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.
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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