Saturday, February 28, 2009

Interview with Osiris, Bev Walton Porter's Masterful Cat

With a name like that, a cat is destined to have delusions of greatness, so I don't blame him (I'm feeling cat friendly today, plus I don't want to scare away future feline guests--a smart business move for my blog). His author mom, Bev Walton Porter, is a multigenre author, writing coach, and Editor-in-Chief of Scribe & Quill Ezine.

She keeps two blogs: Elemental Musings and Elemental Muse. She had doubts about Osiris being my guest, but she didn't have any choice. As you will see, Osiris OWNS her. Oh yes, he so does...

Bio: As a lonely black cat cast aside into the lonely and cruel night, Osiris was rescued from a busy Colorado Springs, CO street at ten o’clock at night in June 2002 by his Lady Author, Bev Walton-Porter. Dirty, fatigued and unsure he was going to make it through the night, his Lady fed and watered him, cleaned him up, stroked his fur gently and stayed up all night with him to be sure he’d make it through till morn. Now, seven years later, he’s fat, happy, sassy and shining inside and out with optimum health.

The truth, Osiris. Are you the boss of Bev Walton-Porter?

Of course! I’m a cat! I’m Lord and Master of ALL I survey! Silly human. *tsk tsk*! You know, she thinks differently, but what she doesn’t know won’t hurt her. I’ve got her wrapped around my furry little paw, and she loves it! *maniacal meow*

What type of books does your human mom write?

She has a split writing personality, really. The woman can’t decide if she wants to stick with nonfiction or fiction. Most of the time she plays it safe (or so I think) with nonfiction (Sun Signs for Writers and The Complete Writer: A Guide To Tapping Your Full Potential), but every now and then she lets her fiction goddess out to play. I like her best when she writes those hot love scenes in her romance books (Mending Fences and Hidden Fire). She writes those under a pen name (and her birth name) Star Ferris. She gets these mischievous, naughty looks on her face when she writes those “heaving bosom”-type of books!

How long does she work each day on a book and ignores you?

Is there a number THAT big? Just kidding. Seriously, she’s pretty chill about that type of thing. She usually lets me sit on the desk next to her while she’s typing away. When she’s puzzling over something or simply musing (daydreaming/brainstorming), she reaches over the scratches me behind the ears (LOVE IT!) or gives me a kitty back/shoulder massage (LOVE IT EVEN MORE!)

What do you do for amusement while Bev pounds at the computer all day? It must be bad for your self esteem to be ignored like that.

I terrorize the oldest cat, Kiki, who’s turning 18 on March 16th. When I get finished with that, I chase Isis (the other black cat) and bat her around a bit. Next, if I’m still bored and not gettin’ any lovin’, I chew on some of the many plants in our household (there’s about twenty, none of them poisonous). If she still doesn’t take a break and acknowledge me, I sit in the middle of the hallway and let out a painful, heartbreaking meow accented by hooded eyelids and a downtrodden gaze. I’m quite good at it if I must say so myself. When she turns around to finally look at me (after about 50 yowls), I throw her my “poor me!” gaze and swish my tail. Usually works!

I like to stare at my mom while she writes to make her feel guilty. What do you do to annoy Bev? Give my pet readers some evil ideas.

Sometimes, when I get incredibly impatient, I nudge my way in front of her – nose first – and plop down between her and the keyboard. That’s my way of saying, “Hey, can I get some attention here?” after she’s ignored me for far too long. This move generally gives her the vapors and causes her to grouse quite a bit. After all, I’m a 17-lb cat, so when I plop down between her and the computer keyboard, I usually get half of my hefty, sexy cat body on part of her keyboard, which sometimes accidentally erases her carefully crafted words, sentences and paragraphs or adds to them with assorted nonsensical characters and marks. This, of course, makes my Lady Author very cross, and she usually scootches my behind off the desk and keyboard with a cacophony of curse words and bothering sighs. I take it all in stride because I know I “let” her push me off, but I WILL be back again. Oh yes I will *insert nefarious, shifty-eyed glance at audience*

Again, I own her. OH YES I DO! =^-^=

(psychotic laugh) HA, HA, HA, HA, HA.....! Keep up the good work, Osiris!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

I'm becoming famous... and I LIKE it!

In fact, I was so happy, I jumped in the mud!

Publicist and Virtual Book Tour Coordinator Angela Wilson blogged about me on her popular blog, Market My Novel.

Also, author Raul Ramos y Sanchez (winner of the International Latino Book Award for Best Novel 2008, no less!) tweetered about Pets and Authors. Raul's fish, Barry, will be stopping by this April to give us the lowdown. I'm looking forward to that! (evil doggie grin)

There have been some more developments for Willow the Dandy, who was my first interviewee a few days ago. After he appeared here and hijacked Lucy Coat's blog the next day, some dude from an important terrier club invited him to write an article for their 100th anniversary magazine issue.

Dear pets: if you appear here on my blog, only good things are on the horizon for you... fame and fortune await you!

My author mom, Mayra Calvani, has been trying to steal my spotlight and take credit for this blog idea--how dare she? Let me roll in the mud a bit more, that should teach her a lesson....

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Doggy News: Willow the Dandie Hijacks Lucy Coats' Blog

Okay, here's the deal.

Willow' mom, author Lucy Coats, found out about my interview with Willow yesterday and grounded him for 'spilling the beans'. Or so she says. Maybe she's trying to maintain her tough mom reputation after Willow openly claimed to be her boss.

Just in case, I sent two CIA agents over to her house yesterday. Listen, people, when I say I have connections with the CIA, I AM NOT BLUFFING!

The latest develoments: Willow hijacked her blog, Scribble City Central, this morning and has threatened to pee in her suitcase.

You may read Willow's post: 'Shock News, Dog Hijacks Blog' here.

This only proves what I've know all along, and that is that PETS RULE!

Woof! Woof!


Saturday, February 21, 2009

Interview with Willow the Dandie

Woof! Woof! I'm so happy to introduce my first guest!

His name is Willow aka Wollington P DeWinters McGillicuddy Dinmont and he is a rare and costly Dandie Dinmont Terrier from the UK (talk about fancy! but you know those Brits). His owner, author
Lucy Coats, writes childrens’ books when she is not taking him for walks and pandering to his every whim (lucky dog!).

Willow is mustard coloured and likes to bully people and bark a lot all on one gruff note. He is very manly and good-looking (his words, not mine!), having a dashing permanent wave, bottlebrush tail and bootbutton eyes. Some ignoramuses say he looks like a Highland Cow with the legs cut off, but this is Not True. He claims there are only 454 dinmonts in the whole world, so obviously he is Very Important (okay, at this point I'm wondering whether his author mom is as modest as him.)

Willow does not like being washed or groomed. He prefers the tousled look. Forget this at your peril. His teeth are in good order and designed to hang on till Death. For film/casting applications and further interviews, apply to his agent/owner at

Okay, Willow, spill the beans. Describe Lucy Coats as a writer and as a pet owner. No sugar coating here. Give us the real deal. This blog is only read by pets, so don’t worry, Lucy won’t find out what you say. In the event that you find yourself into trouble, I can always offer protection. I have a good connection at the CIA.

(Putting on my disguise of dark glasses here). Okey-dokey. Maybe the CIA can talk to Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Gonna need them when I’m done here. So. Known her since I was born (she delivered me, and I used to snuggle along in her bra when she took my real mom for walks). Yes. I was that small. Wanna make something of it? She’s always been pretty good to me, feeds me the best raw mince with my biscuit, gives me treats last thing at night. She even brought in a nice labrador girl for me to boss around—one who can wash all the bits I can’t reach if ya see what I mean.

Writing? Oh, that tappy tappy stuff she does. Yeah. Yawn. Children’s books, it’s called. But it pays the bills and I guess she’s pretty good at it because the postman (woof woof woof) is always bringing big boxes of stuff with funny letters on it. Heard her say that her Greek Myth book has been translated into six or seven languages. I dunno. She has trouble with Dog sometimes, so I don’t see how that works. ‘S all Greek to me. Ha ha.

Then sometimes people turn up at the door and she sits for hours while they ask questions about how she gets her ideas and boring stuff. Yadayadayada. They always pat me and say how handsome and rare I am, so that’s ok. Mostly I just sleep and hope they notice that I have my best side to them. What I don’t like is when she goes away to do writingy stuff. I get lonely. She’s going to some school in Switzerland to talk to kids next week. Remind me to ignore her for a few days when she gets back. That’ll teach her.

Good idea, Willow. Don't ever let her take you for granted. So tell us, what do you do for amusement while she pounds at the computer all day and ignores you?

Well, a dinmont needs his beauty sleep, so I do a bit of that on the big tartan dogbed in the kitchen. Then I might take a wander outside into the garden. There’s really good stuff to sniff, and I like to terrorise the rabid rabbits who live under the hazel tree. I’m a little stiff in the legs now (not that age has anything to do with it, how dare you), so I can’t run about like I used to and keep the young ones in order. So I sit on the stone step and bark instructions to my friend the lab, and her friends the retriever and the yorkie on how to ruin the plants and pee in the best places. Of course, I’m the boss, so if they find a bone or a really juicy smelly something yummy, I take it away from them and eat it or roll in it. No. Of course that’s not stealing. Why would you think so? The continual barking seems to annoy my mom. At least, she shouts a lot about needing peace and quiet. Dinmonts don’t do peace and quiet. Not until they are taken for a walk. Bark Bark Bark. Works every time. And it’s really fun. At least I think so.

I like to stare at my mom while she writes to make her aware that she’s ignoring me and make her feel guilty. What do you do to annoy Lucy while she writes?

Apart from the barking, you mean? Well, I find that chewing a plastic flowerpot or a log works really well if you put a bit of tooth into it. Crunch crunch grind crack. Drives her INSANE! Then there’s the…do I have to be polite here? I do? OK then, (whispers) the W-I-N-D. I have a series of great moves here. The pop-pop. The whistle. The silent and deadly. You should see her jump up and down and wave her hands and open all the windows and snarl at me. She does a good snarl—makes me love her even more. What I don’t understand is the idea of it being ‘disgusting’. Eau de Dinmont Intestine—what more could any human want? Labrador Girl loves it. I, of course, look innocent. Me? It was the other dog that did it.

I'm glad you're using all those strategies to make Lucy pay for ignoring you. Be careful not to overdo it, though. That stuff--er, yeah, the 'wind'--can kill newbies who aren't used to it. I try to control myself when we have visitors. But anyway, does your author mom have a website or blog? Tell us about it!

Blimey! Don’t want much do you? My paws are cramping right up here. The website. Now let me get this right. It’s at and it has all sorts of great stuff on it for kids, or so she says. Books and all that, but also an interactive map thingy and puzzles and masks to color and all that. No pictures of me, which is a Bad Mistake, but for some reason I don’t feature in any of her work. Yet.

As for blogging, she tells me she just started doing that at I have been mentioned—she gave me the pseudonym of The Dastardly Dinmont. How cool is that? If I play it right and look even cuter than I already do, she might even do one of those posty things all about me. Actually, if she doesn’t, I’ll bite her.

Thanks for sharing that, Willow. Leave us with some British words of wisdom, will you? What advice would you give to those pets that have to live with irrational, egotistical authors? (believe me, the world is full of them!)

Cut them down to size, show them who’s REALLY boss. An example here. We’ve had snow in England lately—deep snow. I’m short. Walking in deep snow is hard when you’re that close to the ground. My manly parts were acting like a snow plow, and it was Not Pleasant (not to say frrrrreeezing cold). A little whimpering here, a little play with the big black eyes there, and she was mine. “Poor little Dinmont, here, let me break a trail for you!” So there she was, in her moon boots, dragging one foot sideways to make a path for ME. Ha! She looked like something from ‘Frankenstein’s Monster’! Show me an irrationality or egotism that doesn’t break before the Power of Pathetic. And I INVENTED pathetic, I OWN it. Thank you for your applause. I deserved it. I am the King of Dinmonts. Watch and learn. And Goodnight.

(clapping) You've got to like this guy. That's pretty wise, Willow. Thanks! Woof! Come back anytime.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009