In an attempt to establish some kind of regular feature on the blog (Mankitty Mondays just didn’t go over well), I (Meankitty) have decided to interview Typing Slave’s author friends and occasionally their pets to learn the true scoop behind what it’s like to sit around all day telling lies for a living. I mean, I know what it’s like for Typing Slave — pretty lame — so I thought I’d find out if the lameness is universal.
First up, author Sharron McClellan, who writes romantic adventures for Silhouette Romance.
1) Why did you decide to be a writer instead of a cat sanctuary owner?
The pay is better and being human, I need things like a place to live, groceries and bottles of red wine. If cat’s had wallets and opposable thumbs to open them, I’d be all over it.
2) Why do you think cats are better than dogs? (Since you call yourself a writer, I trust your answer will be eloquent.)
Feline wisdom stares
at me from behind green eyes.
Dogs are not so bright.
Okay, no a great haiku, but poetry is NOT my forte. Wants something blown up…then I’m your girl.
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?
My upcoming book—Mercenary’s Promise has a wounded jaguar. !YaY! for jaguars—but so sad I had to write it wounded. On the upside, it lives so here’s hoping the kitties don’t come after me in my sleep.
4) What are your favorite works of fiction involving cats or favorite fictional cats?
Without a doubt–Magnifi-Cat by Caroyln Sheehan. It’s the eternal Good vs. Evil and a cat who is shows up in heaven as a Saint (not a shocker). Sadly it is out of print but I highly suggest finding a copy if possible. It rocks!
5) Do you have any amazing, or at least humorous, real life cat stories you’d like to share?
Um….none the cat will let me talk about. You know how they are about being embarrassed…and I prefer to live, dammit!
6) 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.
What? No medium hair? That’s my preference as they have less shedding than the long hair but not as much dander as the short. Ahhh…the perfect cat.
7) 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.
My cats never left any option but “C”. And I gratefully accepted their judgment because yes, I am whipped.
User submitted questions:
Q) How goes the discussion about discipline in your house?
There’s a discussion? I thought the cats just made the rules and I followed.
Q) What one thing would you change about your pet/human?
About Mr Wooly-knickers or Sally (the cats)—Nothing. They are the best cats ever! I think Mr Wooly would like us to change his name.
Q) Do you believe pets and humans come to resemble each other over time?
Here’s hoping not.
If anybody else, feline or other, has any questions for Sharron, fire away in the comments! She did say she likes explosions.