bridge last year.
Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene? If so, please include it.
Here is an excerpt from Copy Cats, the very first time Lynley met me. I was stuck in the little kennel where I had spent most of my life so far. She was in trouble too, because the people in the house were very bad men. She had to escape before she got hurt, but there was no way she was going to leave me behind…
“…“What will happen to the kitten?” I said impulsively.
“Take it,” Garrison said. “Take it to your cat shelter and sell it. I’m sure it’ll bring in a few bucks, even without papers.”
I held the small kit whom I had come to think of as Mab, the Faerie Queen from Celtic folklore. (Had she communicated that name to me or had I just made it up?) “Mab,” I said softly, stroking fur softer than silk.
“Huh?” Garrison grunted.
“Nothing,” I said, turning away from him before he could change his mind.
Suddenly through the open window over the kennel, I heard the crunch of gravel. Garrison heard it too. Instantly he tensed, head turned to listen.
“Are you expecting somebody?” I asked.
“You wait here,” was all he said as he bounded up the stairs, two at a time.
I heard his heavy footsteps cross the floor above; a car door slammed, then the babel of voices, loud but not loud enough for me to tell what was going on. I prayed that the visitor was someone who could get me out of that madhouse—a contingent of FBI agents with flack vests and automatic weapons would fit the bill nicely—but I had a feeling that I might not be so lucky.
Someone stomped into the living room, and a sharp, metallic clatter hit the floor. The hubbub continued: voices raised in anger; a high pitched bawl; the trample of feet resonating throughout the old house.
Then I caught a different sound, the wild wail of a Siamese cat. Mab pricked up her ears, the first real interest I’d seen in her since I came. Without thought, I sprinted toward the howl, taking the kitten with me. It was a reflex, with no clear brain-work behind it—very feline, as cats will often run to the cries of their kind. I did have the presence of mind to hang back once I reached the kitchen, not wanting to announce myself until I knew what I was getting into. The wail came again, then another and another—my God, how many cats did they have in there?”
Excellent. Great job, Mabs.
What do you like most about your role in your authors’ books?
Things are beginning to get exciting! Lynley is finally realizing that I’m more than your average kitty cat. You see, being named for a faerie, I have magical powers even beyond those normally possessed by cats. I look forward to helping solve mysteries and keep my cohabitor safe, (and hopefully not causing too much inadvertent mischief while I’m at it, but I am still a kitten at heart, so you can never tell.)
I’m sure you’re in for many more exciting adventures.
Are you a talking cat in your books or just a silent one like I am who just meows occasionally?
I, like my fur-sisters and brothers, do not talk human. We do, however, have a great deal of telepathic ability. Trouble is, humans are often too dense to pick up on what we try to project to them. That’s when I, a Siamese, revert to form and make lots of yowly noise.
We Siamese are certainly known for our vocal abilities.
What advice would you give other cat characters?
Don’t be afraid to influence the story. My author never knew I was going to turn out to be a magical cat until recently. Surprise!!
Do you have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.
We just released Cat Café, Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery #5 (A body is discovered on the floor of the cat café, and all the black cats are missing!) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HKQ4TKT last month, so it will be a little while before the following book comes out. The next in line is Cosmic Cat (When a superhero cosplayer falls to his death at a comic con, Lynley is left holding the bag— and a cat!) and a Christmas novella called Cat Noel (Lynley finds a new meaning of Christmas when a wiccan’s familiar is cat-napped before the winter solstice festival and Lynley becomes her only hope.) That brings us to Cat Conundrum (A locked room. A dead man. The cat is the only witness, and he isn’t talking.) which is what Mollie is writing right now. There is also talk of Mollie’s cat scifi-fantasy Cat Summer being published soon by Fire Star Press!
Concatulations! Your author sure is busy. I know Debbie also has lots of ideas for our 5th Cobble Cove mystery adventure and is working on some other secret projects.
Are you and/or your author on social media? If so, please list your links.
I don’t have time for social media, being far too busy with cat stuff, such as playing, napping, eating, meditating… did I mention playing? But here are my author’s sites. I’m sure she’d purr if your readers stopped by!
Mollie’s Blogsite: www.lecatts.wordpress.com
Mollie’s Amazon Page: www.amazon.com/author/molliehunt
Mollie’s Smashwords Page: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/CatWriter
Mollie’s Facebook Author Page: www.facebook.com/MollieHuntCatWriter/
I totally understand. The only social media I’m on is this blog. Thanks for sharing your author’s links, and best whiskers to you and Mollie on your upcoming books. Thanks also for the purrfect interview. I’m sharing your blog tour info below along with your rafflecopter.
Cat Café (Crazy Cat Lady Cozy Mystery Series)
by Mollie Hunt
About the Book
A body is discovered on the floor of the cat café, and all the black cats are missing!
Sixty-something cat shelter volunteer Lynley Cannon always finds more trouble than a cat in catnip, but this time it’s not about her. Someone is targeting very senior citizens, and when Bea Landrew, elderly owner of the Blue Cat café turns up dead, Lynley’s mom Carol could be next.
Handsome Detective Devon is looking for a link between the victims when he makes a different sort of connection— with Lynley! It’s been a long time since the cat lady had romance in her life, but while her mom is in danger, the case comes first.
It appears the cat café will go the way of its deceased owner, but Bea’s grandson, a slick Miami businessman, steps in at the last minute. Arthur is not a cat person so why would he bother? Romeo, the big Russian Blue, senses ulterior motives, but who will listen to a cat?
A black cat rescue, an antique photograph, an elaborate payback. Is this killer seeking justice or vengeance? With death as the objective, the results are the same.
About the Author
Native Oregonian Mollie Hunt has always had an affinity for cats, so it was a short step for her to become a cat writer. Mollie is the author of the Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series, including Cats’ Eyes, Copy Cats, Cat’s Paw, Cat Call, and Cat Café. The series features Portland native Lynley Cannon, a sixty-something cat shelter volunteer who finds more trouble than a cat in catnip. Mollie also published a non-cat mystery, Placid River Runs Deep, which delves into murder, obsession, and the challenge of chronic illness in bucolic southwest Washington. Two of her short cat stories have been published in anthologies, one of which, The Dream Spinner, won the prestigious CWA Muse Medallion this year.
Mollie is a member of the Oregon Writers’ Colony, Sisters in Crime, Willamette Writers, the Cat Writers’ Association, and the Northwest Independent Writers Association. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and a varying number of cats. Like Lynley, she is a grateful shelter volunteer.
Blog Site: www.lecatts.wordpress.com
Facebook Author Page: www.facebook.com/MollieHuntCatWriter/
Amazon Page: www.amazon.com/author/molliehunt
Smashwords Page: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/CatWriter
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