Meankitty Wants to Know: Georgie Lee

We have a book release celebration/interview today with author Georgie Lee, whose Hollywood romance novel STUDIO RELATIONS has been published today (December 11, 2012) by Montlake Romance. Ms. Lee writes romance novels but used to be a scriptwriter. “When not writing, Georgie enjoys reading non-fiction history and watching any movie with a costume and an accent.” (quote from her official bio & picture from her website)

No mention of movies with CATS that have accents (but not costumes, because cats DO NOT like to wear clothes). Be sure and stop back by tomorrow when we’re cattifying STUDIO RELATIONS (better title: Poodlio Relations). Also check her Goodreads Page (link at the bottom) for a giveaway of the book in its pre-cattified state.

1) Why did you decide to be a writer instead of a cat sanctuary owner?

Sometimes I think herding cats would be easier than writing, especially when a scene or story isn’t going the way I want it to. However, since the zoning codes in my county prohibit keeping more than about ten pets, writing will have to suffice for now. Also, writing is something I’ve always wanted to do, but it took me a while to find my way to romance. Despite having read romance for years, I originally wanted to be a screenwriter and I moved to Los Angeles to pursue my dream. While I didn’t take Hollywood by storm, once I decided to try my hand at romance, it felt like I’d found my true calling and it’s been a fun ride ever since.

2) Why do you think cats are better than dogs, pigs, horses, goats, ferrets, rabbits and other so-called pets? (Since you call yourself a writer, I trust your answer will be eloquent.)

I love ancient Egyptian mythology and Hathor is my favorite goddess. She was the goddess of love but also the Eye of the Sun, the avenger of RA. There is a great myth about her wrecking havoc on mankind in her feline form. As much as I love dogs, there isn’t a similar great myth about a canine goddess ripping mankind to shreds and only being stopped by a large pool of beer.

3) Further expressing your eloquence, what is the worst thing about dog sitting for about a thousand and twenty four dogs, which I hear you like to do?

Cleaning up after eight little ankle bitters is the worst part about watching them. I deal with this by keeping them outside as much as possible, but even this isn’t easy. When I have them outside in the upper yard, I have to do a head count every few minutes to make sure no one has done a runner. On more than one occasion I have had a little one sneak into our much larger lower yard where coyotes have been known to wander. I haven’t lost a pooch yet, so I must be a pretty good dog herder.

4) 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 am ashamed to admit that felines do not make appearances in my stories (hangs head in shame).

5) On the off-chance you have yet to incorporate cats into your fiction, when or how do you plan to rectify this egregious error and demonstration of poor writing skills?

Now that the error of my ways has been pointed out to me, I will do my best to include a cat in one of my future books. Perhaps the heroine in my current WIP needs a feline friend? What say you, readers?

6) What are your favorite works of fiction or cinema involving cats or favorite fictional cats? As a golden age movie buff, I expect you have a long list, right?

The list is so long that I can’t type it all here. However, one great film from the list is Bringing Up Baby in which a leopard stars alongside Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant. I also follow the adventures of Bucky Katt (Get Fuzzy) each morning.

6.5) Do you know any great tales of Hollywood movie stars and how nuts they were for their cats?

Tippi Hedrin, best known for starring in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, is a passionate advocate for large cats. She has raised millions for Shambala, a lion and tiger sanctuary outside of Los Angeles, and advocates for legislation to protect big cats.

7) Why don’t you write me a poem about cats? I’ll publish it in the interview. I’m probably as prestigious as a lot of literary journals. (And I pay in copies, too! Print it out as many times as you want.)

Roses are red,
violets are blue,
cats kill rats,
but they didn’t kill enough to stop the spread of bubonic plague in the 12th century.

8) How were dogs and cats regarded during the ancient Roman period, during which Mask of the Gladiator is set? While cats probably weren’t worshipped in 41 AD like in the good ole days of Egypt, were cats considered as awesome then as they are now?

I’ve read conflicting stories on whether or not Romans were really into cats. Some people say Romans were not fond of cats as evidenced by the lack of cat artwork. Other sources say cats were associated with the goddess Libertas. Earlier this year, a cat led a man into a previously unknown ancient Roman catacomb and I think that is pretty awesome. You can read more about this awesome cat in the Guardian article. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/oct/18/cat-2000-year-old-roman-catacomb

9) Did you know it’s been clinically proven (by me) that writers with cats make more money and are happier in general?

I did not know this. Does the size of the cat correspond to the amount of money made? If so, I need to adopt Garfield.

10) How do you think writers are like cats?

I think writers, like cats, have nine lives. All of us, on more than one occasion, has “died” because of a rejection or a bad review. However, like cats, we can land on our feet and keep going.

Links
Buy link for Studio Relations – http://www.amazon.com/Studio-Relations-ebook/dp/B008RBSNYY
Website: www.georgie-lee.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/georgie.lee.96
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GeorgieLeeBooks
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2985551.Georgie_Lee

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Sincerely,

Meankitty & Jody Wallace
www.jodywallace.com * www.meankitty.com