Meankitty Wants to Know: Cathy Pegau

Today I am interviewing Typing Slave’s critique partner, Cathy Pegau. I heard she was working on a book with CANINES in it, so I’m dubious about the quality of her responses. But you be the judge!
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1) Why did you decide to be a writer instead of a cat sanctuary owner?

It was purely a financial decision. I knew I would be unable to support a large number of cats in the manner they deserve. Becoming a writer was relatively cheap. I do donate to shelters, however.

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

Cats always seem to be cool and in control. Dogs, not so much. And there’s less slobber with a cat. (Obviously I’m not one for eloquence)

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?

At the moment, I only have one cat in my fiction, a large orange tom who lives with canine shapeshifters. Now don’t freak, MK. Barney is in complete control. He CHOOSES to live with them. Probably because he thinks they couldn’t make it without him.

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?

I totally chalk up the lack of felines in my fiction to my poor writing skills. It’s not that I don’t want cats in my work, but I feel I need to be a better writer to capture a cat’s deeper motivations before making him or her a bigger part of a story. Perhaps you could give a workshop on the inner cat so we writers can do the species justice?

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

Wow, there are so many…The Cat in the Hat.

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

I’m sorry, but I was required to sign a non-disclosure agreement with my cats regarding their activities. I think they’re working on a made for TV movie…check your local listings.

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.

Either A or B. I’m not particular.

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.

If I’m ever given a deadline, I’d pick C. My cats (including Mouse, pictured) usually walk off before I have to practice any extreme measures. Usually.

User submitted questions

How goes the discussion about discipline in your house?

A quick “Hey, cat, knock that off” usually works. Sometimes we have to give the cat something more interesting to do instead of their current behavior. Wish it worked with the kids as well.

Do you believe pets and humans come to resemble each other over time?

If so, I’m going to have to buy Nair by the case.

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Sincerely,

MK
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