And now that the boring, official stuff is out of the way, I must caution you before you read this interview that the subject was not really a cat person and, as such, we have provided a “sample” image for what she’d look like if she were a cat. This is Poppy from my website (http://www.meankitty.com/Gallery2/poppy2.htm) juxtaposed with Annie’s author photo (http://www.anniesolomon.com/). Note the uncanny resemblance!
1) Why did you decide to be a writer instead of a cat sanctuary owner?
I don’t do well with cats, so cat sanctuary owner was kind of out of the picture. I could have been a lawyer because I like having a reason to dress up and get in front of people and perform, but the thought of having to read the tax code… What’s left after that?
2) Why do you think cats are better than dogs? (Since you call yourself a writer, I trust your answer will be eloquent.)
In an effort to be polite, I won’t say that I disagree with your opening assumption. I will say this, though: cats are elegant and regal. If I wasn’t being polite I might have said snooty, but in an effort to play nice I won’t.
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?
Sad to say, but not surprising given the above, there are no cats in my fiction. In fact, there are no animals of any kind. Instead, I have murderers and lovers. A fair amount of suspense, and, I hope, a good read. I tend to be more interested in things like revenge, which is what my latest, ONE DEADLY SIN, is about. Or revenge that doesn’t quite work out the way my heroine, Edie Swann, would like, seeing as how she gets caught in the trap she sets for the people she holds responsible for her father’s death.
Oh, hey—I just remembered a couple of animals in the book. Still no cats, but Edie does have a swan tattooed on her shoulder and a snake around her heart. Does that count?
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?
Hmm… I’ll have to think about that. Maybe…never? Then again, never say never, right? In fact, the heroine in the book I’m working on now could have a cat. If I wanted to do some rewriting. Which, as of now, I don’t.
5) What are your favorite works of fiction involving cats or favorite fictional cats?
Oh, I know that one: the Siamese cats in Lady and the Tramp. So deliciously, silkily evil.
6) Do you have any amazing, or at least humorous, real life cat stories you’d like to share?
I once held a cute, cuddly, teeny tiny kitten and he peed on me. I was so surprised I flung him across the room. Can you believe it? I felt awful. But it was a reflex. I swear. Ah, the mistakes of youth. Then again, maybe that’s why cats and I don’t seem to work out…
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.
On myself, I prefer the long then the short then the long. I get bored easily. My husband likes the no hair. He’s weird. If you’re referring to cats, I’m not sure of the difference between A and B. Definitely not C.
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.
Well, given the story in #6, I’d probably pick B. Sorry. Maybe that’s why I’m writing this instead of the book that’s due on my current contract?
How goes the discussion about discipline in your house?
Not well. I’m not very disciplined. Unless there’s a whip involved.
What one thing would you change about your pet/human?
Too many to list here.
Do you believe pets and humans come to resemble each other over time?
Absolutely. Which is why I have no pets. Wouldn’t wish this mug on any creature.
Can you type with a cat stretched out across your wrists? If not, why not? Otherwise, how’s the carpal tunnel?
I’d have to say that typing with a cat stretched out across my wrists would be the perfect excuse to not type at all. And believe me, I don’t need any more excuses.
When you’re in the zone with your writing, what does your cat have to do to get your attention?