Guest: Author Elaine Faber


Author Elaine Faber and Boots, her inspiration

Author Elaine Faber and Boots, her inspiration

My guest, Elaine Faber, writes the Black Cat mystery series, but the stories are also romantic, not only for her human main character, Kimberlee, but for Thumper, the Black Cat. In fact, his relationship with his new-found love, Noe-Noe, is the true romance of the books!

Let’s learn more about the stories and the woman who creates them.
Welcome, Elaine!

When I asked you to be a guest, I hadn’t realized that my last guest was also the writer of cat books. (You are my third cat-book guest here!) You belong to the Cat Writers Association. Did you realize just how many cat books were out there when you started your stories? That well seems pretty deep!

Thank you for having me on your blog today. ‘Cat-stories’ have always been my favorite, thus, my choice for a writing genre. I’m told I do my best work when I’m writing from ‘Thumper’s POV.’ Thumper is a masterful and determined sleuth, but with a gentle, loving side when he deals with his soul mate, Noe-Noe, and his need to protect his family, all very human attributes.

Are there any particular cats that have been the inspiration for Thumper and Noe-Noe?

Boots, my black and white tuxedo cat is the muse for Thumper. Amber, my cream tabby is the muse for Noe-Noe. Both have multiple toes (polydactyl) like my cats. Their personalities are a composite of all the cats I’ve owned with a bit of ‘me’ tossed into the mix. Thumper is very bold and caring and Noe-Noe can be a bit snitty when she gets her back up.

Do you think that a supernatural angle is necessary for a cat-based mystery? How did you decide on the ancestral memories idea and the cats speaking among themselves?

Aren’t all cats a bit mysterious? Or is that just me? This touch of mysticism is in most cat mysteries, more so than in stories where dogs are featured. Thumper and Noe-Noe are not magical. We clearly identify what some call ‘instinct,’ as ‘the ancestors’ memories.’ Even a wee kit licks his paw and pulls it over his ears. Memories! Thumper and Noe-Noe have the ability to speak to each other, like many other cat mysteries.

Elaine Faber's Black Cat Mystery Series

Elaine Faber’s Black Cat Mystery Series

Do you foresee having the humans realizing the cats are playing a real role in solving the mysteries and that there is more going on with them than meets the eye?

Oh, no! According to Thumper, ‘humans can’t see a clue even when he puts it in front of their inferior noses.’ In Black Cat’s Legacy, Kimberlee and Brett have a conversation, wondering if Thumper knew what he was doing when he discovered certain clues. They decide it was pure chance. LOL

I read in your bio notes that you have also written poetry and had short stories published. I usually ask if my guests delve into other genres. I know you have other irons in the fire, can you give us a preview?

How much time do we have???? The third cat mystery, Black Cat and the Accidental Angel will be published later this spring. In the fall, I’ll publish The Obstreperous Mrs. Odboddy, a humorous mystery set during WWII. Mrs. Odboddy, an eccentric older woman, mistakenly sees conspiracies and ‘Nazi spies’ at every turn, until she actually stumbles onto a real mystery. The sequel is scheduled for spring, 2016 and involves a secret government mission with Mrs. Roosevelt! My short stories are in eight anthologies.

Can you tell us a bit more about yourself?

Married 53 years, two kids, and four grandkids. I am the editor for the Inspire Christian Writer’s annual anthology. I volunteer at the Elk Grove Library and handle the books sales through Amazon. Also volunteer at the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop. As a ‘staff-member’ to four housecats and three ferals, I live and breathe cat fur and hairballs, or so it seems.

Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know?

If you are a previous cat mystery lover, and looking for a new cat mystery adventure, I guarantee you will love Black Cat’s Legacy and Black Cat and the Lethal Lawyer. Available at Amazon in print and e-book.

You can find out more and reach Elaine at these sites:   (Amazon Black Cat and the Lethal Lawyer)   (Amazon Black Cat’s Legacy)


About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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11 Responses to Guest: Author Elaine Faber

  1. Marc-André says:

    Love black cats 😀


  2. jeff7salter says:

    My favorite aunt and uncle had a black tom cat they called Satan. They scrimped on their own meals, but purchased special butcher shop delicacies for Satan. I could never make friends with him, but was able to spend time with the cat they had after Satan died — which was all white, as I recall. Don’t recall her real name, but they called her “Mama”.
    Eager to read “The Obstreperous Mrs. Odboddy,”


    • elainefaber4u says:

      So nice to have good memories of cats we have known. I’m looking forward to Mrs. Odboddy too, but must wait the required time for all good things to happen. Hope you’ll chek out my Black Cat mysteries too.


  3. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I had no idea there were so many cat stories! Welcome to Four Foxes One Hound, Elaine. You sound like you’re as busy as I am. But that’s what keeps us going, right? Best wishes on all your projects.


  4. elainefaber4u says:

    Thank you Patricia. It’s always great fun to visit another blog site and meet all YOUR followers and readers. Hope they will check out our Black Cat series and make it one of their favorites.


    • Yes, you are very busy ladies.Patty, there are an incredible number of cat mysteries out there, but , as there are an incredible number of cats and an incredible number of people and situations, so are there stories.


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