Sneaky’s Interview of Fish the Cat

Meow, there. It’s been a while, but I finally caught an interview with a Fish. Actually, he’s a cat, but his name is Fish. We will find out why in a little bit.

Welcome, Fish. Please tell us more about yourself and your author, and I am really curious as to why you are called Fish.

I am Fish and I was fished out of a fish tank and taken home by Granny. Who thought cats couldn’t swim? I guess that is why Granny named me Fish because I was fishing for those Goldfish in that tank.  My author’s name is Julie but she has her own shysters so I ignore her because shouldn’t she stay loyal to me?

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

I am so busy. I am the first of Granny’s pets and I help her in all of her books along with the whole menagerie she has adopted. I am in Granny Hooks A Crook, Granny Skewers A Scoundrel, Granny Snows A Sneak, Granny Forks A Fugitive and Granny Pins A Pilferer. They are unique cozy mysteries.

Wow, Meow! My author writes cozies, too, and there are some old people in them like Mac and Betty. Can you tell me more about your series?

I am in the Fuchsia, Minnesota series. My owner Granny is a cantankerous old woman. She’s a little forgetful but more so when she wants to hide something she is doing from her adult kids. We have an entire neighborhood along with her kids who help her get in trouble. It seems we have a tidbit of crime in Fuchsia. I could go for a tidbit right now. A tidbit is also a treat and I love treats. Granny doesn’t know, that I know, that she hides her chocolate under my bowl. It’s a good thing I don’t like chocolate. Sorry I got sidetracked, now back to the story. Who would think Granny and her weird neighbors would fight crime? And crime hides in strange places. Did you know criminals look normal? And the weapons she uses are amazing. She used an umbrella and a knitting needle, a snow shovel and a pitch fork plus a hat pin to catch those nasty people. Of course all of us shysters help her. She calls us shysters. A couple of times she almost got all of her friends killed. It is a good thing I have nine lives. The longer I’ve known her, over all the books,  I found out why she is the way she is. Her past life holds lots of surprises and she falls in love but she changes her mind a lot on who she is in love with. Who knew you could fall in love when you are old. Is there anything more you want to know? If so you will have to check out the author’s books. I need to go find a tidbit. You made me hungry.

MOL – Meow out loud. To answer your question about old people falling in love, people of all ages fall in love in my series and also get involved in mysteries. John and Alicia aren’t old, but they are not young either. Mac and Betty, on the other hand, are in their 80’s. I guess anyone at any age can fall in love in books as well as in real life if that answers your question, Fish. Now here’s another question from me. Are you based on a real pet such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.

I started out to be based on my author’s grandkitty Buster. He was rescued by my author’s daughter. Someone left him out in the cold and he lost part of an ear, part of a paw and part of his tale but he isn’t Siamese so I am combined with him and my author’s Natasha who is a real troublemaker.

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

Fish needed to be fed. Fish was the cat Granny rescued from a fish tank at the pet store. She happened to be walking by the fish tank at the pet store when she felt water hit her face. Looking closer at the tank, she found a huge alley cat floundering in the fish tank. When Granny reached in to save him, he thanked her by tattooing her arm red with his claws. Granny then and there knew that this cat was the cat for her.

Granny took the cat to the employees to purchase him and the employees informed her that this cat was free. He didn’t belong to the pet store. He snuck in every day and tried to fish out the fish from the fish tank. Occasionally, he would crawl in and have to be rescued. They would be glad to be rid of him. Granny promptly named him Fish and took him home.

Fish had a personality of his own. He was feisty, lovable and was always bringing a new and unique present home for Granny to see. One night he thought Granny needed a new bra. Fish was aware of her nighttime attire. Who would have thought a cat could notice what someone wore. Fish, in his wandering, brought Granny home a hot pink, polka dot, padded bra. The only problem was that it was a 40DD. Granny could have only wished for those kinds of assets.

Fish was not your average looking hulk of an alley cat. Somewhere along the way, Fish had lost part of his tail, part of one of his ears and part of a paw. He was an unusual looking guy and when he pose, he looked as if he’d been out on an all night alley catter binge. He always looked a little tipsy.

Fish used the cat door most nights to wander around the town. Granny didn’t worry about him. Before she left for her day, she would leave his food in his bowl and when she got home Fish would be waiting for her along with the latest present he had acquired for Granny.

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

We keep our humans on track. We find clues. Plus in Fuchsia animals can roam the streets so we have a bird’s eye view. Well, maybe I don’t, but Radish the parrot does, so we can sneak and watch people and drop clues at Granny’s feet. She couldn’t solve a crime without us. Actually don’t tell her that. She thinks it is her but it is really us and we let her take the credit.

That’s quite humble of you. I and my canine co-star, Fido, don’t actually solve crimes, but we do lead our human characters to clues that help them figure mysteries out.

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

We don’t talk except amongst ourselves. But…we understand and we use sign language with our paws to get our point across when we need to heard. We have a choir when we all get going. Furball and I meow, Tank, Little White Poodle and Baskerville bark and howl. Mrs. Bleaty bleats and Radish squawks. We may go on tour with our choir sometime.

I save my louder meows for when I want to be fed. Since I live in a library, I need to talk in my inside voice. However, I have other methods to get my messages across, such as in my first mystery where I pretended to use a cardboard box as a scratching post because I wanted Alicia to find some letters.

What advice would you give other pet characters?

Let your owner think they are the boss. Look at them with adoring eyes and you will have them wrapped around your little paws and then they will do anything for you.

Purrfect advice.

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

Sometime this year the sixth book in the Fuchsia, Minnesota series will be out. The second book in the Brilliant Series will be out soon. It takes place in Birlliant Minnesota which isn’t too far from Fuchsia. We haven’t traveled there yet because we have been warned by Granny that there are two cats, Mrs. Mysterious and Mr. Shifty, and two dogs, Max and Jasperine that are predators and we would be in danger and this is one time we think we should listen to Granny.

Excellent. There are 3 books in the Cobble Cove mystery series, but my author is planning a fourth soon. She also has another cozy mystery series in mind. Of course, they will all feature pets because what is a cozy without a pet character?

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

http://julieseedorf.com
http://facebook.com/julie.seedorf.author

Twitter: @julieseedorf

Instagram: Julie_seedorf

Thanks for sharing your authors’ links and for answering my questions. Best whiskers on you and your authors’ upcoming books.

Feature Friday Film: Tribute to a Special Cat and the Soldier he Saved

Purrs to all. So sorry this is late, but Debbie was at BookExpo all day yesterday and forgot to wake me from my catnap. She’ll be reporting on that soon, and I hear there was lots of cat stuff there, too. Anyway, I don’t want you to miss this inspiring film. Just be warned, it is a tearjerker. Cats can make a difference and help heal people’s spirits. This one certainly did, and the soldier he saved will never forget him. This film is dedicated to Omeleto, a cat who makes me proud to be a feline.

Feature Friday Film: Happy Birthday Cats

In honor of my author Debbie’s upcoming birthday this coming Tuesday, May 9, I thought I’d show some videos of birthday cats. Also, don’t forget that Debbie has some special offers for her readers from today, Friday, May 5 through Wednesday, May 13. You can read about them on her blog: https://debbiedelouise.com/2017/05/04/my-birthday-is-coming-and-my-readers-get-the-gifts/ and also on the Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book blog that features a review of our first book and a giveaway.

Now for our feature presentations:

 

 

Sneaky’s Interview with Sneaky Pie Brown from the Mrs. Murphy Series by Rita Mae Brown

I am very honored today to be speaking with the co-author of the Mrs. Murphy series who also shares my name. It’s my pleasure to introduce Sneaky Pie Brown.

Hello there, Sneaky (I think I hear an echo – MOL – Meow Out Loud). Can you please tell me your relationship to Mrs. Murphy, the main character in the series you write with Rita Mae Brown?
Mrs. Murphy is based on me, Sneaky Pie. I have made her just a bit younger than myself.
 
What do you (or Mrs. Murphy) like most about your role in the books?
I like figuring things out using my superior senses.
That must be most rewarding. We cats, character and real, are blessed with wonderful senses.
Are you a talking pet in your books or just a silent one who just meows or occasionally?
I talk. The other animals understand. The humans, not so much.
There are a lot of things humans don’t understand IMHCO (In my humble cat opinion).
What advice would you give other pet characters or pet authors?
Just let it rip.
Very inspiring. Thanks so much.
 
Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene? If so, please include it.
I am in so many scenes I can’t pick one. For those who are ecclesiastically included, I attend St. Luke’s Lutheran Church. I like my church sermon and my being at the scene of the crime. 
That’s pawsome. We have a church in Cobble Cove, but most of our mysteries take place in the library.
 
Do you have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.
I have a new book coming out May 30, 2017, The Hiss of Death. It ties together a story from 1786 and today.
Wow, Meow! I love historical mysteries. I can’t wait to get my paws on it. In fact, I’d love to feature it in my new review section on this blog. I’m planning to have it up some time in May.
Are you and/or your author on social media? If so, please list your links.
I personally have no presence. I am too busy keeping rodents from the trash supply in the barn. I am a working farm cat. Random House maintains my website here: http://www.ritamaebrownbooks.com/
I also have a Face and birdy pages here: https://www.facebook.com/SneakyPieBrown/
I’m sure your work on the farm keeps you too occupied for social media, but I I’m glad you included your links, so my readers can keep in touch with you and your author. Thanks again for the purrfect interview, and best whiskers on your new book.
 

Feature Friday Film: Movie Trailer for Dewey the Library Cat

Hey, Kits. Did you know last week was National Library Week? It may be a little late, but I thought I’d show this movie trailer about Dewey the Library Cat in honor of National Library Week. They should make a movie about me, Sneaky the Cobble Cove Library cat. Oh, well, for now, my fame is restricted to books, but you never know. Enjoy the film.