Today it’s time for another feline interview with the creative Hazel Fluffypants, a writer kitty.
When I found Hazel’s Facebook page and found out that she is a writer kitty I was very curious. So, I decided to interview her and find out more about this feline author 🙂
Name: Hazel Fluffypants
Breed: Tortie (coat color) Domestic Medium Hair
Where do you live? United States
Q: Hazel, tell us your story.
Hazel: I was born in 2014 on farm in Mt. Horeb, WI. Like many farm kitties, I was a hot mess. I could barely open my sick eyes, I had mites in my ears, and my belly was squishy from worms.
And then I met my family! They took me to the vet and got me all cleaned up. They gave me lots of toys and great food. Did I mention that my vet was shocked at the number of lice in my coat? By the time I finished a few months of lots of medicine and vitamins (I do miss the tasty vitamins), I felt great. My coat never looked shinier, and I could finally have the time, space, and resources to write.
Q: How did you become a writer kitty and what’s like to be an author?
Hazel: I came at an important time in my family’s life. In December 2013, they said goodbye to a beautiful Himalayan, their companion for 7 years. Kidney disease. It took a long time to heal.
When I got to know them better the following summer, I found the details of their own story so compelling—the nature of death to bring out the love and compassion in living beings, almost like the body healing its own wound.
I started a blog and intermewed other kitties, collecting stories and ideas and personal pearls of wisdom and stashing them under the couch. The more I learned about the experience of others, the more questions I had.
I made it a thing, my Caturday Intermew Series, where I shared my intermews with social media cats and published authors. For my Christmas special, I intermewed Lynda Barry, a legendary cartoonist and rockstar professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
We hit it off! I then got the incredible opportunity to work with her on an independent study project where I produced my first major story, Flaky the Snow Cat, which won a grant from the local bookstore awarded to outstanding independent projects. My first kitty paycheck! It felt pretty pawtastic and encouraging.
I don’t consider myself an author quite yet, but I’m working on it! My next project is a novel about feral cats in Rome, which I’m super excited to share when it’s polished and ready!
Q: Where does your inspiration come from?
Hazel: My story ideas come from the practice of talking to people and wondering what their lives are like. In Flaky the Snow Cat, I explored the life of a black cat in a world where his coat is considered bad luck. In Il Gatti, I set the lives of feral cats against the backdrop of Man vs. Beast gladiator lore.
You never know where the next spark comes from, but I never run out of ideas I want to share!
Q: Things you love?
Hazel: Writing, playing catch with my dry food, a great book, pushing my cousin off the couch, eating his senior cat food in front of him, The Simpsons, and getting petted.
Q: Things you hate?
Hazel: Sleeping alone, the vacuum, boredom, when my humans close the door in the bathroom, oh and it makes me irrationally upset when they clean my litterbox. If they don’t watch me, I’m climb on their backs and meow because I want it back or something.
Q: What’s your favorite toy?
Hazel: My squishy pink mouse that jingles.
Q: What’s your favorite treat?
Hazel: I go crazy-eyes for a bite of cheesecake.
Q: Your life motto or favorite quote?
“The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend” – Abe Lincoln
Mister Cat and I would like to thank the inspiring Hazel Fluffypants and her dad for accepting our invitation for this interview. Thank you so much!
We hope you all enjoyed meeting this amazing kitty – please leave a message for Hazel in the comments!