Sneaky Interviews Mona Lisa the cat from Artistic License to Kill: A Fine Art Mystery by Paula Darnell

Meow, Ms. Cat. What is your name and your author’s name?

My name is Mona Lisa because I have a mysterious smile, just like the famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci, and my author’s name is Paula Darnell.

Interesting. Mice to meet you.

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

I’m making my debut in Artistic License to Kill, which is a cozy mystery, and you’ll meet me again later in 2021, when I appear in two more books.

Concatulations on your debut. Are you in a series? If so, please give information about it.

Yes, I am in a series. The name of the series is A Fine Art Mystery because my mommy is an artist; she has her own studio attached to our house, and she’s also a member of the Roadrunner, a cooperative art gallery in Lonesome Valley, Arizona.

Cool! I don’t have a mommy in the Cobble Cove books, but Alicia is the next best thing. She’s a librarian.

Are you based on a real cat such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.

I’m based on a real kitty. She was a calico cat who liked to surprise the author’s daughter by jumping out at her from behind a wall. She liked to snuggle, too.

My author has a calico cat, but I’m based on her Siamese Oliver who’s since 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.

Here’s what happens when Mommy gets a surprise: a very large check from her ex-husband, who’d told her they were broke when he divorced her:

No matter how it had happened, I certainly planned to put my unexpected windfall to good use.

            “What are you going to do with the money, Amanda?”

            I didn’t have to think twice.

            “I’m going to buy this house.”

            I’d been lucky to find a house to lease when I’d moved to Lonesome Valley, but renting had always seemed less of a commitment to my new life and my new business than buying a house.

            Belle beamed, and Laddie jumped up and down in excitement while Mona Lisa crept up and pounced on my feet with an approving meow. I smiled as I reached down to pet my furry companions. “Looks like they agree; there’s no place like home.”

You see: Mommy needed my approval, and I gave it to her. Yeah, the canine in the house might have had something to say about it, too, but it had to be unanimous.

Pawsome excerpt. Thanks for sharing.

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

Mommy likes me best, but don’t tell the dog in the house. He’s a golden retriever, and he might get jealous (he’s sure he’s her favorite).

There’s a golden retriever in my books, too. His name is Fido, but he hasn’t played much of a role since our first book. Cats are so much more interesting.

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’m great at making my wishes known. Sometimes all it takes is a loud MEOW.

Very true. I don’t talk to humans, but I communicate with the other pets in my series and also with the readers. It’s fun keeping my co-star characters in the dark.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Watch out for the canines in your life. You never know what they might be plotting.

I leave the plotting up to my author.

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

I do! Vanished into Plein Air, the second book in A Fine Art Mystery, is coming out March 5 (you can pre-order it now!), and Hemlock for the Holidays, the third book in the series, will be out sometime in the summer of 2021.

They sound like purrfect reads.

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

Goodreads –

Twitter –

Thanks so much for the great interview, Mona. I’m sharing your author’s blog tour and giveaway below. Best whiskers to both of you on your new series.

Artistic License to Kill (A Fine Art Mystery)
by Paula Darnell

About Artistic License to Kill

Artistic License to Kill (A Fine Art Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Campbell and Rogers Press (January 15, 2021)
Hardcover: 384 pages
ISBN-10: 1887402136
ISBN-13: 978-1887402132
Paperback: 258 pages
ISBN-10: 1887402128
ISBN-13: 978-1887402125
Publisher: Campbell and Rogers Press (January 5, 2021)
Digital Print length: 211 pages

Artist Amanda Trent, accompanied by her beloved golden retriever Laddie and her persnickety calico cat Mona Lisa, is determined to start a new life after her husband divorces her to marry a younger woman, but it isn’t easy.

After a disastrous interview at the prestigious Roadrunner Gallery in Lonesome Valley, Arizona, far away from her previous home in Kansas City, Amanda’s afraid that she’ll fail at her new career. But her prospects begin to improve when she’s accepted as the newest member of the cooperative gallery.

Then, on her very first day, she discovers Janice, the stern director, has been murdered right in the art gallery, and the Roadrunner’s members, including Amanda herself, become suspects. Which gallery member murdered the unpopular director? Or was the killer an outsider with an ax to grind?

About Paula Darnell

Award-winning author Paula Darnell is a former college instructor who has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa in English and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Nevada, Reno in English with a Writing Emphasis. Artistic License to Kill is the first book in her Fine Art Mystery series. She’s also the author of the DIY Diva Mystery series and The Six-Week Solution, a historical mystery set in Nevada. She resides in Las Vegas with her husband Gary and their Pyrador Rocky.

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5 thoughts on “Sneaky Interviews Mona Lisa the cat from Artistic License to Kill: A Fine Art Mystery by Paula Darnell

  1. Thanks for letting Mona Lisa have her say, and thanks for featuring my new book, Artistic License to Kill. I appreciate it!


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