Author Edie Ramer (gotta love that site design!) made it to the home stretch of American Title V, which is quite the accomplishment, and also was the 2nd place winner in the “Chase the Dream” contest with her excerpt from a science fiction romance set in Las Vegas. She is owned by Belle the cat, and I believe a dog lives at that house as well. Here is my interview with Edie, and tomorrow we’ll do a Q&A with the cat, so stay tuned!
1) Why did you decide to be a writer instead of a cat sanctuary owner?
I mistakenly thought there was more money in writing.
2) Why do you think cats are better than dogs? (Since you call yourself a writer, I trust your answer will be eloquent.)
Because cats knead me. (ducking!)
I have a dog, so this is easy. Because I don’t have to put Belle outside in hot, humid weather, freezing weather, rainy weather. Because Belle uses the litter box, which is so much easier. Because she doesn’t bark every time another dog or person walks on the street in front of the house. Because she loves me and does knead me a lot. (No pun intended this time.)
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?
The heroine in my wip has a black cat. Not a big role yet, but I’ve only written 42,000 words. I know, I know, I have to expand that role.
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 wrote CATTITUDE, which is about a gray cat that changes bodies with a woman. Belle was my inspiration. One of these days, I’ll reread it and revise. I loved the book.
5) What are your favorite works of fiction involving cats or favorite fictional cats?
The Cat in the Hat, of course. The Cheshire Cat is nothing to Dr. Seuss’s fun and funky cat.
6) Do you have any amazing, or at least humorous, real life cat stories you’d like to share?
Belle is pretty much perfect. She did scare two water heater guys in the basement when she jumped out at them, yowling. And she hugs the heat registers, but that’s just showing her intelligence. We do live in Wisconsin. Also, she loves my micro-plush blanket. It’s the softest blanket in the house. Again, that shows her intelligence.
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.
Belle has short hair, so you know my answer.
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.
B/C) This is an evil question. I pet Belle for a long, long time. Lately she’s been needy and won’t leave me. At some point, I have to put her down and say, “That’s enough.”
How goes the discussion about discipline in your house?
Shhh. I don’t want Belle to know she can discipline me.
What one thing would you change about your pet?
Belle only comes to me. I wish she’d let my husband pet her too. And she doesn’t come to me in the family room when I watch TV and would love to pet her. Instead she waits until I’m sitting in front of my computer and I’m working.
Do you believe pets and humans come to resemble each other over time?
I hope so. Then I’ll be beautiful and sleek too.
Don’t forget to check back tomorrow to hear Belle’s take on life with a writer!