Feature Friday Film: A Furry Happy Tearjerker

Sneaky here with a special video my author viewed recently and asked me to post. I think you’ll agree that it’s a furry happy tearjerker.

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Sneaky Interviews Black Cat, author Elaine Faber’s Character Cat from The Black Cat Mysteries

Meow there. It’s Sneaky with my first return guest. I interviewed this cat awhile back, but he asked for an update, so I kindly obliged. Hello there, Kitty, please introduce yourself and your author.

My person is Elaine Faber. You can call me Thumper, or Black Cat, which is the name I’m most used to. Whichever you decide, be sure to call me to dinner.

MOL (Meow Out Loud). I’ll call you Black Cat. I always call my guests by the names they prefer.

What book(s) have you appeared in?

 My three published novels are Black Cat’s Legacy, Black Cat and the Lethal Lawyer, and Black Cat and the Accidental Angel. My person has written a fourth Black Cat novel (WIP) to be published in 2020. All are cozy cat mysteries where I am a major POV character. That means I narrate much of the story. Cats are much better writers than most humans.

Cool! I agree with you. Unfortunately, my author does all the narration of our books. Maybe I can purrsuade her to change that one day.

Tell us more about your series.

Yes. As noted above. I’ve had three amazing adventures regarding solving a cold case murder, a Texas horse ranch, embezzlement and various other skullduggery, and emus, a vineyard and the possible appearance of an angel. If I told you more, I’d have to kill you….

You have quite the sense of humor, Black Cat.

Are you based on a real cat such as your author’s?

My person based my physical appearance on her cat, Boots, who has now crossed the Rainbow Bridge. His memory lives on in my mystery novels.

Awww. My author’s Oliver also went to Rainbow Bridge. He was the Siamese  I was based on. Although we had some differences, I hope he lives on through me, too.

Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene?

(An edited scene from Black Cat and the Accidental Angel. Black Cat is in the vineyard with John and his little girl, the family who took him and Angel in when they were left behind following an MVA.)

As John turned, he dropped his glove. He leaned to pick it up. A blast exploded from the trees and a bullet whistled past his head. He threw himself onto the ground.

Black Cat flattened into the dirt. Holy cats and little fishes. What was that?

Cindy sat up. “Daddy. What happened?”

“Stay down!” John crawled between the vines toward Cindy. “That bullet darn near hit me.” He lay on the ground for a minute. “Stay right here. Don’t get up. I’m going to see who’s shooting. Maybe it was a stray bullet.” He ran his hands over Cindy’s flyaway hair.

Her eyes were wide, her cheeks pale.

Black Cat hunkered beside her. That was a tad too close for comfort.

“Don’t be afraid, honey. I’m sure it was an accident. You stay here with Black Cat. I’ll be right back.”

Cindy clutched Black Cat to her chest as they lay in the dirt. Her heart thumped against his chest, matched by the beating of his own heart.

What must John be thinking as he crept through the vineyard toward someone with a rifle aimed at his head? He had to leave his child alone in the middle of the field with only a cat to protect her. Poor John! Poor Cindy! Poor me!

If the shooter would try to take out a man and his little girl, he wouldn’t think twice about killing a cat. He imagined how the lead story on tomorrow’s newspaper might read.

The bodies of a man, his daughter and their heroic cat were found today in a local vineyard, shot to death by an unknown assailant. Drops of blood found on the brave cat’s feet bore witness to his courageous effort to save the lives of his master and child.

Most grievously missed, and unfortunately dead, the lion-hearted cat will be posthumously awarded a medal of valor for his herculean efforts to thwart the foul murderer. DNA examination of the blood found on the gallant cat’s feet will no doubt identify the killer. The noble efforts of Nevada City’s departed feline hero will not soon be forgotten. A statue in his honor will be erected in the town square…

Oh, good grief, Black Cat. Get a grip.

This was no laughing matter. Somewhere in the trees next to the vineyard, a killer lurked with a rifle, and Black Cat was the only thing between the madman and Cindy.

(Spoiler. In a cozy mystery, all will be okay in the end. My person just likes to scare you to death.)

What a purrfect scene. Concatulations, Black Cat!

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

I get to show off my sense of humor, my bravery, and my macho side, though the latter tends to get me into trouble more times than I like to admit. Just sayin’…

You aren’t very modest, but most of us kitty characters aren’t. We also tend to get in trouble by sticking our paws in our book’s mysteries.

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

I talk to other cats and to an occasional dog. Unless you consider “talking,” my narration of much of the story, as noted in the excerpt above. I try to communicate with my people, but humans being notoriously ignorant, even my best efforts are often in vain as I point out clues they need to solve anything. I shall endure.

I sympathize with you Black Cat. I feel the same way. Human characters can be very dense in recognizing clues we point out to them.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Cat characters should remember their physical limitations. We stretch fantasy novels to the limit when cats help solve crimes and communicate with other animals. People do not speak ‘Cat’. Cats do not speak ‘English’. So let’s get real… sort of…

That’s where body language comes in and all the great feline sounds we’re capable of emitting.

 Do you have any new books coming out?

Yes. My person has written a fourth Black Cat Mystery which includes a mystery in Fern Lake and another mystery, as my book person seeks a hidden treasure in Austria.

Very Mice. My author is finishing up our fourth book, as well.

Are you and/or your author on social media?

My author has a website. www.mindcandymysteries.com and her personal Facebook http://tinyurl.com/zm2j4n5   My person posts excerpts from her novels, short stories and articles on the website, and fun things about our books and other pleasant things on Facebook. See a list of all her novels below.

 Elaine Faber’s Bio:

Elaine Faber lives in Northern California with her husband and several feline companions. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, California Cat Writers, and Northern California Publishers and Authors. She volunteers with the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop. She enjoys speaking on author panels, sharing highlights of her novels. Her short stories have appeared in national magazines and multiple anthologies. She has published seven novels.

Black Cat’s Legacy, With the aid of his ancestors’ memories, Thumper helps pursue a cold case murder.  http://tinyurl.com/lrvevgm

Black Cat and the Lethal Lawyer, Thumper accompanies his family to a Texas horse ranch where they confront wild horses, embezzling, false identities and attempted murder. http://tinyurl.com/q3qrgyu

Black Cat and the Accidental Angel, Black Cat and his companion are left behind following an MVA. Taken in by a family facing personal and financial disaster, Black Cat and Angel encounter disaster and a spiritual awakening. shttp://tinyurl.com/y6vhxncq

Mrs. Odboddy-Hometown Patriot, Eccentric Mrs. Odboddy believes there are Nazi spies and conspiracies in her small town.  http://tinyurl.com/hdbvzsv

Mrs. Odboddy-Undercover Courier, Mr. O carries a package by train to President Roosevelt which she is sure contains secret war documents. She is equally sure Nazi spies are after her package. http://tinyurl.com/jn5bzwb

Mrs. Odboddy-And Then There was a Tiger, Falsely accused of various crimes, Agnes sets about to restore her reputation and restore the missing war bond money.http://tinyurl.com/v96qshuv

Your author is quite talented, Black Cat. I enjoyed chatting with you about the books you’re in. Best whiskers on your series.

For those who missed Black Cat’s first interview, you can still read it here: https://wp.me/p7XcB0-4v

I also had a wonderful chat awhile back with Ling Ling from Elaine’s Mrs. Odboddy series. For those who missed it, I’m including the link: https://wp.me/p7XcB0-dq

Sneaky Interviews CeeBee from Flower Power Fatality, the first Psychedelic Spy Mystery by Sally Carpenter

Sneaky here with another pawsome interview of a pet character. Today, it’s my pleasure to cat chat with a cozy mystery cat whose current book, Flower Power Fatality, is on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book.

Meow there. What is your name and your author’s name?

I’m a black neutered cat named Ceebee (short for cat burglar) and my author is Sally Carpenter

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

I’m the real star, not the humans, of “Flower Power Fatality,” a humorous retro-cozy series.

Wow, Meow. I love cozies. They’re my favorite genre, but I have no idea what a retro-cozy is, so I can’t wait for you to explain. Please tell us more.

“FPF” is the first book in the Psychedelic Spy series set in 1967 in Yuletide, Indiana, a small rural town in Southern Indiana.

Sounds purrfect. I love a new series. My first book was A Stone’s Throw, and my author is editing #4 right now. Your series sounds like a winner to me.

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

Felix
Boots

 My author has waited on several black cats over the years. Their names are Pretty Kitty, Snuggles, Felix, Gabby, Outdoor Kitty and Boots, the only one still on her first life. Some of the things I do are based on the other cats.

Debbie has had many cats, too. I’m based on her Oliver, a Siamese she dearly loved who went to Rainbow Bridge this past November.

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

My two most important scenes are spoilers, so I’ll talk about meeting Mommy when she comes home from work.

Noelle turned onto to a two-lane country road, expertly dodging the potholes. . .  She pulled onto the gravel driveway that wound past the main house and went deep into the wooded acreage. . . .

At the sound of her car engine, a fat black cat ran from the woods. Noelle slammed on the brakes to avoid hitting the animal as it stopped smack in front of the car. Exasperated, she rolled down the window and poked out her head.

“Ceebee! Will you move! I have to park!”

The cat stared, the headlights reflecting in its yellow eyes.

“Don’t make me come out there and get you!”

They’d played this game many times before. Noelle threw the stick shift into park, stepped out of the car and pushed up the garage door. Then she picked up the cat and deposited him on the passenger seat. Ceebee clawed the car seat. Noelle parked the Bug inside the garage as the rain blew in. With purse and cat in hand, she pulled down the garage door and hurried along the concrete walkway to the front door, ducking her head to keep the rain out of her face. She had the foresight earlier in the day to leave on the porch light so she could see the way after dark. Ceebee jumped from her arms and pressed against the screen door so she couldn’t open it. Noelle yanked the door open hard enough to push Ceebee aside, then held the screen door open with her hip so she could unlock the front door. Ceebee rubbed on her legs and fussed.

“All right, I can’t feed you until I get inside, okay?”

Once the door was open, the feline raced inside and left watery paw prints across the linoleum floor. The actress shut the door and snapped on the ceiling light as Ceebee yowled.

“Will you hush! Can I at least get my raincoat off?”

More meowing from Ceebee. He pawed at her legs.

“Don’t get your muddy paws on my boots!” She dropped her purse on the coffee table in the living room. “All right, I’ll feed your bottomless pit. Honestly, if you’re so hungry, go catch a mouse.”

Noelle headed for the kitchenette with the cat on her heels. She opened a wall cabinet and removed a frosted white Tupperware container full of dry cat chow. She filled a ceramic cat bowl with chow as Ceebee bounced around her ankles. After she set the bowl on the floor, Ceebee dug in. Noelle leaned over to pet him.

“Yeww! You’re soaking wet! Couldn’t you go inside your cathouse and stay dry? Silly poo!”

Her dad had built a little wooden house outside where Ceebee could escape the cold Hoosier winters, but during rainstorms the cat preferred to sit under a tree. Noelle pulled some paper towels off the wooden towel rack and wiped Ceebee. The cat purred as he inhaled the food.

“How’s my little cat burglar, huh? Did you have fun running around outside?” She had named him Ceebee because of his tendency to snatch anything that wasn’t nailed down. . . .

Noelle finished off the hot cocoa and tossed the mail onto the growing stack of newspapers, magazines and envelopes atop the coffee table. She scooped Ceebee off the sofa.

“Time for your lesson.”

She fetched a bag of cat treats from the kitchenette and squatted on the floor. Ceebee sat facing her. Holding a treat in her left hand, Noelle held out her right hand. “Shake.” The cat raised his right paw level with her hand. Noelle shook the paw and held out the treat, which he gulped down. Noelle repeated the command and Ceebee obeyed each time.

“Good boy! I’ll take you to Hollywood with me and we can be in movies together. I’ll be a big animal trainer along with Frank Inn. You can do tricks for the camera and we’ll be famous. What do you say to that?”

Ceebee raised a back leg and licked his butt.

Pawsome  (and funny) excerpt.

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

I don’t appear as much as I should in this book, but two of the things are I do are critical to the story. I get Mommy involved in the mystery, and I help her catch the villain. My author has promised me a bigger part and more treats in the next book.

Make sure she keeps her word. I had to keep nudging Debbie to get more scenes, and I even purr-suaded her to get my photo on her cover and this blog.

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 very vocal. When I’m hungry, I fuss. When I’m happy, I purr like a train. When Mommy takes me to the vet, I yowl. When Mommy won’t give me what I want, like more food, I have a pitiful mew.

Way to go, CeeBee.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Be an indoor-outdoor cat. I live in the country near a lot of trees, so I go prowling and hunting every day. Sometimes I catch “presents” for Mommy. She stores them in her trashcan so she can eat them later, I guess. I run around in my domain, or I just curl up under a tree and sleep. Sometimes I come back with ticks and burrs in my fur, but Mommy picks them out. She’s a good Mommy.

I’m mostly indoors in our Cobble Cove books. I live in the library. I got out once in Written in Stone, but I turned up safe and led my humans to an important clue.

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

My author feels she has get her first book, “The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper,” back in print this fall before she starts writing the next book about me. She has warped priorities. Nothing is more important than writing about cats. She has promised that in the next book I’ll do spy stuff along with my book Mommy.

Well, Debbie likes to alternate her series with standalone mysteries or romances. Even though they all have at least one cat in them, they’re not me. She also just reprinted Cloudy Rainbow, her very first romance novel. But I got her back on track and editing our 4th mystery now.

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

My author’s email is scwriter@earthlink.net. Her webpage is http://sandyfairfaxauthor.com. She’s on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sally.carpenter.54

Wonderful. I will make sure to let our readers know, so they can follow her and you. Best whiskers to your both on your new series and upcoming spy adventures. For those following your tour who want to enter the rafflecopter, here’s the link.

Feature Friday Film: A Booktrailer for Cloudy Rainbow (Yes, it has a Cat in It)

Meow there. It’s Sneaky. No kitty films this Friday, I’m afraid, but I thought you might enjoy the book trailer to Debbie’s new release, Cloudy Rainbow. This is the 10th anniversary edition of her first novel. It features a cat, of claws, even though he’s not me, and it isn’t our next Cobble Cove mystery (don’t worry. That’s coming soon).

 

Sneaky Interviews Maverick the Dog from A Footstep Echo by J.D. Sanderson

I have a dog guest here today. Hello. What is your name and your author’s name?

My name is Maverick. My author’s name is J.D. Sanderson.

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

Oh, I’ve only been in one book. Sanderson named it A Footstep Echo. It’s a science fiction mystery. He loves all that time travel stuff.

Wow, Meow. I know my author loves time travel stories and has written a few herself.

Is this part of a series that you’ll be featured in?

I will be if he ever gets off his butt and writes another book!

Meow Out Loud. I guess you’ll have to be patient. It takes a long time for authors to write books. I’ve been waiting for the 4th in our series, and it seems like it’s taking forever, but I’ve seen Debbie working on other projects, so I understand.

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

I’m based on the real-life Maverick, who was J.D.’s rescue springer spaniel. I’m told that, like my character in A Footstep Echo, he loved to walk, take naps, and watch TV. When he passed away last summer, J.D. decided to put him in the book.

Aww. That’s sweet. Debbie lost her Siamese, Oliver, who I was loosely based on this past November. It’s nice that authors can memorialize their pets in their books.

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

Sure, I don’ mind. Here’s a section from the second part of the book!

They got up together, walked inside the building, went down the hallway, and entered his apartment. Ruth was sitting on the well-worn couch. She tapped her knee, enticing Maverick to come over to her.

“I assume you gave him a pep talk?” she said in an excited little voice to the dog she had come to adore.

“He did. Always does,” Bernard said. “I don’t suppose you’d like to sit with me for a while and help me, boy?”

Maverick looked up at his master, choosing instead to walk over to his favorite blanket in the corner. He turned a few times and curled up to go to sleep. Bernard nodded, admitting to himself that would probably be his reaction as well.

Tail wags to you. That was excellent.

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

I liked traveling through time. And food. Everyone gives me food. They pet me too.

Food and pets are nice perks for character pets.

Are you a talking dog in your books or just a silent pet like I am?

I don’t talk. I wag whenever people pet me, and I whine a lot when the scary robot girl comes around. She scares me!

Don’t blame you there. My dog co-star, Fido, would react the same. I’m a bit braver but not much.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Find a master who finds someone who can cook. I am always waiting for Ruth to drop goodies on the ground!

Good advice. Characters who cook are the best. As a library cat, I’m lucky because the staff always leaves goodies for me.

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

I’m just reading Ceasars Way while I wait for my writer to hurry up and draft a sequel!

I guess you need to nudge him.

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

J.D. Sanderson is active on Facebook and Twitter. (He think’s he’s quite clever.) You can find him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ascifiwriter and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authorjdsanderson

You can also read more about me and the other characters by getting the book at www.amazon.com/author/jdsanderson!

I’m sure my readers will check him out. Thanks so much for the interview, Maverick, and best bones on your book and forthcoming series.

Sneaky Interviews Blaze, Author Molly Hunt’s Rescue Cat

Wow, Meow! Today, I have the opportunity to interview a real-life cat who was recently rescued and adopted by author Mollie Hunt.

What is your name and your author’s name?

Hi, Sneaky. I’m Blaze. I was recently adopted by my foster-person, Mollie Hunt, who turns out to be the author of the Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series. Who knew?

That’s pawsome. I can’t wait to hear your story.

Tell us about yourself and your author, how you met, how long you’ve been together, anything else that would interest our readers?

For ten years I lived with my family, but when I broke my arm, they couldn’t afford to get me fixed up, so they relinquished me to a shelter. The place was scary and loud with d-o-g-s, but the nice doctors set my arm so it didn’t hurt so much anymore. Unfortunately the arm didn’t heal and they had to bring me back and put me to sleep on the silver table again. This time when I woke up, I had heavy silver pins sticking out of my fur. They said that until the pins came out, I’d need kennel rest, which means I couldn’t run, jump, or play. That’s when I met my soon-to-be cohabitor Mollie.

Mollie took me home and put me in her kennel. It was a really nice one, not like the dreary shelter cages. This one had a big bed, lots of food, a convenient commode, and best of all, a big window with bird TV. Since I was tired and my arm still hurt, I didn’t mind so much resting in my personal boudoir. Mollie came and took me out for supervised visits at least twice a day. I got to walk a little but mostly I sat one her lap and purred. In the morning and evening, she had to clean my pins so they didn’t get icky. I didn’t much care for that, but I always got treats afterward.

This went on for a long time, and I began to get restless, but finally the doctors decided the pins could come out. I would soon be ready to go to a new forever home!

That was a conundrum though, because I’d been with Mollie, her husband, and her other felines, Tyler and Little, for so long, I thought it was my forever home. I told Mollie, and she agreed I’d become part of the family.

That’s a beautiful, lapwarming story. You’re one very lucky kitty, and Mollie and her family are also lucky to have you.

Have you read any of your author’s books? If so, can you tell us something about them?

I didn’t know much about books and authors before I started living with my cohabitor, but every morning she took me out of my boudoir to sit on her lap while she typed on a keyboard. I began to get interested in what she was writing, and became even more interested when I learned that all her stories had cats in them. Her Crazy Cat Lady series features Lynley Cannon, a sixty-something cat shelter volunteer, sort of like herself but more adventurous and less introverted. Mollie worked on two forthcoming books while I helped: Cosmic Cat, about a cosplayer named Captain Cat who falls to his death at a comic-con, and Cat Noel, a Christmastime story with a catnapping and daring rescue by Lynley. They sound scary but they’re really more exhilarating than fearsome.

Mollie is also proofing her new book, Cat Café. (A body is found on the floor of the cat café and all the black cats are missing.) She is very excited about this one because it will be published shortly for everybody to read.

How mice, Blaze. Your author sounds very talented.

Will you be in any of your author’s forthcoming books?

Of course! Who wouldn’t want to feature a handsome, debonair, tuxedo cat like me? Maybe I’ll get to save the day like… oh, but I don’t want to give away the story.

I’m sure that will be a purrfect “tail.”

What advice would you give to other authors’ cats?

Don’t step on your author’s keyboard when they’re writing- I know you want to, but their mind is elsewhere, and you may find yourself banished from the room. If you are a lapsitter like me, curl up and purr, sending good kitty mojo and feline inspiration.

Very good advice. I’ll share it with Debbie’s cat, Stripey.

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

Though I’m quite famous among my cohabitor’s followers, I’ve declined to have a platform of my own. I’m really a very quiet cat and don’t want to be always in the limelight. Mollie has a bunch of social media sites:

Mollie’s Website: http://www.lecatts.wordpress.com/

Mollie’s Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/MollieHuntCatWriter/

Twitter: @MollieHuntCats

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/molliehuntcatwriter/

You can find her books at:

Mollie’s Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/molliehunt

Mollie’s Smashwords Page: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/CatWriter

And at independent bookstores in the Portland area.

Thanks for that info and a great inter”mew,” Blaze. Best whiskers to you and your author.

Thanks so much, Sneaky, for letting me tell my story. And to all you cats out there who are waiting for a home, someday it will come just like it did for me.

Love and blinks, Blaze

Mollie’s Bio: Native Oregonian Mollie Hunt has always had an affinity for cats, so it was a short step for her to become a cat writer. Mollie is the author of the Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series, featuring Portland native Lynley Cannon, a sixty-something cat shelter volunteer who finds more trouble than a cat in catnip. Mollie is a member of the Oregon Writers’ Colony, Willamette Writers, Sisters in Crime, and the Cat Writers’ Association. She has won four CWA Muse Medallions for her work. Mollie lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and a varying number of cats. Like Lynley, she is a grateful shelter volunteer.

Sneaky Interviews Matty from The Cozy Cat Caper Mystery Books by Paige Sleuth

Sneaky here with another pawsome interview of a pet character. Today, it’s my pleasure to cat chat with a cozy mystery cat.

What is your name and your author’s name?

Hi, Sneaky, and thank you for having me on your blog today. Meow! My name is Matty, short for Matilda. My author Paige Sleuth likes to take credit for creating me, but as we cats know we’re our own masters and do things our own way. So while Paige might have given me my start, I pretty much do what I want in her books.

I can relate. I do the same in Debbie’s Cobble Cove series.

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

I am in all of the Cozy Cat Caper Mystery books, which make up Paige’s cozy mystery series. There are two dozen books in my series to date. The first one, Murder in Cherry Hills, is where I made my debut. That was a tough one for me. In that book my former human was murdered and I had to move in with her neighbor, Kat Harper. Kat actually solved that case—with my help, of course! Now Kat and I spend a lot of time investigating crime in our small town of Cherry Hills, Washington. I let Kat do most of the work though, since I personally find all that to be really tiresome. Kat hardly ever takes naps, if you can believe that, Sneaky!

Kat sounds like a “cat.” We always sleep with one eye open.

Please give more information about your series.

I am the star of the Cozy Cat Caper Mystery series, if I do say so myself. I have a brother, Tom, but he’s not nearly as smart or as cute as me. Tom spends a lot of his time trying to get the humans to pet him (he loves belly rubs), which is silly in my opinion, since the humans will seek you out without you having to do anything. I am fond of Tom though, and it’s nice to have a brother of the same species around to commiserate with. In my series, Tom and I both help our human Kat solve crimes where we live in Central Washington State. My books are novella length, they all feature a mystery of some kind (but not always murder), and every book can be read as a stand-alone.

Sounds pawsome.

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

I am loosely based on Paige’s cat Anna Belle. In terms of looks, we’re identical. We’re both adorable, with yellow-and-brown markings, a gray-striped tail, and greenish eyes. And although our personalities are not exactly the same, we do have some things in common. We both walk on leashes, for example. And we’re both very regimented about our meals and enjoy watching birds. I’m actually a bit more aloof than Anna Belle, who Paige says is the friendliest, sweetest cat in real life.

My author used to walk her cat, Floppy, on a leash. That was many years ago, and he’s been on Rainbow Bridge a long time. Her other cats have been indoors only, but they have also enjoyed bird watching. What cat doesn’t?

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

This is from book four, Vanished in Cherry Hills. In this scene Kat is searching for her mother who disappeared a few decades prior (Kat grew up in foster care). Being the helpful kitty I am, I’m trying to point her in the right direction, but she’s just not getting it. I know you understand, Sneaky. Those humans can be awfully dense sometimes, can’t they? I remember this scene well because it was extra frustrating for me!

Matty meowed again before closing her eyes and pressing her head into Kat’s hand.

Kat grinned. “I see some of Tom’s chattiness is rubbing off on you. You usually don’t meow unless you’re hungry.”

Matty meowed again as if to disagree.

Or, Kat thought, an eerie sensation washing over her, was Matty trying to tell her something about her mother?

Kat shook the thought away, feeling ridiculous. Was she getting so desperate for answers that she thought Matty had them?

When Matty meowed this time, she batted her paw at the folder in Kat’s lap.

Kat frowned. “What is it, sweetheart?”

Matty jumped on the coffee table and sat down, her tail swishing.

Kat shivered as Matty’s penetrating green eyes bored into her own. She knew Matty possessed an uncanny awareness of things, almost a sixth sense. Somehow she always knew when Kat needed a little extra love and would come over to give her hand a lick. And she never failed to predict when Kat had something unwelcome in mind, like a claw-trimming session. Kat had yet to figure out how Matty deduced what she was up to before she even took out the clippers.

Kat clutched her head in both hands, wondering if she was going crazy. After all, what could Matty possibly have to tell her about her mother?

And yet, no human had offered any answers so what did she really have to lose?

She refocused on the tortoiseshell. “What are you trying to tell me?”

Matty settled down on the coffee table, tucking her paws under her chest.

Kat glanced at where Matty had chosen to rest, as if the cat were deliberate about her napping spots and not prone to sleeping wherever she happened to be. Right now, Matty was lying on top of the Cherry Hills Veterinary invoice that Imogene had given her earlier.

Feeling a little foolish, Kat leaned forward and studied the invoice. The part that was visible above Matty itemized all the expenses Imogene had accrued during her visit. Peeking through Matty’s fur at the bottom of the page was the total amount owed. Nothing struck Kat as peculiar. Certainly nothing revealed where her mother might be.

Kat flopped back against the couch, mentally chiding herself for actually believing Matty’s actions were cloaked in hidden meaning.

Matty meowed again. When Kat looked up, she swore the feline shook her head in dismay.

“If you’re trying to tell me something, you’re going to have to be more blunt,” Kat told her.

Matty flicked her tail in response. Then she began licking her paw, as though to indicate she’d done all she could.

Mice excerpt, and I agree with you that humans need a paw in the face sometimes to get the picture. They just aren’t as in tune to mysteries as we are.

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

I like how important I am to the stories. Not only do I provide some entertainment and comic relief, but I’m often involved with solving the cases themselves. Once or twice I might have even been the reason Kat became involved in a case in the first place. That’s not my fault, mind you, it just seemed to happen. I mean, how was I to know a dead body was outside our apartment building that one time I snuck out there despite my human’s orders to stay inside?

I wish I had a larger role in my author’s books, but I think I’ve led Alicia to many clues even if she thinks she was the one who found them.

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

I am mostly a silent cat. I meow if I want something or have something important to say (usually as it pertains to food), but I generally prefer to communicate in other ways. I have many looks I give my human (not all of them nice!), and at times I can lead her in the right direction (or try to, anyway) with my behavior.

Same here. It’s a challenge I think most character cats and human cats, too, face.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

My main advice would be to sleep as much as possible. You’re going to need that energy when your human gets caught up in whatever adventures they have planned next. And those humans sure do know how to find trouble! Also, never let your human forget what their main role is. Their number one priority is to feed you on time. Murder investigations should never take precedence over that. So, no matter what else is going on in your human’s life, be sure to wake them up for breakfast every morning and show them where the kitchen is every once in a while. You don’t want them to forget the important stuff.

I agree. Food first, murder solving second.

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

I don’t have any set dates for future books. Paige releases a new book whenever she finishes up one of my stories, but she doesn’t have a publishing schedule. She’s like me and prefers to take things one day at a time! My most recent release came out earlier this month. It’s titled Independence Day in Cherry Hills. I must say, I didn’t appreciate the fireworks in that one. Nor did I much appreciate the gunshot that masqueraded as a firework or the dead guy who ruined my human’s holiday. I don’t want to give any spoilers by telling you whether I still got fed on time, but I will say it was a struggle. You’ll have to read the book to find out more about that!

I haven’t experienced any fireworks in Debbie’s books. They’ve only taken place in the fall and winter, but I hope if she writes a summer one, she leaves out those noisy fireworks.

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

I can’t be bothered with social media, but Paige is on there. Here’s how you can connect with her:

Website: http://www.marlabradeen.com/ps

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marlabradeenauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/marlabradeen

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14207326.Paige_Sleuth

I don’t have any social media accounts either, but I do enjoy my blog because I meet such interesting pet characters and real-life ones, too.

Paige would also like for me to tell you she’s running a “Buy in July” promotion where $1 from every book of hers purchased in July (excluding books priced under $2) will be donated to the Community Cat Coalition of Clark County (C5). C5 works to spay/neuter feral cats in the Las Vegas area, which helps to reduce the number of local cats euthanized every year. I can vouch for them as a very worthy cause.

Wow, Meow. That is so generous of your author to contribute to such a worthy cause.

Thank you so much for interviewing me, Sneaky! Have a meowy day!

You, too. It’s been great cat chatting with you, Matty. Best whiskers to you and Paige on your upcoming mysteries.

Feature Friday Film: Vacationing without your Cat

Although some people take their cats on vacation with them, many prefer to leave them at home with a cat sitter,, friend, family member, or neighbor checking in and feeding, changing the litter box, and playing with kitty. Since cats like routine and prefer to stay in their own environment, this is usually a good idea. Here are some tips on what to do before you go away.