Sneaky here with another pawsome interview of a cat character. Today, it’s my pleasure to cat chat with a cozy mystery cat whose current book, A Timeless Celebration, is on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book.
Meow there.. What is your name and your author’s name?
Hello. I’m Ribbons and my author and servant is Dianne Ascroft.
Mice to meet you.
What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.
I’ve only recently made my debut in the novel, A Timeless Celebration, and a prequel short story, City Sunset, but I know my author plans to feature me in future books in the Century Cottage Cozy Mysteries series.
That sounds purrfect. Tell us a little bit about the book.
My author has only written the first book so far but it’s the beginning of the Century Cottage Cozy Mysteries series. The books are set in a small town in Canada and my littermate, Raggs, and I live with widow Lois Stone. We recently moved from Toronto to Fenwater and we’re settling in there. As we explore our new life we frequently encounter new adventures and mysteries to solve. Lois thinks she is doing the investigating but she would miss half the clues without our help – especially mine. Raggs can be so lazy at times.
That’s nice that you have a partner. I’m the only cat star in my Cobble Cove series, but a new cat came to town in our new book, so we’ll see.
Are you based on a real cat such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.
Yes, my littermate, Raggs, and I are based on our author’s two tortoiseshell cats, Snooks and Rocky. The ‘real’ cats, if we must use that term, live with our author on her farm and keep a close eye on her, especially at meal times. I’m much younger, more intelligent and more attractive than either of the ‘real’ cats though.
And modest I see.
Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene? If so, please include it.
Excerpt from Chapter 18.
Late at night, after Lois hears an intruder in her house and goes downstairs to her kitchen to investigate.
“As far as she could see, the room was empty except for Ribbons standing on the kitchen table, her tail straight up in the air and twitching furiously, as the cat stared past her owner. Lois was starting to turn her head in the direction in which the cat was looking when she felt her shoulder shoved roughly. Knocked off balance, she toppled onto the floor in the middle of the room, twisting onto her back and bumping her head against one of the legs of a chair as she fell. She heard loud bangs near her but was too dazed to focus on what was happening.
The noise quickly stopped, and she lay dazed and winded for a few moments until she remembered the intruder. Where is he? Is he still here? She pushed herself onto her elbow, halfway to a sitting position on the floor, her eyes trained on the back door. There was no one there and the phantom was hovering beside the screen door, not attempting to block the exit any longer. Lois glanced around the room. No sign of the intruder. He must have rushed out of the back door right after he shoved her. But not before the phantom confronted him; she just knew that was the noise she had heard. She hoped it had done some damage to him.
Lois let out a loud sigh. After all this, she didn’t have any description of the intruder except that it was a man and he was dressed in black. That wasn’t very much. It probably described most burglars.
She looked at the grey shape that seemed to be watching over her. “Thanks, Beldie. You are Beldie, aren’t you?” Lois watched the phantom. Its wide-set eyes had a knowing look and it seemed to glow brighter for a moment. Maybe that was a response to her question. “Too bad you or Ribbons couldn’t talk and tell me what he looked like or who he was.”
Lois rubbed the back of her head as she pulled her legs to one side and rolled onto her knees in preparation for standing up. She shuffled across the floor on her knees and placed her hands on the seat of the chair to push herself to her feet. Ribbons appeared from under the table and wove around her legs.
Lois gingerly bent to pat the cat, rubbing the back of her own head with her other hand. “I’m glad you’re okay. I guess you had the sense to stay away from whoever that was. Not like me storming in here. You probably got a better look at him too. If only you could tell me what you saw.”
Ribbons meowed and flicked her tail back and forth across Lois’s leg, then marched toward the back door. Lois’s gaze followed the cat as the animal moved. At the screen door the cat stopped. Lois noticed a rectangular white object was lying on the floor next to the spot where the cat was standing. She peered at the object and one of her eyebrows quirked upward as she recognised it. Why was the packet of photographs lying on the floor? Had Ribbons batted it off the table earlier? Lois drew her eyebrows into a frown as she thought. No, she couldn’t have.
Lois was certain that she had put the photographs into her purse when she got home from town this afternoon. She wanted to be sure that she took them with her in the morning so she could give Marge the set and drop the negatives into the drugstore on her way to the Highland Games to get the copies made for Ken.
Had the intruder deliberately taken the photographs from her purse and left her purse on the dining room table?”
Paws up! I love it.
What do you like most about your role in your authors’ books?
I don’t mean to brag but I do like the attention I get – not to mention the treats they lavish on me. My littermate, Raggs, is rather lazy and she often sleeps through anything exciting – and the snacks when Lois sits up late discussing a mystery with her friend Marge. But I’m always right there to nudge Lois in the right direction when she needs a bit of help and to share the snacks. It feels good to help her and, like I said, I don’t mind the attention I get when I do something clever either.
Character cats, just like real cats, like to be in the limelight.
Are you a talking cat in your books or just a silent one like I am who just meows occasionally?
It’s a little more often than occasionally that I meow. I make my own wants known as well as helping Lois when she misses clues. But I draw the line at talking. If Lois and her friends can’t learn my language, I don’t intend to speak theirs. I don’t know why it’s so difficult for them to understand me sometimes when I have no trouble at all understanding them.
A dilemma of many of our fellow cat characters who prefer not to speak human.
What advice would you give other cat characters?
Give your author the odd nudge and remind her you’re there. She needs to be sure to include you as often as possible in every book she writes. You’re much more interesting and photogenic than the humans in any story.
I agree completely, Ribbons. I actually nudged Debbie to give me this blog and my glorious image on the cover of our 3rd book, Written in Stone.
Do you have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.
My first book in the Century Cottage Cozy Mystery series, A Timeless Celebration, was released at the end of October. And there’s a prequel novella, Out of Options, that is due to be released in December. Then I’ll need to give my author a shove and get her slaving away at Book 2 in the series. I can’t keep my fans waiting.
Good for you. Get that author writing.
Are you and/or your author on social media? If so, please list your links.
Like I’ve said, I let the humans do the talking. You can find my author on her website: http://www.dianneascroft.com and on social media. On Facebook she’s at http://www.facebook.com/DianneAscroftwriter and on Twitter she’s at @DianneAscroft.
Thanks for sharing your author’s links and for the purrfect interview. Best whiskers on your new release and future books of the series. I am also sharing your blog tour and giveaway below.
A Timeless Celebration (Century Cottage Cozy Mysteries)
by Dianne Ascroft
About the Book
A Timeless Celebration (Century Cottage Cozy Mysteries)
1st in Series
Self Published (October 25, 2018)
Print Length: 245 pages
A small town, a big party, a stolen gift. When an artefact from the Titanic is stolen before her town’s 150th anniversary celebration, it’s up to Lois Stone to catch the thief.
Middle-aged widow Lois has moved from bustling Toronto to tranquil Fenwater and is settling into her new life away from the dangers of the city. Then two events happen that shatter her serenity: her house is burgled and an antique watch belonging to a Titanic survivor is stolen from the local museum. Her best friend, Marge, was responsible for the watch’s safekeeping until its official presentation to the museum at the town’s 150th anniversary party, and its disappearance will jeopardise her job and the museum’s future. Lois won’t let her friend take the blame and the consequences for the theft. She’s determined to find the watch in time to save her best friend’s job, the museum’s future and the town’s 150th anniversary celebration.
And so begins a week of new friends, apple and cinnamon muffins, calico cats, midnight intruders, shadowy caprine companions and more than one person with a reason to steal the watch, set against the backdrop of century houses on leafy residential streets, the swirling melodies of bagpipes, a shimmering heat haze and the burble of cool water.
About the Author
Dianne Ascroft is a Torontonian who has settled in rural Northern Ireland. She and her husband live on a small farm with an assortment of strong-willed animals.
A Timeless Celebration is the first novel in the Century Cottage Cozy Mysteries series.
Her previous fiction works include The Yankee Years series of novels and short reads, set in Northern Ireland during the Second World War; An Unbidden Visitor (a tale inspired by Fermanagh’s famous Coonian ghost); Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves: A Collection of Short Stories (contemporary tales), and an historical novel, Hitler and Mars Bars, which explores Operation Shamrock, a little known Irish Red Cross humanitarian endeavour.
Dianne writes both fiction and non-fiction. Her articles and short stories have been printed in Canadian and Irish magazines and newspapers. When she’s not writing, she enjoys walks in the countryside, evenings in front of her open fireplace and folk and traditional music.
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