Although all cats are special, there were two who stood out in the public’s eye. Today, my author and I celebrate the passing of L’il Bub and Grumpy Cat. May they R.I.P. on Rainbow Bridge.
Sneaky here with another pawsome interview of a cat character.
Meow there. What is your name and your author’s name?
My human-given name is Kitty, but since I am an elderly cat of old-fashioned upbringing, it would be unethical to reveal my secret names just yet. My author is Mollie Hunt, cat writer. She writes cozy cat mysteries and cat fantasy sci-fi.
Very interesting. What book(s) have you appeared in?
I am playing a notable part in Mollie’s most recent Crazy Cat Lady mystery, Cosmic Cat. Alas, it turns out that Mollie’s hero cannot adopt me herself because she already lives with a clowder, and I hate other cats! But things turn out well for me anyhow (no spoilers here) so it is likely I will show up again soon.
Cool. I love happy endings. Please tell me more about this Crazy Cat Lady series.
The Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series features Lynley Cannon, a sixty-something cat shelter volunteer who finds more trouble than a cat in catnip. Cosmic Cat is the 6th in the series, but Mollie writes them so readers do not need to read them in order. I suggest skipping to #6, since I am in it.
Here’s the blurb:
When a superhero cosplayer falls to his death at a comic con, Lynley is left holding the bag— and a cat!
And here are some excerpts from recent reviews:
If you like to read Cozy Mysteries that involve cartloads of cats and action, I recommend Cosmic Cat by Mollie Hunt. If you are a cat lover/cat servant, do not miss this book! — The Book Decoder
…I would have sworn there was no way to include costumed vigilantes in a cozy and have it be anything but ridiculous. Yet, after reading this, my hat is off to the author for writing the plot into a cozy with skill and panache. —I Read What You Write
… this story moves along at a steady pace with a wide variety of unique characters throughout the story. Not to mention that we even get some kitties with their own personalities mixed in. —Socrates Book Reviews
Wow! Meow! That sounds great. Are you based on a real cat such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.
Firstly, allow me to describe my wonderful self: I am a cat of a certain age, as I have mentioned, with many seasons behind me. My short, velvety fur is white on gray, and my eyes are a compelling yellow-green. Though my body is aging, my mind is sharp as a claw. I am unique and a product of my author’s imagination, however, I am based on many cats she has known. (Like Lynley, Mollie is a cat shelter volunteer, so she meets a lot of cats.) She especially loves senior cats like me.
Senior cats are pawsome. My author, Debbie, had a wonderful senior Siamese cat, Oliver, on whom I was loosely based. Sadly, he has gone to Rainbow Bridge.
Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene? If so, please include it.
I am in several scenes, but this is the one I like best, because I got to go out for a walk. It may not seem like I had much to do with the important goings-on of my people, but I was not without influence, be it only the subtle twist of a claw.
‘Kitty had been meowing and prowling around her room all morning. I remembered her previous owner used to take her for walks, so when I was ready to meet Halle at the park, I made the snap decision to bring Kitty along. The park was only blocks from my house, so if it didn’t work out, I could always bring her back, and if it did, it would give her some much-needed exercise and sensory stimulation to combat the ennui of being stuck in the one room. She seemed happy with the arrangement, doing a little prance dance when she saw me pull out the harness and leash.
The day was turning more glorious with every passing hour. The sky was the blue of a fairytale bluebird, and the old parkland was awash with a rainbow of fall colors. Huge maples were still rife with amber-green fans, and among the rolling grass and paved trails, the duck lake glimmered like an opal. In its center was a miniature island where an ancient weeping willow showered the breeze with teardrops of amber.
Halle and I sat on a bench by the pond as Kitty ran and frolicked in the fallen leaves. I had been concerned about dogs in the park, a favorite place for locals to exercise their canines, but Kitty ignored them. Apparently her dislike of animals extended solely to cats.
Halle was dressed for the outing in a gray Hardy Tweed suit and cherry-red Doc Martens. She’d picked up a coffee-to-go from a little place near the courthouse, one of Portland’s last independent coffee sellers. We’d been catching up on mundane matters when I broke the chitchat and blurted, “So what’s your news about Esmae’s case?”
Halle raised unplucked eyebrows and grinned. “Curiosity, my dear cat friend?”
“Well, yes, of course. You said on the phone you had information.”
“Okay, Lyn. Don’t have a cat-attack. There have been a few developments. Esmae Westhouse still isn’t talking. Actually we’ve got her under psychiatric care because of it. I don’t personally think she’s mentally unstable. Just the opposite—I think she’s covering for someone and doing a darned good job. But having her in care allows her some extra privileges while she’s incarcerated. It also lays foundation for a plea of insanity, if it happens to come to that.”
“Esmae’s not insane. Is she?” I added, reminding myself I really didn’t know.
“That’s for the specialists to decide, as they say in the movies. But that’s not the news. Maurey has found her long lost son. And guess what! He’s right here in Portland.”
“Here? I thought you said he was in Rhode Island. Does he know his mother’s in jail?”
“We’re not sure if he even knows Esmae is his mother. We haven’t actually laid eyes on him yet. All we got is a description. Thirty-two, five-nine, one-eighty-four pounds on a South Carolina driver’s license. A good-looking boy from his picture, though it’s a few years old.”
“Do you think he could have killed his father? That Esmae is taking the blame for him?”
Halle shook her head. “Who knows? It makes sense, if Esmae knows about him, if he knows about his father, if he had a reason to hate him enough to kill him. That’s a lot of ifs. It would work for a television mystery, but here in real life, we need more to go on than soap opera.” She took a sip of coffee and licked the foam off her lips. “Maurey’s still looking into it. It’s something, I know it is.”
Kitty came dashing up to us, acting more like a kitten than a senior cat, and jumped into my lap. She turned a few times, then settled on my left leg, sphinxlike, looking out over the lake.
“You said you had some news of your own, Lyn.”’
What do you like most about your role in your author’s books?
Fame! Celebrity! Recognition! Since I am not a “real” cat, I will never become one of those internet stars like BenBen CatCat or Monty & Molly, but at least there will be a few people out there who know my name and story.
I have to admit I feel the same.
Are you a talking cat in your books or just a silent one like I am who just meows occasionally?
I do not talk in human, but boy can I meow! For the most part, I am quiet and well behaved, but show me another feline and the kit will hit the fan!
MOL (Meow Out Loud)
What advice would you give other cat characters?
Whether you are real or make-believe, be who you are. (Even if you have to guide your author’s hand occasionally.)
Do you have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.
My book, Cosmic Cat, was released in October at the Pop Cats Festival here in Portland. That’s it for 2019, but stay tuned for the 7th Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery, Cat by the Sea, and Cat Winter, Book 2 of the Cat Seasons sci-fantasy tetralogy coming in 2020.
I will keep an eye out for those. Your author sure is a busy writer.
Are you and/or your author on social media? If so, please list your links.
Lots of links!
You can find Mollie Hunt, Cat Writer on her blogsite: www.lecatts.wordpress.com
Amazon Page: www.amazon.com/author/molliehunt
Facebook Author Page: www.facebook.com/MollieHuntCatWriter/
Sign up for Mollie’s Extremely Informal Newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/c0fOTn.
Pawsome! I’m sure my readers will want to connect with Mollie. Thanks so much for the interview, and best whiskers to you and your author on your new release and upcoming cat books.