The Chicks are so happy to welcome Jennifer J. Chow and help her celebrate Mimi Gets a Clue, the first book in her super-entertaining new Sassy Cat Mystery series. Even if you’re a dog person, you’ll love her post on “Cat-titude!”
Thoughts on Cat-titude
As a kid, I had a complicated relationship with cats…ever since my brother’s friend threw a cat onto my lap (and I experienced its claws up close and personal).
I gravitated toward dogs, who seemed more fun and excitable. My best friend’s chocolate Labrador even knocked me down once. Oh well. No harm, no foul. Cats, though, remained mysterious to me. Who knew what went on inside their heads?One of the reasons I enjoyed reading Garfield comics was to figure out a cat’s inner thoughts. Plus, his wit provided me relief as I navigated my elementary-size woes: snubbing by friends, teasing from enemies, and internal stressing about grades.
Over the years, I’ve appreciated cats more and more. I mean, look at the purr-fect puns you can make:Plus, that cat-titude. I wish I could care less about what others think and adopt the straight-forward air of a feline. This photo is prime evidence of a cat’s response to my attempts to play with it/do a photo shoot together:Years ago, at a sale organized by my local library, I remember stumbling across Garfield Takes His Licks. Not only was the book in good condition, but it was a signed copy! I’d found an absolute gem.
Little did I know that one day I’d be publishing my own version of a sassy talking cat. I hope that my novel provides the same kind of escapist joy that I once found through comics.
And I didn’t forget about dogs either. Odie definitely complements Garfield, and my book also has puppies in it—Chihuahuas, inspired by my friend’s cute dog:Readers, have you ever experienced “cat-titude?” Or… “dog-itude?”
Author links: www.jenniferjchow.com
Bio: Jennifer J. Chow grew up reading Garfield comics and adores creating sassy kit lit. She also writes the Winston Wong mysteries, which feature a regular meowing cat. Her other Asian American novels include Dragonfly Dreams (a Teen Vogue pick) and The 228 Legacy.
She’s involved in Crime Writers of Color, Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime.
Synopsis: Mimi Lee is in over her head. There’s her new Los Angeles pet grooming shop to run, her matchmaking mother to thwart, her talking cat Marshmallow to tend to—oh, and the murder of a local breeder to solve…now if only Mimi hadn’t landed herself on top of the suspect list.
Mimi Lee hoped to give Los Angeles animal lovers something to talk about with her pet grooming shop, Hollywoof. She never imagined that the first cat she said hello to would talk back or be quite so, well, catty—especially about those disastrous dates Mimi’s mother keeps setting up.
When Marshmallow exposes local breeder Russ Nolan for mistreating Chihuahuas, Mimi steals some of her cat’s attitude to tell Russ off. The next day the police show up at Hollywoof. Russ has been found dead, and Mimi’s shouting match with him has secured her top billing as the main suspect.
Hoping to clear her name and save the pups Russ left behind, Mimi enlists help from her dreamy lawyer neighbor Josh. But even with Josh on board, it’ll take Mimi and Marshmallow a lot of sleuthing and more than a little sass to get back to the pet-grooming life—and off the murder scene.