Yesterday we interviewed the slashtastic Cody, and today we’re going to talk some more to his human, Raine Weaver. Raine’s website is: www.raineweaver.com she is an erotic romance writer who tends to also have paranormal elements in her stories. She has free samples on her website (probably for the over 18 crowd) and more information about her stories.
1) Why did you decide to be a writer instead of a cat sanctuary owner?
I AM a cat sanctuary owner. Not too long ago I was up to five. I’d taken in one stray who thought he was a dog, one enormous king cat left for dead, one feral, one born deaf, and one with 24 toes who’d occasionally hold a pencil in his paw like a writer and seriously creep me out.
2) Why do you think cats are better than dogs? (Since you call yourself a writer, I trust your answer will be eloquent.)
Sorry, Meankitty. I love all animals and, being a relativist about these things, I’d hesitate to call any species “better”. Just “different”. But cats are definitely the most different creatures on earth. (Did I clean that up ok?).
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 one of the first series stories I wrote, felines played a very important part. From a single mystical litter, each of seven cats had a special connection with seven psychic sisters. Hope it sees publication one day!
4) What are your favorite works of fiction involving cats or favorite fictional cats?
At the moment, I’d have to say Koko and Yum Yum in “The Cats Who…” mystery series. And Chester, from the fabulous “Bunnicula” story.
5) Do you have any amazing, or at least humorous, real life cat stories you’d like to share?
How much time ya got? Hmmm…my favorite true kittle story would have to be The Great Pot Party.
I rarely leave my job early. But I always got a kick out of the surprised expression on the cats’ faces when I showed up unexpectedly. They’d look like kids caught with fingers in the cookie jar. But on this one special occasion…they looked INNOCENT. I tiptoed into the living room oh so quietly, and all four cats gave me the most intensely casual glance you can imagine. As if one of them had sounded the alarm.
As if nothing could possibly be WRONG…
It was only then that I noticed the fine sprinkling of green leaves and seeds on the living room floor. Barely a dusting it was, but enough to make me suspicious. On a hunch, I rushed to the kitchen cabinet, which I ALWAYS leave closed, to find that yes—the double-thick baggie containing the catnip was GONE.
I peeked back into the living room. Such a show of lounging and grooming you wouldn’t believe. But I was on the case now. The cabinet door had been pried opened. Apparently the dime bag—er, catnip had been sampled for purity right there. I could see the dust. Fascinated, I followed the green trail from the kitchen, into the living room and down the hallway. Apparently, there’d been quite a party. Plants knocked over, rugs scattered everywhere. Finally, I found the one piece of concrete evidence. The wet, missing baggie in the bathroom. It had been dunked into the toilet water, apparently until it made enough nice, tasty paste for all, removed, then left ripped and licked clean on the cold tile floor.
Short of buying them a bong, all I could do was laugh.
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.
It doesn’t really matter. The length of the hair is pretty irrelevant. It’s how it embeds and arranges itself in disarmingly erratic patterns on your favorite little black dress, isn’t it?
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.
Then C it is. I’m no fool. 😉
How goes the discussion about discipline in your house?
Ahhhh-ha-ha-ha-ha-haaaa!! Whooo-heee, ha-ha-haaaaaa…wait, lemme wipe my eyes…good one…
What one thing would you change about your pet/human?
If he really MUST clean his paws in the toilet, couldn’t he at least wipe the water off the seat?!
Do you think pets and humans come to resemble each other over time?
Yes. I’m looking forward to it.
Can you type with a cat stretched out across your wrists? If not, why not? Otherwise, how’s the carpal tunnel?
Yes, I can. And the vibration from purring does wonders for carpal tunnel.
When you’re in the zone with your writing, what does your cat have to do to get your attention?
I’ve been “accidentally” turned off more than once. And the innocence on the faces afterward! Butter wouldn’t melt.