Thursday, October 24, 2013

Character Interview: Cleocatra from Susan Mcleod's Fire and Shadow

Character Interview: Cleocatra

Interviewer: “Welcome, everyone, and thank you for coming. Today I have a very special guest‒an adorable kitty named Cleocatra. Hello, baby! Look what I’ve brought you. A treat! Nummies!”

*Cleocatra gives a long, hard stare.* “You may place your offering before me, and I will choose whether or not to accept it. In spite of your ridiculous language, I’m glad you understand that I am to be worshipped.”

*Interviewer a trifle taken aback* “Ah-okay! Can you please tell us what kind of cat you are?”

“The perfect kind, of course.”

“Well‒yes‒I meant, what breed?”

*Cleocatra draws herself up to full height* “I am a direct descendent of the cat goddess Bastet. My ancestors were held sacred in the temples of ancient Egypt. Alas that those days are no more. But I am not without purpose. I care for the human Lily Evans. And believe me, it is not easy work.”

“Your owner is prone to trouble, isn’t she?”

*Cleocatra growls.* “My what?”


*Cleo derisively* “Human females can give birth to kittens? I was not aware of that.”

“It’s just a way of saying‒the person you live with, who feeds you and makes sure you’re all right.”

“Lily is my companion. We help each other as equals‒although she is not of ancient royal blood.”

“You’ve actually saved her life, haven’t you?”

“On more than one occasion. You’ve heard of the way I stared down that wolf, and fought kidnappers so bravely?”

*Interviewer scans notes.* “Yes, yes of course. Amazing. It does seem that Lily’s been having quite a time lately.”

“Ever since she met That Man.” *Cleocatra hisses.* “She was such a sensible girl until HE came along. She knew who deserved all of her attention until then.”

“Do you mean Kent Ashton? Her boyfriend from England?”

*Cleo flexes her claws.* “Would you actually like for me to scratch you?”

 “No!” *Interviewer backs away.* “You don’t care for Kent.”

“I positively loathe him. There’s only one man who belongs with Lily.”

“And that would be‒Dr. Stephen Mallory?”

*Cleo purrs.* “He loves me. We understand one another. So calm, so competent. So free with the tuna fish. If only Lily would realize that he was meant for us.”

“Perhaps she will. Thank you very much for talking with me, Cleocatra.”

*Cleo nods.* “I have decided to accept your gift. Go with the blessings of Bastet.”

*Interviewer leaves, and Cleocatra pounces on the treat.*

Fire And Shadow
Lily Evans Mystery Series
Book 2
Susan J McLeod

Genre: Paranormal Suspense

Publisher: Imajin Books

Date of Publication: October 10, 2012

ISBN: 1926997832

Number of pages: 152

Cover Artist: Ryan Doan

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Book Description:

“When the dead need to speak, she must listen…

Artist and Egyptologist Lily Evans struggles with her newly discovered psychic talents, while trying to get her life back to normal now that her mother is in a mental institution and the man Lily loves is far away in England. But "normal" is the last thing she finds.

When her best friend Katy takes her to a Celtic Faire, Lily meets a druid fortune-teller, who warns her that she can “never escape the Other.” Frightened and angry, Lily ignores his dire warning and stumbles across an eerie old portrait of a beautiful woman, who has something to tell her.

With the help of the enigmatic druid and his gifted friends, Lily embarks on a dangerous journey to unravel the mysteries of the portrait, the tarot card reader, an ancient book and whispers of witchcraft. She must discover the truth behind them all…or risk losing her very soul.

About the Author:

Susan Jane McLeod has been writing since she was seven years old. At age eleven she won a county-wide essay contest and her professional career was launched. By the time she was nineteen, her poetry had appeared in several magazines, including American Girl and Seventeen. She also won an honorable mention in The Writer.

She grew up in Rochester, New York, with three sisters and one brother. In her early thirties she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and given a 50-50 chance to live. After two surgeries and chemotherapy, she is cancer free today.

She has worked at several jobs ranging from a baby store to a research consultant, but her favorite was managing a bookstore, surrounded by her passion: literature. She is currently employed by a non-profit foundation that runs Zara’s Center, a home for AIDS-impacted orphans in Zimbabwe.

Susan has published several short stories and two novels. The first, Soul and Shadow, is an award-winning paranormal historical romance. The second, Fire and Shadow, is classified as paranormal suspense. Both books have been in Amazon Top 100 bestseller categories. : Facebook Author Page

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