My Typing Slave has purchased quite a few perches for my use that look a lot like books written by author Candace Havens, who writes wonderful romance and women’s fiction about witches, demons, sisters and librarians as well as some erotic romance and nonfiction. Most recently her book Dragons Prefer Blondes is being released by Berkley Trade, so I thought it would be a good time to find out when SHE is opening a cat sanctuary. Read more below….
1) Why did you decide to be a writer instead of a cat sanctuary owner?
The only reason I didn’t open the sanctuary was because of a terrible allergic reaction to the most beautiful creatures in the world. Writing was the next best thing for me. It allows me to create worlds where my characters are not allergic to lovely felines.
2) Why do you think cats are better than dogs? (Since you call yourself a writer, I trust your answer will be eloquent.)
Well, that’s an easy one. Cats are so smart, beautiful and elegant.
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?
In my first three books, which is the Charmed & Dangerous series, Casper was prominent. She was a protector and friend of my witch Bronwyn. I have plans to star some felines in upcoming books.
4) What are your favorite works of fiction involving cats or favorite fictional cats?
I really enjoy the Lillian Jackson Braun series, and there are so many others, um, Annette Blair and Yasmine Galenorn are two more that come to mind.
5) Do you have any amazing, or at least humorous, real life cat stories you’d like to share?
My parents didn’t seem to care that I had such horrible allergies, so we always had felines around when I was growing up. They had very original names like Girl Kitty, Boy Kitty and Killer. My favorite was Goffrey, he was dark gray and I swear he knew everything I was thinking. One time when I was upset about something, he came and put his paw on my hand, as if to say, “everything will be okay.” I loved that guy, and he had the most incredible green and gold eyes. He was magic.
6) 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.
I wasn’t fond of the cleaning up the long hair part, but we’ve had some of the most beautiful long hair cats when I was growing up. My aunt just bought a hairless cat, and I’m thinking, with my allergies, that might be the way to go. 🙂
7) 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.
If I had a cat it would most definitely be C.