Meankitty Wants to Know: Marie Nicole Ryan

Just to prove I’m a good-sported cat, here is an interview from romantic suspense author Marie-Nicole Ryan, who, as you will see, isn’t the most tasteful tuna in the pantry… I don’t know what my Typing Slave sees in her, but they’re buds, so here’s her interview!


1) Why did you decide to be a writer instead of a cat sanctuary owner?

Because writing is a lot more fun than cleaning a hundred litter boxes every day.

2) Why do you think cats are better than dogs? (Since you call yourself a writer, I trust your answer will be eloquent.)

I don’t think cats are better than dogs. Dogs are loving and affectionate and poop outside.

3) Tell me about the felines in your fiction. How often do they appear and how big a part do they play in your narratives?

In spite of the fact I’m a dog lover, I did insert two felines into a story, SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS. The two felines were named, Yin and Yang, one black and one white, but they were window dressing and only added at the request of a male friend, who shall remain nameless.

4) On the off-chance you have yet to incorporate cats into your fiction, when do you plan to rectify this egregious error and demonstration of poor writing skills?

As much as my answer may distress you, I don’t have any such plans.

5) What are your favorite works of fiction involving cats or favorite fictional cats?

I love Lilian Jackson Braun’s THE CAT WHO… books. Koko and Yum Yum are her two felines who manage to point Jim Qwilleran in the right direction to solve the murder. Actually it’s the male Siamese, Koko, who does the honors.

6) Do you have any amazing, or at least humorous, real life cat stories you’d like to share?

No, but I could tell you some doozies about my prior charming doggies.

7) Multiple choice 1. What is your preference and why?
A) Long hair
B) Short hair
C) No hair
— Note: I am not, of course, referring to the hirsute qualities of your most recent hero or heroine.

B) Less hair to kak up. No hair would just be too icky.

8) Multiple choice 2. You have a writing deadline but the cat who rules you wants some attention. Desperately. Do you:
A) Lock the cat in another room and keep working?
B) Pet the cat for a couple minutes and then toss her cruelly aside?
C) Pet the cat as long as she wants because you know it will inspire and refresh you?
— Note: If you answered anything besides C, we suggest you consider the fact you could have written a much better book if you had been inspired and refreshed instead of mean to the cat.

D) none of the above since I don’t have a cat, however, I know cats, as well as dogs, are good for our health, so the C statement is true.


If anyone else, human or other, has any questions for the human, post them in the comments!

MK ( & Typing Slave (