Caturday Valentine Intermew with Friendly!


Happy Valentine’s Day, Furriends!

And luckily for us, my furst ever Valentine’s Day falls on a Caturday! I am so happy and purry to share with you an intermew with my good buddy, Friendly!

Hazel: Happy Valentine’s Day, Friendly! Welcome to the Caturday Intermew Series by Hazel Fluffypants: Writer Kitty. Furst question, what advice do you have for bright young kittens aspiring to build a web presence? 

Friendly: Be unique and from the heart. You can learn from others, but you have to be yourself. My mission is to spread kindness, love, and compassion. I want to make the world a better place for us all.

Hazel: Me too! Who has been your biggest inspurration and why?

Friendly: It’s hard to name just one individual. I admire those who have been through adversity, and come through it with a positive outlook on life.

Hazel: What do you like to read or watch?

Friendly: I love cat videos, especially the skateboarding cat from Australia. Otherwise, I love classical music, movies, plays, and operas.

Hazel: How do you feel about the rise of feline power, and how do you see that power shaping the world in the future?

Friendly: Feline power can be a positive force on the planet. We know what we want, and how to get it! We are compassionate, loving, adorable, yet mysterious creatures. The rest of the world should take an example from us.

Hazel: Who would you love to have dinner with? What would you eat and where?

Friendly: I would like to gather all the homeless kitties, doggies, and everyone, and have a big feast in a beautiful garden setting.

Hazel: What are some mistakes you’ve made and what did they teach you?

Friendly: Mistakes, well… let’s see……no, I’m a cat! I don’t make mistakes!

Hazel: You passed the Secret Cat Test! Last question, if you could say only one thing to a potential new or existing follower, what would you like them to know?

Friendly: Any act of kindness, no matter how big or small, makes a difference.


Hazel: That’s a nice note to conclude on.

No matter where you are in the world, who you are with, or how you are spending today, Hazel Fluffypants loves you, and she’s very purry you’re here.

Happy Valentine’s!


Human Interview with Christine DeSmet, author of the Fudge Shop Mystery Series


Interview time!

As a Writer Cat, I have had the great honor to interview some super interesting kitties.

Now I have my first human interview! Yay!!

Meet Christine DeSmet, who’s here to talk about her Fudge Shop Mystery Series.

Christine DeSmet

You can get “First-Degree Fudge” and “Hot Fudge Frame-Up” on Amazon. They are great!

Here we go!

What advice do you have for bright young writers?

Bright young writers should write and write and write some more because the act of writing helps a writer develop his or her voice. You have a good “voice,” Hazel, one that’s nicely humorous and “fluffy” as your tail at times. Keep it up! We need more fluffy-tailed writers who are true to themselves.

Aww thanks! 😀 Tails are great. If you were fudge, what flavor would you be?

A luscious, smooth, rich and dark Belgian chocolate fudge.

That sounds great! Can I have a bunch? What are your greatest inspirations?

Nature and talking with ordinary people. When I travel, I love engaging the ordinary people in the shops, local bars, the lighthouses, restaurants, in the parks or wherever I am. I always like to consult the cats, too. Many bookstores have cats. Every tidbit I get from humans and cats in my travels gives me new ideas for my writing.

That’s a good idea! If you could have dinner with Ava Oosterling, what would you eat and what would you talk about?

Ava and I would have some tremendous salmon or trout caught in Lake Michigan or the bay of Green Bay. I suspect you’d love that, too!

We’d talk about the unique history of the Belgians in Door County. The county and the neighboring counties of Brown and Kewaunee have one of the biggest concentrations of Belgians in this country.

Belgians are known for giant and yummy pies, beer, and booyah (a chicken stew you’d like, too), so we’d swap some recipes.

Yes! I love eating! Can I come?? And how do you think the setting of Wisconsin affected your narrative approach?

It’s affected my approach a lot. There’s a quirky sense of humor in Wisconsin that I hope I bring to my stories and my fudge shop mystery book series. We love to kid each other a lot here.

We also work hard, endure winters and do zany things like ice fishing. People here are also very friendly.

I’m dedicated to making sure I bring all of that into my stories so that I portray the authentic Wisconsin voice.

You are doing a great job with that! What are some mistakes you’ve made that have shaped your career path?

Hazel, don’t you know I’m purrrfect???!!! Seriously now, I would say any writer looks back and realizes she or he could have done a lot more writing and done it sooner. We humans tend to get distracted too much.

Whenever I sense I’m wasting time, I work harder and start new projects. So my mistakes with time have actually taken me into journalism, then romance writing, screenwriting, short story writing, playwriting, and now cozy mystery series writing—in that order. Let your panic about time being wasted force you to do a new writing project.

That’s a good idea! I know your time is precious so I just have one more question:

If you could say only one thing to a new or existing fan, what would you like them to know?

That fudge is powerful catnip for humans. Wars and even conflicts in Congress could be solved immediately if everybody would just sit down and share some of Ava Oosterling’s fudge. Ava has discovered that fudge helps people think better, relax, and smile.

Sweet, I agree. If we all just took some time to share life’s most wonderful goodies, we’d have a lot less to fight about. Thanks for the awesome chat, Christine! I really appreciate your time and insights.

And thank YOU reader for reading!