Author Jennifer Lynne is owned by Cleo the cat, whom we’ll hear from tomorrow or the next day, so be sure and come back for the IMPORTANT information. We just let the humans go first to get the small stuff out of the way, sort of like how the most exciting moment of a movie or tv program comes last.
Jennifer is with Red Sage Publishing, in both paper and electronic formats, and if she were at our house right now, we think she’d be laughing at the sight of Food Slave (large human male) trying to figure out a knitting machine with the help of the small humans and Meankitty. The yarn is in a huge, glorious mess of pink fuzzy stuff, and Meankitty approves. But we were talking about Jennifer. She lives in Australia, where she’s owned by Cleo, as stated. Her website is here:
And by the way, one of the small humans is putting the needle in her mouth and the cat is writhing on the yarn pile and the other small human is about to knock the knitting machine onto the ground while Typing Slave is just here in the recliner, typing away and earning Food Slave’s disapproval. Luckily he can’t shoot too many dirty looks because otherwise he’ll have to cook dinner, too.
Back to Jennifer’s Q&A:
1) Why did you decide to be a writer instead of a cat sanctuary owner?
I don’t think I’m quite up to the task of cat sanctuary owner. It really takes one in a million to do that sort of thing properly. So I’ve had to settle for being an erotic romance author instead. A poor second, I know, but you felines deserve the best.
2) Why do you think cats are better than dogs? (Since you call yourself a writer, I trust your answer will be eloquent.)
I am definitely a cat person. There is something so mysterious and aloof about cats and I just love them. From the smallest moggie to the largest lion or tiger, I love all things feline. They have grace, allure, beauty and they are in charge of things at all times. I like that. Dogs are okay too, but they’re so needy. And of course, it helps that my star sign is Leo!
[[Meankitty’s Note: we love how Aussie and other cats are called “moggies”.]]
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?
Lancelot the cat [[more about him tomorrow in Cleo’s interview]] plays a very significant part in my Secrets Volume 28 novella, Seducing Serena. He has an instinct about people, and knows who to rub up against and who to avoid like the plague. The heroine, Serena, is in need of a knight in shining armour, so who better to take her on as his human than the protective Lancelot? Okay, so it was a bit of an oversight on my part not to have a cat in my upcoming novella, Pandora’s Gift. But I can tell you that Pandora is definitely the type who would take in a stray cat or two and let them adopt her, so who knows what the future holds in that regard? My current work in progress has a beautiful ginger princess who is modelled on Cleo, so I am hoping she will be happy this time round.
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?
5) What are your favorite works of fiction involving cats or favorite fictional cats?
Cleo will be mentioning a favorite tomorrow, and there’s a series of detective style novels set in the 1960’s that involve a cat. The author’s name escapes me right now, but I remember the series being fun and quirky. Hmm, while we’re on the subject of fiction, is it okay to admit that I have a dream of one day being able to fit nicely into a Catwoman costume, without my children rolling their eyes and telling me I’m too old? Yeah, yeah…Cleo just hissed.
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.
As a writer, worker, housekeeper and mum, I am inclined to say C as my time is so limited and cleaning/vaccuuming is low on the list. But as a cat lover I say all of the above. All cats are beautiful, no matter how much or how little hair they have. It’s something about the elegant shape of the face and their aloof yet curious manner…
How goes the discussion about discipline in your house?
Cleo: I meow. They jump. That’s how its always been and that’s the way it should continue.
Do you think pets and humans come to resemble each other over time?
Jennifer: I try to balance Cleo’s needs together with my children’s and my own needs. There are rules that we all need to abide by in order to get along and… what’s that, darling? What are you meowing about? Are you hungry, precious girl? But I just fed… oh, okay, maybe just a few more kibbles.
What one thing would you change about your pet/human?
Cleo: I want her to employ a masseur for me.
Jennifer: The vet says she’s a little on the large side since her knee reconstruction, so I wish she’d do a little more exercise now her legs are working properly.
Rebuttal by Cleo: I beg your pardon? I’m voluptuous! Shapely!
Do you believe pets and humans come to resemble each other over time?
Cleo: I look nothing like her. I’m beautiful.
Jennifer: I think that can happen in some cases, though its hard to tell something like that about yourself!
Can you type with a cat stretched out across your wrists? If not, why not? Otherwise, how’s the carpal tunnel?
When you’re in the zone with your writing, what does your cat have to do to get your attention?
Biting my feet – without a doubt this seems to be at the top of Cleo’s list. It seems that she was born with a foot fetish – she just loves bare feet of any kind and can’t stay away from them. She’s either rubbing on them, lying across them, or grabbing and biting them. That definitely gets the attention. We warn all our visitors to keep their shoes or socks on. If there are no bare feet around she’ll just climb into your lap instead and needle away quite happily. Hmm, foot fetish. I am an erotic author after all – I wonder if there’s something I can use in that idea? Yes, I’m beginning to see that Cleo does help with my writing ideas, albeit in a roundabout way…