Ray Appleby from the "Cat in the Stacks" series by Miranda James
Ray Appleby, reporter for the Athena Daily Register has a few questions for Charlie Harris
RA: Thanks for taking the time to talk to me today, Mr. Harris. I've been wanting to interview you for quite some time.
CH: My pleasure, Ray, and please call me Charlie.
RA: Thanks, Charlie. Oh, I see you have your cat Diesel with you. Does he go everywhere you go?
CH: Pretty much, Ray, except to church and the grocery store. I guess by now people in Athena are used to seeing us together.
RA: Now then, Charlie, let's talk about recent events. In the past year or so, you've discovered several dead bodies. Don't you find that a bit strange? And aren't the police looking a little askance at you now?
CH: Well, Ray, yes, I have discovered some dead bodies, but my finding them was just something that happened. I don't go out of my way to get involved in murders, you know.
RA: Sure, sure, I understand. You're a librarian, right? And librarians are usually quiet, self-effacing people.
CH: (chuckles, while Diesel warbles several times) I am a librarian, and very proud of it. But librarians are just like other people. Some of us are quiet and introspective, others are just the opposite. I tend to be on the quiet side myself.
RA: So then what is it about you that attracts these murder cases? Frankly I'm surprised you haven't been the chief suspect a few times.
CH: (bridles slightly, and Diesel's ears go back) I really have no idea. These things just happen, and I somehow seem to get involved, that's all I can tell you.
RA: You'd better hope it doesn't keep happening, or the good folk of Athena may run you out of town.
CH: I don't think that's very amusing. Come on, Diesel, I think this interview is over.
RA: (sounding nervous) Hey, that cat doesn't bite, does he? He looks kind of mad at me...