It’s been awhile, but I finally have another author’s character cat here for an interview. What is your name and your author’s name, Sir?
My name is Lestrade. I live in Blue Lake, Indiana, which is a fictional town created by Julia Buckley. My owner is Lena, and she dotes on me, which is only appropriate.
Of claws. It’s people’s jobs to dote on us. Mice to meet you, Lestrade.
What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.
We character cats are very suitable for mysteries. My author read your author’s first book and enjoyed it very much.
For readers who aren’t familiar with the series, please give information about it.
My owner, Lena London, came to Blue Lake for a job, so she brought me with her. I was not happy at first, but then I saw our room: it’s big and bright with lots of sunspots, and has a giant window that looks out on trees full of birds. Although I try to make Lena feel guilty now and then, I actually like my new house.
Lena has been under a lot of stress since we arrived–something about a murder and a missing person and a kidnapped child. I don’t really have much interest in human issues. I made friends with two dogs here named Heathcliff and Rochester, and we mostly spend the day looking for good sun spots and resting our eyes.
There are lots of perks being a pet character.
Are you based on a real cat such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.
Supposedly there’s a cat out there named Mr. Mulliner who has some similarities to me. I saw his picture once–I don’t see the resemblance. Julia has a few other cats, too. I’m including their photos if you don’t mind.
All cats are unique, even cat characters, and I don’t mind including your author’s cats. The more cat photos the merrier, IMFO (In my feline opinion).
Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene? If so, please include it.
This is how A DARK AND STORMY MURDER BEGINS. You’ll notice I’m featured prominently.
I was immersed in The Lost Child, one of my favorite Camilla Graham novels, when an unlikely phone call changed my life.
In my quiet living room, things were placid: I sat on my couch in blue jeans, a sweatshirt and fuzzy socks, cuddling my sleeping cat, Lestrade, whose large body practically warmed my entire right side. In the book, things were tense: it was dusk, and the Eiffel Tower gleamed gold in the background. The young Englishwoman, Phillippa Earl, waited for the Frenchman, Henri, to get any information he might have about her lost charge, Colin, a sensitive nine-year-old who had somehow been taken from underneath Phillippa’s watchful and loving gaze. She feared for the boy’s life, and the handsome Henri had told her, in a stolen conversation in the street, that he had more information for her. Now she waited beneath the tower in the chill of a Paris spring, hoping against hope that little Colin, whom she loved more than his own parents did, would be returned to her. Lingering beneath her fear was a strange attraction to the mysterious Henri, the man who had murmured in her ear and briefly held her hand, hinting that all would be well . . .
The phone rang, and I jumped. Lestrade jumped, too, but then settled against my leg, glaring briefly at me before descending back into his luxurious slumber. His fluffy white belly was too great a temptation, and I ruffled it with my hand while I clicked on my phone. Lestrade opened one eye, not sure whether to purr or swat my hand—both had been responses in the past, depending on his mood. His face, a pleasing mixture of gray, white and buff, grew curious as I started speaking . . . .
Pawsome beginning, and you certainly steal the opening, Lestrade.
What do you like most about your role in your authors’ books?
I like the fact that I’m the only cat in Lena’s life. That’s how it should be.
I agree. I’m pretty much the only cat in Alicia’s life, although I’m shared among the library staff and patrons at the Cobble Cove Library.
Are you a talking cat in your books or just a silent one like I am who just meows occasionally?
Like any cat, I am dignified and silent, although I do like to chuckle at birds, and occasionally meow at Lena when she is tardy with my feedings. I also meow at her employer, Camilla Graham, who is apparently “famous.” I don’t know exactly what this means.
There are lots of things about human characters that are hard for us cats to understand and vice versa.
What advice would you give other cat characters?
Cats don’t need advice. We are all confident in ourselves.
Are you and/or your author on social media? If so, please list your links.
Lena’s story can be found at this website: www.juliabuckley.com
Facebook: Julia Buckley Mystery Novels
Great! I will certainly have Debbie connect with your author. Thanks so much for cat chatting with me Lestrade, and best whiskers on you and Julia’s upcoming mysteries.