Sneaky Interviews Smoky from The Moonshine Shack Murder, the First Southern Homebrew Cozy Mystery by Diane Kelly

Hi, Kitty. Welcome to my blog, and thanks for joining me for an inter”mew.” What is your name and your author’s name?

My name is Smoky. You can probably guess that I’m gray. I’m named after the Smoky Mountains near Chattanooga, Tennessee, where I live. My author’s name is Diane Kelly.

Mice to meet you. I’ve never been to Tennessee. I’m a New York State cat. I live in the fictional, small town of Cobble Cove. We have a mountain that overlooks water, but I spend most of my time in the Cobble Cove Library because I’m a library cat.

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

I’m in The Moonshine Shack Murder. It’s the first in Diane’s Southern Homebrew moonshine series, and it’s a cozy mystery. Next year, I’ll be in book #2, The Proof is in the Poison. There will be a third book the following year. People just can’t seem to get enough of me. But who could blame them? I’m a pretty cool cat.  

I’m sure you are. I’m a cozy mystery cat, too, and there are 5 books in my series so far and also 4 stories.

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

Yes, I’m in a series called the Southern Homebrew series. My human, who is named Hattie Hayes, learned to make moonshine from her granddaddy. She’s decided to turn the family moonshine recipe into a commercial enterprise. She makes pure rotgut, but she makes a bunch of fruity flavors, too. She runs a store called The Moonshine Shack in the riverfront district of Chattanooga, Tennessee. She can’t get by without me, so takes me along to work with her. My favorite spot is in the front window, where I can watch the street and take naps.

Very interesting. I like to nap in the library’s bay window.

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

Partly. My author’s male cats have all been docile sweeties, but I’m not. I’m more like her female cats, who are more demanding and moody. She’s had many, many cats and dogs over the years, but currently she has three dogs and two cats, plus two kittens she’s fostering. They’re disgustingly cute. 

Your author sounds like a cat lover, like mine. Debbie has three cats. I was based on her Siamese Oliver who has since gone to Rainbow Bridge. Then she rescued two kittens who are now three years old.

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

I circled around to the alley, parked, and hopped out to unlock the back door that led to the storeroom. My gray cat, Smoky, named for the nearby mountains, lay atop the wooden desk in the corner, watching me with his firefly-green eyes as he lazily licked a paw. The cat weighed upward of sixteen pounds and, unless food was in the offing, rarely moved, more cinder block than companion. I greeted him, as always, with an affectionate scratch under the chin and a “Hey, boy. Did you miss me?” His yawn told me that my absence had not affected him in the least. Hurtful, sure, but I’d long since accepted that ours would be a one-sided relationship.

Even with help from a dolly, moving the cases from the van to the storeroom proved to be backbreaking work. The muscles in my arms strained and shook, unused to being punished so severely. Smoky cast me a look of disdain each time I groaned or grunted. Next batch, I’d box the moonshine in smaller cases of six jars rather than twelve.

As I rolled the dolly outside to round up more moonshine, my ears picked up an unexpected sound. Clop-clop-clop. I turned to discover a mounted police officer riding up the alleyway on a beautiful chestnut mare. The horse’s reddish-brown coat gleamed in the sunshine as she tossed her flaxen mane. The officer wore his uniform with black riding boots, a helmet, and mirrored sunglasses. Despite being built like a sculpted boulder, he rode with a graceful athleticism, at one with his steed.

Clop-clop. When they reached me, the officer pulled back on the reins and spoke to his horse. “Whoa, Charlotte. Let’s find out what this little filly is up to.”

It took me a moment to realize I was the “little filly” he spoke of. Standing a mere five feet, I was undeniably small. But I made up for my stature in tenacity and sass. I looked up at the officer to see a set of broad shoulders, a strong jaw, and myself looking back, reflected in his sunglasses. I angled my head to indicate his horse. “I see you’ve got a thing for leggy blondes.”

He sat silent and unmoving for a few beats before his lips spread in a slow smile. He ducked his chin and reached up to ease his sunglasses down, gazing at me over the rims, his amber eyes lit up like lightning bugs in amusement. His focus shifted to the logo on my van and the cartons of liquor before returning to my face. “A bootlegger, huh? I suspect you’ll cause me no end of trouble.”

“I can’t make any promises, Officer.”

In a swift, smooth move, he slid down from his horse to stand directly in front of me. He towered over me by at least a foot, putting him around six feet, two inches tall and putting me on eye level with his rock-hard pecs and his name badge. M. LANDERS. Why does that name sound vaguely familiar?

Officer Landers removed his glasses and tucked them into the collar of his uniform. “I’ll give you a hand. Charlotte needs a rest, anyway.”

With my back and biceps screaming for mercy, I wasn’t about to turn him down. “Thanks.”

He tied his horse’s reins to a water pipe before reaching up to remove his helmet. When he did, he released a cascade of loose, short curls the color of buckskin. He ran his hand through his hair and it settled into a contemporary pompadour, short on the sides, longer on top. He resembled a rockabilly artist, or a blond version of Elvis from his early years. I felt the heat of a blush warm my cheeks.

He grabbed a case from the back of the van and tucked it under one arm before grabbing another. As he turned to carry them through the back door of my shop, he spotted Smoky standing sentinel in the doorway. “Is your guard cat going to attack?

“Smoky?” I stepped over and scooped my precious pet up in my arms. “He’s harmless.” Smoky stiff-armed me, pushing his paw against my chest, playing hard to get. Three years into our relationship and I was still trying to win the furry guy over. Maybe someday.

The cop eyed my cat and shook his head. “That there is why I prefer horses. They show some affection now and then.”

Pawsome! Thanks for sharing that purrfect excerpt.

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

That I get to be where the action is. It satisfies my cat curiosity. Also, that I get to be loved on by Hattie. (I’d never let her know this, but I kind of love her, too.)

Awww. How sweet. I love Alicia, too, and I like most of the other Cobble Cove library staff members.

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

I’m silent, but I find other ways to communicate my thoughts. Clawing, spitting, and hissing are quite effective. So is a purr, though I use my purr sparingly. Wouldn’t want Hattie to think she’s got me wrapped around her finger. The position of my ears and tail are more subtle communicators that I use.

(MOL) Meow Out Loud. Good point. I use similar non-verbal clues with Alicia, but in the later books and stories of the series, readers can now see my thoughts, as can the other pets.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Don’t bite the hand that feeds you, but don’t lick it, either. No one likes a mooch or a suck-up. Always sleep in the sunny spot. Bugs aren’t as delicious as they might look, and it’s hard to swallow when they’re wiggling in your mouth. Stick to what’s put in your bowl.

Great advice for all us cat characters.

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

Yes, my very first book came out July 6th. It’s called The Moonshine Shack Murder. It’s a great tail – I mean, tale – if I do say so myself.

Concatulations to you and your author. I’m sharing your blog tour below. Best whiskers to you and your author on this fun series.


The Moonshine Shack Murder (A Southern Homebrew Mystery)
by Diane Kelly

About The Moonshine Shack Murder


The Moonshine Shack Murder (A Southern Homebrew Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Berkley (July 6, 2021)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 0593333225
ISBN-13: 978-0593333228
Digital ASIN : B08KPKD22T

In this intoxicating new cozy mystery series, the future for modern-day moonshiner Hattie Hayes looks bright–until death darkens the doorstep of her Moonshine Shack.

The Hayes family has made moonshine in Chattanooga since the days of Prohibition, and Hattie is happy to continue the tradition, serving up fun, fruity flavors in mason jars for locals and tourists alike. All signs indicate her new ‘shine shop will be a smashing success. What’s more, mounted police officer Marlon Landers has taken a shine to Hattie. For the first time ever, the stars seemed to have aligned in both her work and romantic life. But when a body ends up on her store’s doorstep alongside a broken jar of her Firefly Moonshine, it just might be lights out for her fledgling business.

The homicide detective can’t seem to identify the person who killed the owner of a nearby bar. The only witness is Hattie’s longhaired gray cat, and Smoky isn’t talking. When the detective learns that the victim and Hattie had a heated exchange shortly before his murder, she becomes her prime suspect.

Lest Hattie end up behind bars like her bootlegging great-grandfather a century before, she must distill the evidence herself and serve the killer a swift shot of justice.

About Diane Kelly

Diane Kelly writes stories that feature feisty female lead characters and their furry, four-footed friends. Diane is the author of over 30 novels and novellas, including the Death & Taxes, Paw Enforcement, and House Flipper mystery series. In 2021, she’ll launch two new series, the Southern Homebrew moonshine series and the Mountain Lodge Mysteries. Find Diane online at DianeKelly.com, on Twitter and Instagram @DianeKellyBooks, and on Facebook at her Author Diane Kelly page.

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Sneaky the Library Cat Interviews Macavity the Cat from Who, Me? Frog Bows, Fraud and Aphrodite : A Macavity & Me Mystery

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

I’m Macavity. My friend and caretaker, Bryn, says I was named for a poem by T.S. Eliot, but I’m not familiar with it.

Mice to meet you. I’m familiar with that poem. My author and also the main human character in my books is a librarian, so I’ve picked up a lot of knowledge from them and am great at Googling information, too.

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

So far I’m in two humorous mysteries with long titles:

Why Me? Chimeras, Conundrums and Dead Goldfish (A Macavity & Me Mystery)

Who Me? Fog Bows, Fraud and Aphrodite (A Macavity & Me Mystery)

I didn’t get my name or my face on the first book cover, but I insisted they put them on the second one. And they did.

Don’t feel bad. My face is only on one of the books in my series, and my name isn’t on any of the covers except two of my eBook stories because my series is called the Cobble Cove mysteries, not Sneaky and Alicia’s mysteries.

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

Yes, it’s a series that is just getting under way. The main human is Bryn Baczek. She adopted me because we both have different colored eyes. We live on a sailboat in a small marina. I’m the only cat in the marina, but other boat owners often bring their dogs with them. Fortunately, I’m tough and can hold my own.

I understand from Bryn that the mysteries she gets mixed up with involve serious issues. Like illegal human organ trafficking and non-profit fraud. Sometimes I have to help her out. Once I even saved her life. In return, she buys me my favorite foods—when she remembers to shop. I sometimes pick up snacks at the boat where two of her friends live. One friend pretends not to like me, but he feeds me smoked salmon when no one is around.

The only thing that upsets me about Bryn is that she occasionally ties our boat up in different locations or takes it out for a sail. And it’s not always for pleasure. One time we had to hide out at another marina for days because some bad people were looking for her. I’m a homebody and prefer that our home stays tied to the dock at “our” spot.

Very interesting. I imagine living at a marina is different than living in a library like I do.

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

My author claims she is allergic to cats and that I’m more than enough pet for her to handle. I know she has a soft spot in her heart for me; otherwise my name wouldn’t be on her book covers.

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

Sunday, I slept in. Macavity crawled up on my bunk and stretched before settling in, legs tucked under this body, his breathing slowly transformed into purring, a gentle comforting sound. He likes it best when things are calm. And consistent. If he’d had a chance to choose his owner instead of the other way around, he probably wouldn’t have chosen me. But in spite of my flaws, he hangs around. Perhaps for moments like these.

Macavity’s purring was mesmerizing. Trance-like. Although I was awake, I felt completely relaxed. My mind at ease. Suspended in time. It was a moment of mental flossing, the plaque of random thoughts slowly dissolving until I was cleansed of all the clutter and useless information that usually chases itself around in my head. Now, thanks to Macavity, there was space to form new thoughts and allow fresh perspectives to creep in.  ***  Macavity apparently decided our idyllic moment was over. He leapt off the bunk and went in search of more interesting activities. I appreciated how he’d help me focus my thinking about Sabrina’s death, but it would have been even more helpful if he’d been able to contribute a few ideas of his own. He was, after all, a pretty good judge of people.

Pawsome excerpt. Thank you for sharing it.

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

I like the fact that she realizes I’m the alpha in our relationship and therefore caters to most of my needs. And I did appreciate her taking me along the last time she house sat. Her friend’s dog, Cora, was nice enough. But I’d prefer she stayed home, with the Aspara at dock, all the time.

Dogs can be okay. There are two dogs in my series, but I have the bigger roles, although Fido was pretty important in our first book. He takes a back seat to me now which is just the way I like it.

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

I don’t “meow,” I offer opinions, ask for things, and make complaints. Bryn knows what I’m trying to say even though we don’t speak the same language.

That’s cool. Alicia and the other residents of Cobble Cove understand my non-verbal language, too.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Make your owner and writer take you seriously. Cats are better than people in so many ways and deserve to be treated with respect.

You speak words of wisdom, Macavity.

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

Who Me? Fog Bows, Fraud and Aphrodite just came out on June 28th. A lot happens to me in the story. And although I don’t solve the mystery, I help Bryn figure it out.

That’s all us cat characters can do.

Thanks so much for the pawsome interview, Macavity. I’m sharing your blog tour below. Best whiskers to you and your author on your new release and series.


Who, Me? Fog Bows, Fraud and Aphrodite
by Charlotte Stuart

About Who, Me?
Fog Bows, Fraud and Aphrodite


Who, Me? Fog Bows, Fraud and Aphrodite
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Taylor & Seale Publishing
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 236 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1950613704
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1950613700
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B097D67XKS

A heated argument on a nearby boat followed by a loud splash . . .

Who, Me? Fog Bows, Fraud and Aphrodite is a mystery set in an urban boating community in Seattle. Bryn Baczek lives on a sailboat in a small marina with her cat, Macavity, and a series of short-lived goldfish. When a neighbor she doesn’t like becomes the prime suspect in a murder investigation, she reluctantly seeks evidence to prove him innocent. She ends up being threatened by the victim’s abusive boyfriend, betrayed by a close friend, and can’t resist using subterfuge to enter a secured building to search the victim’s office. Although she shares what she learns with a charming detective, she is one step ahead of the police in identifying the murderer . . . a step that puts her in a dangerous face-to-face confrontation.

About Charlotte Stuart

In a world filled with uncertainty and too little chocolate, Charlotte Stuart, PhD, has taught college courses in speech communication, was a management consultant and a VP of HR, and has enjoyed time spent sailing and commercial salmon fishing in Alaska. Her current passion is for writing mysteries with a dollop of adventure and a smattering of humor. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys watching herons, eagles, seals and other sea life from her Vashon Island home office.

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Harry’s Kitty Korner #23 Review of The Black Cat Who Only Wanted to Be Loved by Rosa Silva

Meow there. Long time, no paw this column. Miss Hermione is actually one blog post ahead of me, and even Stripey wrote a column recently. My sister’s been trying to purrsuade me to write, but I’m a lazy boy, handsome but lazy. What brought me out of my young retirement? A very special book about a black cat, and Debbie’s offer for me to review it. I’m honored. How many cats do you know who write book reviews?

Below is my review. I loved it, and I’m sure you, your kids, and your kitties will, too.

5-paws @@@@@

The Black Cat Who Only Wanted to Be Loved by Rosa Silva

I must say this author is almost as talented as my hooman, Debbie. That makes sense because they’re both members of the Cat Writers’ Association, after all. But I’m not biased. Debbie Shared this marvelous book with me, and it was obvious it was well written. While it’s geared toward kids from ages 8-12, I know Debbie enjoyed it very much, and I think even cats, especially those handsome, dark-haired ones like me, would like it, too.

Let me tell you a bit of the story. The main character is Pepper. You can see him on the book cover. He lives with the Humphreys. The lady is sweet, but her husband is a creep. If he was a bug, I’d catch him and eat him. He thinks poor Pepper is causing him bad luck. When his kind wife is out, he takes Pepper away and pretends he got out. I was so upset hearing Debbie read that. However, things get better for Pepper because he finds a nice street called Flower Street and befriends two kitties. I won’t tell you much more because you really should read this paw-some book yourself.

When you’re done reading this story, you’ll learn some important lessons and the reason black cats are the best.

Here’s the link. It comes in paperback, eBook, and is free on Kindle Unlimited. You, your kids, and kitties will love it.

Sneaky Interviews Chanel from The Disappearance of Emily by Elizabeth Pantley

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Sneaky here with another pawsome pet character interview. Today, I’m speaking with a pretty Persian cat from a new release. Hello, Ms. Kitty. Please introduce yourself and your author.

Hello, so nice to meet you. I’m Chanel and my author is Elizabeth Pantley.

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

I’m featured in all the Destiny Falls Mystery and Magic books. You can first meet me in book 1, Falling into Magic. You’ll learn more about me in book 2, The Disappearance of Emily. Apparently, I also have a big role in the upcoming book 3, as well. It’s called The Ghost Camper’s Tall Tales.

You sound like you’re a regular character in this series. Tell me more about it.

Yes, the Destiny Falls Mystery and Magic books are a series. I understand my author has enough material in her head for at least a dozen books.

Your author is like my Debbie who is brimming with ideas, but they don’t always include our series. I don’t mind. I need a break from Cobble Cove once in a while.

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

My author loves cats, but she’s never owned a white Persian like me. I think she would love that, though.

Debbie has never owned a Persian pussycat either, but she had a Siamese. I was based on Oliver who has 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.

I’d be delighted, thank you for asking.

My heart felt even fuller, and my yoga seemed like a message of gratefulness out to the universe. I took a deep breath in and out, then heard another deep breath behind me. I turned around and saw Latifa and Chanel stretched out into somewhat yoga-ish poses.

“Good morning, Chanel,” I said.

“She says, good day to you, Miss Hayden,” Latifa translated the meow.

The cats and I finished up our yoga session. (I was thankful no one was videotaping.) And oh joy! I had two fashion critics helping me select a meeting-with-the-grandmother outfit. At least Chanel’s comments were on point and helpful. Latifa was still on her Project Runway kick, which basically meant mixing odd colors and fabrics and trying to overload me with accessories, none of which I would wear this morning.

Pawsome excerpt. Thank you for sharing it, Chanel.

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

I appreciate that my author captures my true personality and does an admirable job of describing my best features. She also respects the importance of my place in the household, as the cat of the grand dame of the family.

You’re lucky. I also like the way Debbie portrays me and also my cat co-star, KittyKai, who joined our series a few books back and recently starred in our Easter mystery that is on blog tour starting March 22.

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 my very dear partner, Latifa can communicate with our main character. Therefore, my thoughts are appropriately translated when necessary.

KittyKai and I don’t communicate with Alicia, but we talk among ourselves, and the reader is privy to our conversations, which makes things interesting.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Take advantage of feline stealth. Keep your eye on the villains and find a way to let your main character know what you’ve observed. That’s how you’ll become important to the book series and keep your place of prominence.

I agree completely.

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

Our current book, The Disappearance of Emily has just been released, and ohhh my, the mysteries it uncovers! It’s quite an exhilarating read with twists and turns you’ll never expect and an ending that you’ll not soon forget.

I saw my author has it on her Kindle and is hoping to read it soon. Debbie said she loved the first one and wrote a review about it.

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

My author is quite busy in that area! Here are all her locations:

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/24811.Elizabeth_Pantley
Website:  https://www.nocrysolution.com/books/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElizabethPantleyNoCryAuthor
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elizabethpantley/
Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/nocrysolution/_saved/
Blog:  https://elizabethpantley.com/
email:  elizabeth@pantley.com

Thank you, Chanel for such a purrfect interview. Best whiskers to you and your author on your new release and the rest of your series. Here is a link to the interview my author had with yours for her blog tour: https://wordpress.com/post/debbiedelouise.com/12082

Sneaky’s Interview with Casanova from The Casanova of HIll Street by E.T. Hansen

Meow, Mr. Cat!. Nice to have you on Sneaky’s blog. What is your name and your author’s name?

They call me Casanova and I’m a good-looking Manx and very successful with the ladies. My author is E.T. Hansen, also known as Grumpy Old Writer, who is neither of those things.

MOL (Meow Out Loud). You certainly are a cute guy minus the tail.
What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.

I’ve only appeared in one book – „The Casanova of Hill Street,“ a short story about love.

Very nice. I’m a mystery cat myself, but I’m sure you do a fine job with romances.

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

“The Casanova of Hill Street“ is one book in a series of 12 cat tales, each with a different cat hero – my book is one of the tales about love, but other books are about loneliness and hope, about friendship, about being outcast and finding a place to belong … there are some religious tales and there is even a horror story in there and a murder mystery, though I have to say, I’m on Team Cat – her owner got what he deserved!

So far, I have published three Cat Tales, 99 cents each:

A Cat’s Christmas Present

The Purring of the Witch

The Casanova of Hill Street

What a bargain, and they all sound like great stories, especially yours.
Are you based on a real cat such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.

My author has had many cats in his life and a lot of the cats in the series are based on real cats, while others, like the religious tales, are taken from legends. I am one of the few who actually existed – I’m the Manx tomcat who seduced his pretty feline Miko and gave her five beautiful kittens. He went out looking for me, but never found me – maybe that’s why his imagination ran wild and he had to invent a story about me.

You devil you! Now I see why you’re called Casanova. Maybe I can get some tips for romancing Miss Kittykai, but neither of us are real. I’m based slightly on my author’s Siamese who has since gone to Rainbow Bridge, and KittyKai was named after a cat who belongs to a reader who won my author’s character naming contest.

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

He was a big old thing, gray and wide-faced and stout and well-fed, and he wore no collar. From the way he crossed the street and jumped onto walls and disappeared into gardens, Brian could tell he thought he owned the neighborhood – and most likely, at least from a cat perspective, he did.

The Manx seemed to have a certain afternoon routine. On most days, Brian could catch sight of him in the park and follow him from a distance, until, at a certain corner on Hill Street, he lost sight of him behind a wall.

He staked out Hill Street.

One day, when the Manx disappeared over the wall and Brian hurried to look over, he saw he wasn’t alone. Just around the corner, a woman was peering over the same garden wall.

She was about his age, dressed in a baggy sweater and running shoes, with thick glasses. Not the fashion type. Come to think of it, she was dressed much like Brian, which is to say, not very well at all. They stared at each other, unsure what to say, and both decided, because that’s the kind of people they both were, not to say anything and just walk away.

They repeated that the next two times they met at that wall, and it was pretty obvious they were both working up the guts to say hello. On the fourth day it burst out of them at the same time:

“That Manx?”

And they laughed.

Very nice excerpt. Thanks for sharing it, Cas.
What do you like most about your role in your authors’ books?

I love that I’m the big cat of the neighborhood, the tomcat all lady cats are crazy about, I’m suave and cool and confident and masculine and most importantly, I know a secret that most humans don’t know – the secret of love.

You certainly play an important role in your story.
Are you a talking cat in your books or just a silent one like I am who just meows occasionally?

Only a few cats in the Cat Tales series are portrayed from the cat’s perspective – in fact, I think only Bastet, the cat goddess, can talk – but it’s the mystery of our thoughts that keep humans wondering about us!

I can relate to that. In my series, the readers can now read my thoughts and the thoughts of the other pet characters, and we all can communicate with one another, but the human characters have no idea what we’re saying or doing. I think that adds some interest to our books.
What advice would you give other cat characters?

Cute! Be cute! Centuries of survival and evolution have taught us cats one lesson and one lesson only: if you want to survive, if you want to thrive, if you want to work your way into the hearts of your humans, be cute!

Ahh. That’s purrfect advice.
Do you have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.

The next book in the series, „The Ghost of Fluffy McFluffins,“ will come out at the end of the month, for 99 cents. My author may also make an audio book for it and post it on his social media pages. It is about a lonely girl whose only friend, her cat, dies and then … well, you can guess what happens then from the title. But don’t be mistaken – it’s not scary, it’s heart-warming and beautiful.

My author wrote a story, “The Path to Rainbow Gardens” that features many of her real-life cats that went to Rainbow Bridge. It’s also heartwarming. I will keep an eye out for your author’s story, too. Love the cat’s name.
Are you and/or your author on social media? If so, please list your links.

I don’t care much about social media personally, because I have a girlfriend around every corner and behind every window in this neighborhood, but my author is all over the place online – sometimes as E.T. Hansen, but also as Grumpy Old Writer:

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi9UKmK1_8oCL-rX2LKtMsw/videos?view_as=subscriber

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EricTHansen1

And his Newsletter will be available at the end of March – I think he intends to include a free audiobook of my story in it.

It was nice talking to you, but now I have to make my rounds of the neighborhood! Meow to you all!

What a pawsome interview, Casanova. You can share your tips with me privately, but keep your paws off KittyKai. Best whiskers to you and your author on your story and his future cat stories.