Sneaky’s Interview with Casanova from The Casanova of HIll Street by E.T. Hansen

Meow, Mr. Cat!. Nice to have you on Sneaky’s blog. What is your name and your author’s name?

They call me Casanova and I’m a good-looking Manx and very successful with the ladies. My author is E.T. Hansen, also known as Grumpy Old Writer, who is neither of those things.

MOL (Meow Out Loud). You certainly are a cute guy minus the tail.
What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.

I’ve only appeared in one book – „The Casanova of Hill Street,“ a short story about love.

Very nice. I’m a mystery cat myself, but I’m sure you do a fine job with romances.

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

“The Casanova of Hill Street“ is one book in a series of 12 cat tales, each with a different cat hero – my book is one of the tales about love, but other books are about loneliness and hope, about friendship, about being outcast and finding a place to belong … there are some religious tales and there is even a horror story in there and a murder mystery, though I have to say, I’m on Team Cat – her owner got what he deserved!

So far, I have published three Cat Tales, 99 cents each:

A Cat’s Christmas Present

The Purring of the Witch

The Casanova of Hill Street

What a bargain, and they all sound like great stories, especially yours.
Are you based on a real cat such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.

My author has had many cats in his life and a lot of the cats in the series are based on real cats, while others, like the religious tales, are taken from legends. I am one of the few who actually existed – I’m the Manx tomcat who seduced his pretty feline Miko and gave her five beautiful kittens. He went out looking for me, but never found me – maybe that’s why his imagination ran wild and he had to invent a story about me.

You devil you! Now I see why you’re called Casanova. Maybe I can get some tips for romancing Miss Kittykai, but neither of us are real. I’m based slightly on my author’s Siamese who has since gone to Rainbow Bridge, and KittyKai was named after a cat who belongs to a reader who won my author’s character naming contest.

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

He was a big old thing, gray and wide-faced and stout and well-fed, and he wore no collar. From the way he crossed the street and jumped onto walls and disappeared into gardens, Brian could tell he thought he owned the neighborhood – and most likely, at least from a cat perspective, he did.

The Manx seemed to have a certain afternoon routine. On most days, Brian could catch sight of him in the park and follow him from a distance, until, at a certain corner on Hill Street, he lost sight of him behind a wall.

He staked out Hill Street.

One day, when the Manx disappeared over the wall and Brian hurried to look over, he saw he wasn’t alone. Just around the corner, a woman was peering over the same garden wall.

She was about his age, dressed in a baggy sweater and running shoes, with thick glasses. Not the fashion type. Come to think of it, she was dressed much like Brian, which is to say, not very well at all. They stared at each other, unsure what to say, and both decided, because that’s the kind of people they both were, not to say anything and just walk away.

They repeated that the next two times they met at that wall, and it was pretty obvious they were both working up the guts to say hello. On the fourth day it burst out of them at the same time:

“That Manx?”

And they laughed.

Very nice excerpt. Thanks for sharing it, Cas.
What do you like most about your role in your authors’ books?

I love that I’m the big cat of the neighborhood, the tomcat all lady cats are crazy about, I’m suave and cool and confident and masculine and most importantly, I know a secret that most humans don’t know – the secret of love.

You certainly play an important role in your story.
Are you a talking cat in your books or just a silent one like I am who just meows occasionally?

Only a few cats in the Cat Tales series are portrayed from the cat’s perspective – in fact, I think only Bastet, the cat goddess, can talk – but it’s the mystery of our thoughts that keep humans wondering about us!

I can relate to that. In my series, the readers can now read my thoughts and the thoughts of the other pet characters, and we all can communicate with one another, but the human characters have no idea what we’re saying or doing. I think that adds some interest to our books.
What advice would you give other cat characters?

Cute! Be cute! Centuries of survival and evolution have taught us cats one lesson and one lesson only: if you want to survive, if you want to thrive, if you want to work your way into the hearts of your humans, be cute!

Ahh. That’s purrfect advice.
Do you have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.

The next book in the series, „The Ghost of Fluffy McFluffins,“ will come out at the end of the month, for 99 cents. My author may also make an audio book for it and post it on his social media pages. It is about a lonely girl whose only friend, her cat, dies and then … well, you can guess what happens then from the title. But don’t be mistaken – it’s not scary, it’s heart-warming and beautiful.

My author wrote a story, “The Path to Rainbow Gardens” that features many of her real-life cats that went to Rainbow Bridge. It’s also heartwarming. I will keep an eye out for your author’s story, too. Love the cat’s name.
Are you and/or your author on social media? If so, please list your links.

I don’t care much about social media personally, because I have a girlfriend around every corner and behind every window in this neighborhood, but my author is all over the place online – sometimes as E.T. Hansen, but also as Grumpy Old Writer:

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi9UKmK1_8oCL-rX2LKtMsw/videos?view_as=subscriber

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EricTHansen1

And his Newsletter will be available at the end of March – I think he intends to include a free audiobook of my story in it.

It was nice talking to you, but now I have to make my rounds of the neighborhood! Meow to you all!

What a pawsome interview, Casanova. You can share your tips with me privately, but keep your paws off KittyKai. Best whiskers to you and your author on your story and his future cat stories.