Animal & Authors with Linda Yezak

03 Feb
PB and me 2

Linda Yezak and PB

Writing – they say – is a solitary occupation. But is it? Really? Let’s visit with Linda Yezak and ask her about her constant companion.

QPQ: Introduce us to the cat  you’re sharing with us today.

LY: My one remaining cat is PB, aka Purr Box, aka Nacogdoches Fats. She was a rescue kitty, and when we first got her, she had two questions for us: Do you love me? Where’s the food?

When we got her, we already had two other cats: Belle, the queen kitty, who knew how to use her authority, and Cuddlebug, Belle’s bashful daughter. Over time, the two taught PB little things, like the pecking order in the Catdom, where the litter box is, and the rule that no cat is ever allowed on a hard surface like the countertops and table.

Cuddle Bug 2


They also, apparently, severely messed with her head. PB is the only cat I’ve ever had that doesn’t hang out with me when I’m cooking. Apparently, she’s under the impression she isn’t allowed in the kitchen. Not true, but, well . . . there ya go. The problem is, the litter box is in the laundry room, on the other side of the kitchen. If she needs to go and I’m cooking, she won’t run through to go to the litter box—she’ll find an alternative location. Fun.

QPQ: Since you’re an author and you come up with names all the time, how did you come up with PB’s name?

LY: PB purred like crazy when we first got her. Apparently she was thankful to have found a forever-home.

QPQ: How does PB help you in your writing?



LY: Oh, she’s quite handy. She keeps my fingers warm by donating fur to the keyboard and keeps my legs warm by nudging my laptop over and sitting in its place. She teaches me to remember that nothing happening on the computer is more important than what’s happening in real life—like the fact her food bowl is empty. She wakes me by 4:30 every morning so I can get an early start to the day, then reminds me that quitting time is at 5:00 p.m. by standing by my chair and demanding attention (and she can be unbearably demanding).

QPQ: Have you ever written one of your pets into a story?

LY:  PB and Belle’s brother Tom were rolled into a single pet I used in The Cat Lady’s Secret: a cat named “Bulldog.”

QPQ: Tell us three things you and PB have in common.

LY: We’re both on the heavy side, we both like my chair (and often have to fight over it), and we both love my husband—especially when he comes bearing treats.

Thank you for visiting here at the Quid Pro Quills. Where on the web can readers connect with you and your books?

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8 responses to “Animal & Authors with Linda Yezak

  1. Robin Patchen

    February 3, 2016 at 7:57 am

    Love your kitties, Linda. Thanks for sharing. (I gotta run. Mine is crying at the back door.)


    • Linda W. Yezak

      February 3, 2016 at 9:12 am

      Love the opportunity to talk about my fur-babies. Hope yours is purring by now.


  2. Pegg Thomas

    February 3, 2016 at 9:05 am

    I don’t have a house cat anymore, but I can relate to the cat hair everywhere from when we did. We had a pair of Siamese cats and – true story – I bought a beige couch because it matched their fur so the hair didn’t show. 🙂


    • Linda W. Yezak

      February 3, 2016 at 9:14 am

      Ha!!! Love it ! We bought a “pleather” sofa for the same reason, and PB rarely gets on it now.

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  3. Jericha Kingston

    February 3, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Welcome, Linda! Your cat sounds lovely! My son has a tabby names Ellie. She’s a rescue and a sweet girl 🙂


  4. Jodie

    February 4, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    Okay, I must be the only Quids who isn’t a cat person. 🙂 Loved learning more about you, Linda.


  5. Linda W. Yezak

    February 4, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    Jodie, I’m an animal lover. I’d have a menagerie if the man would let me! 😉



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