Pet Interview: Tilly from Author Chrys Cymri

Tilly and Chrys Cymri

Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Tilly. I’m a green cheeked conure–a parrot, not just any ordinary bird, please. Chrys is my third mother. I was raised until I was fully fledged by my first mom and dad, and then a nice woman looked after me. When my second mom found out I needed more time than she could give me, Chrys took me home with her. I have a great time! When my mom is home, I’m with her. I have a big play area in the study, and a huge cage full of toys for when Chrys needs to go out to work.

What is your favorite toy?
My foraging toys. These are filled with my favourite snacks. And then Chrys adds shredded paper to make it harder for me to get them out. Bummer!

What is your favorite food?
Dried coconut. I love dried coconut!

Who is your author?
Chrys Cymri, my mom.

What does your author write?
She writes fantasy stories. One of the characters, a sarcastic cat-sized gryphon, is based on my mom’s previous bird (who very sadly died before I came to live with Chrys). The best character, though, is the snail shark called Clyde, because he’s based on me! He’s very sweet, but he can also bite when he doesn’t get his own way.

Where does your author write her stories?
She writes in the study. When I think she’s been working for too long, I fly down from my toys and demand that she scratches my head.

What is the best thing about being an author pet?
I’m a video star! I crawl all over Chrys while she does a reading from one of her books. You can see me on her YouTube channel:

What is the hardest thing about being an author pet?
Sometimes mom wants to spend time writing instead of scratching my head. And surely I’m more important than any story? I’m real!

Where should readers go to read your author’s work?
Chrys publishes her books on Amazon in paperback and for Kindle. The link to the first book in the ‘Penny White’ series is

What does a typical day in your author pet life look like?
There is no typical day. Chrys is a full time Christian minister, so she is in and out of the house. Most of her writing is done on evenings and her day off.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?
I’m still waiting for one of her books to be dedicated to me. Surely I deserve it?

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