I am happy to be part of the Blog Tour for Minette’s Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat. I have never interviewed a cat before, but Susanna gave me unlimited access to her inspiration, Chloe.
Here is my interview with Chloe Reich-Golio, as told to Susanna Reich.
(Tomorrow's blog tour stop is at The Fourth Musketeer http://fourthmusketeer.blogspot.com/ - interview with Susanna)
How long have you been helping Susanna write her books?
I'd rather not reveal my age. However, I have been watching Susanna type since I was a kitten. I do occasionally walk across the keyboard and step on a key here and there. My contributions are always the best part of her books.
What do you mean, Susanna's new book? I thought it was my new book. It says so right on the dedication page.
Describe your creative process.
I do my best work while I'm asleep. The trick is to follow the sun. In the morning, I snooze on Susanna's desk. Afternoons, I’m on the floor by the bookcase, right underneath the children's books. If Susanna leaves the room, I sit on her chair and infuse it with some good strong cat vibes. How else do you think she could claim to write that book about Minette?
Have you always been an only-cat?
I used to have a sister named Fluffy. She was a bit of a bully. Now that she's gone, it's much more peaceful around here. I can finally hear myself purr.
Minette's Feast is about a cat who lives with a gourmet cook. Are you a picky eater?
I am very discriminating. Lately, however, I've developed a fondness for sauteed chicken livers.
What do you do for entertainment?
I come from a family of readers, so when I'm feeling frisky, I climb the bookshelves. But I have to give that Julia Child woman some credit. A Brussels sprout tied to a string is not a bad idea.
What advice would you give author’s kitties on getting published?
Sit on top of the printer, the manuscript, or an envelope until your author submits your book for publication.
What are you and Susanna working on next?
Susanna is always working hard on something new, poor thing. I’m basking in my accomplishments and waiting for the royalty checks to pour in.
Where is your favorite hidey hole in the house and why?
There’s a sliver of space between the back of Susanna’s desk and the wall. I’m completely invisible there, except for my beautiful white paws.
Do you think dogs should get a shot at being authors too?
Are you kidding?