Meow there, Kitty. Please introduce yourself to our readers.
My full name is Deputy Donut, but my person, Emily, usually calls me Dep. My author is Ginger Bolton.
Mice to meet you, Dep. What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.
SURVIVAL OF THE FRITTERS
GOODBYE CRULLER WORLD
JEALOUSY FILLED DONUTS
BOSTON SCREAM MURDER
BEYOND A REASONABLE DONUT
They’re all cozy mysteries.
Pawsome! I love cozy mysteries and am the main cat in the Cobble Cove cozy mystery series.
Are you in a series? If so, please give information about it.
Yes. The series is named after me—the Deputy Donut Mysteries. Emily co-owns a coffee and donut shop with Tom, the kind man who is the father of My-Favorite-Man-Who-Went-Away. And—get this—Emily and Tom named the little restaurant after me! Yep, it’s called Deputy Donut. They designed it with a special home for me, with windows to allow diners to admire me without touching me and maybe getting cat hair in their donuts and coffee. (People are wimpy like that, Sneaky. They should be brave like us. I mean, if you get a hairball, you can simply cough it up, right?)
Emily was a 911 operator, My Favorite-Man-Who-Went-Away was a detective, and Tom has retired as the police chief of our town, Fallingbrook, Wisconsin. Emily and Tom have many first responder friends, including Brent, who can come live with Emily and me any time. I’m afraid that My-Favorite-Man-Who-Went-Away is never coming back, and Brent is My-Favorite-Man-Who-Visits-Often. I try to show Emily that she should encourage Brent to move in with us so he can cuddle and pet me more, but she pretends to ignore me.
Lots of first responders spend time in Deputy Donut. They seem to know a lot about crimes, but bad guys sometimes come into our shop, too, and Emily can learn important things from all of them. If I don’t trust someone in the shop, I glare at them through my window and puff up to alert Emily. By paying attention to me and to everyone else in the shop and also by going out snooping with or without me, Emily solves crimes!
Wow, Meow! Your series sounds great.
Are you based on a real cat such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.
My personality is based on my author’s cat, Lucy, from a long time ago. Reportedly, Lucy was the world’s most cuddly and talkative cat. She was a tabby, but I am a torbie, a combination tabby and tortoiseshell. One of author Krista Davis’s cats, a gorgeous and distinguished kitty, has modeled for my splendid appearance on book covers. Sometimes my author’s grandcat, Wendy, appears in photos, as in the one I’m sending you, Sneaky.
Interesting. I’ve never heard of a torbie. My author’s cat, Hermione, is a calico tabby. I wonder if there’s name for that. I’m Siamese and was based on Debbie’s cat, Oliver, who went to Rainbow Bridge 3 years ago. I’m glad that, as a character cat, I can live furever in Cobble Cove. Thanks for sending the photo. I’ll make sure to add it to this post.
Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene? If so, please include it.
Here’s a scene from BEYOND A REASONABLE DONUT. I save Emily and her two best friends from a huge furry monster. And by the way, that monster was not adorable or cute or funny. Emily only thought that because he hadn’t attacked her. Which, may I say again, was thanks to me.
Dripping, Misty and I made our way back to the sun-warmed sand, walked across it, wrapped our towels around ourselves, and settled into our chairs. Dep clambered into my lap, closed her eyes, and purred loudly.
The other three of us sat quietly enjoying one another’s company. I almost dozed.
Something to my left jingled. With a joyful bark, a half-grown but very large puppy bounded toward us, his tongue lolling out the side of his mouth, which was stretched in a happy smile. He was mostly white with large black splotches. A lopsided white streak snaked up from his nose to the top of his fluffy, black head. His ears flopped and his paws were about the size of teacups. Despite his speed, he wore an adorably bewildered expression.
Dep leaped up and dug her claws into the towel—and into my legs. Arching her back, she made herself about twice her usual size. In case that wasn’t enough, she twitched her tail, flattened her ears, and hissed.
Spraying sand, the puppy put on the brakes exactly like a dog in a cartoon. A whistle sounded in the distance. The puppy turned around and scooted back toward the lodge. At first, his giant white plume of a tail was down near his back legs, but by the time I lost sight of him, his tail was high again and waving proudly.
We three humans laughed. The puppy had been very cute. “I guess you showed him, Dep,” I said. Still puffed up, she stared toward where he’d disappeared among trees. I had a feeling that, unlike us, Dep hadn’t found him either funny or cute.
Love it! Great job, Dep.
What do you like most about your role in your authors’ books?
I like my partnership with Emily. We depend on each other for comfort, cuddles, and security. Plus, she feeds me.
I feel the same about Alicia, but I also like all the other staff members at the Cobble Cove Library. I’m proud to be a library cat and a mystery sleuth.
Are you a talking cat in your books or just a silent one like I am who just meows occasionally?
I don’t speak like humans do, but I communicate with meows, yowls, chirps, purrs, and an assortment of unique sounds. Plus, there’s the puffing up to make myself look big and threatening.
I do the same with the human characters, but I reveal my thoughts to the other pet characters in our books and the readers, too. I started doing this in our first Cobble Cove story, Sneaky’s Christmas Mystery and have continued it through our latest book, No Gravestone Unturned.
What advice would you give other cat characters?
Pay attention and stay alert, even when you appear to be catnapping. Protect your person in creative ways if you need to. You don’t want to have to open cans by yourself.
MOL (meow out loud). Very good advice.
Do you have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.
DECK THE DONUTS, Deputy Donut #6, October 26, 2021
Concats! I will be sure to have my author check that one out. Love the title.
Are you and/or your author on social media? If so, please list your links.
Thanks so much for cat chatting with me today, Dep, and best whiskers to you and Ginger on your new release and upcoming books in your series.
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