We’re thrilled to have here today Frazier from Faye Rapoport DesPres’ new children’s book, Frazier: The Very Special Cat. Frazier is a former stray cat of unknown age who lives in Massachusetts.
It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Beyond the Books!
Thank you so for this interview, Frazier. Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?
I think Faye did a pretty good job telling my story. Maybe the only thing I’d want my readers to know is that I am definitely the King of my castle, a condo in Massachusetts. I have a great human mom and now two feline siblings, but I’m the boss.
Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality? If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?
I think I am portrayed just as I really am — sweet, brave, and lovable.
What do you believe is your strongest trait?
I know what I want, and I get it. After all, I’m a cat — it goes without saying that I should get what I want. But I do give lots of love back in return.
Cats can have bad traits? That’s news to me.
If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?
Do you have a love interest in the book?
No, but I have a sister I love a lot. Her name is Snow White (though she’s called Opal by our human mom now).
At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?
I was nervous when I lived outside. It was hard finding enough food and water, and I got into a lot of fights. I never felt safe or like I could really rest. I had no idea how my story would turn out, and things were getting bleaker by the day, especially after I got injured. Thankfully a human or two stepped in and brought me inside and to a doctor. That was the beginning of a whole new life for me.
If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?
That’s a hard question. I guess I wouldn’t want to be the veterinarian, because I might have tried to scratch him once or twice in real life before I realized he was trying to help me. Faye doesn’t mention that in the book!
How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?
Let’s just say I’m very happy about the ending.
What words of wisdom would you give your author if s/he decided to write another book with you in it?
Call my agent.
Thank you for this interview, Frazier. Will we be seeing more of you in the future?
I’m here lounging on the bed if anyone wants to see me.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Frazier: The Very Special Cat is the third book in the Stray Cat Stories children’s book series. It tells the heartwarming story of a big orange tom cat who needed help and the humans who came to his rescue. The book, which is based on a true story and features colorful, charming illustrations by Laurel McKinstry Petersen, teaches children about compassion for stray animals and ways they can help. It also includes a message about being different and still being happy and loved. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of books in the Stray Cat Stories Series is donated to non-profit animal rescue organizations.
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