Meankitty Wants to Know: Jess Granger

This week for my author interview series, I’ve got something a little different and a LOT more interesting! The cats who own author Jess Granger took the time to answer my questions. Now you can learn the truth behind being the cat who rules a writer, like I don’t already fill you in on those details.

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Hi! I’m Suki, my writer, Jess Granger’s, most helpfullest helper and muse. I’m a Siamese/tabby cross and a much smart kitty. My older sis Maggie, a bi-color tortie is here too. But she’s a singer not a talker, so she said I can answer most of the questions. We’re happy to be here, Meankitty.

1) So, your human writes books. Does this mean he or she is home all day and easy to access? Elaborate if necessary.

S: Yup, Jess likes to write, but she sometimes has trouble finding the time because she has to chase her kittens all the time. Oh, excuse me, kids. I try to help when she is writing by jumping on her desk and rubbing up against her monitor, or lying in the middle of her papers. Honestly, how else is the monitor going to get dusted, or the papers creased so you can flip through them easier? Any thoughts Maggie?

M: I like the computer room, it’s warm. *squints eyes.*

2) How large a proportion of her income do you have her devote to your gourmet tuna, cat beds, toys and other basic necessities?

S: Gourmet tuna? You mean you can buy gourmet tuna? Why wasn’t I aware of this?

3) What are your techniques for distracting your human during crucial writing moments, just because it’s fun?

S: My favorite is to jump on her lap and force my way under her elbows so she has to type like a scarecrow. Then, if she’s willing to put up with that, I move on to kneading her leg with my claws. She loves it!

M: *chuckles*

4) What indignities and neglect have you suffered because of your human’s writing career?

S: *scowls* She does not devote nearly enough time to playing with my fishing pole! I cry and cry. I lead her to the closet, but does she play with it? No! It is a travesty. When she does finally bend to my will, I protest. I’ll pounce on the feathers once, then hide under the table in my “stalking” position, just so she knows I’m still interested, but I won’t jump out again.

M: I’ll do it.

S: Turncoat.

5) Tell me about the felines in your human’s fiction. How often do they appear and how big a part do they play?

S: In her first book, Beyond the Rain, a Science Fiction Romance coming out in bookstores this August, there’s a character inspired by me! Okay, so Vicca is a fox and not a cat, but my human assured me that she’s an alien fox and has many feline characteristics. She says Vicca took on my personality while I “helped” her write. You can read about Vicca in the first chapter of Beyond the Rain. It is up on my human’s website, http://www.jessgranger.com

She also has a true cat character in the sequel to Beyond the Rain. Tuz is a war cat, and inspired by my cousin, Jackhammer.

6) On the off-chance your human has yet to incorporate cats into a story, what are your plans for making sure she rectifies this egregious error and demonstration of poor writing skills?

S: No need, my human loves writing animal characters, but if she ever writes about a dog, I may have to voice my displeasure.

7) What works of fiction or cinema involving cats does your human enjoy sharing with you?

S: Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats is always a favorite, as well as Cat Stories by James Harriot. She also won’t admit this, but the old Disney movie about the cat from outer space is a favorite.

8) If you could make one change to your human, what would it be?

S: I love my human. She’s very attentive and doesn’t complain much when I walk on her at night and insist on sneaking under the covers and squeezing between her and her mate. How about you, Maggie?

M: I’m good. I’m clean, warm, and fed. Life is nice.

S: We both came from shelters, but Maggie was full grown and very sick when she adopted our humans. She’s not too picky about things. I was a tiny kitten, so I don’t remember much before living with my human. Consequently, my demands are more fitting my feline status of “permanent kitten,” of the family.

It was fun being here and talking to you. Be sure to read about my alter-ego Vicca the fox, on my human’s website!

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If you have questions for the cats, or, I suppose, Jess Granger, you may ask them in the comments. Thanks for stopping by!

Sincerely,
MK (www.meankitty.com) & Typing Slave (www.jodywallace.com)

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