I Don’t Wanna Adult Today. I Don’t Wanna Human Today. Today… I Just Wanna Cat.
One of the most asked questions about the Fur, Fangs, and Felines series is why. What possessed me to write about normal, everyday house cats? Well, normal is nothing more than an illusion, and my werecats are very grateful for it too!
While I love the big and sexy shifters like werewolves, I wanted to do something that revolved around the felines. I’d done a story about a cougar shifter, so I wanted something a little different this time.
I based the series on my cat, Kitty-Kitty, and my love of cats. Thus my version of werecats—but they’re much larger than the normal house housecats. My werecats aren’t as big as werecougars, but they are the size of Savannahs, which are pretty big hybrids. Unlike Savannahs, my werecats don’t have the same coloration.
I mentioned my cat, Kitty-Kitty. He’s a six-year-old gray male cat. And yes, his name is Kitty-Kitty. Original, huh? *laugh* Several years ago on Halloween night, he showed up in our garage. I love cats, but I’m allergic. The plan was for him to stay in the garage. I refused to name him because I knew what would happen if I did. I knew I’d get attached.
Within two weeks the hubby had sneaked him into the house… and that was the end of that, lol. Kitty had stuck as a name, and he’d taken over. Since that time, he’s become my writing buddy. He likes to lie next to me while I’m working… and yes, I got attached.
He’s really a sweet kitty and very loving too. But at the same time, he’s very skittish. He doesn’t like strangers coming into his home, and he particularly has problems with people in his yard. Or people across the street in their yard. Or people across the pond in their yard.
Oh, and the cat can growl, I swear to God. The first couple times he did it, it completely freaked me out, but now I just think it’s funny. Whoever heard of a cat who growls? Until this one did it, I didn’t know they could do that.
The first book in the series, Trouble Comes in Threes, actually originated from a prompt having to do with New Year’s Eve. Kirk, a struggling mechanic trying to make ends meet, is at home celebrating on his own. Little did he know how his life would change with the arrival of two unusual kitties. The cats, Dolf and Tal, are shifters, and Kirk is their mate.
Behind the Eight Ball had some scenes that came from Kitty-Kitty. In fact, the picture I added is what prompted the book. The cat in the bush is Kitty, and it’s also how I started the story. Eight Ball is about Heller finding his mate, Lawson, but it also has some very strong secondary characters.
Lawson’s best friend is Marshell Foles. While Lawson isn’t a paranormal, Marshell is. He’s a Vetala—a type of snake-like paranormal who doesn’t shift. They appear human until they attack, at which point they reveal strong, sharp fangs and blue, snake-like eyes.
Their venomous bite paralyzes their victims. Marshell and his sister, Janelle, are strong-willed, powerful, and dominant. Although with people they care for, they’re loving and protective. Marshell and Janelle figure prominently in this book and through the rest of the series.
The next book in the series, It Takes Two to Tango, will release toward the end of September. This book is about Remi, another beta from the series, and his mate. *grin* So far the mates have been human, but that’s about to change in book three. This mate has alpha-like qualities and an attitude to match, lol.
I’m working on At Sixes and Sevens, which is Aidric’s book. His mate is introduced at the end of Tango, but I don’t want to go into who it is and ruin the surprise. I will say Aidric’s mate isn’t human. *grin*
After Aidric’s book, there’s only one more left in the series, and that’ll be Brier’s book. If nothing changes, I plan for the mate to be another werecat this time… but hey, this is me we’re talking about, so nothing’s ever as simple as it appears lol. 0.o
To Meow or Not To Meow
When it comes to cats, there are an endless number of reasons to love them. Here are twenty reasons cats are some of the most lovable, wonderful, perfect creatures in the world!
- They purr.
- They’re better alarms than any snooze button or clock will ever be.
- They can eat the same thing every day and not complain.
- Head bonks.
- You don’t have to take them outside to do their business.
- They can stay home alone all day and the house will be fine.
- Two words: Whisker kisses.
- Two more words: paw pads!
- The vibrating foot-warmer feature is awesome.
- That chirp when they see a bird or squirrel outside.
- The way they stick one back leg in the air when they’re grooming, and then stop in midlick and just stare at you.
- They love you unconditionally… as long as you feed them.
- When they slide and skid down hallways or smooth floors.
- That sideways, arched-back crabwalk thing they do.
- *butt wiggle*
- Sometimes they get a little twitchy in their sleep, and it’s fun to think they’re dreaming of mice or chasing bugs.
- One minute they can stretch out and take up an entire bed, and the next they can be curled up into the tiniest, teeniest little ball of fur.
- How their eyes get really big when they focus on something.
- How they fly through the air and twist and do crazy acrobatic moves to catch a toy.
- You didn’t want to read that newspaper/book/magazine anyway, right?
M.A. Church is a true Southern belle who spent many years in the elementary education sector. Now she spends her days lost in fantasy worlds, arguing with hardheaded aliens on far-off planets, herding her numerous shifters, or trying to tempt her country boys away from their fishing poles. It’s a full time job, but hey, someone’s gotta do it!
When not writing, she’s on the back porch tending to the demanding wildlife around the pond in the backyard. The ducks are very outspoken. She’s married to her high school sweetheart, and they have two grown children.
She was a finalist in the 2013 Rainbow Awards, runner up in the 2015 Rainbow Awards, and is a member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.