Meankitty Wants to Know: Reese Ryan

Author Reese Ryan has a book out now with Carina Press entitled Making the First Move. It’s got some humans on the cover being all kissy and stuff. Let’s find out more about her…

1) Why did you decide to be a writer instead of a cat sanctuary owner? Does this have anything to do with the fact your household is currently deprived of a cat?

I have great respect for the felines of the world, dearest Meankitty. But alas, my dreadful allergies to the fairer pet prevent me from being owned by a kitty…or 24. Therefore, I had to fall back on my first love of storytelling.

2) Why do you think cats are better than dogs? (Since you call yourself a writer, I trust your answer will be eloquent.)

This is a challenging question, Meankitty. One I must answer carefully if I wish to avoid being booted from the Meankitty Show. *Ahem* *Adjusts collar and eyes exits.* Cats are indeed the more clever pet. They are quite self-sufficient and extremely graceful. Most felines barely reveal a hint of their ultimate goal—to take over the world. However, a former co-worker who is a dedicated cat owner has a sign in her office that says, “Dogs have owners. Cats have staff.” Since my hidden agenda is to be Queen (or at least Princess) of a yet-to-be determined country, I’m in search of my own staff. This makes me a poor match for the felines of the world.

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 Making the First Move—which releases today—felines are mentioned a few times. While the felines mentioned have pivotal roles, their contribution occurs off-stage so, unfortunately, we don’t get to meet either of them.

4) 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?

Funny you should mention this, Meankitty. I’ve been running some ideas through my head for stories involving characters in the book I just completed—Love Me Not. One character already owns a dog. But I was thinking that a kitty would make the perfect companion for the other character. She’s recently graduated from college and will be striking out on her own. I think a cat would suit her.

5) In MAKING THE FIRST MOVE, your hero rescues at-risk young humans from the road to disaster. How do you think your story would have been different if your hero had been, say, a cat sanctuary owner rescuing at-risk young cats from the road to disaster? (I mean–besides BETTER, of course, because of all the cats in the story.)

While obviously the story would have been more compelling with the introduction of dozens of felines, it would lessen Raine’s impact on the world. Each feline rescued would only be able to accommodate one owner (or family). However, each young human that he rescues has the potential to accommodate several cats. So Raine is acting in the best interest of humans and felines everywhere.

6) In LOVE ME NOT your heroine is a moody artist and your hero is described as a handsome, sweet man, which really sounds like he’d be a pet person. In particular a CAT person. How would your hero and heroine in this book reconcile their difference if the heroine’s self-loathing moodiness was caused by being a DOG person (probably) and the hero’s awesomeness was caused by being a CAT person?

Very observant, MK. I hadn’t considered it, but Jamie Charles is definitely more of a dog person, while Miles would be more of a cat person. Jamie’s pretty insistent and she isn’t accustomed to compromising, so Miles might be in for a bit of a battle. However, I’d like to think that they’d come to an amicable agreement that would make everyone happy. (Except maybe the cat, who’d be forced to take up residence with a dog.)

7) What are your favorite works of fiction or cinema involving cats or favorite fictional cats?

My favorite fictional feline is Garfield—the cartoon version being far superior to the live-action version. My second favorite would be Salty—the cat who owns Caroline from the nineties television show, Caroline in the City.

8) Do you have any amazing, or at least humorous, real life cat stories you’d like to share? Barring cat stories, you may share stories about dogs embarrassing themselves if you like.

I have both, but sadly, I can’t share either under order of the F.B.I.—the Feline Bureau of Investigation.

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

Since housing and feeding cats is undoubtedly less expensive than doing the same for dogs and cats never need to be walked and rarely require bathing, that makes perfect sense.

10) How do you think writers are like cats?

Since cats have staff—and I clearly do not—I’ve gotta say most of the writers I know are more like dogs. Sorry Meankitty, but bear with me for a minute here. However, writers who hover in the ether at the top of the kingdom do employ a full support team and have thousands of fans falling at their feet. These gods among writers are definitely more like cats.


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