Sneaky Interviews Black Cat, author Elaine Faber’s Character Cat from The Black Cat Mysteries

Meow there. It’s Sneaky with my first return guest. I interviewed this cat awhile back, but he asked for an update, so I kindly obliged. Hello there, Kitty, please introduce yourself and your author.

My person is Elaine Faber. You can call me Thumper, or Black Cat, which is the name I’m most used to. Whichever you decide, be sure to call me to dinner.

MOL (Meow Out Loud). I’ll call you Black Cat. I always call my guests by the names they prefer.

What book(s) have you appeared in?

 My three published novels are Black Cat’s Legacy, Black Cat and the Lethal Lawyer, and Black Cat and the Accidental Angel. My person has written a fourth Black Cat novel (WIP) to be published in 2020. All are cozy cat mysteries where I am a major POV character. That means I narrate much of the story. Cats are much better writers than most humans.

Cool! I agree with you. Unfortunately, my author does all the narration of our books. Maybe I can purrsuade her to change that one day.

Tell us more about your series.

Yes. As noted above. I’ve had three amazing adventures regarding solving a cold case murder, a Texas horse ranch, embezzlement and various other skullduggery, and emus, a vineyard and the possible appearance of an angel. If I told you more, I’d have to kill you….

You have quite the sense of humor, Black Cat.

Are you based on a real cat such as your author’s?

My person based my physical appearance on her cat, Boots, who has now crossed the Rainbow Bridge. His memory lives on in my mystery novels.

Awww. My author’s Oliver also went to Rainbow Bridge. He was the Siamese  I was based on. Although we had some differences, I hope he lives on through me, too.

Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene?

(An edited scene from Black Cat and the Accidental Angel. Black Cat is in the vineyard with John and his little girl, the family who took him and Angel in when they were left behind following an MVA.)

As John turned, he dropped his glove. He leaned to pick it up. A blast exploded from the trees and a bullet whistled past his head. He threw himself onto the ground.

Black Cat flattened into the dirt. Holy cats and little fishes. What was that?

Cindy sat up. “Daddy. What happened?”

“Stay down!” John crawled between the vines toward Cindy. “That bullet darn near hit me.” He lay on the ground for a minute. “Stay right here. Don’t get up. I’m going to see who’s shooting. Maybe it was a stray bullet.” He ran his hands over Cindy’s flyaway hair.

Her eyes were wide, her cheeks pale.

Black Cat hunkered beside her. That was a tad too close for comfort.

“Don’t be afraid, honey. I’m sure it was an accident. You stay here with Black Cat. I’ll be right back.”

Cindy clutched Black Cat to her chest as they lay in the dirt. Her heart thumped against his chest, matched by the beating of his own heart.

What must John be thinking as he crept through the vineyard toward someone with a rifle aimed at his head? He had to leave his child alone in the middle of the field with only a cat to protect her. Poor John! Poor Cindy! Poor me!

If the shooter would try to take out a man and his little girl, he wouldn’t think twice about killing a cat. He imagined how the lead story on tomorrow’s newspaper might read.

The bodies of a man, his daughter and their heroic cat were found today in a local vineyard, shot to death by an unknown assailant. Drops of blood found on the brave cat’s feet bore witness to his courageous effort to save the lives of his master and child.

Most grievously missed, and unfortunately dead, the lion-hearted cat will be posthumously awarded a medal of valor for his herculean efforts to thwart the foul murderer. DNA examination of the blood found on the gallant cat’s feet will no doubt identify the killer. The noble efforts of Nevada City’s departed feline hero will not soon be forgotten. A statue in his honor will be erected in the town square…

Oh, good grief, Black Cat. Get a grip.

This was no laughing matter. Somewhere in the trees next to the vineyard, a killer lurked with a rifle, and Black Cat was the only thing between the madman and Cindy.

(Spoiler. In a cozy mystery, all will be okay in the end. My person just likes to scare you to death.)

What a purrfect scene. Concatulations, Black Cat!

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

I get to show off my sense of humor, my bravery, and my macho side, though the latter tends to get me into trouble more times than I like to admit. Just sayin’…

You aren’t very modest, but most of us kitty characters aren’t. We also tend to get in trouble by sticking our paws in our book’s mysteries.

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

I talk to other cats and to an occasional dog. Unless you consider “talking,” my narration of much of the story, as noted in the excerpt above. I try to communicate with my people, but humans being notoriously ignorant, even my best efforts are often in vain as I point out clues they need to solve anything. I shall endure.

I sympathize with you Black Cat. I feel the same way. Human characters can be very dense in recognizing clues we point out to them.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Cat characters should remember their physical limitations. We stretch fantasy novels to the limit when cats help solve crimes and communicate with other animals. People do not speak ‘Cat’. Cats do not speak ‘English’. So let’s get real… sort of…

That’s where body language comes in and all the great feline sounds we’re capable of emitting.

 Do you have any new books coming out?

Yes. My person has written a fourth Black Cat Mystery which includes a mystery in Fern Lake and another mystery, as my book person seeks a hidden treasure in Austria.

Very Mice. My author is finishing up our fourth book, as well.

Are you and/or your author on social media?

My author has a website. www.mindcandymysteries.com and her personal Facebook http://tinyurl.com/zm2j4n5   My person posts excerpts from her novels, short stories and articles on the website, and fun things about our books and other pleasant things on Facebook. See a list of all her novels below.

 Elaine Faber’s Bio:

Elaine Faber lives in Northern California with her husband and several feline companions. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, California Cat Writers, and Northern California Publishers and Authors. She volunteers with the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop. She enjoys speaking on author panels, sharing highlights of her novels. Her short stories have appeared in national magazines and multiple anthologies. She has published seven novels.

Black Cat’s Legacy, With the aid of his ancestors’ memories, Thumper helps pursue a cold case murder.  http://tinyurl.com/lrvevgm

Black Cat and the Lethal Lawyer, Thumper accompanies his family to a Texas horse ranch where they confront wild horses, embezzling, false identities and attempted murder. http://tinyurl.com/q3qrgyu

Black Cat and the Accidental Angel, Black Cat and his companion are left behind following an MVA. Taken in by a family facing personal and financial disaster, Black Cat and Angel encounter disaster and a spiritual awakening. shttp://tinyurl.com/y6vhxncq

Mrs. Odboddy-Hometown Patriot, Eccentric Mrs. Odboddy believes there are Nazi spies and conspiracies in her small town.  http://tinyurl.com/hdbvzsv

Mrs. Odboddy-Undercover Courier, Mr. O carries a package by train to President Roosevelt which she is sure contains secret war documents. She is equally sure Nazi spies are after her package. http://tinyurl.com/jn5bzwb

Mrs. Odboddy-And Then There was a Tiger, Falsely accused of various crimes, Agnes sets about to restore her reputation and restore the missing war bond money.http://tinyurl.com/v96qshuv

Your author is quite talented, Black Cat. I enjoyed chatting with you about the books you’re in. Best whiskers on your series.

For those who missed Black Cat’s first interview, you can still read it here: https://wp.me/p7XcB0-4v

I also had a wonderful chat awhile back with Ling Ling from Elaine’s Mrs. Odboddy series. For those who missed it, I’m including the link: https://wp.me/p7XcB0-dq

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Sneaky Interviews Maverick the Dog from A Footstep Echo by J.D. Sanderson

I have a dog guest here today. Hello. What is your name and your author’s name?

My name is Maverick. My author’s name is J.D. Sanderson.

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

Oh, I’ve only been in one book. Sanderson named it A Footstep Echo. It’s a science fiction mystery. He loves all that time travel stuff.

Wow, Meow. I know my author loves time travel stories and has written a few herself.

Is this part of a series that you’ll be featured in?

I will be if he ever gets off his butt and writes another book!

Meow Out Loud. I guess you’ll have to be patient. It takes a long time for authors to write books. I’ve been waiting for the 4th in our series, and it seems like it’s taking forever, but I’ve seen Debbie working on other projects, so I understand.

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

I’m based on the real-life Maverick, who was J.D.’s rescue springer spaniel. I’m told that, like my character in A Footstep Echo, he loved to walk, take naps, and watch TV. When he passed away last summer, J.D. decided to put him in the book.

Aww. That’s sweet. Debbie lost her Siamese, Oliver, who I was loosely based on this past November. It’s nice that authors can memorialize their pets in their books.

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

Sure, I don’ mind. Here’s a section from the second part of the book!

They got up together, walked inside the building, went down the hallway, and entered his apartment. Ruth was sitting on the well-worn couch. She tapped her knee, enticing Maverick to come over to her.

“I assume you gave him a pep talk?” she said in an excited little voice to the dog she had come to adore.

“He did. Always does,” Bernard said. “I don’t suppose you’d like to sit with me for a while and help me, boy?”

Maverick looked up at his master, choosing instead to walk over to his favorite blanket in the corner. He turned a few times and curled up to go to sleep. Bernard nodded, admitting to himself that would probably be his reaction as well.

Tail wags to you. That was excellent.

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

I liked traveling through time. And food. Everyone gives me food. They pet me too.

Food and pets are nice perks for character pets.

Are you a talking dog in your books or just a silent pet like I am?

I don’t talk. I wag whenever people pet me, and I whine a lot when the scary robot girl comes around. She scares me!

Don’t blame you there. My dog co-star, Fido, would react the same. I’m a bit braver but not much.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Find a master who finds someone who can cook. I am always waiting for Ruth to drop goodies on the ground!

Good advice. Characters who cook are the best. As a library cat, I’m lucky because the staff always leaves goodies for me.

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

I’m just reading Ceasars Way while I wait for my writer to hurry up and draft a sequel!

I guess you need to nudge him.

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

J.D. Sanderson is active on Facebook and Twitter. (He think’s he’s quite clever.) You can find him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ascifiwriter and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authorjdsanderson

You can also read more about me and the other characters by getting the book at www.amazon.com/author/jdsanderson!

I’m sure my readers will check him out. Thanks so much for the interview, Maverick, and best bones on your book and forthcoming series.

Sneaky Interviews Blaze, Author Molly Hunt’s Rescue Cat

Wow, Meow! Today, I have the opportunity to interview a real-life cat who was recently rescued and adopted by author Mollie Hunt.

What is your name and your author’s name?

Hi, Sneaky. I’m Blaze. I was recently adopted by my foster-person, Mollie Hunt, who turns out to be the author of the Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series. Who knew?

That’s pawsome. I can’t wait to hear your story.

Tell us about yourself and your author, how you met, how long you’ve been together, anything else that would interest our readers?

For ten years I lived with my family, but when I broke my arm, they couldn’t afford to get me fixed up, so they relinquished me to a shelter. The place was scary and loud with d-o-g-s, but the nice doctors set my arm so it didn’t hurt so much anymore. Unfortunately the arm didn’t heal and they had to bring me back and put me to sleep on the silver table again. This time when I woke up, I had heavy silver pins sticking out of my fur. They said that until the pins came out, I’d need kennel rest, which means I couldn’t run, jump, or play. That’s when I met my soon-to-be cohabitor Mollie.

Mollie took me home and put me in her kennel. It was a really nice one, not like the dreary shelter cages. This one had a big bed, lots of food, a convenient commode, and best of all, a big window with bird TV. Since I was tired and my arm still hurt, I didn’t mind so much resting in my personal boudoir. Mollie came and took me out for supervised visits at least twice a day. I got to walk a little but mostly I sat one her lap and purred. In the morning and evening, she had to clean my pins so they didn’t get icky. I didn’t much care for that, but I always got treats afterward.

This went on for a long time, and I began to get restless, but finally the doctors decided the pins could come out. I would soon be ready to go to a new forever home!

That was a conundrum though, because I’d been with Mollie, her husband, and her other felines, Tyler and Little, for so long, I thought it was my forever home. I told Mollie, and she agreed I’d become part of the family.

That’s a beautiful, lapwarming story. You’re one very lucky kitty, and Mollie and her family are also lucky to have you.

Have you read any of your author’s books? If so, can you tell us something about them?

I didn’t know much about books and authors before I started living with my cohabitor, but every morning she took me out of my boudoir to sit on her lap while she typed on a keyboard. I began to get interested in what she was writing, and became even more interested when I learned that all her stories had cats in them. Her Crazy Cat Lady series features Lynley Cannon, a sixty-something cat shelter volunteer, sort of like herself but more adventurous and less introverted. Mollie worked on two forthcoming books while I helped: Cosmic Cat, about a cosplayer named Captain Cat who falls to his death at a comic-con, and Cat Noel, a Christmastime story with a catnapping and daring rescue by Lynley. They sound scary but they’re really more exhilarating than fearsome.

Mollie is also proofing her new book, Cat Café. (A body is found on the floor of the cat café and all the black cats are missing.) She is very excited about this one because it will be published shortly for everybody to read.

How mice, Blaze. Your author sounds very talented.

Will you be in any of your author’s forthcoming books?

Of course! Who wouldn’t want to feature a handsome, debonair, tuxedo cat like me? Maybe I’ll get to save the day like… oh, but I don’t want to give away the story.

I’m sure that will be a purrfect “tail.”

What advice would you give to other authors’ cats?

Don’t step on your author’s keyboard when they’re writing- I know you want to, but their mind is elsewhere, and you may find yourself banished from the room. If you are a lapsitter like me, curl up and purr, sending good kitty mojo and feline inspiration.

Very good advice. I’ll share it with Debbie’s cat, Stripey.

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

Though I’m quite famous among my cohabitor’s followers, I’ve declined to have a platform of my own. I’m really a very quiet cat and don’t want to be always in the limelight. Mollie has a bunch of social media sites:

Mollie’s Website: http://www.lecatts.wordpress.com/

Mollie’s Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/MollieHuntCatWriter/

Twitter: @MollieHuntCats

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

You can find her books at:

Mollie’s Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/molliehunt

Mollie’s Smashwords Page: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/CatWriter

And at independent bookstores in the Portland area.

Thanks for that info and a great inter”mew,” Blaze. Best whiskers to you and your author.

Thanks so much, Sneaky, for letting me tell my story. And to all you cats out there who are waiting for a home, someday it will come just like it did for me.

Love and blinks, Blaze

Mollie’s Bio: Native Oregonian Mollie Hunt has always had an affinity for cats, so it was a short step for her to become a cat writer. Mollie is the author of the Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series, featuring Portland native Lynley Cannon, a sixty-something cat shelter volunteer who finds more trouble than a cat in catnip. Mollie is a member of the Oregon Writers’ Colony, Willamette Writers, Sisters in Crime, and the Cat Writers’ Association. She has won four CWA Muse Medallions for her work. Mollie lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and a varying number of cats. Like Lynley, she is a grateful shelter volunteer.

Sneaky Interviews Matty from The Cozy Cat Caper Mystery Books by Paige Sleuth

Sneaky here with another pawsome interview of a pet character. Today, it’s my pleasure to cat chat with a cozy mystery cat.

What is your name and your author’s name?

Hi, Sneaky, and thank you for having me on your blog today. Meow! My name is Matty, short for Matilda. My author Paige Sleuth likes to take credit for creating me, but as we cats know we’re our own masters and do things our own way. So while Paige might have given me my start, I pretty much do what I want in her books.

I can relate. I do the same in Debbie’s Cobble Cove series.

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

I am in all of the Cozy Cat Caper Mystery books, which make up Paige’s cozy mystery series. There are two dozen books in my series to date. The first one, Murder in Cherry Hills, is where I made my debut. That was a tough one for me. In that book my former human was murdered and I had to move in with her neighbor, Kat Harper. Kat actually solved that case—with my help, of course! Now Kat and I spend a lot of time investigating crime in our small town of Cherry Hills, Washington. I let Kat do most of the work though, since I personally find all that to be really tiresome. Kat hardly ever takes naps, if you can believe that, Sneaky!

Kat sounds like a “cat.” We always sleep with one eye open.

Please give more information about your series.

I am the star of the Cozy Cat Caper Mystery series, if I do say so myself. I have a brother, Tom, but he’s not nearly as smart or as cute as me. Tom spends a lot of his time trying to get the humans to pet him (he loves belly rubs), which is silly in my opinion, since the humans will seek you out without you having to do anything. I am fond of Tom though, and it’s nice to have a brother of the same species around to commiserate with. In my series, Tom and I both help our human Kat solve crimes where we live in Central Washington State. My books are novella length, they all feature a mystery of some kind (but not always murder), and every book can be read as a stand-alone.

Sounds pawsome.

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

I am loosely based on Paige’s cat Anna Belle. In terms of looks, we’re identical. We’re both adorable, with yellow-and-brown markings, a gray-striped tail, and greenish eyes. And although our personalities are not exactly the same, we do have some things in common. We both walk on leashes, for example. And we’re both very regimented about our meals and enjoy watching birds. I’m actually a bit more aloof than Anna Belle, who Paige says is the friendliest, sweetest cat in real life.

My author used to walk her cat, Floppy, on a leash. That was many years ago, and he’s been on Rainbow Bridge a long time. Her other cats have been indoors only, but they have also enjoyed bird watching. What cat doesn’t?

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 book four, Vanished in Cherry Hills. In this scene Kat is searching for her mother who disappeared a few decades prior (Kat grew up in foster care). Being the helpful kitty I am, I’m trying to point her in the right direction, but she’s just not getting it. I know you understand, Sneaky. Those humans can be awfully dense sometimes, can’t they? I remember this scene well because it was extra frustrating for me!

Matty meowed again before closing her eyes and pressing her head into Kat’s hand.

Kat grinned. “I see some of Tom’s chattiness is rubbing off on you. You usually don’t meow unless you’re hungry.”

Matty meowed again as if to disagree.

Or, Kat thought, an eerie sensation washing over her, was Matty trying to tell her something about her mother?

Kat shook the thought away, feeling ridiculous. Was she getting so desperate for answers that she thought Matty had them?

When Matty meowed this time, she batted her paw at the folder in Kat’s lap.

Kat frowned. “What is it, sweetheart?”

Matty jumped on the coffee table and sat down, her tail swishing.

Kat shivered as Matty’s penetrating green eyes bored into her own. She knew Matty possessed an uncanny awareness of things, almost a sixth sense. Somehow she always knew when Kat needed a little extra love and would come over to give her hand a lick. And she never failed to predict when Kat had something unwelcome in mind, like a claw-trimming session. Kat had yet to figure out how Matty deduced what she was up to before she even took out the clippers.

Kat clutched her head in both hands, wondering if she was going crazy. After all, what could Matty possibly have to tell her about her mother?

And yet, no human had offered any answers so what did she really have to lose?

She refocused on the tortoiseshell. “What are you trying to tell me?”

Matty settled down on the coffee table, tucking her paws under her chest.

Kat glanced at where Matty had chosen to rest, as if the cat were deliberate about her napping spots and not prone to sleeping wherever she happened to be. Right now, Matty was lying on top of the Cherry Hills Veterinary invoice that Imogene had given her earlier.

Feeling a little foolish, Kat leaned forward and studied the invoice. The part that was visible above Matty itemized all the expenses Imogene had accrued during her visit. Peeking through Matty’s fur at the bottom of the page was the total amount owed. Nothing struck Kat as peculiar. Certainly nothing revealed where her mother might be.

Kat flopped back against the couch, mentally chiding herself for actually believing Matty’s actions were cloaked in hidden meaning.

Matty meowed again. When Kat looked up, she swore the feline shook her head in dismay.

“If you’re trying to tell me something, you’re going to have to be more blunt,” Kat told her.

Matty flicked her tail in response. Then she began licking her paw, as though to indicate she’d done all she could.

Mice excerpt, and I agree with you that humans need a paw in the face sometimes to get the picture. They just aren’t as in tune to mysteries as we are.

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

I like how important I am to the stories. Not only do I provide some entertainment and comic relief, but I’m often involved with solving the cases themselves. Once or twice I might have even been the reason Kat became involved in a case in the first place. That’s not my fault, mind you, it just seemed to happen. I mean, how was I to know a dead body was outside our apartment building that one time I snuck out there despite my human’s orders to stay inside?

I wish I had a larger role in my author’s books, but I think I’ve led Alicia to many clues even if she thinks she was the one who found them.

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

I am mostly a silent cat. I meow if I want something or have something important to say (usually as it pertains to food), but I generally prefer to communicate in other ways. I have many looks I give my human (not all of them nice!), and at times I can lead her in the right direction (or try to, anyway) with my behavior.

Same here. It’s a challenge I think most character cats and human cats, too, face.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

My main advice would be to sleep as much as possible. You’re going to need that energy when your human gets caught up in whatever adventures they have planned next. And those humans sure do know how to find trouble! Also, never let your human forget what their main role is. Their number one priority is to feed you on time. Murder investigations should never take precedence over that. So, no matter what else is going on in your human’s life, be sure to wake them up for breakfast every morning and show them where the kitchen is every once in a while. You don’t want them to forget the important stuff.

I agree. Food first, murder solving second.

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

I don’t have any set dates for future books. Paige releases a new book whenever she finishes up one of my stories, but she doesn’t have a publishing schedule. She’s like me and prefers to take things one day at a time! My most recent release came out earlier this month. It’s titled Independence Day in Cherry Hills. I must say, I didn’t appreciate the fireworks in that one. Nor did I much appreciate the gunshot that masqueraded as a firework or the dead guy who ruined my human’s holiday. I don’t want to give any spoilers by telling you whether I still got fed on time, but I will say it was a struggle. You’ll have to read the book to find out more about that!

I haven’t experienced any fireworks in Debbie’s books. They’ve only taken place in the fall and winter, but I hope if she writes a summer one, she leaves out those noisy fireworks.

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

I can’t be bothered with social media, but Paige is on there. Here’s how you can connect with her:

Website: http://www.marlabradeen.com/ps

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/marlabradeen

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14207326.Paige_Sleuth

I don’t have any social media accounts either, but I do enjoy my blog because I meet such interesting pet characters and real-life ones, too.

Paige would also like for me to tell you she’s running a “Buy in July” promotion where $1 from every book of hers purchased in July (excluding books priced under $2) will be donated to the Community Cat Coalition of Clark County (C5). C5 works to spay/neuter feral cats in the Las Vegas area, which helps to reduce the number of local cats euthanized every year. I can vouch for them as a very worthy cause.

Wow, Meow. That is so generous of your author to contribute to such a worthy cause.

Thank you so much for interviewing me, Sneaky! Have a meowy day!

You, too. It’s been great cat chatting with you, Matty. Best whiskers to you and Paige on your upcoming mysteries.

Sneaky Interviews Lestrade, author Julia Buckley’s Character Cat

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.

I appear in A Dark and Stormy Murder, Death in Dark Blue, and A Dark and Twisting Path (coming in August). They are mysteries, of course.

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.

Mr. Mulliner

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).

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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.

So true.

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

 Twitter: @juliabucks

 Facebook: Julia Buckley Mystery Novels

 Instagram: JEllenBuckley

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.

Sneaky Interviews Sashkatu from Magic Runs Amok by Sharon Pape

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.

Website: https://www.sharonpape.com/

       Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sharon.pape.94

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

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

Sneaky Interviews Sylvester from The Psycho Cat and The Landlady Mystery Series by Joyce Brown

I have a very interesting guest here today. What is your name and your author’s name, Mr. Cat?

My name is Sylvester, a suitable name for a big cat like me, and my author is Joyce Ann Brown.

(Note from author: Sylvester’s nickname, which he doesn’t seem to want to share, is Psycho Cat. He earned that name with his erratic behavior during kittenhood. That’s Psycho, not psychic, but sometimes he seems to be both when he sniffs out clues and knows good from evil.)

Very mice to meet you, Psycho Cat, I mean Sylvester.

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

 CATastrophic Connections, FURtive Investigation, Nine LiFelines, and Tailed. All cozy mysteries.

  

Concatulations! I’m going to be on my fourth book soon, too. My author just finished writing the first draft of it.

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

I’m proud to have my name on The Psycho Cat and the Landlady Mystery series. The stories are set, in the most part, in Kansas City, Missouri. Beth, the landlady of several duplex and condo rental properties, adopts me at the end of the first book after I’ve helped save my first owner, Beth’s niece, from a maniacal murderer. In the following books, I point out clues with yowls, scratches, purrs, and a bit of berserk behavior. (Not to be boastful, but I act that way on purpose, so the humans will pay attention.) I also get the jump on a couple of would-be kidnappers—protective behavior, NOT psycho. “Sniff.”

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

Ha! I’m based on all cats that act psycho at times. (I’m told that’s most of them, not only my author’s cats, Moose and Chloe.) My author collects anecdotes about cats and lets me live them in her books. If you have any good cat stories, let Joyce Ann Brown know. I’ll get to do something new in our next book.

What a pawsome opportunity. My author Debbie’s cat, Stripey, is definitely a psycho cat at times. I also have my moments especially when Alicia or Laura at the library give me catnip.

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 Tailed when Beth and her husband, Arnie, are on an RV trip with Beth’s sister, Meg, and her husband. Psycho Cat is traveling with Beth and Weeny the dog is with Meg. Suspect forces are at work, but no one in the party is ready to accept what they can’t prove. Beth and Arnie are sitting on the bed in the RV.

Arnie sat on the other side of Psycho Cat and gave him a thorough massage so that the contented cat rolled onto his back to encourage a tummy rub. “There’s nothing missing that I can tell. Nobody broke in. Meg just forgot to lock the door. Don’t give her trouble. It’s understandable she’d forget when she was carrying this big guy outta here.”

“If anyone tried to break-in while Psycho Cat was here, before Meg got him, he would’ve been up to his old tricks and scared the intruder away,” Beth said.

* * *

“Do you think someone got into the RV while Psycho Cat was gone?” Beth asked. “Should I go over and ask Meg if she’s sure she locked the door when she took him to her RV?”

“They probably went straight to bed. Besides, you don’t want to embarrass her. She might have been struggling to carry this big boy and just not gotten it locked. We’ve all had a hard evening, and there’s been no harm done here.”

Arnie stopped petting, and Psycho Cat jumped off the bed, hissed at its wooden base, and prowled the perimeter. He ran to Beth’s feet, pawed her leg, and met her with a deep meow and a paw jab at the bedspread when she leaned over to calm him with a head rub.

She leaned over and lifted the spread. “What’s the matter, are you still complaining that you were kidnapped away from your favorite napping place to spend the evening with Weeny? Everything’s alright now. We’re here. Come up with me.” She lifted the cat back up beside her on the bed and continued stroking his smooth yellow fur.

Wow, Meow. That was a purrfect excerpt.

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

I get to help solve murder mysteries by being myself.

That’s always a good thing.

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

I meow and hiss and yowl and growl deep in my throat, but I don’t speak human.

Who would want to? Those humans never understand each other, anyway – MOL (meow out loud).

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Be your cat self, and you’ll be great. Be patient with those people who talk baby talk to you. As Mark Twain said, ““If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve man, but deteriorate the cat.”

My favorite quote. That Twain guy was pretty wise for a human.

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

The fourth Psycho Cat and the Landlady Mystery was released in February. Tailed is the book from which I took the excerpt above. Gil and Freddy, the two bumbling crooks who follow Beth and me, get their own mindboggling chapters in our latest adventure.

Excellent. Way to go, Sylvester!

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

Our Website is: http://www.joyceannbrown.com

Other links where you can find Joyce Ann Brown (and me) are:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/joyceannbrownauthor

Twitter: http://twitter.com/joyceannbrown1

Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/joyce-ann-brown-6bb2947a/   

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9858447.Joyce_Ann_Brown

Google+: http://plus.google.com/100827184669698052959

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/jannbrown4527/

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/joyceannbrown

Blogs:  http://retirementchoicescozymystery.wordpress.com and http://hikingkctrails.wordpress.com

Hometown Reads: https://hometownreads.com/books/tailed

You and your author sure are social. I notice you’re on Hometown Reads, too. So are my Cobble Cove books. Your author also has a few blogs. Debbie has her own, and I take care of this one.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with my readers?

Here is a YouTube video where I tell more about how Beth and I solve the mysteries in each of our books: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tK7SKx094nM

Thank you so much. That was a great video. I love videos. I even feature a cat-related film each Friday on this blog.

Best whiskers to you and Joyce Ann Brown on your wonderful series.

Sneaky Interviews Paws the Cat from Witch Way to Mintwood by Addison Creek

Wow, Meow. I have another cozy mystery cat guest who is on blog tour with Escape with Dollycas into a Good Book.  

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

I’m Paws, and my author is Addison Creek.

Mice to meet you.

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

All cozy mysteries.

Witch Way to Mintwood

Witch Some Win Some

Spell by Midnight

A Witch on Mintwood Mountain

Witch Raising Situation

Witch Way Round

Witch Wish Way

White Witch Wonder

Muddled Mintwood Murderer

Oh, Bastet! You and your author are quite prolific. Please give us more information about your series.

The Witch of Mintwood series is set in Mintwood, Maine, a small town of 4,000 people. It follows me, and the Witch of Mintwood, Lemmi. Lemmi’s grandmother was the Witch of Mintwood before her, but she recently passed away.

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

I am totally unique. A basis in any real cat would not do me justice, trust me. If I HAD to choose a cat, though, my author has had several beloved ones. Trouble was a particular joy to her. He was anything but what his name suggests, so that makes one of us. The commonality was that Trouble’s owner both loved and was bemused by him. I’d like to think Lemmi feels the same way about me.

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

From A Witch on Mintwood Mountain Book 4:

“I can’t believe you’re still taking care of the Ivy cats with the Dresden house so close by,” scoffed Paws.

Not long ago, two witches, Betty and Possy, had been staying at the Dresden house, up the road from the Ivy place. They had disappeared after a confrontation we’d had at my farmhouse with a dark witch named Ellie. Greer, Charlie, and I had surmised that Betty and Possy were in cahoots with Ellie to get my grandmother’s real wand, and though they had failed the first time, I felt certain they’d try again.

“They’re gone,” I said. “I don’t see what the danger is. Someone has to take care of the cats.”

“We do deserve the best,” said Paws.

“Are you saying I’m the best pet sitter?” I said.

“I’m sure that’s not what I’m saying,” said Paws.

“It might be what you’re saying,” I said.

“You might have wax in your ears,” he said.

“Don’t worry, I can take a compliment,” I told him.

“Clearly,” he said.

A purrfect excerpt.

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

Let’s be honest, I am utterly essential to the plot, my author’s happiness, and world peace. No crime would be solved without me and very few ghost mice would be caught.

It’s great to be indispensible to your human co-star. I like to think I am to Alicia, but I’m a little more modest than you.

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

I talk, some would say too much. I say exactly the right amount!

There definitely is a thin line between too much verbosity and not enough. We feline cozy sleuths learn that lesson early in our series.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Be who you are and wear the pearls you were born to.

I’ve never heard that catexpression before, but I’m sure it’s good advice.

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

As a matter of fact I do. Its utterly amazing how many ghosts we run into who were murdered. Mintwood #10 is Wonder Wand Way coming this spring!

How exciting!

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

I’m not on social media. Paws make it difficult to type. Here’s my author’s info though:

https://addisoncreek.wordpress.com

https://www.facebook.com/Addison-Creek-1816129681762877/Witc

Wonderful! Thanks for dropping in here today, but please take Lemmi’s broom with you when you leave. Best whiskers to you and your author on your new release, future books, and your blog tour.

Sneaky Interviews Beast from Lena Gregory’s Bay Island Psychic Mysteries

I’m excited to have a new guest here today, even though he’s a dog. What is your name and your author’s name, canine sir?

I’m Beast, and my author is Lena Gregory.

Ah, yes, my author interviewed your author on her other blog.

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

I appear regularly in Lena’s cozy mysteries, Death at First Sight, Occult and Battery, and Clairvoyant and Present Danger. All of the books are from the Bay Island Psychic Mysteries series.

How doggone nice. I have two dog  co-stars in my Cobble Cove mysteries – Fido is a regular character, and Ruby is has some cameo scenes. Of claus, I am the cat star.

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

I’m a Leonberger, so part of my personality is based on my breed, and part is based on a combination of the dogs my author has had over the years. Some of my mishaps actually happened, especially some of the things I get into.

Dogs aren’t quite as good at cats at mishaps, but I’m sure you’ve had your share.

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

This is a scene from Occult and Battery, when Cass’s friend Bee decides to take me for a walk. Of course, this was before I started my training classes. Right before. So you’ll have to forgive my manners. Though I have to admit, I still laugh every time I think about it.

Beast danced around in circles while Bee tried to clip the leash onto his collar. “Will you stay still already?”

“Sit.”

Beast ignored Cass’s command/request/whatever.

Bee paused for a minute to stare at her, brow lifted in a you’ve-got-to-be-kidding-me look.

She rolled her eyes and turned to open the door.

Beast shot through the gap before she had it fully open, dragging Bee behind him. Even with his two-handed grip on the leash, Bee couldn’t slow the fleeing animal.

Ugh . . .

Stephanie burst out laughing.

“Not funny,” Bee called over his shoulder as he tried to stop Beast before they reached the back stairway. They rounded the corner at the end of the hall, and Beast launched himself down the stairs.

Bee’s shoulder hit the wall, and he ricocheted off. A tremendous racket—filled with bangs and curses—followed.

Ah jeez. Resisting the urge to go back to bed and pull the covers over her head, Cass ran down the remainder of the hallway. She skidded to a stop, with Stephanie breathing down her neck, when she reached the top of the stairs.

Bee lay in a heap at the bottom, leash tangled around him, Beast licking his face.

“Are you all right?” Cass yelled down.

“That is a rhetorical question, right?” Bee pushed up to sit, lifted one foot, and started untangling the leash.

Cass and Stephanie pounded down the stairs. When they reached him, they each grabbed one arm and helped haul him to his feet.

Once he was standing, Bee smoothed his jacket, adjusted his scarf, and tousled his hair.

“Are you hurt?” Grabbing the leash, Cass helped him disentangle himself.

Beast dropped his tongue out of the side of his mouth, panting frantically.

“I don’t think so.”

Stephanie handed Bee one of his shoes.

He took it and bent to put it back on.

With a quick look over Bee’s back at Cass, Stephanie caught her lip between her teeth to keep from laughing. She couldn’t stop the laughter from reaching her eyes, though.

Cass bit the inside of her cheek.

“Don’t think I don’t know what the two of you are doing,” Bee said. If looks could kill . . .

Laughter blurted out, and Cass slapped a hand over her mouth. “I’m . . .” She sucked in a breath and tried to control herself. “Sorry.”

“No you’re not.” He pointed at her. “You. Better. Get. This. Dog. Trained!”

She nodded, her head bobbing like a bobblehead, tears streaming down her cheeks.

Stephanie hiccupped as she tried to contain her own outburst.

A smile tugged at the corners of Bee’s mouth. “I think it was the shoe bouncing down that made all that noise.”

“Really?” Laughter erupted. This time Cass made no attempt to restrain it. “Was it the shoe cursing up a storm too?”

“Ha ha.” Finally Bee joined their laughter. “Just schedule some kind of obedience classes for this animal. Before he hurts somebody.”

Beast tipped his head innocently to the side, his eyes wide.

“Yeah, right.” Taking the leash from her once more, Bee eyed the dog warily. “That innocent routine doesn’t work with me, buddy.”

“Are you sure you still want to walk him? I can do it.” Cass said.

He waved her off and headed for the back of the house. “Even a tumble down the stairs is better than a conversation with the police.”

Wow! You deserve a juicy bone for that.

Thank you, Sneaky.

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

I always have fun, and I’m always loved. No matter that Cass has never had a pet before, and just between us has no clue what she’s doing, she loves me with all of her heart.

You’re a lucky pup. Alicia’s had cats before, but none at this point in her life. Even though I live in the library, I get to go home with her once in a while. When I went missing in her last book, she searched high and low for me, so I know she cares a lot for me.

Are you a talking dog in your books or just a silent one?

Well, I’m pretty much a silent dog, but I do get my point across when needed

A good bark will do that, although cats have many more sound options that dogs. We can purr, hiss, meow, screech, etc.

What advice would you give other pet characters?

I would probably tell other pet characters to make sure their voices are heard. Heros and heroines are quite chatty, so make sure your author hears from you too.

I like that. High Paws to you, Beast.

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

Clairvoyant and Present Danger, the third book in the Bay Island Psychic Mysteries series was just released.

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

My author and I love hanging out on social media. You can find us at:

Website:  http://www.lenagregory.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/lena.gregory.986

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/Lena.Gregory.Author/?fref=ts

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/LenaGregory03

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14956514.Lena_Gregory?from_search=true

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

Sneaky Interviews King Henry the Cat from the Past Imperfect Mystery Series by Anne Willow

I just discovered I have a royal guest today. What is your name and your author’s name, your highness?

I am his royal majesty, King Henry. I was created by Anne Willow to help solve the mysteries she writes. She would be lost without me.

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

So far, I’ve appeared in Broken Promises (cozy mystery). It’s the first book in Anne’s new series, though she’s currently working on her second book.

Concatulations! Tell us more about this series.

It’s the Past Imperfect Mystery series. Julia is my human. She runs the antique shop in the small artist town of Grand Marais. It’s on the northwestern shore of Lake Superior. It was quiet until she arrived, but I was without a home then too. Julia has a special gift that she’s just learning about. She needs me to help understand it.

Sounds pawsome.

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

Anne knew a cat once, a large, homeless, orange tabby who found her doorstep. He looked like he’d had a rough time, with a damaged ear and a few scars. It was late fall, and the nights can get cold on the North Shore. She invited him in to her home and heart. He was only with her a short time before he crossed the rainbow bridge, but she immortalized him in me. He left big paws to fill, but I won’t let her down.

Awww. I’m sure you’ll do the job. A king cat must have very large paws.

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

Dropping back against the pine memory chest, Julia was at a loss. “Curses? You couldn’t tell me this before you died?” Julia re-read the letter several times letting each word sink in. Hearing a noise, she headed to the deck, the afghan still pulled around her protectively. Julia watched Henry make his way along the lower roof up to her. “Finally get hungry?” She sat on the Adirondack chair. The large orange tabby jumped gracefully onto her lap. Julia cuddled with him, scratching the ear with the missing piece. “So, my little alley warrior, what’s the answer?”

Henry mewed.

Julia kissed him on the head, “Not very helpful. I wish you could talk. Maybe then I’d know what to do about all of this. It’s one thing to have the shop broken into and a murder, but now I’m some ghost whisperer or something?” Standing, Julia carried Henry into the kitchen. She placed his small bowl on the floor and let him eat. “It’s ridiculous. I’m nothing special and Sadie was a bit odd. Maybe she’s wrong or it’s a last bit of a joke.”

Henry looked up from his dinner. He dismissed her last statement with a knowing expression.

“Alright, your Majesty. If you know so much, why don’t’ you explain it to me.” Julia challenged.

Henry meowed again, this time sounding a bit frustrated.

“Forgive me for not understanding cat. Go back to your meal, then.” Julia shook her head before going back out to the deck. Taking her spot again, she grabbed the notebook off the side table. “One problem at a time. I need to figure out who broke into the shop and killed Tom Peterson. Aunt Sadie’s letter will have to wait.” She flipped through the notes she already made and jotted down the questions plaguing her mind. Julia sketched out a flow chart to see who and what connected.  “Nothing was disturbed, other than the lamp. Whoever came in knew what they were looking for, but who knew the letter opener existed and where to find it?” Only two names connected to the letter opener. Julia checked everything again, it all came back to those two names.

Wow, Meow. You’ve tickled my fancy.

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

I like that I’m there for Julia, anytime she needs me. I listen when she puzzles a problem out and help, in my own way. She still has one more gift to learn about and that’s where I’ll really be able to help her.

Purrfect!

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

For now, I just meow, but soon, like Julia, you’ll be able to hear my thoughts. It’ll take her a bit of time to figure it out, but until then, I’ll keeping talking to her in my own way.

Very mice.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Always be there for your human. They are fragile and don’t always know the best path to take. Remember, they would be lost without us. 😉

I agree completely. Cats are wiser than any human, real or character.

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

Anne is working on her next book, but health problems have slowed things down. This book will bring in more about her life before Grand Marais, while solving a murder involving stolen antiquities. It takes place right after the end of Broken Promises. It should be out by the end of February.

The third book in the series will take us far away, but that’s a secret. You’ll discover more about Aunt Sadie and solve a mystery started 70 years earlier.  That is expected to come out in late spring.

Sorry to hear your author’s been ill, but please keep us posted about the new books.

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

Anne has an author page on Facebook – www.facebook.com/annewillowauthor and on Twitter – www.twitter.com/cozymysteryanne She also has a blog, but it’s still young. Last year, we had a health scare with Anne, so it’s still getting posts added. It’s https://annewillowauthor.wordpress.com (you can sign up for her newsletter – though I think I’m going to have to take it over very soon.)

I highly recommend you giving your author a paw with promotion. Best whiskers to both of you on your upcoming books. It was an honor cat chatting with you, Your Majesty.