Monday, November 22, 2010
A Talking Cat?
Chablis, the Himalayan cat from Leann Sweeney's Cats in Trouble Mysteries has a few things to convey--with the quiet prompting of her creator and her fictional owner, Jillian Hart, about life, murder and being a cat.
Jillian: First of all Chablis, just what is a Himalayan cat for people who don't know?
Chablis: I am the one who loves you the most.
Jillian: Oh, I know that. But what do you look like?
Chablis: I'm sitting right on your lap this minute. You know what I look like.
Jillian: Other people want to know.
Chablis: There are other people besides you and me? Oh. Okay. I look like this.
Jillian: What do you think about the troubles you've had in your life?
Chablis: Are you talking about Merlot and Syrah, those two boy cats I'm forced to share space with?
Jillian: No. They can be trouble, but I'm talking about things that have happened. The hurricane, for instance.
Chablis: PURRRRRRR. Can't hear you. PURRRRRRR.
Jillian: Okay, that was traumatic. What about the trouble we've had lately when we've tried to help other cats? And the murders? How do you manage to help me solve mysteries?
Chablis: That? That's just you being you and me being smart. I would do a Cheshire grin here, but my mouth's not big enough. Can we talk about quilts? You make great quilts and I since this is the only time I'll be answering direct questions, I wanted to thank you for those. I love you, Jillian.
Jillian: I love you, too Chablis. We're running out of time. Let's make this last question simple. What's your favorite toy?
Chablis: I can show you ... and yes, it does involve cat nip.
Leann Sweeney's Cats in Trouble Mysteries include The Cat, The Quilt and The Corpse (2009), The Cat, The Professor and The Poison (2010) and the upcoming The Cat, The Lady and The Liar (April, 2011) where Chablis plays an important role. (But she and her friends Syrah and Merlot never talk.)