Sneaky here with another pawsome interview. Today, I’m cat chatting with a fellow feline character. Hello, Mr. Cat. Can you please introduce yourself and your author?
My name is Sashkatu and the person who thinks she knows me well enough to write about me calls herself Sharon Pape.
I star in her Abracadabra cozy mystery series: Magick & Mayhem, That Olde White Magick, and Magick Run Amok, the latter released May first.
Very mice to meet you, and concats on your new book. Please tell me more about your series.
The Abracadabra Mysteries are about an ancient family of sorcerers who emigrated from England to this land, before it was even a country. Kailyn runs the family magick shop. I of course provide her with support and companionship. She would never be able to carry on without me, although she does have her aunt Tilly as well as a visitor from long ago by the name of Merlin. The other cats in our house act like teeny boppers around a rock idol whenever he’s near. I’m far too important and refined to act that way.
Ever since the first murder in our town’s history, Kailyn has been busy investigating and bringing killers to justice with her boyfriend, TV newsman Travis Anderson. He’s nice enough, but I can’t imagine why she wants him hanging around. I’m the one who’s been instrumental in saving her life on a number of occasions.
Your books sound pawsome.
Are you based on a real cat such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.
I’m an original – can’t you tell? I may have certain characteristics that seem similar to the author’s grandcats, but I assure you that they are copies of yours truly.
I’m an original myself. The cat I was loosely based on, my author’s Siamese, went to Rainbow Bridge in November.
Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene? If so, please include it.
Here you go, Sneaky. This is from my new release, Magic Runs Amok:
Five cats greeted me at the door. Maybe greeted was too strong a word. They locked eyes with me as if they were trying to send me a message. Although telepathy was not one of my talents, I had a pretty good idea what was on their minds. “I’m not late,” I told them. They were unswayed. It occurred to me that they might be taking orders from Sashkatu who hadn’t yet made an entrance. The wily old boy must have gotten to them, made them his puppets. It wasn’t the first time. He probably convinced them they’d been neglected, forgotten, forsaken.
“Sashki, come out; come out wherever you are.” When he didn’t make an appearance, I went searching for him. I looked everywhere I could think of, before deciding that he must have found a new place to hide and nurse his snit. The other cats were waiting for me in the kitchen, so I fixed their dinner, even though it was half an hour early. I was hoping the smell of food would draw Sashki out, but he seemed determined to ignore me and his stomach.
I found him an hour later when I was watering the plants in the living room. He was sleeping, curled around the trunk of the potted Fichus, his black coat great camouflage on the dark soil. When the first drop of water hit his fur, you’d have thought it was hot oil by his reaction. He jumped up hissing, back arched, ears flat against his head. Admirable reflexes for a cat of his years. I felt bad about his rude awakening, but he had brought it upon himself. When he followed me into the kitchen looking for his dinner, I gave him some leftover salmon with his kibble. He took it as the olive branch I meant it to be and, after licking the dish clean, he climbed up on the couch where I was sitting. In his absence, the other cats had come to snuggle with me. He glared at the tabby in my lap until she left, then he took his rightful place there with a grumble of contentment.
A pawsome excerpt, Sashkatu!
What do you like most about your role in your authors’ books?
I like being respected for my role in Kailyn’s life. I like the fact that she never takes the other felines to the shop with her – just me. I love my tufted window ledge in the sun. I love the custom steps that help me reach the places I have trouble getting to as I grow old. I like eating in private at my own pace, away from the rest of the cats. I love my pillow next to Kailyn’s in bed. The other cats don’t dare go near it or they’d get a good boxing around the ears. And I love being heroic when she’s in trouble.
It’s obvious you are top cat to Kailyn.
Are you a talking cat in your books or just a silent one like I am who just meows occasionally?
I talk in my head. Were I to say aloud half the things I’m thinking, a lot of people would consider me rude and intolerant.
MOL – Meow Out Loud. I think most of us character cats and probably real-life cats feel the same.
What advice would you give other cat characters?
I would tell them not to tolerate any nonsense from the author or other animals. I would tell them to demand salmon on a regular basis and a padded window seat in the sun. And most importantly, I would tell them to stay far away from any book in which I am featured.
Don’t worry about me. I’m quite happy in Cobble Cove, and I also have a window in the sun in the Cobble Cove library’s children’s room not to mention my room upstairs which contains my litter box, a cat tree, and toys.
Do you have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.
As a matter of fact, my newest book, Magick Run Amok, was released on May first. Another mystery in which I strut my stuff, if you know what I mean.
I certainly do. Best whiskers on your new release.
Are you and/or your author on social media? If so, please list your links.
Yes, we are on social media, but I generally let my author deal with that type of thing. I have to catch up on my sleep so I can be ready to save Kailyn’s life. A hero’s work is never done. Sharon added her sites below.
Thank you so much, Saskatchu and thank your author, too. It’s been a purrfect pleasure cat chatting with you. Here is a link to your blog tour on Escape with Dollycas into a Good Book: https://www.escapewithdollycas.com/great-escapes-virtual-book-tours/books-currently-on-tour/magick-run-amok-abracadabra-mystery-sharon-pape/
I’m also including a link to your author’s rafflecopter giveaway on your blog tour for those who wish to enter: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/02887792702/?widget_template=56d5f80dbc544fb30fda66f0