Author Moira Keith is not commanded by a feline at this present time, which is sad for her and we should all send silky, hairy wishes her way so that this may change in her near future. Here are her answers to my insightful questions:
1) Why did you decide to be a writer instead of a cat sanctuary owner?
Such a great question, Meankitty. In all honesty, my funds were a bit low when I began considering the opportunities and sense of satisfaction one would garner from owning a cat sanctuary. Becoming a novelist seemed like a logical way to bankroll such a great project.
2) Why do you think cats are better than dogs? (Since you call yourself a writer, I trust your answer will be eloquent.)
While I do enjoy the company of dogs and had the pleasure of growing up owned by several varieties of the canine species, cats have an appeal all their own. Their predatory grace is inspiring on so many levels. The intelligence of the feline is evident in their problem solving skills. I truly believe that cats make some of the best owners. They seem to sense your moods and know just what you need. A little lap cuddle accompanied by the soft purr of a feline companion is unmatched by their canine counterparts. (Just my opinion, so any dog lovers out there, please take no offense.) But the whole “cats rule” saying did not come about for nothing. 😉
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?
I have yet to incorporate felines in my fiction. A major oversite, I know.
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 do apologize if I have offended my host by my lack of feline representation in my writing thus far and know that I plan to rectify this oversight soon. I love paranormal romance and have been dreaming of a story that would incorporate some of your larger relatives. I do apologize if I have offended my host by my lack of feline representation in my writing thus far. I also have a novel in the works where a feline companion for my heroine may be just what the story is lacking. How did I not see this before?
5) What are your favorite works of fiction involving cats or favorite fictional cats?
Have you ever read Tigress by the Tail? I absolutely adore that novel. Teresa D’Amario does such a wonderful job of capturing the essence of such a big cat. I find it inspiring that such grace can be demonstrated in writing.
6) Do you have any amazing, or at least humorous, real life cat stories you’d like to share?
Not being a cat owner as of yet, I have no cat stories of my own. However, I do remember my mother having cats prior to my birth. One cat in particular has a story that has been shared over the years. The cat knew he was not supposed to get on the counter. As the story goes, the foil wrapped cornbread was too tempting. The cat got on the counter ate the cornbread, and then ended up with a slight bathroom issue which resulted in a very messy stereo system and an unhappy dad.
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.
Well, I would have to say that my preference would be for a short haired cat. As beautiful as the long haired varieties of felines are, I have always been more partial to the short haired varieties. Though truthfully, to be owned by a cat, I wouldn’t be picky, because whoever would have me, I would be much obliged.
8) Multiple choice 2. You have a writing deadline but the cat who (let’s pretend) 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.
I imagine, if I could satisfy my loving and attention craving feline by fulfilling her needs, it would allow me the chance to possibly regain the momentum needed to finish my next masterpiece. Who knows, maybe if I even allow her to sit on my lap while I work, I may possibly pen a novel worthy of a Pulitzer.
Thank you so much, Meankitty, for allowing me the opportunity to be interviewed by such a highly respected feline. As an author, it is wonderful to see the support we have out there.