Never would I have imagined in all the stories I’ve written, and all the books I’m working on that my muse would gift me with a genetically-altered cat that could talk as a main character in my current series. Morton is quite the character and as finicky as any real cat can be. Worse perhaps. However, he has captured the hearts of readers, and of course, yours truly.
More readers contact me about Morton than any other character, wanting to know if the yellow tabby will appear in the next book. I never know when he will appear. He is perhaps the hardest character for me to write. Like most cats, he tends to be stubborn and does what he wants when he wants. I’ve never been able to force him to say anything. He arrives on his own time, and it’s great when he does. Needless to say, when he does appear, I have no other choice than to write what speaks.
Here's one scene with Morton (Sorry, cannot tell which book to avoid spoiler):
Daniel opened the door that led to the garage. “The drive to the airport is an hour long.”Morton has been interviewed twice by bloggers. He loves basking in the limelight and has stolen one page on my author blog to conduct Q & A sessions with devoted fans (http://deimosweb-hilley.blogspot.com/). Stop by and leave him a message.
Morton grimaced. “I’m not flying in a pet carrier. No way, no how. It’s just not my style.”
“You won’t have to. I have a friend who has his own private plane. He’s agreed to fly us to Jersey.”
“That’s more like it. Just because Helmsby didn’t bother giving me wings doesn’t mean I can’t have some luxury.”
Daniel opened the front car door. Morton hopped in and took his place in the passenger seat. After Daniel backed out of the garage, Morton turned the heat on and aimed a vent full blast at his face.
“What are you doing?”
“Nothing like a fluffy cat face to break women’s hearts.”
“I doubt we’ll see any women on this trip.”
“All the same, I have to look my best.”
Daniel shook his head. “And what’s that about Felicia wanting you to tell other cats, ‘Hello?’”
“I had to tell her something, so I told her I had a cat party to go to.”
“Ahh, I see.”
“I have dreams too, you know? A world of talking cats makes my existence less awkward.”
“How would you feel if you were the only human that could talk? It gets a bit lonely from a cat’s perspective.”
“That makes sense.”
“I usually do.”
“I wasn’t trying to undermine you.”
“I know, but I’m logical. I’m the Spock of cats.”
Daniel gave Morton a side glance. “Watching Star Trek again?”
Morton shrugged. “Marathon on cable. What can I say?”
“You watch too much television.”
The cat made a Vulcan hand sign. “Live long and prosper.”
Daniel sighed. “This is going to be a long trip.”
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Leonard D. Hilley II
Good to meet you Morton! So happy to see such a great cat come on to my blog. *hands Morton some catnip* Make yourself at home. Mr. Hilley, sorry for the female blog post icon, but Elvgren didn't do pin up men (darn it). Also is that your 'stang? I may have to "borrow" it. ;)
...and to everyone else...
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