Writing – they say – is a solitary occupation. But is it? Really? Let’s chat with author Marianne Evans about her fur babies.
QPQ: Introduce us to your pets.
M.E.: I’d love for you to meet my fur-babies. First is Angel. He looks like a little black panther and is the elder statesman of our feline brood at sixteen. Next are Darko and Tyler. Darko and Tyler are nine-year-old brothers.
QPQ: What beautiful felines! Since you’re an author and you come up with names all the time, how did you come up with your pets’ names?
M.E.: A quirky set of circumstances led to each of their names (I seldom do ‘normal’). I’ll start with Angel. We had recently said good-bye to our 18 year-old kitty, Sushi and we knew right away we wanted to adopt another cat from the local rescue shelter. We came upon Angel who was six-months-old at the time and on our way out of the shelter parking lot, we turned left behind a pickup truck bearing a blue and silver bumper sticker that read, simply, Angel. That sealed our new family member’s name at once. Next came Darko and Tyler. Darko and Tyler came into our lives as the result of a phone call from our daughter who came upon a litter of six-week-old kittens and only Tyler and Darko were left. She did a great sales job and we ended up taking them in, and our daughter is the one who named them. They’re sort of half hers and half ours…
QPQ: How do your pets help you in your writing?
M.E.: All three of my cats are cuddle-cats. They love to hang out near my feet, or on my desk, or on my lap, or sprawled across my computer keyboard… They keep me company and I enjoy their presence. Something about having them around is soothing. They’re more of a distraction than a help when it comes to my writing, but I don’t mind the occasional distraction when it involves silky fur and a low, rolling purr of happiness.
QPQ: Have you ever written one of your pets into a story?
M.E.: Not by name, but definitely by personality. My novella, Maeve’s Symphony (Book 4 of my Sisters in Spirit series) begins with Maeve returning home to her condo in upstate New York following a voyage to Ireland for her best friend’s wedding. She walks in the door and peeling around the corner, legs pumping at 90-miles-per-hour, charges her calico cat, Coco Chanel. The cat’s daily antics while Maeve was away were chronicled by her pet sitter in the form of a diary, complete with sketches which the sitter leaves behind for Maeve’s entertainment. We’ve had a pet sitter do this for us while my husband and I were on vacation – it was such a charming way to come home, and the full-bore greeting as a cat peels around a corner and skitters across a tile floor is something we love to see when we come home.
QPQ: Tell us what you have in common with your pets.
M.E.: I love a good cuddle…. I love to be waited on… I love to deliver a disdainful look of reproach when my needs aren’t met with swift and complete execution…
All kidding aside, like any other fur-baby I love knowing I’m cared for and loved – don’t you? My kitties give me love, and I give it right back. Pets are the best!!
QPQ: Thank you for visiting here at the Quid Pro Quills. Where on the web can readers connect with you and your books?
M.E.: I love to connect to readers, so if you’re interested, please visit me at the following cyber-spots:
I’m such a fan of Quid Pro Quills! Y’all have exceptional talent, and heart, so I’m honored to be here! Thanks for hosting me!