Missy Jane submitted her interview to me months ago and has been waiting patiently for her chance to go live! Please welcome her in true SOHC fashion, by staring at her, unblinking, until she feels really uncomfortable and then sticking your butt in her face. Hey, it’s how we roll.
1) Why did you decide to be a writer instead of a cat sanctuary owner?
Though I love and respect felines, the voices in my head insisted that I write their stories rather than simply sitting around all day telling cats about them.
2) Why do you think cats are better than dogs? (Since you call yourself a writer, I trust your answer will be eloquent.)
Well…let’s just say that dogs might be man’s best friend, but diamonds are a girl’s best friend and what is just as dazzling, invaluable and precious as a diamond? A cat.
My current published book, They Call me Death, is about shapeshifters of all species. I do mention canine shifters but haven’t created a main feline character…yet.
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?
Hopefully by my third book I will have honed my skill to the level where I can properly do a feline character justice. I’m still a newbie after all.
[ Meankitty’s Note: Keep us posted! Authors who write about cats don’t get the butt in face, they get the paw on leg. ]
5) What are your favorite works of fiction involving cats or favorite fictional cats?
Dr. Suess’ Cat in the Hat is definitely a fave, as well as Puss in Boots. However the Cheshire Cat of Alice in Wonderland tops the list. I especially like Frank Beddor’s version in his Looking Glass Wars series.
6) Do you have any amazing, or at least humorous, real life cat stories you’d like to share?
Unfortunately no 🙁
[ Meankitty’s Note: She’s sadly deprived! I cry tuna scented tears for her. ]
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.
I’ll have to go with short hair. Though I love running my fingers through long hair, the clean-up is not so fun.
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, I don’t have cats, but I do have kids and from that experience I’ll have to answer C.
How goes the discussion about discipline in your house?
Basically I rule the roost and everyone falls in line. As it should be.
What one thing would you change about your pet?
I have no pets. My kids take all of my free time.
Do you think pets and humans come to resemble each other over time?
Absolutely! I’ve seen it and it’s frightening. One of the main reasons I will never own a bulldog.
Can you type with a cat stretched out across your wrists? If not, why not? Otherwise, how’s the carpal tunnel?
I’ve never tried that, but I can type with “mommy” being repeated over and over in my ear.
[ Typing Slave’s Note: TEACH ME HOW, PLEASE! ]
When you’re in the zone with your writing, what does your pet have to do to get your attention?
If I’m in the zone I might not even notice a bomb going off, so my (hypothetical) cat would have to be very inventive.