Did you know that October 29 is National Cat Day? What a purrfect holiday for cat lovers! To celebrate, we’ve asked some of our favorite authors about their feline friends. Read on for the scoop on these authors’ cats.
Meet Dorian Gray
Found in an Indiana shelter, Dorian Gray now abides in Philadelphia where she enjoys presenting her luxurious belly for rubs like a spider setting a trap, looking utterly gorgeous but not caring, and staring into space as if tracking ghosts invisible to the human eye. On weekends, she receives visitors.
Companion to: Roan Parrish, author of Raze
Hogwarts house: Dorian would be a dispassionate Slytherin, content to sit majestically on her throne until annoyed, then strike out with abandon.
Favorite book: Her favorite book is Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman because she likes to be close to magic (also because of that house, amirite?!).
Literary character they’re most like: She is a languid and benevolent Lestat.
Follow their adventures: On Instagram at @roanparrish.
Meet Lychee (aka Empress of All Things)
Single by Choice. Gemini. Loves to judge the world through the front window. Humans are meatbags meant to worship you.
Companion to: Roselle Lim, author of Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune
Hogwarts house: Slytherin, definitely.
Favorite book: Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince and Sun Tzu’s The Art of War. She would be compiling notes from both books.
Literary character they’re most like: Dorian Gray: beautiful on the outside, a rotting menace underneath.
Follow their adventures: On Instagram at @rosellewriter.
Meet Armpit McGee
Make thee a great blanket fort and thou shalt find me inside it.
Companion to: Kendare Blake, author of Five Dark Fates
Hogwarts house: Hufflepuff.
Favorite book: Armpit’s favorite book is The Golden Compass, because he thinks his owners should die when he does. He’s also very intrigued by Emergency Skin by N.K. Jemisin and Skin by Kathe Koja.
Literary character they’re most like: Gollum/Sméagol from The Two Towers: He’s hairless, filthy, and has been heard singing “our only wish to catch a fish, so juicy sweeeeet!”
Follow their adventures: On Instagram at @kendareblake.
Meet Big Edie and Little Edie
Big Edie and Little Edie are a mother and daughter pair who were rescued from a shelter on the North Shore of Massachusetts by YA author Lizzy Mason and her husband. Like the women of Grey Gardens, Big Edie talks a lot and spends most of her time in bed, while Little Edie dances around and annoys her mother.
Companion to: Lizzy Mason, author of The Art of Losing
Hogwarts house: Big Edie is a Hufflepuff. She’s shy, but warm and affectionate, and she loves to eat, so being nearest to the kitchens would suit her. Little Edie is a Slytherin. She’s devious and a little selfish, but she’s also gregarious and loving when she trusts you.
Favorite book: Because they’re still kittens, I think they’d be most into picture books. Big Edie would love Strega Nona (this girl can eat!), but Little Edie is super quiet and her tiny snowy white feet make me think of The Snowy Day.
Literary character they’re most like: Big Edie is a manic pixie dream girl, like Margo from Paper Towns. She shows up with her shiny black fur and her alluring half-mustache, and she snuggles and plays. But then she disappears under the bed and will not come out until she’s ready. Little Edie is far more outgoing, and she’s smart enough to solve problems. I like to think of her like Lyra from The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman.
Follow their adventures: On Instagram at @greygardenskitties.
Tico Antoine Jean-Marie Alexandre LeChat is a fancy tuxedo cat. He was orphaned at an early age on a Caribbean island, but through his mischievous charm managed to sucker some humans into taking him in. He now terrorizes them and his pet siblings daily, when not demanding ear scritches and setting up belly rub ambushes.
Companion to: Alyssa Cole, author of A Prince on Paper
Hogwarts house: Gryffindor. He’s reckless and daring, usually in attempts to poach food.
Favorite book: Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh. All of the Cole family cats are fans of the DarkRiver leopard shifters.
Literary character they’re most like: Behemoth from The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov.
Follow their adventures: On Instagram at @alyssacolelit.
Asami is a nine-year-old cantankerous, high-strung curmudgeon who lives for ham and vengeance. She lives reluctantly with her extended human family in London, where she spends her time napping or hiding from the magpies that bully her.
Companion to: Tasha Suri, author of Realm of Ash
Hogwarts house: She once tried to fight a fox three times her size. She’s a Gryffindor.
Favorite book: I think she’d love something sinister and gory and hardboiled, like Out by Natsuo Kirino.
Literary character they’re most like: Catherine from Wuthering Heights. Like Cathy, Asami always wants to go outside but once she’s there she spends the whole time wailing and demanding to be let back in.
Follow their adventures: On Instagram at @tashasuri.
Meow meow meow meow meow meow meow meow.
Companion to: Justina Ireland, author of Dread Nation
Hogwarts house: Straight up Hufflepuff. No doubt.
Favorite book: Jeff loves plants and bugs, mostly eating them, so I think he’d really be into a horticulture book or maybe something wonderful and eerie like Ross Gay’s The Book of Delights. Nothing too heavy for him, thanks.
Literary character they’re most like: Jeff is most like, um, well, Jane Eyre? HE JUST WANTS TO BE LOVED!
Follow their adventures: On Instagram at @justinai.
General Leia DeLuca is an 11-year-old rescue cat, adopted by the DeLucas at the age of eight when her first owner passed away. She enjoys belly rubs, napping on the fleece blanket that her mom keeps forgetting to put away, belly rubs, playing with toys she can bat under the couch, belly rubs, and randomly galloping around the house like a potato with very short legs. She hates sharing the house with other cats and when people aren’t giving her belly rubs.
Companion to: Jen DeLuca, author of Well Met
Hogwarts house: Slytherin. She does not suffer fools, and she’s devious enough to have figured out how to knock the tub of treats off the counter in just the right way so they spill all over the floor.
Favorite book: Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince, because she is a cat bent on world domination.
Literary character they’re most like: Leia would be the perfect Lady Catherine de Bourgh from Pride and Prejudice, sitting there in her comfy chair and judging you and everything you do.
Follow their adventures: On Instagram at @jendelucawrites.
Corwin loves affection, diving face-first into a bowl of food, and napping in the most inconvenient possible places (on his back, limbs akimbo.) He worships his brother Ozymandias and doesn’t understand why the humans won’t let the raccoons inside to eat too.
Companion to: Jenn Lyons, author of The Name of All Things
Hogwarts house: Corwin is such a Hufflepuff.
Favorite book: Joy of Cooking–really more the joy of eating, that’s why he’s such an absolute unit.
Literary character they’re most like: Despite being named after the main character from Roger Zelazny’s Chronicles of Amber series, he is in fact more like Neville Longbottom.
Follow their adventures: On Instagram at @jennlyonsandtigers.
Meet Sir Chester
This is Sir Chester Fluffmire Boopsnoot Purrington Wigglebottom Flooferson III, esquire, Baron o’Butterscotch or #SirChester for short. Yes, he is judging you, and no, he is not here for no mess. Unless he causes it.
Companion to: L.L. McKinney, author of A Dream So Dark
Hogwarts house: Slytherin, definitely. He’s crafty, cunning, but still likes cuddles. Plus he’s kinda goofy! In the best way, though.
Favorite book: Probably something like The Art of War. He’s always plotting, whether it’s to make his grievances known via destroying something I love or taking over my lap for optimum pettings.
Literary character they’re most like: I’d say he’s a mix of characters and, depending on his mood, any one of them can come out. Most of the time, though, he’s Gandalf. In a You shall not pass, hooman! sort of way.
Follow their adventures: On Instagram at @ll_mckinney.
Meet Mr Darcy
Mr Darcy is a junior author assistant, certified People Food Inspector, and a single cat in possession of a good fur-tune. He is currently in want of a cat treat.
Companion to: Margaret Owen, author of The Merciful Crow
Hogwarts house: That depends on what time it is, honestly: at naptime, Hufflepuff; at feeding time, Slytherin; when he sees a closed door, Ravenclaw; and 2 am is peak Gryffindor.
Favorite book: The obvious answer is Pride and Prejudice, but considering the noises he makes around mealtime, I think he would also be into Great Expectations or some other dreary Dickensian novel about long-suffering men and the women who cruelly neglect them.
Literary character they’re most like: Well, his name is Mr Darcy!
Follow their adventures: On Instagram at @what_eats_owls.
Tuck was found on the streets of Ukraine, but currently lives a spoiled life in Brooklyn, New York with his mom, dad, and feline sister. He spends most of his days sleeping in one of four spots: the pillow on the sofa, the vent above the stove, the window seat, or inside his mom’s shirt. When he’s not sleeping, he enjoys ambushing his sister while she uses the litter box, making biscuits, sprinting up and down the hallway for no apparent reason, and eating.
Companion to: BriAnne Wills, author of Girls and Their Cats
Hogwarts house: Hufflepuff.
Favorite book: All Black Cats are Not Alike by Amy Goldwasser and Peter Arkle.
Literary character they’re most like: Winnie-the-Pooh. He’s not the brightest bulb, but he’s sweet, social, and everyone loves him.
Follow their adventures: On Instagram at @girlsandtheircats.
Voltaire was born in the wilds of Maryland to parents native to the Appalachian rainforest. He swore fealty early in life to a house in need of feline guidance and took it upon himself, in a gesture wholly characteristic of his inherent generosity of spirit and abundant humility, to provide companionship to an aging dog and an equally aging writer. He bides with the writer to this day, guarding her person and inspiring literary flights without any expectation of reward or glory, because that’s how a true hero rolls.
Companion to: Grace Burrowes, author of Forever and a Duke
Hogwarts house: You might think he’s a Gryffindor (because of his chivalry), but he’s actually a Hufflepuff, who values patience and justice.
Favorite book: His favorite book is The Jungle Book, featuring, as it does, an all-black feline hero: Bagheera, the personification (well, felinification) of dignity, strength, sense, and shrewdness.
Literary character they’re most like: Voltaire’s literary character would be Wulfric, Duke of Bewcastle, though he lacks His Grace’s silver eyes. Voltaire is articulate, self-possessed, ferociously loyal to those he cares for, and an elegant exponent of masculine grace. His nobility of character is exceeded only by his coolness.
Follow their adventures: On Instagram at @graceburrowesauthor.
Meet Mr. Tumnus (aka Tummy)
Tummy is the youngest in Amanda Flower’s house. He’s the younger brother to Reepicheep, aka Cheeps, a gray tuxedo cat. Tummy is a fine young gentleman in a standard back and white tuxedo, and he loves to spend his days romping into trouble and stealing Amanda’s pens. Also with Cheeps, he edits all of her books from beginning to end.
Companion to: Amanda Flower, author of Verse and Vengeance
Hogwarts house: Tummy is a brave and bold Gryffindor.
Favorite book: Tummy loves all the Magical Bookshop Mysteries but his favorite is Verse and Vengeance because the readers will get what they’ve been waiting for!
Literary character they’re most like: Tummy is most like Emerson in the Magical Book shop Mysteries by his mistress Amanda Flower. Amanda based the precocious feline on Mr. Tumnus and overall she got it right.
Follow their adventures: On Instagram at @amandaflowerauthor.