Hello, Kitty. What is your name and your author’s name?
Hi there! I’m Percival. My author’s name is Ruth J. Hartman
Mice to meet you both.
What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.
I’m in “Brushed Up on Murder.” It’s a Cozy Mystery.
Ooh, how nice. I’m a cozy mystery cat myself.
Are you in a series? If so, please give information about it.
Yes, “Brushed Up on Murder” is the first book in Ruth’s new series about a Mobile Cat Groomer.
What a pawsome theme. I’m a library cat in the Cobble Cove cozy mystery series.
Are you based on a real cat such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.
I’m not based on Ruth’s cats, but she said a lot of the funny things I do make her think of them.
Cats do funny things. I’ve done many in my books, as has Debbie’s two cats. I was based on her Siamese who is now on Rainbow Bridge. I’m not his duplicate. I’m much younger and have my own purrsonality.
Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene? If so, please include it.
“Okay, ready to go? I can give you a lift back to your home or salon or you can come with me, your choice.”
Since my appointments were finished early for the day, I opted to go to the garage. Even though I knew nothing about what he might be doing to my van, I’d feel better being there to give the van moral support. Not that I’d say as much to Ollie. “We’ll go with you if it’s okay.”
He eyed Percival, then lowered his eyebrows. Uh oh. Did he have a thing against cats? “I guess it’s all right. Not sure Management would agree with having an animal on board, but we’ll give it a try.”
“Management? I thought you owned the garage. Then that would be you.”
He shrugged. “Yep. Guess it would. All right. Get in.”
I shook my head, reminding myself I had no other alternative. I tried to climb into the van while still holding Percival. It didn’t go well. He balked at climbing in ahead of me and I couldn’t very well get in first and leave him on the sidewalk.
Before I could stop him, Percival climbed up my chest, onto my shoulder, and clawed his way onto my head.
It seemed the only way I was going to get both of us in the truck at the same time. Trying not to make eye contact with Ollie, I reached up to the handle right inside the door and hoisted us up, trying not to cringe at the decades of grime on the passenger seat.
From the driver’s seat I heard, “Nice hat.”
Ignoring him, I plopped down, and reached to my right for the seatbelt.
It wasn’t there.
Turning to Ollie who was grinning, I pointed my thumb behind me. “No belt?”
“Sorry. Haven’t had the time. It’s not far to the garage. Hold on tight. You’ll be fine.” He then proceeded to fasten his seatbelt and start the engine.
This had to be in violation of more than one traffic law, but again, I had no choice. Placing one hand on Percival, still on my head, and the other clinging to the side of my seat, I took a deep breath and let it out.
We bumped and screeched through the streets of town finally arriving at the garage. Ernie Price, Ollie’s assistant. was there, standing outside of a large, open garage door. He waited until Ollie waved then gave a salute, and waved his arms, air traffic controller style, until Ollie had backed us all the way into the building.
Percival was still on my head, but had repositioned to turn around, which involved sharp claws sticking and poking my scalp every time he tried to get comfortable.
Glad one of us was.
Hopefully, he wasn’t drawing blood. Didn’t want to have to explain that to anyone. Wearing my cat like a helmet was bad enough.
After Ollie had backed us in, taking forever to reverse and go forward numerous times to get it exactly right, Percival and I were permitted to exit the truck.
Surely once we were out of the vehicle, my cat would allow me to hold him again.
No such luck.
I reached up to grasp him, but he dug in even more.
“Ouch, not so deep, little guy.”
Ollie rounded the truck and approached us. “Hat giving you trouble, is it?” His grin was wide.
I rolled my eyes. “He’s just a little scared to be in here. Loud noises, big machinery, and all.”
He nodded. “Sure. Guess I’m used to it by now. Doesn’t bother me. Okay, well, you and your hairpiece can wait over there”— he pointed to a few old metal chairs against a back wall — “and I’ll see what we’re up against.”
Rather than address his lame attempt at another joke at my expense, I headed toward the tiny, grimy waiting area.
I would have rather stood while I waited but standing upright with the ten-pound weight on my head was hurting my neck and back. Plus, Percival didn’t seem to have plans to vacate my head any time soon.
That’s a purr-fect excerpt. Thanks for sharing it.
What do you like most about your role in your authors’ books?
I love it that even though Ruth’s book about a cat groomer has to do with lots of kitties – the cat groomer’s clients, I’m the character’s (Molly’s) own personal cat. She takes me on mobile visits with her. I get to help!
Love that. You are certainly the star of the series then.
Are you a talking cat in your books or just a silent one like I am who just meows occasionally?
I don’t say words, like the ones people would understand, but I sure do meow and purr a lot. Sometimes I even growl!
MOL (Meow out loud). Debbie’s female cat growls. I started saying words but only to the other pet characters and our readers. The human characters in my mysteries don’t have a clue, except Alicia who interprets my body language and cat sounds.
What advice would you give other cat characters?
Always listen to what your author says. She knows what to do! And be ready to assist the main character in the story with whatever is needed.
I agree with that advice totally.
Do you have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.
Brushed Up on Murder will release on April 18th. Ruth is working on other books but doesn’t have the exact release dates yet.
No problem. Debbie never has her release dates and since she’s working on another series, I have no idea when the next Cobble Cove book will be out. All I can do is hope and pester her.
Are you and/or your author on social media? If so, please list your links.
Thanks. I will make sure Debbie follows you, and I’m sure the readers of this interview will, as well. Best whiskers to you and Ruth on your new release and series. I’m sharing your blog tour below.
Brushed Up On Murder: A Mobile Cat Groomer Mystery
by Ruth J Hartman
About Brushed Up On Murder
Brushed Up On Murder: A Mobile Cat Groomer Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Indiana
Level Best Books (April 18, 2023)
Print length : 275 pages
ASIN : B0BXB8BZMQ
The life of a cat groomer isn’t just pampering purring felines, it’s murder.
Mobile Cat Groomer Molly Stewart loves her job. Until she finds the dead body of one of her pet parents stabbed with a garden implement in his back yard. When Molly’s uncle Russ becomes the prime suspect in the murder and the sheriff won’t consider anyone else, Molly claws through obstacles as she prowls for clues.
With help from handsome veterinarian Hank Chenowith and Molly’s two cats, Percival and Jasper, will Molly succeed in proving her uncle’s innocence before the real murderer pounces on her?
About Ruth J. Hartman
Ruth J. Hartman spends her days herding cats and her nights spinning mysterious tales. She, her husband, and their cats love to spend time curled up in their recliners watching old Cary Grant movies. Well, the cats sit in the people’s recliners. Not that the cats couldn’t get their own furniture. They just choose to shed on someone else’s.
Ruth, a left-handed, cat-herding, farmhouse-dwelling writer uses her sense of humor as she writes tales of lovable, klutzy women who seem to find trouble without even trying.
Ruth’s husband and best friend, Garry, reads her manuscripts, rolls his eyes at her weird story ideas, and loves her despite her insistence all of her books have at least one cat in them. See updates about her cozy mysteries at Ruthjhartman.com.
Purchase Link – Amazon
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