Meankitty Wants to Know: Jorrie Spencer

Samhain author Jorrie Spencer is my interview subject today. She gets an extra claw up because she writes books about people who can turn into cats. Sure, she also writes DOG shifter books, but the cat characters balance it out.

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

Uh, allergies in the family? Though I like writing about cats and visiting them.

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

Cats purr. I’ve always considered that a definite bonus.

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?

Well, actually! The last two books I’ve written have had cat shifters, one a heroine, one a hero. And they played a HUGE part in the narrative. Very important. Though I guess I should admit that there were also wolves.

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?

Don’t worry, I’ve got at least one other cat shifter romance up my sleeve.

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

Um. *racks brain* Can I get back to you on this?

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

Growing up, we had a very affectionate cat and a jealous dog. So any time the cat was on someone’s lap, the big oaf of a dog would jump into the lap too, even if he didn’t fit! That said, they were actually quite fond of each other.

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.

lol! Short hair, I suppose, though really any length will do.

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.

C, absolutely C.

User submitted questions:

How goes the discussion about discipline in your house?

Well, there’s talk of self-discipline.

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

You know, when I see some pets I do think exactly that!