Before I get started, I’d like to thank Sneaky for this interview. My human gets interviewed, my author gets interviewed, everyone gets interviewed except the cat. And we all know they wouldn’t be anything without us. Harrumph.
That’s why I asked my author to create this blog, so I could give equal time to pets in mysteries, and I especially enjoy chatting with fellow cat characters. May I please have your name and your author’s name?
My name? Quincy. I’m a three-year-old orange tabby. And Elizabeth Penney, my author, works for me.
Sounds like a purrfect arrangement.
What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.
I’m the star of a new cozy mystery series, the Apron Shop Mysteries, from St. Martin’s Press. I make my debut appearance in HEMS AND HOMICIDE, the first book.
Concatulations! Are you based on a real animal such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.
A trusted source told me that I’m the namesake of a dear, departed pet who resembled me. Though I think I’m a tad bit better-looking.
That’s my case with my Cobble Cove mysteries. I was loosely based on Debbie’s Siamese, Oliver, who went to Rainbow Bridge two years ago, but we had many differences. For one, I’m much younger.
Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene? If so, please include it.
As you’ll see, I’m the hero of this scene. You’ll have to read the book to find out what happens next.
A yowl followed by a crash woke me in the middle of the night. My first move was to feel for Quincy beside me on the bed but he wasn’t there. The little stinker must have slipped outside again. Usually he joined me—after I fell asleep. Cats are funny that way.
Another crash echoed, followed by a thump. Uh-oh. I jumped out of bed and raced into my office, which overlooked the back yard. My first thought was that a bear was rampaging around the property. They could do a lot of damage when looking for food.
I couldn’t see anything, but then Quincy yowled again, followed by a hiss that made my hair stand on end. I’d better get him inside before he ended up tussling with a wild animal. He took his guardianship duties of our property very seriously.
Pawsome! You’re right. I can’t wait to read more. I’m sure my readers will want to, too.
What do you like most about your role in your authors’ books?
The treats. My human, Iris Buckley, is always feeding me delicious tidbits. I’ve noticed a distinct difference in the quality and number of snacks since we got the publishing contract. Once in a while I get to star in an action scene too, which is fun.
I get goodies from the staff and patrons at the Cobble Cove Library. I wish I could get in more action scenes. Maybe in our next book which I think Debbie is starting soon.
Are you a talking cat in your books or just a silent one like I am who just meows occasionally?
I’m not a talking cat, though I’d like to find out where you get a gig like that.
I have no idea, but being silent except for “cat talk” is purrfectly fine.
What advice would you give other cat characters?
It’s a great job, so do your best. Whatever your talents are, use them. And be there for your person. They need you.
Do you have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.
Books two and three in the series will be released later in 2020 and in 2021. Follow us so you don’t miss out.
I’ll be sure to ask my author and our readers to do that.
Thanks so much for cat chatting with me, Quincy, and best whiskers to you and your author on your new release and the upcoming books of your series. Thank your author, also, for using the tweety bird to post about our interview. I’ve shared your blog tour and giveaway below.
Hems & Homicide (Apron Shop Series)
by Elizabeth Penney
About Hems & Homicide
Hems & Homicide (Apron Shop Series)
1st in Series
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks (December 31, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
Digital ASIN: B07SBQ9Y2Z
Welcome to the first in the Apron Shop mystery series by Elizabeth Penney, set in the quaint village of Blueberry Cove, Maine where an expert seamstress turned amateur sleuth is getting measured for murder. . .
Iris Buckley is sew ready for a change. After the death of her beloved grandfather, Iris decides to stay in her Maine hometown to help out her widowed grandmother, Anne—and bring her online hand-made apron designs to real-time retail life. Her and Anne’s shop, Ruffles & Bows, is set to include all the latest and vintage linen fashions, a studio for sewing groups and classes, and a friendly orange cat. The only thing that they were not planning to have on the property? A skeleton in the basement
Anne recognizes the remains of an old friend, and when a second body shows up in the apron shop—this time their corrupt landlord, whom Anne had been feuding with for decades—she becomes a prime suspect. Now, it’s up to Iris to help clear her name. Enlisting the help of her old high-school crush Ian Stewart who, like certain fabrics, has only gotten better-looking with age and her plucky BFF Madison Morris, Iris must piece together an investigation to find out who the real killer is. . .and find a way to keep her brand-new business from being scrapped in the process.
About Elizabeth Penney
Elizabeth Penney is an author, entrepreneur, and local food advocate living in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. In addition to writing full-time, she operates a small farm. Elements that often appear in her novels include vintage summer cottages, past/present mysteries, and the arts. She is represented by the fabulous Elizabeth Bewley at Sterling Lord Literistic.
Elizabeth’s writing credits include over twenty mysteries, short stories, and hundreds of business articles. A former consultant and nonprofit executive, she holds a BS and an MBA. She’s also written screenplays with her musician husband.
She loves walking in the woods, kayaking on quiet ponds, trying new recipes, and feeding family and friends.
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