1) Tell us a little bit about yourself--both something we learn from [the story] and something that readers might not guess?
I’m a calico cat, and I live at the Cobble Inn with Sheriff Ramsay and his wife Gilly who is a friend of Alicia, the director of the Cobble Cove Library. What readers might not know is that my name, KittyKai, and my breed, calico, were chosen because one of my author Debbie’s newsletter subscribers entered a contest using the photo of her cat who I am based upon.
2) How did you first meet your writer?
I made my first appearance in Debbie’s 4th Cobble Cove mystery, Love on the Rocks. In this book, my lady Gilly brought me back from her honeymoon in Hawaii. Of course, I met my author earlier. When she learned from the winner of her contest that my name means “Ocean” and that the real KittyKai was named this after her owner took a trip to Hawaii, she got the idea for introducing me to the series by having Gilly find me on a beach in Hawaii during her honeymoon.
3) Want to dish about him/her?
No. My only qualm about Debbie is she gets preoccupied working on other projects and doesn’t write our books as regularly as I’d like, but it’s nice that she fills in with short stories. We now have a short story series as well as a book series. The short story series are actually eBooks known as Kindle shorts. There are currently 4 of them, now that my Easter mystery is published.
4) Why do you think that your life has ended up being in a book?
I know exactly why. I was added to be a friend and partner in crime solving to Sneaky the Library Cat. I’m also the Inn cat, so I’m privy to what goes on there between Gilly, who has been known for helping Alicia in her sleuthing and the sheriff who, of course, shares his cases with her.
5) Who's your favorite character? Why?
Well, Sneaky’s my pal. We’re pretty close. As for the human characters, it’s a tossup between Gilly and Alicia, although I think I’d say Gilly because she’s the one who brought me to Cobble Cove.
6) Who's your least favorite character? Why?
That’s a tough question because I get along with almost all the Cobble Cove residents. If I had to choose, it might be one of Gilly’s 3 sons. They’re all teenagers now and are very noisy. They play loud music, although the sheriff, when he’s around, puts a halt to that. Gilly spoils them, so they get away with stuff. But they treat me okay. I just wish they’d be quieter.
7) What's next for you?
up to Debbie. I was thrilled to be feature in her Easter mystery. Of course, it
was also great to be on the cover of Love
on the Rocks when I first joined the characters. I know Debbie is planning
a 6th book and more Cobble Cove stories. I’m happy to be working
with Sneaky now helping Alicia and Gilly solve crimes and keeping them safe,
About KittyKai's Easter Mystery
During an Easter egg hunt at the Cobble Inn, a ring is found on the grounds by Alicia’s daughter, Carol. When the sheriff has it examined, he discovers it belonged to him and Gilly’s neighbor, Gretchen Miller, who disappeared the month before. An investigation leads to the discovery of Mrs. Miller’s body buried on the site of the inn’s new construction.As Alicia and Gilly set out to solve this new mystery despite their husbands’ discouragement, Sneaky and Kittykai, the library and inn cats, secretly lend them a paw.
About Debbie De Louise
Debbie De Louise is an award-winning author and a reference librarian at a public library on Long Island. She is a member of Sisters-in-Crime, International Thriller Writers, the Long Island Authors Group, and the Cat Writers’ Association. Her novels include the five books and four stories of the Cobble Cove cozy mystery series, a comedy novella, When Jack Trumps Ace, a paranormal romance, Cloudy Rainbow, and the standalone mysteries; Reason to Die, Sea Scope, and Memory Makers. Her latest book, Pet Posts: The Cat Chats is a non-fiction pet book. She lives on Long Island with her husband, daughter, and three cats.
Debbie's stories and poetry also appear in the Red Penguin Collection anthologies, What Lies Beyond, ‘Tis the Season, Stand Out: The Best of the Red Penguin Collection, Volume 1, and A Heart Full of Love. Her poems are also featured in the Nassau County Voices In Verse 2020 anthology and the 2020 Bards Annual.