Today I am going to interview the cats who own author Cherie Denis, who is part of my Typing Human’s local RWA chapter, MCRW. The humans have known each other for years! Sounds like the cats would be good to know too.
|Lily, the matriarch….
1) So, Rose and Lily, I hear your human writes books. Does this mean she is home all day and easy to access? Elaborate if necessary.
Lily: Oh, she’s home, all right, but she’s always so busy. If I rub up against her leg she calls me a good kitty, but she loves Rose best and Rose isn’t even cute like I am.
Rose: Wait just a minute. No one babies me. Well, maybe a little. When I cry really loud Mommy yells at me and then she comes to find me and cuddle me. I can do the same with Grandma and Daddy.
L: See, I told you she’s spoiled.
R: Well, if you want to be cuddled, you have to be less grown up. Leg rubs won’t get you anything other than an ear rub and a “what a good girl you are, Lily”.
2) How large a proportion of her income do you have her devote to your gourmet tuna, cat beds, toys and other basic necessities?
L: Hahaha – what income? Mommy writes every day and has a bunch of books published, but I don’t see any extra money floating around.
R: Remember, Lily, she did make us new beds the other day.
L: Yeah, out of stuff she had around the house.
R: We have tons of toys.
L: Leftovers from their old cats.
R: I like the toys – you’re just picky.
3) What are your techniques for distracting your human during crucial writing moments, just because it’s fun?
L: Obviously, Rose is a crybaby so she gets plenty of attention by crying and distracting Mommy. Rose does it on purpose too.
R: Well, it works, doesn’t it?
L: Humph, I’m not a baby and I refuse to pretend to be one. I just walk to where she’s working and jump on her keyboard and shove until she moves her chair back so I can get some love.
R: Sticking your tongue out at me isn’t ladylike and Mommy made us promise to be nice to each other while we visit with Meankitty.
L: Big baby.
4) What indignities and neglect have you suffered because of your human’s writing career?
L: So far other than Mommy and Daddy bringing home the little black tornado, I’ve been treated really well. Daddy fills our bowls – I guess that means Mommy is too busy to fill them. Hmmmm.
R: No complaints from me. I’m really happy here. Sure beats living at the Animal Control.
L: You idiot, don’t you realize they rescued us both. You’re not special.
R: So you’re admitting we aren’t neglected?
L: I guess. Hisss. I hate it when you’re right.
5) Tell me about the felines in your human’s fiction. How often do they appear and how big a part do they play?
L: Mommy puts a cat in all her stories. She even wrote a book about an alien cat. I think the book was called Kiss Me Baby.
R: Hey, no one told me she wrote about cats. Can I read the book?
L: I suppose when you grow up and learn to read. And, before you ask, no, I’m not teaching you to read.
6) On the off-chance your human has yet to incorporate cats into a story, what are your plans for making sure she rectifies this egregious error and demonstration of poor writing skills?
L: No problem there. Mommy and Daddy both love us. Mommy will always put cats in her stories.
R: Uh, doesn’t she write something called erotic romance?
L: Yes, but she can still put a cat in the story someplace.
R: Okay, if you say so, but Mommy said we’re too young to be reading what she writes. Except for her alien cat story.
7) What works of fiction or cinema involving cats does your human enjoy sharing with you?
L: Mommy reads sexy stories with horses and cowboys – very few have a cat in them. Sometimes there’s a stupid dog, though.
R: Mommy and Daddy don’t watch movies. They do watch TV some nights, but the shows are usually about hunting for a house, a comedy or food. Just boring stuff.
8) If you could make one change to your human, what would it be?
L: I don’t know. She’s very good to us and says we’re her babies. Maybe it would be nice if she didn’t talk baby talk to me anymore. But I put up with it.
R: I love Mommy, but I wish she’d leave my toenails alone. I don’t like having them clipped. Yuck. Daddy has to hold me tight so I won’t run away. It’s terrible.
L: You’ll get used to it, she does it to me all the time. Besides, what are you complaining about? You get a treat afterwards, don’t you?
9) Did your human name a character for you? Or did your human name you after a fictional character?
L: Mommy loves flowers, but she has a brown thumb, so she named us after her favorite flowers.
R: Yeah, I heard Mommy and Daddy almost called me Violet. I just hate that name. I like being Rose.
10) How do you give your writer human new ideas?
L: I don’t know, but I think some of the cats in her stories do play and do silly things.
R: Lily says I can’t read yet, but the way Mommy and Daddy watch me…
L: Hey, I’m here, you know.
R: Okay. They watch us both and laugh so Mommy must get some ideas from us.
Meankitty & the Typist