Tuesday, November 10, 2015

And...Action! Interview with Cat Detective Buckley + Giveaway!

It's not every day you get to introduce a cat detective as your blog guest! ;) I'm thrilled that Buckley was willing to come back on the blog to give us the lowdown on his latest case. (Click HERE if you'd like to read previous posts featuring Buckley and his friends!)

Buckley and his "brother" Bogey are real cats who inspired the fictional Buckley and Bogey Cat Detective Capers. Buckley is the "rookie" who's still learning the tricks of the trade from Bogey - and sometimes (well, much of the time) it's an uphill climb. But Buckley has a willing heart and an open mind, and he's been learning a LOT about the detective business.

Get to know Buckley better in this fun Q&A! (And did we mention there's an awesome book giveaway at the end?) Discover what this cool cat has been up to and what movies and movie stars have to do with his new book...



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Amber: Welcome back to the blog, Buckley! The last time I had the pleasure of hosting you was way back when you and Bogey solved The Case of the Crafty Christmas Crooks. If I’ve heard correctly, you’ve solved at least two more mysteries since then. Could you tell us a little about those cases? (Anything that’s not confidential, of course!) 

Buckley: Hello again, our wonderful friend, Amber! Holy Catnip! Thanks for having us here today. Hugs and wet nose kisses from Bogey and me. And yes, the Buckley and Bogey Cat Detective Agency has been very busy since we last spoke. Whew. We’ve had a couple of cases that turned out to be real doozies!

First there was The Case of the Jewel Covered Cat Statues. That one started when we discovered a mysterious package hidden in our Mom’s antique store. Of course, Bogey and I stashed it away until we could figure out who it really belonged to. And it was a good thing, too, because a whole bunch of mysterious strangers suddenly showed up, and they were all after that package! It all happened just as a priceless, jeweled statue collection went on display at our local museum. Before long, we were up to our fuzzy ears in ancient symbols and hidden treasure, and . . . dinosaurs! (Okay, not real dinosaurs, but they were still pretty scary . . .)

Then, our newest mystery, The Case of the Clever Secret Code, took place just as everyone in the entire city of St. Gertrude was getting ready for the big Fourth of July celebration. That’s when famous movie star Steele Bronson rolled into town in his huge limo. Of course, it wasn’t long before the whole city was in a frenzy over the famous celebrity! Much to my amazement, Steele Bronson insisted that Bogey and I have starring roles in his newest movie, which he planned to film at our local library.

After that, everything just went haywire, and we soon had our paws full with secret codes and hidden keys, as well as a whole bunch of history from the Revolutionary War. And it all played a role in solving our most complicated case ever. Especially when we quickly realized that there was something very wrong with the whole picture, especially the one that Steele Bronson was filming . . .


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Amber: Wow! You've certainly had a lot on your plate (or in your cat dish, I should say)! 

For your latest case, how did it feel to meet a movie star and see a movie being filmed in your hometown? 

Buckley: Well, to tell you the truth, Bogey and I had never even heard of the man before. And we were pretty surprised by the way people reacted when they heard he was in town. Women were fainting and screaming and all kinds of stuff. Plus, everyone kept talking about how “hot” he was. Sure, it was late June, so I guess it was pretty toasty outside. But still, I had to wonder: If the man was so hot, why was he wearing a jacket? Bogey and I just didn’t see what all the fuss was about. 

Then we were even more surprised when he walked into our store with some kind of trophy, something he called an Academy Award. Plus he had a whole stack of glossy photos of himself. This seemed strange to me, since I’ve never met someone who walked around carrying their own pictures before!

Amber: Oh my! We humans can act a little odd when it comes to seeing or being celebrities, true enough. ;) 

Speaking of movies, do you enjoy watching them when you’re not on the case?

Buckley: Absolutely, Bogey and I like movies a whole bunch!! But we never actually watch them. We just like them because the people in our house usually rest on the couch while they’re watching the TV. And that’s the perfect time for us cats to cuddle up on someone’s lap and take a good nap. Even so, Bogey does watch a few movies from time to time, and I do like the special cat DVDs that have nothing but birds and fish. Our Mom puts it on every once in a while to keep us cats entertained.
 
Amber: Sounds like our Christmas DVD that has lovely winter scenes and pretty music to enjoy in the background. I think you'd like it! In fact, I’ve heard you’re also a music lover. :) What do you like most about it? And which genre do you like most?

Buckley: Oh yes, you’ve got that right! I love music a lot. It helps me to relax when I’m nervous about a really big case. I’m kind of a jazz cat at heart, and I especially enjoy soft jazz or piano music. My favorite music, of course, is the soundtrack from The Pink Panther. My ears always perk up when that music is playing! Plus, our Mom has been learning to play the piano, and Bogey and I really like to help her. Bogey sits on the seat next to her and I sit above the keyboard. We like to reach over and hit a few keys ourselves, every now and then. After all, playing the piano should be a family affair, don’t you think?

Amber: I think you're quite right! It's fun to enjoy music together. 

Your latest case has to do with secrets and codes...which leads me to wonder about the secrets of cats. Is there anything cat owners should know about cats’ common thoughts and behaviors? Any secret signals or hidden codes that we often miss or misinterpret because we don’t speak your language? 

Buckley: Ha! I’m afraid I can’t reveal too much here, since us cats have kind of a code that we don’t let humans in on everything we’re up to. But I can tell you, us cats are really very good when it comes to working on a computer. And even though we can speak human language just fine, we always switch back to cat language when humans are around. Otherwise it might freak them out. 

Plus, most people don’t realize it, but cats are probably better at solving crimes than humans. That’s because we have night vision and an excellent sense of smell. Not to mention, we can sneak in and out of places without being spotted. But that’s all I can tell you. Sorry.

Amber: Fair enough. ;) Are you and Bogey working on any cases currently?

Buckley: Right now we’re sort of recovering from our new book release. So we’re just getting caught up on our naps and running our nightly surveillance around the house. Still, Christmas is on the horizon and we’re expecting big things to happen. So our agency is ready to jump in on all four paws when a new case for the Buckley and Bogey Cat Detective Agency comes up! Holy Mackerel!

Amber: You run across a lot of “bad guys” and scary situations while on the case. What gets you through the difficult times? How do you hold on to the hope that good will triumph over evil?

Buckley: Wow, that’s a tough one! Because bad guys can be very scary, all right! But I learned a long time ago that when I’m in a pickle, it’s a good idea to rely on those who are bigger and smarter than me. For me, that’s my big brother, Bogart, and the cat in our house that we call the Wise One. Our Mom, on the other hand, talks about relying on God when she’s scared. She says He’s bigger and smarter than anyone! She says He will make sure that good does triumph over evil. Well, I have to say, that makes me a pretty happy cat!

Amber: And rightly so! Your Mom is very wise. 

I think it’s awesome that your cases have been written down for others to read! Is there a particular age group that would most enjoy the stories?

Buckley: It’s funny, but we originally wrote our books for kids ages 8-12. But pretty soon we found out that grownups were buying our books, too. So we usually say our books are for kids and cat-lovers of all ages. I guess lots of people just like reading about Bogey and me and all of our friends as we work to crack another case. Maybe it’s because we remind them of their own cats.

Amber: I certainly enjoy reading about your adventures! I definitely think cat-lovers of all ages would find them to be sweet and entertaining.

Now, this is a for-fun question, since your Mom is a friend of mine and has told you a bit about my books. :) My latest stories feature stars, bees, and trains. What are your thoughts on those topics? 

Buckley: Holy Catnip! I love all those things! And you sure picked some great things to write about! In my Christmas book, The Case of the Crafty Christmas Crooks, I got stuck outside one night. This was right after I’d heard about the Christmas story, and how people followed a bright star to find baby Jesus lying in a manger. So I climbed into the Nativity scene on our front yard and looked up at all the stars in the night sky. I tried to find the brightest one, and I tried to imagine what the Christmas star must have looked like all those years ago. It was such a beautiful night!

As for bees, Bogey and I love to sit in our living room window and watch all the busy bees in our garden outside. They sure do like our flowers. And when it comes to trains, we always chase the train our Dad puts out at Christmas time near our big Christmas tree. We knock it off so he can put it back on the track again. We just know he really enjoys our little game.

Amber: So fun! And I loved that scene in your Christmas book.

Before you go, do you have any parting message you’d like to share from the Buckley and Bogey Cat Detective Agency? We’re glad you took time off from work to join us today!

Buckley: I just have to say, since I’m still kind of the rookie and Bogey is the pro in our agency, sometimes I’m a little scared when it comes a new situation where I’m not sure what to do. Sometimes I think life would be a whole lot easier if I just lazed around and took naps all day.

But after a few cases, I realized how much I would miss out on if I didn’t step outside my comfort zone (as my Mom calls it), and try something new. I’ve learned a whole bunch of new skills because of it, and I’ve met wonderful people and cats, and I’ve even played a big role in helping to crack some very tough cases. So, I guess what I’m trying to say is, sometimes it’s good to take a leap of faith, even when it’s a little scary.

Anyway, I sure would like to thank you again for hosting us here, Amber. Bogey and I (and our Mom!) really appreciate all you’ve done to support our books. Hugs and wet nose kisses to you! You’ve been a good friend to us, and a real blessing. We’d like to tell you Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas in advance! Holy Catnip!

Amber: That's a great lesson you've learned, Buckley. Thank you for sharing! And a very happy Thanksgiving and Christmas to you, your Mom, and the rest of the gang!

Readers, you can connect with Buckley and his Mom at the following sites:
Buckley and Bogey website | Cindy Vincent's website | Whodunit Press
Goodreads | Pinterest | YouTube

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18 comments:

Cindy V said...

Thank you so much for this, Amber!! You did such a beautiful job with this post!! So artistic. And it's such a joy to be back -- feels like old times, doesn't it?

Buckley Bergdorf said...

Holy Catnip, Amber!!! What a pretty post!!! It's as pretty as our Christmas tree!! Us cats are all here looking at it, and the Princess says it's even as beautiful as some of the jewels she's seen. Anyway, Bogey and I sure appreciate you telling people (and cats) about our new book! Let me tell you, it was a real doozie of a case!

Please say hello to Muffin Man and Paris for us, too! They're a couple of great cats!!

Thanks again!

Your pal,

Buckley Bergdorf
Cat Detective

Kara said...

Oh my goodness, what an adorable and clever interview!! Just LOVE Bogey and Buckley's adventures and the cool things to learn along their journey :) Great job on this post, Amber, I was so touched by this one! Hugs to you, the cats, and Cindy!!

Allison Ruvidich said...

Okay, not going to lie. This is the cutest. : D

Courtney Clark said...

This is such a fun interview!!! I love it. Especially the part about cats having a code they don't let humans in on. That's the truth!

Hmm, I think I've "met" or been in the same room (at a banquet) as some movie stars when I was really little, but I'm not sure who. I'll have to ask my mom! I did get the privilege to meet Buck Taylor last year (western actor, most famous for "Gunsmoke" TV series in 60s-70s). He was super nice and gracious. Plus he's a talented watercolor artist!

Jewel said...

Terrific interview. I have never see a movie star being filmed or met one. I would have liked to be an extra in any Harry Potter movie.

Jill Stengl said...

I have never met a movie star, but my son worked construction with a man who is currently making movies in Hollywood--Aaron played the loudmouthed baseball player who refused to go on the field with Jackie Robinson in "42." In real life he is a true gentleman, nothing like the movie star Buckley and Bogey met! :-D

Amber Stokes said...

Cindy,

It was completely my pleasure! I'm so happy you like how the post turned out. :) It was fun putting it together. Thank you for allowing Buckley to be my guest! Wishing you the best with this latest release!

Hugs,
Amber

Amber Stokes said...

Detective Buckley,

Aw, thank you for the kind words! I'm touched by the compliments. :) It was quite fun interviewing you - your responses were great! And judging by the responses to this post, I think you made an impression on my reader friends. :) Looking forward to reading all about your latest case!

And I'm hoping to see Muffin Man and Paris very soon - thanks for thinking of them!

~Amber

Amber Stokes said...

Kara,

So glad you enjoyed the interview! Aren't Buckley and Bogey so sweet and fun? :) I really enjoy their adventures, as well!

Thank you for checking out the post, friend. Hugs back to you!

~Amber

Amber Stokes said...

Allison,

Aww, yay! Glad you enjoyed the post. Buckley and Bogey are such cute characters, for sure! :D

~Amber

Amber Stokes said...

Courtney,

I'm so happy you thought the interview was fun! Weren't Buckley's responses great? And cats do seem to have a secret code, don't they? ;)

So neat to hear your stories about meeting movie/TV stars! Buck Taylor sounds like a great guy. :) Love that you got to find out about one of his other talents!

~Amber

Amber Stokes said...

Jewel,

Thank you! It was a fun interview to conduct, for sure. :)

That would have been quite the experience, to be an extra in a Harry Potter movie! Any particular one that you would have especially liked to be in? :) I haven't seen them all, but of the ones I've seen, I think the third might be my favorite.

~Amber

Amber Stokes said...

Jill,

How cool is that? Great to hear about actors that are gentlemen. ;) Thank you for sharing about your son's connection - and for sharing about this interview and giveaway on your blog! Really appreciate it. :)

~Amber

Cindy V said...

Hello, all! Thanks for joining in and for the kind compliments on Buckley's interview!! But Buckley can't take all the credit, especially when Amber got us started off on the right paw with her very creative queries. We asked her to give us some "clever" questions, and she did not disappoint. Smart girl that she is. You can see why she got hired away by Harvest House!

And, since everyone was talking about movie stars, well, yes . . . ahem, after living in Southern California for a few years, I did run across a bunch of different people who were involved in the movie or television industry in some way or another. From animal trainers to set designers, and from writers to actual actors, that list did include a few people who had acted in movies. Not A-listers or major stars, mind you. No, the people I met had mostly had roles in one or two movies years and years ago. And yes, like the movie star in Buckley's book, I did actually meet one who carried around stacks of his own photos. Luckily for him, enough people remembered him and he managed to sell autographed copies of those photos. (For a very small price . . . and I don't think he was actually making much of a living . . .) But the only Hollywood memorabilia that I ever purchased was a copy of the Maltese Falcon that supposedly was used either on the actual set or for publicity purposes for the movie. I don't know if any of that was true, but I don't really care either. I just love having a copy of something from one of my favorite movies. It sits in my office and I nicknamed it "Arnie." Like the line says, it's "the stuff that dreams are made of!"

Kara said...

Yay, congrats to the winners!! Enjoy the book, these cats are such great characters and it's so easy to fall in love with them :) Blessings to you Cindy and Amber!!

Amber Stokes said...

Cindy,

You're going to make me blush! You're too kind - thank you for the compliments. :) You made this interview a blast!

Love hearing about your brushes with fame. :) It's always fun to see how real-life experiences find their way into our fiction. And that's so awesome about your copy of The Maltese Falcon! Books with great stories in them and behind them are the best. :D

Thank you (and Buckley) again for being my guest!

~Amber

Amber Stokes said...

Kara,

You're so thoughtful to stop by and congratulate the winners! I completely agree about Buckley and Bogey being easy characters to fall in love with. :) Thank you for your sweet comment! God bless!

~Amber