Sneaky Interviews Rodney, the cat from Bait and Witch, A Witch Way Librarian Mystery by Angela M. Sanders

Hello there, Black Kitty. You remind me of my author’s cat, Harry. What is your name and who is your author?

I’m Rodney, and my author’s name is Angela M. Sanders.

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

I make my debut by leaping across the gabled roof of a Victorian mansion-turned-library in the cozy mystery Bait and Witch, first in a new series.

How cool is that? My author is currently reading your book and enjoying it very much. She’s a librarian, after all, and writes a cozy series featuring the Cobble Cove Library where I’m the library cat.

Are you in a series? If so, please give information about it.

Yes! I’m in the Witch Way librarian mysteries, where I share the limelight with Josie Way, my caretaker. She had no idea how much she needed a cat until I came along.

Alicia was that way, as well. These human characters are hard to convince, but we cat characters and real cats have a knack for doing that.

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

Angela—my author—is a longtime cat mama, and she has a history of personality-loaded cats to draw from, but I was inspired quite a bit from her newest cat, a black girl named Bitsy la Mouche. Like Bitsy, I appeared from nowhere, and I’d clearly spent time on the streets. Also like Bitsy, my fur is as soft as woven spider webs, and I smell like a blend of vanilla, leather, and love. We both love being brushed and can’t resist sitting in boxes. I’m tougher than Bitsy, though, and male, and one of my ears is torn. Also, although Bitsy and I seem to have the power of reading minds, Josie can actually enter mine, which gives her access to tight spots her human body can’t manage.

I was based loosely on my author’s Siamese cat, Oliver, who has since crossed Rainbow Bridge.

Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene? If so, please include it.

Naturally, I’m in most of the important scenes! I don’t want give any spoilers, though, so I’ll share a scene when I discovered to my great joy that the library had a knitting club! (Note: the scene is from Josie’s point of view. She and the knitters are discussing an arrest.)

I hadn’t seen Rodney all day, but now here he was, his gaze fixed on a ball of coral yarn in the basket of the knitter near the radiator. Remembering how he took off with Ilona’s purse, I kept an eye on him. “Why would someone set him up?”

“Who knows?” the woman in the maroon sweater said. “He’s gotten himself on the wrong side of lots of folks.”

“You’re saying he ticked off someone enough that they’d go and kill a stranger and pin it on Craig? I don’t think so,” Duke said as he pulled a half-finished tea cozy from his bag.

“If we had jobs here, boys like Craig wouldn’t be getting into trouble,” a tall, thin woman said.

The ball of coral yarn jiggled as its owner pulled a skein from her tote. Rodney’s haunches rocked from side to side. He was preparing for a strike.

Don’t you dare, I warned him silently.

“I’m just saying there are other folks in Wilfred more likely than Craig to off someone.”

I was just about to ask, “Like who?” when Rodney went for the kill. I was a second too late. By the time I reached him, he was belly up in the tote of yarn, with a coral strand in his mouth and his feet kicking variegated green.

“Rodney!” I yelled as the owner of the coral yarn neatly extracted the cat from her bag and handed him to me. “I’m so sorry.”

“Been fostering kittens for years now,” she said. “I should have seen that coming.”

Excellent excerpt, Rod. Thanks for sharing.

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

I am so beloved! I sleep on the bed, roam the town at will, and am spoiled by the library’s patrons. Being with Josie feels like something I was born for.

That’s great. I am also loved at the Cobble Cove library even by Donald who teases me but always sneaks treats to me behind everyone’s back.

Are you a talking cat in your books or just a silent one like I am who just meows occasionally?

I don’t talk, although I understand humans perfectly well. I don’t need to talk—if I have something to say, I simply look at Josie, and she understands.

Communicating with your human is so important. I now talk to my pet co-stars, and readers can “see” my thoughts, but I still have to use non-verbal cues to communicate with Alicia and the other human characters.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Be as naughty as possible! Go ahead and drag an incriminating letter from a villain’s purse, knock a book off a balcony edge, or sneak into a murder scene. Readers love cats, and no matter how naughty you are, they’ll never let the author write you out of the series. Live it up.

Pawsome advice and something all us character cats need to heed.

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

Watch for me in Seven-Year Itch in September 2021 and Witch and Famous in June 2022. As Josie discovers her powers as a witch, she leans on me more and more to help get her out of trouble and pinpoint murderers.

Those upcoming books sound purrfect.

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

My author is a fan of Instagram (@angela.m.sanders) and shows up from time to time on Facebook (@AngelaMSanders). You’ll find me there, too, as well as regular appearances from Angela’s current feline roommates Bitsy la Mouche and Squeaky. Angela’s website is, and be sure to sign up for her monthly newsletter—it’s a good one.

I will share all that with my readers as well as your author’s blog tour. Thanks so much for the great interview, and best whiskers to you and your author on your new series.

Bait and Witch – A Witch Way Librarian Mystery
by Angela M. Sanders

About Bait and Witch

Bait and Witch – A Witch Way Librarian Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Kensington (December 29, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-10: 1496728742
ISBN-13: 978-1496728746
Digital ASIN: B086R8VF2T

Librarian Josie Way moved to small-town Oregon to lay low. Instead, thanks to newfound magic abilities—and a killer on the loose—she’s leapt out of the frying pan and into a cauldron of trouble . . .

Josie Way loved working among the Library of Congress’s leather-scented stacks—until she uncovered corruption and made herself a target. As Wilfred, Oregon’s new librarian, Josie can stay undercover until the case goes to court. But life in this little town isn’t as subdued as she expected. The library, housed in a a Victorian mansion, is slated to be bulldozed. Still digesting the news that her safe haven is about to become scrap lumber, Josie discovers a body in the woods . . .

Almost as shocking, Josie learns that she’s descended from a long line of witches—and her powers have suddenly sprung to life. With help from a spoiled alley cat who just may be her familiar, Josie’s thumbing through a catalog of suspects, hoping she can conjure a way to save her library—and her life . . .

About Angela M. Sanders

Angela M. Sanders writes the Amazon bestselling Joanna Hayworth Vintage Clothing Mysteries and The Booster Club Capers. Under the pen name Clover Tate, she’s the author of the Kite Shop Mysteries (Berkley), which Romantic Times praised for their “well written wit and intrigue.” Angela’s articles on food, personalities, and perfume have appeared in a variety of magazines, and her monthly newsletters have nearly 2,000 subscribers. She interacts with readers on Facebook and Instagram and is a prominent blogger for Now Smell This, which garners 1.5 million monthly page views. Angela has two cats—one of whom is black of course—a witch’s freckle in her left eye and learned to read tarot cards from a pagan priestess.

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