Pet Character Interview: Eveningstar and Tiger from Author Katherine Gilbert

Protecting the Dead

Tell us a bit about yourself.
Eveningstar: I am an unearthly beautiful black Persian cat with glowing yellow eyes. If you’re very good, I may allow you to worship me.
Tiger: I’m a tortoiseshell cat who used to live with Glory but enjoys helping out Lydia, the human I’m currently with. She’s a little lost and could use some good advice.

What is your favorite toy?
Eveningstar: I refuse this silly “toy” thing you speak of. I’m not a kitten. I enjoy lying around watching and waiting to be adored.
Tiger: I’m usually too busy to play, but it’s interesting to see what the imp in the closet is getting up to!

What is your favorite food?
Eveningstar: (head perks up) Donuts? Did you say you have donuts? (Drooling, stalking) It would be better to give them to me now. I will not give you a second warning.
Tiger: (sigh)

Who is your author?
Eveningstar: (blinks) You mean that strange woman who documents our lives? She does not do my fabulousness justice. Also, she says embarrassing things about my love of donuts.
Tiger: Katherine Gilbert. She’s nice enough, but she doesn’t live with any cats currently, so she’s sadly incomplete.

What does your author write?
Eveningstar: Me. She has documented me in her new novel, Protecting the Dead. Sadly, I’m not in her other, unpublished novels. For that, I weep for the humanity that is being denied me. Truly, I weep.
Tiger: Actually, her novel documents both of us and the humans, angels, werewolves, cat people, and others at the Roanoke Apartments–even the vampires. I hate vampire scent.

Where does your author write their stories?
Eveningstar: I won’t dignify that with an answer, as you’re no longer talking about me.
Tiger: Sadly, in another reality far away from the Roanoke. It’s too bad. She may be human, but she’s still odd enough to fit in.

What is the best thing about being documented in a novel?
Eveningstar: More humans can know and worship me.
Tiger: All the hard work of Lydia, Geoffrey and the others to keep us safe is finally revealed to the world.

What is the hardest thing about being documented in a novel?
Eveningstar: This Gilbert person seems to believe that Lydia is the main character. I have no notion how she could have gotten that idea. Clearly, it is me.
Tiger: It does give away some of our secrets …

Where should readers go to read your author’s work?
Eveningstar: Read, don’t read, it is of little importance to me. If you do read, it should only be to find out more about my loveliness.
Tiger: I’ll help her out! Go to any of the following to find Protecting the Dead:
It’s only 99 cents!

What does a typical day in your life at the Roanoke look like?
Eveningstar: Worship and donuts. That is the true secret to life.
Tiger: Mostly, it’s spent watching out for Lydia and Geoffrey. There’s this one vampire who keeps coming by to bother Lydia. She tolerates him, but I don’t like him. Of course, there’s also the threat of the demon returning …

Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Eveningstar: Send donuts to me at the Roanoke. If you hand-feed them to me, I may allow you to stay and adore me.
Tiger: (sigh) Come visit with the person who documented us at: She has no cats, so she can use all the friends she can get.


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