Ms. Lori used to be in Typing Slave’s local writing chapter until life and busyness required her to be elsewhere. But she’s still writing! Let’s find out if she’s a keeper. Tomorrow or the next day we’ll hear from the more important member of her family, Shredder. Oh, and some DAWG named Cleetus too.
Meankitty Wants To Know…
1) Why did you decide to be a writer instead of a cat sanctuary owner?
Actually my cat Shredder has inspired me to write, blog and work on my creative story telling. As a solitary feline who rules our domain, I am afraid that I may have gotten on her nerves always including her in my make believe world. She would often paw at the screen and I know in her intelligence, she was trying to use sign language to allow me to understand she was bored with it all and I needed to find another outlet. Hence, I have four completed novels, two works in process and one almost complete. I believe she is happy that I force it on others in the human world.
2) Why do you think cats are better than dogs? (Since you call yourself a writer, I trust your answer will be eloquent.)
I have found her intelligence far outweighs that of the canine world. Although independent and solitary, she has shown more cunning than her adversary, Cleetus, has ever done. Not to mention she shows me love by offering trophies of her hunting prowess. No dog has ever left the head of a rabbit at my doorstep and looked at me as proud as she does.
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?
My novels often involve serious crimes of passion and murder. I could never hurt a feline and although I know that a wonderful cat would serve as a talisman, I just have not found the right place for them yet. However, I promise to work toward that endeavor in my next best selling novel.
4) Do you have any amazing, or at least humorous, real life cat stories you’d like to share?
I have a friend who is a country music artist, Erika Jo who won Nasvhille Star a couple of years ago. When she would travel out of town, I would keep her African Grey Parrot. Our Shredder was very curious about the large and obnoxious bird, but tolerated her allowing the bird to sleep below her bed which now was on top of the cage. This of course was after letting her human know it was uncomfortable on the cage. Over time, the bird learned to call the cat and Shredder would oblidge with an obligatory wiggle of her tail and walk away until night time.
One particular night, the bird called to her, “Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty.” The next thing we knew, a piercing cry of pain emitted throughout the house, and as we all came running, Shredder could not be found, but the bird had cat hair in its mouth and actually laughed a mimicked evil type laugh, muhahahah. That was a little unnerving, especially since we could not find Shredder for several hours. After that night, Shredder returned to her normal perch on the couch and her damaged ego and tail quickly healed. We never kept the bird again.
5) 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 like all cats with hair as the no hair cats kind of creep me out.
6) 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.
Of course, C! I often work with Shredder by my side and would have it no other way.
Questions from Readers:
How goes the discussion about discipline in your house?
What one thing would you change about your pet/human?
Cat: I would prefer gourmet prepared food daily, I get very tired of meow mix. However, they know better than to let me see the bottom of the bowl. It is always full, or they are punished.
Human: Someone to clean up the cat and dog hair. Nonsheding pets would work.
Do you believe pets and humans come to resemble each other over time?
If humans are lucky!
Can you type with a cat stretched out across your wrists?
No, but she prefers to sleep under the warm light that I have for her anyway.
Otherwise, how’s the carpal tunnel?
No carpal tunnel, tennis elbow.
She steps in front of the monitor and tries to type her own thoughts. Gets my attention pretty quick.
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