Meankitty Wants to Know: Nathalie Gray

Author Nathalie Gray writes science fiction romances, among other genres, for Red Sage and Ellora’s Cave. Since she has a DAWG in the house instead of a cat, I wonder if she’s quite as respectful of my authority as she pretends to be!


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

I am but a lowly two-leg and I lost my way, Exalted Feline Idol.

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

Erm…*looking into dog’s big, brown eyes*

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 am woefully ashamed at never having possessed the mental acumen and vision of including a member of the esteemed feline species. I shall endeavor to rectify this deplorable situation as soon as my humble human hands can write, and, trusting in your magnanimous nature, will hope to have elevated myself from the lowly status of dog-lover.

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?

*groveling and pointing to question above*

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

Pet Cemetery. “Church” was one hellacat!

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

Would a dog story entertain you, O Slinky One? No? Please forgive my insolence! Here, please accept this sardine as token of my abject deference!

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.

A) Long hair because I’ve been deprived of seeing lovely long hair for twelve years during my first career (Canadian military, 12 years).

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, of course, most Magnificently Furred Ruler of All Things.

User submitted:

How goes the discussion about discipline in your house?

It goes something like this:

Me: Make your bed and clean your room, please. I swear I saw something moving under that pile over there.

Son: You’re so MEAN!

What one thing would you change about your pet?

I would like to have a “mute” button for when another dog *dares* to use my pet’s street, breathe his air and look in his direction.

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


Meankitty’s Note: I guess the hair resembles the dog underneath the blonde color?

Can you type with a cat stretched out across your wrists? If not, why not? Otherwise, how’s the carpal tunnel?

I type with 95lbs of Chocolate Lab stretched out across my feet.

Meankitty’s Note: I have never heard of carpal ankle, but there’s always a first time!

When you’re in the zone with your writing, what does your pet have to do to get your attention?

Either drool over my shoes, *appear* as if he is *about* to drool over my shoes, or *seem* as if he’s *thinking* of perhaps drooling over my shoes.

Meankitty’s Note: Obviously drooling on the shoes is an issue. I think it would be more of an issue if the gross, slimy drool were on bare flesh but I guess it depends on how $$ the shoes were!


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