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.
 

Interview with Alien “Cat” Zari

There’s always a first for everything. I’ve already featured winery cats, a topiary cat, and even a dog on this blog, but today I am interviewing an alien cat.You heard right,a space kitty.

What is your name and your author’s name?

My name is Zari A. My author’s name is Bonnie Elizabeth.

Mice to meet you both.

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

I’ve appeared in many books. Whisper Bound, Taken by the Sound, An Air of Suspicion, Little Dog Lost (oddly I have a most starring role in that one), Death Interrupted, Down in Whisper, A Haunting Whisper, A Haunting Attraction, and Secrets Not Whispers.

Wow, Meow. You must surely be a superstar. I only have 3 books to my credit so far.

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

The series is the Whisper series. It’s contemporary fantasy. My author and I like to think of it as the corner where paranormal romance meets urban fantasy meets cozy mystery. There are two main characters, Meg Barringer who is a PI and kind of a stick in the mud and my human, Rain McFarland who used to be a social worker but now runs the security side of the PI firm Meg started.

Whisper isn’t an ordinary place. There’s an earth spirit there who’s awake, most are sleeping now, too many people and too much busy-ness, so odd things happen there. The people on Whisper who spend the most time with Peter all have talents.

And then there’s me. I’m really an alien from another world. My people study other worlds by going to them as the species we believe are the apex species. I thought that species on Earth would be the cat. I am not certain I was wrong. But at any rate, there I am.

Pawsome! I am honored to interview an alien in cat form. This truly was on my blog’s bucket list.

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

I’m not based on any of the author’s cats, although Chey, her Siamese has a mention in one of the books and we have named other animals in our stories after cats and a dog we knew.

That’s great. My author has a Siamese, too, and I am based on him, although he’s Oliver and I’m Sneaky. She wrote her first book using my predecessor Floppy’s real name.

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 Little Dog Lost, towards the end. It is a book that features me in most scenes. This one is important because I have gotten my friends into a place where they can take on the bad guys. (You can tell they are bad because one does not like cats).

“Down,” I heard Zari say in my mind. I was lucky that I was used to obeying the cat. I dropped immediately to the ground just as someone started shooting. Someone else returned fire from the doorway. I put my hands over my head and curled into as tight of a ball as I could, hiding near the wall. More shots echoed around the room, enough that the echoes filled my ears with ringing. At first I thought the shooting had stopped so I started to uncurl. Then I noticed the heavy black boots of two men standing just outside the door. I raised my eyes enough to see dark green pants above the boots. Both wearers were men holding very large guns. Their belts held even more firepower. They moved slightly as if they were still shooting, but no sound came from the guns.

I saw someone walking towards them, wearing the same combat boots and fatigues. I couldn’t see a face at first, but the cut of the hair looked familiar. I craned my neck, rising just above the table. I hoped I wouldn’t be noticed. I saw Peter’s familiar face. He was dressed much like the guards, in combat fatigues and Kevlar. Even the gun he held looked like one of theirs. I wondered if he’d created it or picked up one of their own. Hard to say. I ducked back down. No shots came in my direction. Apparently no one had noticed me.

“Where are you?” I mentally asked Zari.

“In the room where the guards were playing cards earlier. I licked the nose of one of the ones Peter has sunk into the ground.”

“Be careful,” I said. “One wanted to bite you.”

“I went behind his head and used his hair to sharpen my claws earlier,” Zari said. “I don’t like him.”

“And you dislike him in particular because?”

“When he saw me, his first thought was how much he hated cats.”

“So you aren’t exactly changing his mind, you know.”

“Are you breaking tiles?” she asked.

Quite exciting. I am impressed. You are an excellent alien actor.

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

I like that I am smart and sophisticated and that I can do what I want. I am not at the mercy of meow and many times I can order Rain, my person, around. Frequently I am the one who solves the mystery because I am smarter than the average person.

I help find clues and solve mysteries in my author’s Cobble Cove mystery series, but I’m sure I’d do a better job if I had extraterrestrial powers.

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

I am telepathic and I can talk to most people via telepathy, always assuming they listen. It is easier with some people than others. Meg can’t talk to me at all and I’m not certain why, although I can get messages to her via Peter. He’s easy for me to talk to.

That telepathy gig certainly sounds cool.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Be yourself and don’t be afraid to steal the story!

Paws up to that.

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

Bonnie Elizabeth is taking a break from the Whisper series. She’s starting up a series of books on a teenaged girl who becomes a fairy godmother. She will have a short novel and a regular novel coming out about her this year. I have hopes that at the end of the year she’ll get an inspiration for another Whisper novel or two.

I hope so, but maybe it will give me and other non-Whisper readers a chance to catch up with the earlier ones. Just because I’m a character cat, doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy reading books by other cat characters. I use them for ins-purr-ation.

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

Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorBonnieElizabeth/

Author Website: http://www.bonnieelizabeth.com/

Publisher page: https://www.facebook.com/MyBigFatOrangeCat/

Publisher Website: http://mybigfatorangecat.com/

Chey is on Facebook too: https://www.facebook.com/TheCatPostIntelligencer/ (but she usually doesn’t talk about me).

She also has her own website: http://www.mysiamese.com

Thank you so much for the great interview, and best whiskers on you and your author’s upcoming books. Now can I have a ride in your spaceship before you leave, please?

 

Interview with Hitchcock from the Bad Luck Cat Mysteries by Kay Finch

Sneaky has a new guest on this blog today. Hello, black cat. What is your name and your author’s name?

My name is Hitchcock, and my author is Kay Finch.

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

 

I have appeared in the cozy mysteries Black Cat Crossing and The Black Cat Knocks on Wood.  They call my books The Bad Luck Cat Mysteries even though I, of course, have never caused one bit of bad luck for anyone. Honest.

I certainly believe you, but some people think a black cat crossing one’s path causes bad luck. I purrsonally don’t agree. My best friends are black cats – Midnight Louie, Familiar, and others who have appeared on this blog before. you.

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

Alice

I am totally a figment of my author’s imagination, though I’m told she had a feline writing sidekick named Alice during the writing of Black Cat Crossing.

Debbie’s feline sidekick is Oliver who is also a Siamese like I am, but he’s older and not as good an actor in my opinion, although he could’ve been a singer with his vocal ability waking Debbie up so he can be fed early in the morning, but then she gets a chance to write about me, so that’s cool.

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

 Tyanne passed the man and the pickup. When she pulled into the parking lot, I carried Hitchcock over to the driver’s side door. Ty had already powered the window down. Her daughter Abby sat in the passenger seat.

     “Sorry I don’t have a cat carrier with me,” I said. “I sure appreciate you coming over.”

     Abby held out her arms. “I can hold the kitty.”

     Tyanne didn’t say a word. She was focused on her rearview mirror. I turned to watch as the red pickup’s passenger side door was flung open, presumably by the driver. The man ran around the back of the truck to jump in. He pulled the door shut behind him.

     I realized who he was at the same moment Tyanne said, “What the heck is Hayden Birch doing over there, and who’s that woman who just picked him up?”

     “Mrreow,” Hitchcock said as he squirmed in my arms.

     I turned to look at the truck again. As though determined to find out the answers to Ty’s questions himself, the cat sprang away from me and raced toward the truck as it started to pull away from the curb.

     “No, Hitchcock,” I shouted. “Stop.”

     I couldn’t believe my eyes when the cat made a long graceful arc through the air, the leash flying behind him like a skinny Superman cape. I prayed that the end of the leash wouldn’t get caught on the trailer hitch and let out a whoosh of breath when the cat and leash disappeared into the pickup bed.

     “Dear Lord,” Tyanne said, her gaze still glued to the rearview. “Did you see that?”

     I had, and I was already in her back seat.

     “Hurry, Ty,” I said. “Follow that truck.”

Purrfect. You are a natural, Hitchcock.

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

I’m the first one to hear the scenes in the mystery novel that my owner, Sabrina Tate, is writing. She talks to herself when she plots, then she reads each chapter aloud to me when she’s finished writing it.

I’d say that’s a great advantage.

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

You would consider me a silent cat even though my brain’s always working a mile a minute. Every once in a while I let out a “Mrreow.”

I see. I’m sure they are purrfectly timed.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Don’t ever go down those stairs into the dark basement when you know the villain is on the loose.

MOL (Meow Out Loud). Why don’t the humans pay attention to that? They always get themselves into trouble.

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

My next book, The Black Cat Sees His Shadow, comes out on June 6, 2017.

How exciting. I’ll keep an eye out for it. I like to read other cat character’s books to help me purrfect my acting skills.

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

I’m a lurker on social media, but my author is there:

            https://www.facebook.com/KayFinchAuthor/

            https://www.facebook.com/kay.finch.35

            https://twitter.com/KFinchMysteries

Purrfect. We’ll look her up. Thanks so much for the interview, and best whiskers to you and your author on your upcoming books.

 

Interview with Familiar, the Black Cat Detective

I am so excited that my whiskers are twitching. My guest today is a detective and one whose books my author Debbie has a collection of from long ago. Familiar is back and better than ever, but I will have him introduce himself and update you on his pawsome plans for his new adventures.

Hi, Familiar. It’s an honor to have you here. Can you fill my readers in on your background and tell them about your author?

Of claus, Sneaky. My name is Familiar, often followed by “the black cat detective.” I have my own agency, you know. When I’m not being hindered by the humanoids, I can get a lot of work done in the fight for justice. My scribe is Carolyn Haines, and she’s also written about me under the name Caroline Burnes.

You are quite the feline model, Familiar. I wish I had my own agency. Maybe I should open one up in the Cobble Cove Library. Something to think about.

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

 

My genre is romantic mystery. I understand the importance of romance and I can often see how two bipeds belong together whether they fail to see how perfect they are for each other. And since Bogey is the character I pattern myself after (and he was a helluva detective) I stay within the mystery genre.

I am part of the Fear Familiar series. My first adventure was published in March 1990 by Harlequin Intrigue. I am a popular and debonair black kitty!

There are 17 books in the series, but my scribe will be reissuing only 6 of them under her name. We are also publishing a line of brand new romantic mysteries about my son, Trouble, who is following in my footsteps as a black cat detective.  

Fear Familiar (April 10)

Too Familiar (May 8)

Thrice Familiar (June 10)

Familiar Trouble (a new book in the Trouble series) (July 12)

Trouble in Dixie (also new by Rebecca Barrett) Aug. 14

Trouble in Tallahassee (also new by Claire Maturro) September—with more to come each month!

Excellent. I’m a romance and mystery cat myself. Alicia and John have a nice blend of that going, as do some of the other Cobble Cove residents in my Cobble Cove mystery series that started with A Stone’s Throw  and also includes Between a Rock and a Hard place and now our upcoming, Written in Stone releasing April 5. 

I’m sure my author and other past readers of your books as well as new fans will be excited to hear about the new series starring your son. 

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

My prototype was one E.A. Poe, a black cat my missus owned for fifteen years. Poe had personality with a capital P. He was a stray that a college professor found and brought to Carolyn because he knew she loved cats. Poe had been injured, but he healed very nicely. Now Trouble, my son, is based on Carolyn’s cat Coal Shaft Haines. Sadly Coal Shaft passed away last year from diabetes. He was a loving and wonderful friend to my scribe. She misses him to this day.

Aw, my author had a cat named Floppy who had diabetes. She featured him in her very first book, Cloudy Rainbow, after he passed away at 15.

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

I open each book and I have a first person point of view in all the novels. So here is the opening of Fear Familiar.

Chapter One

The dame is a real looker. She came out of the library with a stack of books that looked heavier than she did. Tall, slender, dark-haired, with that special sort of independent walk, she’s just the one I’ve been watching for. Not a bad-looking woman, even if the horn-rimmed glasses do detract. Maybe a little too thin, from my perspective. You know the old adage: thin woman, empty pantry. But after all, it’s a university campus, and what can I expect from an industry of pointy-heads? It’s late, and she’s leaving sans an escort. The odds are better than fifty-fifty that she lives alone. That means no cranky kids or irritable spouse, the things I’ve avoided in my single life. I’ve done my homework. Besides, I have to make something happen.

I’ve been on the run since the night before last, and my leg is killing me. Somehow I have to get the catheter out of it. The dame looks as though she can handle it. She looks as though she could handle a lot without freaking. Anyway, my time is running out. I know they’re after me, and if I don’t find a safe place quick, they’ll have me.

Here goes! I limp toward her, partly because I’m in pain, and partly because I figure a sucker ploy like a limp won’t hurt my chances. Not for the first time in my life, I’m perfectly accurate in reading a person. She’s stopping, books ready to tumble and crush me. I hold her with my most appealing gaze, saying to myself the whole time, “Come on, baby, take a desperate fur ball home with you.”

Uh-oh, she’s starting to turn away. Time for the real dramatics.

I make a sort of strangled noise and limp right up to her leg. The rub across her shin is calculated, but not half as bad as it could be. She smells great, and those legs of hers go straight to the sky. I mean if you have to give up newly won independence, even temporarily, this dame isn’t a bad place to start. She’s classy. One look into her dark eyes, and I knew she had a heart as big as Texas, as the old saying goes.

Well, I’ll give her one more pitiful meow.

“You must be lost, ” she says.

Man, her voice is better than the sound of an electric can opener. I feel the old motor kick in my throat for the first time in months, and / purr.

She bends to touch me and carefully examines my leg. “What’s this?” she asks, poking at the plastic catheter that’s my Achilles heel. I have to get rid of that thing, and quick. There must be a million stray cats running around Washington, D.C., but none with plastic tubing hanging out of their limbs. It’s a dead giveaway to my past.

“Meow,” I answer, even more pitifully than before.

“Have you gotten away from a vet?” she asks. As she bends over me, a strand of her black hair brushes my whiskers. Before I can stop myself, I rub her chin with the back of my head. She is delicious. At this moment I realize how cruel fate has been. How did I wind up as a research animal when I could have been living with her?

For the first time in my short life I feel a pang of guilt. I’m a marked animal, and my life is in jeopardy. Now I’ve pushed my problems onto this dame, and there’s no way I’ll ever be able to make her understand, or even warn her.

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

I’m the star, of course, and a great representative for the intelligence and impeccable character of all black cats. Felines, in general, are superior to most other mammals, but those of us with the sleek black fur of the night are especially smart and savvy. Read my adventures and see for yourself.

Pawsome! You are quite the actor.

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

I have my own point of view, which the reader knows but the other characters don’t. But I can make my feelings known, believe me. I have ways to bring the bipeds to heel.

Lol. You also have a great sense of humor.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Bipeds are not the smartest critters on the street. Be patient. Sometimes you have to hit them over the head, literally. But they can be very loving and brave. Just be alert and don’t give you heart to someone who doesn’t deserve it. And be bold. Victory goes to those who demand it.

What an attitude! You make me proud to be of the same species.

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

Pawsome! Thanks so much for the interview, and best whiskers to you, your son, and your author’s upcoming releases.

Sneaky’s Interview with Janet Cantrell’s Fat Cat, Quincy


Meow there. I have another interesting guest here today. He’s had a little trouble fitting through the door, but I helped him squeeze in.

Hello there, big guy. Can you please introduce yourself and tell us the name of your author?

I’m Quincy and Janet Cantrell writes about me. She calls me a Fat Cat.

I wonder why.

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

Fat Cat at Large, Fat Cat Spreads Out, and Fat Cat Takes the Cake, all cozies. You can see that I’m the main character, right?

I certainly can. I’m a cozy cat myself. Please tell us about your series.

My human is named Chase, and I think that’s because she’s always chasing me. No wonder I sneak out as often as I can—she has me on a strict diet because she thinks I’m too fat! She’s beginning to wonder why I find dead bodies sometimes, but I also find clues that help her track down bad people. She and the police should give me a medal. A catnip metal. My human owns a dessert bar shop in Dinkytown town, part of Minneapolis, and the co-owner, Anna, is a special friend of mine. She ignores Chase, being much older and wiser, and gives me treats all the time from the things she’s baking. Yum!

No wonder you have trouble controlling your weight. There are so many bakers in Cobble Cove. If I ate Dora, Gilly, or Claire’s baking, I would be too fat to fit on the page.

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

Janet, the author, says her cat Agamemnon was very much like me. By that, she means he was extremely intelligent, clever, handsome, and winsome. She has told me that if Agamemnon had thumbs, he would be a menace to the world. I wish I had thumbs sometimes. I could open any door and escape any time I want to.

That sounds interesting. Debbie’s cat, Oliver, is a Siamese, but the only thing he has in common with me are his handsome good looks.

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

This is the beginning of the first book when you first meet me. That seems important to me.

The butterscotch tabby cat crouched in his soft-sided carrier in the strange room. His nose twitched. This place was full of the smell of fear. He hadn’t eaten for two hours. Time for a decent meal. At least a snack. He clawed at the inside of the zipper. The top flap budged a bit. After he silently worked at it for a few more minutes, the flap opened far enough. Purring, he sprang out.

***

Charity Oliver jumped up from the plastic chair in the examining room and caught her cat. “Quincy! How did you escape?” She stroked him and he twisted his head to lick her hand.

“Here, let me, Ms. Oliver.” Nice deep, rumbly voice, she thought. The veterinarian took the cat from her. His strong hands were warm. He cuddled Quincy, who began a steady purr.

“Please call me Chase, Dr. Ramos.” Only Anna called her Charity, after all, and hardly anyone called her Ms. Oliver.

Dr. Ramos set Quincy on the stainless steel examining table and fished his stethoscope out of his lab coat pocket. After sticking the earpieces into his ears, he bent his dark curls close to the cat to listen to his insides, then palpated Quincy’s stomach.

Chase felt bad about the poking and prodding her little darling was enduring, but Quincy didn’t seem to mind it. In fact, he licked the vet’s hand.

Very mice scene, Quincy. I act in a vet scene in Between a Rock and a Hard Place, my second adventure, but I must admit that I was not as good a patient as you. – MOL (meow out loud).

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

That everyone loves me and gives me treats when they’re not supposed to. Don’t tell Chase, though! She might cut back on my treats or my din dins. In the second book, I escape at a fall fair and so many people stuff me that I can hardly move. When I find all those butter statues I’m in ecstasy. I don’t know why they get so upset that I’m licking one of them. The man who made it won’t mind. He’s dead on the floor.

Mac is very good about giving me treats, and Laura and Donald slip me some, too. Thank goodness I am able to keep my slim physique. Sorry to hear about the murdered man. There’s been a few corpses in my books, as well.

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

I never talk in the books, only on blogs and guest appearances. In the book, you can see what I’m doing, but can’t hear my thoughts. I’m a very private cat and prefer it that way. I do meow when I’m hungry.

Same here. That’s why I enjoy this blog and when I appear as a monthly guest host on the Cobble Cove Character chat.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Always be kind to your human, the one who feeds you. If you don’t, you might not get fed. If your human is looking for a piece of paper that you tucked away somewhere, and you think she would be happy if she found it, I would advise you to claw it out where she can see it. Finding other clues that she needs helps her out, too, and makes her feel good enough to reward me. With treats, of course.

I haven’t been rewarded with treats for my help on any of the mysteries, so far, but I will definitely suggest that to my author. She already caved in about letting me on a cover of our upcoming third mystery.

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

The Fat Cat series has ended, but I hear that Janet’s very good friend (and alter-ego) Kaye George will have a new cozy series coming out with Kensington next year. There will be a cat, too! She can’t give you details yet but should be able to soon.

Awww, too bad your series is over, but I’ll be sure to check out the new one.

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

Janet blogs on Killer Characters on the 4th day of every month. (http://www.killercharacters.com/) The best posts are the ones she has let me do, of course. She is also a member of the Facebook group, Nose for Trouble, with 4 other cozy writers who have awesome pets in their mysteries. Check it out for cute animal posts. Her own blog is occasional and is called Janet and Quincy, since I’m such an important member of the team. (http://janetcantrell.blogspot.com/).

Janet’s  Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/janet.cantrell.167 

Pawsome. I will definitely take a look at these. Thanks so much for joining me, and don’t worry about the broken chair. It’s only virtual. Best whiskers to Janet on her new series.

Interview with Ling Ling Oddboddy from Elaine Faber’s Mrs. Oddboddy Series

Oh, my whiskers! It’s been some time since I’ve had an interview, but I’m very lucky today to have a fellow Siamese cat character here to talk about her series.

What is your name and your author’s name, pretty kitty?

My name is Ling-Ling Odboddy and my ‘person’s’ name is Elaine Faber

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

 I first appeared in Mrs. Odboddy Hometown Patriot and then had a lesser role in Mrs. Odboddy Undercover Courie, both set in hometown California during WWII.

Pawsome. I love historical mysteries even though my books are in present time.

Please give more details about your series.

Mrs. Odboddy is an eccentric elderly woman who fights the war (WWII) from the home front and is determined to end conspiracies and bring Nazi spies to justice. In the sequel, she carries a secret package cross country to President Roosevelt by train.

That sounds very exciting.

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

Physically, I look like Ling-Ling, a Siamese feral cat that appears at mom’s ‘free soup kitchen’ morning and night, however, I’m a more clever cat than she.

All Siamese are smart. I’m based on my author’s cat, Oliver. He is not only smart but has a large vocabulary.

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

From Mrs. Oddboddy, Hometown Patriot:

Meow! A beige streak raced by Agnes and slipped past Godfrey’s feet as he shoved open the door.

Agnes gasped and dashed toward the bathroom. Godfrey might have dealt with a chicken or two during his exhilarating career in the military, but he wasn’t equipped to deal with a cross-eyed Siamese cat on a Black-Ops Death Raid.

If a hand grenade had detonated in the bathroom, there couldn’t have been greater chaos. Ling-Ling sprang from the floor to the back of the toilet, and then to the top of the shower curtain. Within the close confines of the bathroom, feathers flew as the six chickens exploded in six different directions. The frightened fowl squawked.

Ling-Ling yowled. For a little cat, she was making a grand effort to annihilate the six-pack.

Godfrey flung up his hands as a chicken—was it Sophia—flapped into his face, and then to the shoulder pad of his jacket, and onto the top of his head.

Agnes screamed.

Chicken Mildred escaped, raced down the hall and turned at the first doorway.

Myrtle and Mrs. Whistlemeyer sprinted toward the living room. Clara flapped into the kitchen. Crash! Was that the kettle of oxtail stew hitting the linoleum? So much for dinner!

Belly to the floor, Ling-Ling had Abigail by the throat, dragging her kill out the bathroom door, down the hall and into the garage.

“Godfrey! Run, catch Ling-Ling. She’s got Abigail!”

Godfrey shoved Sophia off his head and raced after Ling-Ling, toward the garage.

Katherine followed a trail of pinfeathers into her bedroom.

Agnes streaked toward the living room behind Mrs. Whistlemeyer. This had turned into the dinner party from H.E.L.L She burst into giggles. Yes. This ought to dampen Godfrey’s amorous intentions. She should write a piece for Luella Parson’s advice column.

Six Ways to Utilize your Victory Chicken to Dis-Ignite Unwanted Ardent Advances Number One: Turn your Victory chickens loose in the bathroom

Number Two: Open the door and toss in the cat.

What a purrfect excerpt, and you are quite the actress or cattress, as the case may be.

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

Agnes adopted me when my former ‘person’, Lilly Jengyu, was taken to a Japanese Internment Camp. Even though I am very naughty at times, Agnes and Katherine forgive me because I’m just so darn cute.

Yes, we cat characters have a way of wrapping our protagonists around our fingers.

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

Since I am not a POV character in this series, I only meow and get into trouble in both Mrs. Odboddy books. In Ms. Faber’s other books, Thumper is a POV character and much of the story is written through his POV. (Black Cat’s Legacy, Black Cat and the Lethal Lawyer and Black Cat and the Accidental Angel)

I must speak with Thumper some time. I don’t talk in my books either, but I did get my photo on my upcoming third adventure, Written in Stone.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Even if you are a POV cat character and/or narrate part/all of the book, physically stick to what cats can do. They do not have opposable thumbs, and should not walk through walls. Stay true to ones’ true cat nature. Thinking and talking to other animals is acceptable and even desirable at the will of the author.

Yes, realism is so important in fiction even for cats.

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

Mrs. Odboddy Undercover Courier was just published last month. A third Mrs. Odboddy is scheduled next year…Mrs. Odboddy – And then There Was a Tiger.. and yes, there is a real live tiger… Also another cozy cat mystery WIP scheduled for late 2018 with part of the mystery taking place in Germany and Austria.

Very mice.

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

www.mindcandymysteries.com (website) 

http://tinyurl.com/zm2j4n5  (facebook)

Thank you for the interview, Ling Ling, and best whiskers to you and your author on your upcoming books.

 

Sneaky Interviews Diesel from the Cat in the Stacks Mysteries by Miranda James

Meow, there. I have an interview with another pawsome guest, Diesel Harris from Miranda James’ Cat in the Stacks mysteries. It’s great to have you here Diesel. Can you please tell us about your series?

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Yes, I am in the series known as “The Cat in the Stacks” but I also make an appearance in the “Southern Ladies” mysteries (that’s in Bless Her Dead Little Heart).

Very mice. I think my author, who is a librarian and cat lover, would enjoy your series. I am a library cat myself, so I am quite familiar with stacks and mysteries, of claws.

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

The inspiration for my character was a cat who belonged to the late Barbara Mertz (better known to readers as Elizabeth Peters and Barbara Michaels). Her Maine Coon, whom Miranda met once, was named “The Diesel” after a Washington Redskins running back. The Diesel weighed 40 pounds and was a really big kitty!

Maine Coons can be large. I’m a Siamese based on my author’s cat, Oliver. He’s a pretty big guy but not that big.

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

I like helping my human, Charlie Harris, when he gets involved in a murder. And I like it that he takes me everywhere with him (except to church and the grocery store, whatever they are). I get to meet lots of humans who give me attention – but there are some who I can tell aren’t nice humans.

Sounds like you have some prime time in those books. I am trying to get more action parts with my co-stars Alicia and John. I also have a dog co-star, Fido, but I don’t mind. He doesn’t have his own blog – MOL (Meow Out Loud).

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

I do talk a lot, but it’s all in warbles, chirps, trills, and meows. I don’t speak human.

I’m the silent type myself, but Siamese can be vocal when they want to be. You should hear Oliver first thing in the morning.

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

twelveangrylibrarians_finalThe next book, Twelve Angry Librarians, will be out today, February 21st, 2017.

Wow, Meow! Concats. That’s the book Debbie has on reserve at the library. I hope she reads it to me.

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

I have my own page on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DieselHarrisCat

djbestheadshotThe Miranda person (also known as Dean James) is also on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MirandaJamesAuthor

Purrfect. Thanks so much for the interview, Diesel, and best whiskers to you and your author on your new release and upcoming books.

Interview with Gravel from Periennials by Bryce Gibbons

fidoWow, Meow! I never thought I’d see the day that I’d have a dog interviewed on my blog. However, although I prefer fellow cats, I don’t want to discriminate against other animal characters. To do this interview justice, I decided to invite my co-star Fido to conduct the interview. He only agreed if I could feature his photo. Okay, Fido old Bud, your picture is posted. Take it away.

Woof Woof! Thanks, Sneaky. I am excited about my first interview. I don’t have your experience, but I will do my best.

Bow Wow, there. What is your name and your author’s name?

My name is Gravel and my author’s name is Bryce Gibson

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

book-coverSo far I am only in one book. Perennials is a Young Adult mystery/thriller

Hot Dog! I love mysteries of all kinds. I’m in the Cobble Cove series with Sneaky.

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

Currently it is not a series, and Bryce doesn’t have any plans of turning it into one 😦

But maybe he’ll write a sequel one day soon?

Standalones are okay. My author features cats in all her writing besides her series. There’s a cat in her short story and her novella that came out on February 14. Roxie, a female Siamese owned by a handsome jewel thief is in her novella,  When Jack Trumps Ace, and Seashell is an orange tabby that lives at an inn in Cape May, New Jersey during the 1880’s in Debbie’s historical romance, The Seashell and the Stone, from the Cupid’s Arrow anthology.

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

I am not based on a real dog. I am a hound dog. In real life, Bryce has a Yorkie named Ginger.

Yorkies are cute and I have nothing against hounds.

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

This is the beginning of an important flashback scene:

IT WAS a fittingly gloomy, rainy day in the spring after Tyler’s death when I first heard about Jenny’s past.

I was at Gran’s house. Gran and Catherine were in the kitchen where they were making preserves out of the last of the figs that Catherine had picked from her own backyard tree.

I was in the den, sitting on the floor and watching TV. Gravel was lying next to me. He had his head resting on my bent knee, and in his slumber, the old dog would drool every now and then.

The den opened up into the kitchen, making it easy to see and hear what was going on from one room to the other. There were the sounds of boiling water and the clink of glass jars.

The entire house was filled with the smell of sugar and figs that, every so often, would cause Gravel to lift his head and sniff at the air. The aroma was undeniably what was making him drool in his sleep and led me to wonder what kind of sweet, nectarous dreams the fragrance was evoking.

Excellent. I can just picture that scene.

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

I like that my owner, Dusty Miller, got me when I was just a puppy. The two of us got to grow up together.

Awww. Mac got me as a pup, too, but John wasn’t a child then. When he came back from college to live with his father after his wife died and his mother shortly later, I kind of shared both of them and helped them cope with their losses.

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

I do not talk.

Neither do I, but actions speak louder in my opinion.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Even if you don’t talk, please bark and do everything you can to alert others to danger.

I’m with you, Gravel even though I wasn’t able to prevent a kidnapping in my second book. It wasn’t my fault the bad guy drugged me.

the-reading-buddy-coverDo you have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.

Bryce has a new book coming out this year. It is called The Reading Buddy. I’m not in it, but I have a friend that is. Her name is Wolf. She is a beautiful black Labrador.

Bow wow! Maybe Sneaky will let me back to interview her. My tail wags at the thought. The reprint of my first mystery and my third book will be out this spring. Sneaky got his wish to be on the cover of the third mystery, so I hope Debbie will consider putting me on the fourth.

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

author-photoWebsite: https://www.BryceGibsonWriter.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BGibsonWriter

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

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/bgibsonwriter

Thanks for the interview, Gravel and best dog bones to you and your author on your books.

 

Sneaky Interviews The Topiary Cat

tollyttcWow, Meow! Do I have an interesting guest on my blog today. He is not a cat character in a book but a cat character indeed. I will let The Topiary Cat introduce himself, explain what he is, and the history and art behind his creation.

Good day, Topiary Cat. Please tell us your story. How old are you? How did you come about? Where are you from?  Excuse all the questions. I know I am very curious, but I don’t believe curiosity kills the cat (character or real feline) or anyone else for that matter. If it did, Debbie (my author and a librarian) and I would be out of work. 

Hi, Sneaky! First of all, thank you for addressing me as ‘The Topiary Cat’ or in this case ‘Topiary Cat.’  I don’t have a ‘Christian’ name, for religion is a mystery to me. I am immortal and have been around as long as recorded time. However, The Master, who created me, has weaved a fantasy around me that many people believe.

origins-1Some say I was first created around seven years ago. The Master, or ‘Richard’ as mortals call him, visited a stately home in Buckinghamshire, England not far from his home in Hertfordshire. He’s a keen photographer and took a photo of a huge ‘cloud’ topiary in the grounds. When he got it home it appeared to him to resemble a giant topiary animal sleeping by the lake. For fun he decided to photograph Tolly, his beloved Russian Blue cat, in the same position and marry the two images seamlessly together.

Then some of the images of me were put on social media and went viral, unfortunately with Richard’s name removed. The BBC picked up on my fame and the story went around the world. Richard reposted the pictures on my Facebook page and had over three million hits. I was famous – ‘The Topiary Cat’ had arrived!

Oh, my Bastet! That is a pawsome story. Maybe I should have my author Debbie take some unusual photos of me. I’d love to go viral or whatever that means. I think it’s a good thing and would get a lot of exposure for our mystery series (MOL)- Meow Out Loud.

 Which of your poses and locations do you like the best and why?

ttcdrinking  ttcmeetingThat first image of me is still a favourite of mine for obvious reasons, and I love the photo of me drinking from the lake at Painshill Park, Surrey. I’m also very fond of the one of me meeting another topiary cat over Hertford Castle wall.

While I am just a cat in a book series, I think I have an eye for art. Debbie showed me your photos that she is posting on this page, and I think they are all purrfect especially the water licking one. It makes me thirsty.

 Tell me a little about Richard’s cat Tolly who I understand you are based on. 

Beloved Tolly. Poor Richard still tears up at the mention of him. A pure bred Russian Blue with the pedigree name of Whaylee Zanechka, he sadly passed away in February 2016 at only 12 years old. He was intelligent, loyal, loving, a remarkable hunter and guarded his territory fearlessly.

Awww. I know Debbie was very broken up when she lost her cat Floppy. He wasn’t a purebred Russian Blue, but he was a beautiful shade of gray with white boots and chest (not as handsome as my sable and cream Siamese colors). Floppy suffered from a condition known as diabetes for many years, and Debbie had to give him insulin shots twice a day. He passed away at 15, a few years later than Richard’s Tolly, but she loved him so much that she wrote her first book, Cloudy Rainbow, to memorialize him, much as Richard created you in Tolly’s memory. Now Debbie has Oliver, a 16-year-old Siamese whom I am based on as a younger version.

Tell me also about your guardian and master, Richard Saunders. How long has he been an artist? What else does he do besides your cat topiary photos?

richardworksRichard can’t really remember a time when he didn’t create art. Most of his family did and it seemed a normal thing to do. He discovered surrealism as a teenager and failed to grow up. I, The Topiary Cat, am much more sensible and logical than he will ever be. He retired from his job as a Creative Director in advertising to concentrate on art … and me, of course.

It is important for humans to follow their passion. Debbie has also been writing since a very young age but has only recently begun to publish her work. It takes time, and I am glad that I and her other characters are there to help her as you help Richard.

What is surrealism?

No idea! Richard tells me it’s painting whatever comes into his head with very little editing, tapping into his subconscious. I know nothing of such things. He takes a lot of photos, he’s a classic car enthusiast with a 1949 Triumph drop-top with dickey, or ‘rumble’, seats in the boot. He loves his garden and going for long walks. He also loves Cornwall and has created many images of me when I go there on holiday with him, because it is such a magical place and I feel at home there.

Debbie lives in the United States, and our books take place in a small, fictional upstate New York town called Cobble Cove which may resemble some of your English villages. Debbie has visited England many years ago and was impressed with their gardens and parks.

 Are there any “real” cat topiaries that you know of?

I have yet to see a single cat topiary that looks like a real cat. The only ones I have seen look like cartoons. I think a cat is too subtle a shape to be replicated in topiary.

I had a feeling it would be difficult to grow a cat topiary. By the way, Debbie has an unfinished manuscript that she hopes to get back to that features topiaries. Maybe she can slip something in about you. She once read a gothic mystery, whatever that is, in her childhood by Phyllis Whitney called Hunter’s Green that featured topiaries in the form of chess pieces.

 Can people purchase prints of your topiaries?

Of course, there are cards, posters, and calendars produced. A book is planned but that will take a long time to be realized. Richard is not the most organized person in the world, he’s a dreamer and not very worldly in such matters.

I see. Please keep me posted about the book. I am a library cat and Debbie is a librarian as well as an author. We would both love to know when it’s released.

Is there anything else we should know about you, Tolly, or Richard or anything you would like to add to the interview for our readers?

I would just like to say thank you for interviewing me, Sneaky. It’s been delightful. And to your readers, if you see me posted without The Master’s name or ‘The Topiary Cat’ logo on social media, please let them know who I really am: the immortal spirit of beloved Tolly.

I certainly will, Topiary Cat. It’s been a unique pleasure having you here. Can you please list your website and any social media links and also those of Richard’s. I am sure my readers would like to connect with both of you.

http://thetopiarycat.co.uk/

http://www.facebook.com/topiarycat/

http://www.vycombe-arts.co.uk/onlineshop/cat_1069237-Richard-Saunders.html

http://surrealmoustache.co.uk/

http://walkerngallery.com/galleries/saunders/saunders.html

Sneaky Interviews Svetlana and Rex from the Moorhaven Mystery Series

What a lucky cat character I am to have two new guests on my blog today. Can you please introduce yourselves and your author?

morgan-talbot-author-pic-bigSvetlana: I am Svetlana, Kitty Mistress of Moorehaven, and my author is Morgan C. Talbot. Oh, and that fluffy tabby back there is young Rex. He is merely two years old, but I will kindly allow him to answer one or two questions if he is a good kitty.

That sounds purrfect, Ms. Svetlana. What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.

Svetlana: We live in the Moorehaven Mysteries series, which only has one book out so far: Smugglers & Scones. Our world is very cozy, and comes with plenty of yummy food!

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There’s lots of food in my Cobble Cove mysteries, too — special PB&J sandwiches, delicious muffins and cookies, and tons of tasty scraps from the library staff lounge which I enjoy sneaking bites of (my name is “Sneaky,” after all).

Can one of you tell me more about your series? It sounds pawsome.

Svetlana: You may speak now., Rex. Be polite.

Rex: Yes, Svetlana. *ahem* Moorehaven Mysteries is a series set in the small town of Seacrest on the Oregon Coast. Moorehaven is a Victorian B&B, which used to be the home of world-famous mystery author A. Raymond Moore. All the humans in Seacrest know about murder mysteries because of him. And all of the guests who come to Moorehaven write mysteries, too.

Our owner, Pippa Winterbourne, runs Moorehaven, so we get to sit on all the laps and computer keyboards we can find! The B&B has so many windows for us to gaze out of, it’s great. Plus there’s all the kitchen leftovers. Pippa and her Uncle Hilt make the best breakfast food I’ve ever eaten, and if I sit in the kitchen window sill and stare at them long enough, they’ll give me some!

Svetlana: Yes, that is enough, Rex. Thank you. I apologize for his youthful exuberance.

No apologies necessary. Rex did very well. While I’m a library cat, I sometimes pay visits at the Cobble Inn which used to be run by a nice lady named Dora when my author’s main character, Alicia, first came to town. Now her friend Gilly is in charge, and she is just as good a baker. Alicia is a librarian and is a co-author of a mystery series, so we have a lot in common.

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

Svetlana: No, Rex, I will answer this one. You are too young and get the facts wrong. Now then. Rex and I are not based on real cats because our author’s husband is allergic. Such a tragedy, I know. But in our book series, we are both named for characters from Mr. Moore’s fictional bestsellers. It’s a rule of Moorehaven: the B&B must always have two cats, and they must always be named for characters from Mr. Moore’s novels. I am named for a gorgeous Russian spy, as you might have guessed, in The Alabaster Guile. Rex, well, he is less interesting. He was a bodybuilder who got mixed up with the wrong crowd in The Brass Artifice. But Rex is very lovely to snuggle with in window sills during the winter. And he licks my ears. He really is a good kitty. Even if he is just named for a musclehead.

How interesting.  What do you like most about your role in your author’s books?

Rex: Hey, I like being named for a musclehead! Actually, I think it’s neat that we’re named for characters in bestselling books. Moorehaven is a mansion with over a hundred years of history—and mysteries of its own—and we get to live there and be part of its atmosphere. Writers and cats have always been natural allies. Except, y’know, when keyboards are involved. I’m proud of my job to help set the tone of the B&B and the book we’re in.

Svetlana: That was a decent answer, Rex.

Very decent indeed. Don’t be so hard on him, Svetlana.

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

Svetlana: We don’t speak, but with our body language, we offer a kind of color commentary on the life and excitement in Moorehaven.

Rex: Yeah, you are a white commentary, and I am a tabby commentary.

Svetlana: No, just no. You should probably stop talking now.

MOL (Meow Out Loud). Give the Kit a break. He’s just got a weird sense of humor.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Svetlana: Be cats. Everyone who knows cats will know when you get it right. And beware of dog characters. They are all spies for the humans.

I agree cats are the superior species, but my co-star is not a spy. Fido is just a dumb dog even if the human characters treat him the same as me. Cats make much better spies especially the “sneaky” ones like me.

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

Svetlana: Our author is hard at work on the second book in our series, which is tentatively called Burglars and Blintzes. But its release date is classified Top Secret. Even I don’t know it.

Hmmm. I hate when authors keep secrets from us characters. Debbie has the third book in our series coming out soon and a reprinted version of our first, A Stone’s Throw, but the only thing I know is that she may have taken my advice and put my photo on the cover of Written in Stone. Actually, it’s not my photo but another Siamese model. I also noticed, when I peeked at her screen, that she was adding some new scenes featuring me in more adventurous roles. That was after I complained about the silly storytime and annoying vet scene she cast me in our second book, Between a Rock and a Hard Place. I guess my blogging has opened her eyes to my true talents.

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

Svetlana: Our author has these social media links you speak of. They are just distractions from petting us, you know, but I will slip you the information you need anyway. You owe me a treat for this, okay?

No problem. I always keep some catnip on hand to loosen up my guests, so go ahead, and I will share some with you and Rex, too.

Here is the bird one: https://twitter.com/MorganCTalbot

Here is the purple one: http://morganctalbot.blogspot.com/

Here is the blue one: https://www.facebook.com/MorganCTalbot/

I’m such a clever kitty, just like the spy I’m named for!

And quite modest, Svetlana. Thanks for the interview, and best whiskers to you, Rex, and your author on your upcoming books.