Today Meankitty’s interviewing Kelly Jamieson, a writer who’s a self-professed DAWG person but we were able to forgive her once she paid her proper respects. She writes sexy romances for a variety of publishers.
1) Why did you decide to be a writer instead of a cat sanctuary owner?
Cat sanctuary owner wasn’t one of my career goals. But it’s probably about as practical and lucrative as being a writer.
2) Why do you think cats are better than dogs? (Since you call yourself a writer, I trust your answer will be eloquent.)
Um. Cats are very intelligent and independent. And they’re uh…cute. Especially kittens. Yeah.
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’ve never had a cat in any of my stories. In fact I don’t usually even have dogs, which is strange given that I love dogs so much (sorry Meankitty). One of my books, Dream Girl, had a dog in it, a golden retriever with a nice smile. Now you’ve got me wondering why my characters don’t have pets. I’m worried about that.
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’m putting a feline into my WIP right now.
Does The Lion King count? Mufasa and Simba are cats, just really big. How about Timon? I guess a meerkat isn’t really a cat…
[Abby, Kelly’s DAWG, is about the size of a cat.]
6) Do you have any amazing, or at least humorous, real life cat stories you’d like to share?
When I was a girl, we had cats as pets, but my father HATED them. We had bad luck with cats – they seemed to disappear. I’m not sure if my father had anything to do with that or not. (Sorry again Meankitty.) Anyway, my sister and I wanted another cat to replace the many that had disappeared and we had to beg and beg. My dad finally agreed, and to make him happy we named the cat Whiskey, after his favorite beverage.
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.
Tough question because I hate cat hair and am actually allergic to it but a cat with no hair? That’s gotta be all kinds of ugly. Long hair is nice to look at from a distance, which is where I prefer to be with cats anyway.
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.
If I had a cat it would be locked in another room. I do have a dog who rules me, though, and although I am tempted at times to lock her in another room, one look into the big brown eyes does it and I end up with the dog on my lap trying to pet her and type at the same time. Challenging but doable.
How goes the discussion about discipline in your house?
There is no discipline in our house LOL.
What one thing would you change about your pet?
My dog is such a sucky baby lap dog there are times I wish she was a bit more catlike and would just leave me alone.
Can you type with a cat stretched out across your wrists? If not, why not? Otherwise, how’s the carpal tunnel?
(Laughing) I’ve done it (see above) with the dog so I probably could with a cat.
When you’re in the zone with your writing, what does your pet have to do to get your attention?
One day she barfed on the carpet and that got my attention.