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    Touched

    JEZEBEL:
    Heya, Avid Fans! Welcome once again to Cat and Muse. I’m the former demon Jezebel, coming at you live from the sordid depths of Jackie Kessler’s website. With me, as always, is the producer of Cat and Muse, the pop-culture quoting and cliché-speaking Muse of Tragedy. Ladies and gentlemen, give a hot welcome to Melpomene! Hi, Mel!

    MELPOMENE:
    Yo.

    JEZ:
    Sweetie, I’m so psyched for you! Ladies and gentlemen, guess who appears in her own story?

    MEL:
    [BLUSH]

    JEZ:
    That’s right, kids. Our own Melpomene is a featured character in Jackie’s latest short story, “Why Monsters Don’t Do Group Therapy,” in the December issue of From the Asylum! Congratulations, Mel! Come here, lemme give you a kiss!

    MEL:
    Thanks but no thanks.

    JEZ:
    Awww, c’mere, you. [SMOOOOOCH]

    MEL:
    [RUBBING CHEEK] To each his own, like the man who kissed the cow.

    JEZ:
    Insult me all you want, sweetie. I’m still damn proud of you. But since you obviously don’t enjoy the spotlight, let’s move on. Mel, give me a saying about touch.

    MEL:
    It’s touch and go.

    JEZ:
    Mmmm. Something meaningful.

    MEL:
    Reach out and touch someone.

    JEZ:
    Bingo! Our next guest here on Cat and Muse knows all about touching someone, and I don’t mean in the yummy hand-job sort of way. She’ll be the first to tell you she’s got trust issues, something this former demon can relate to. Avid Fans, please give a hot welcome to CT Adams and Cathy Clamp’s fabulous heroine from Touch of Evil, Kate Reilly!

    [APPLAUSE]

    Heya, Kate!

    KATE:
    Hi everybody! It’s good to be here. Thanks for having me stop by to chat. I’m going to try to be very open, even though it’s not my best thing, but Tom’s waiting outside so there are limits to what I can safely say. You know how good a werewolf’s hearing is. [LAUGHS]

    JEZ:
    An international courier with psychic abilities is tapped to be the new Thrall Queen, and in the process she gets mentally connected to the Thrall. My, my. That’s got to be worse than getting a package tied up in Customs. What’s it like, being paranoid because you really ARE hearing voices?

    KATE:
    About what you’d expect. It’d almost be better to be crazy. Besides, it’s not paranoia if they really are out to get you.

    JEZ:
    And are they?

    KATE:
    The Thrall are most definitely after me, in the worst way. I hate it, but I have to live with it.

    JEZ:
    But tell me true: Isn’t it sort of cool that your psychic powers got expanded in the process?

    KATE:
    Yes and no. It’d be better if my writers would let me have some fun with them. But no, it’s all work, work, work. Hmnnn, maybe you can talk some sense into them. They’re getting ready to write the next book.

    MEL:
    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

    JEZ:
    Believe me, Katie, I hear you. If it were up to me, I’d be boinking every guy I come across. But no, my Dear Creator has to impose this sense of…morals. Sheesh.

    MEL:
    Morals of an alley cat, scruples of a snake.

    JEZ:
    Aw, thank you, sweetie. Don’t make me blush.

    Kate, you have not one Dear Creator, but two. Poor girl. Have you ever tried to play one Creator against the other, resulting in the most delicious form of writer’s block?

    KATE:
    No, but the idea does have possibilities…

    JEZ:
    Heh. In Touch of Evil, were there any parts of the story where you were like, Cathy, C.T., ladies, what the Hell are you making me do? Or were you and your Creators in sync the entire time?

    KATE:
    Tyrants that they are. [LAUGHS] I DID wonder why they were making my life such hell. But they did get me together with Tom, so I guess they’re not all bad.

    JEZ:
    Speaking of Tom Bishop…yum! What’s it like, getting cuddly with a fellow that’s more wolf than teddy bear?

    KATE:
    A lady doesn’t kiss and tell. [WINK]

    JEZ:
    Aw, tell a LITTLE. Does doing it with a werewolf mean that you don’t have to shave your armpits or worry about that next bikini wax?

    KATE:
    [CHUCKLES]

    JEZ:
    Well, if you’re not going to get into the sweaty details, can you at least tell us why you resisted Tom for so long?

    KATE:
    I don’t trust people easily, so it took me a while to get to know him well enough to form a relationship. But it was DEFINITELY worth the wait.

    MEL:
    Good things come to those who wait.

    JEZ:
    Let’s talk bad guys. Me, I’m used to hearing about sexy vampires, the kind that you want to suck your blood, among other things. Why did your Dear Creators go the distinctly non-sexy vampire route? Was it so that the werewolves would be the only creatures in Touch of Evil who would get readers hot and bothered?

    KATE:
    Well, obviously my Creators and I do think Tom can hold his own with the best of them. [LAUGHS]

    JEZ:
    Why on Earth would humans ever agree to let any of the Thrall munch on them?

    KATE:
    Apparently it can make sex mind-boggling.

    JEZ:
    Ooh.

    KATE:

    And there’s the whole “belonging” thing, too. But honestly, I don’t understand it. [SHUDDERS]

    JEZ:
    The Thrall see things pretty black and white: if you’re human, either you’re “Prey” or “Not Prey.” Seems pretty reasonable to this former demon. I’d think you’d be pretty okay with this, given that the Thrall consider you “Not Prey.”

    KATE:
    Ah, but you’re assuming they play by the rules.

    JEZ:
    Good point. But you know, the humans aren’t exactly angels in the story, either. For example, there’s the whole anti-lycanthrope agenda: no driver’s license for people who get furry when the moon is full. So why haven’t the humans all banded together to go all Van Helsing on the Thrall?

    KATE:
    Well, even after someone’s been infested, they’re still there, still “them.” They look, talk and act like the human they were. So a lot of people would hesitate to wipe them out. And the Thrall’s mental powers are formidable. If you attacked one, they could contact the queen mentally and the rest would skedaddle. In the next book—

    JEZ:
    Ooh, spoiler alert!

    KATE:
    Oops, no, wait, I’m not supposed to talk about that.

    JEZ:
    Awwwww…

    MEL:
    Patience is a virtue.

    JEZ:
    Yeah, me and virtue, we’re best buds. Fine, don’t spill any Touch of Madness secrets. Humph. Let’s get back to why humans suck. Your fiancé Dylan betrayed you, sold you out to the Thrall, and then dumped you for your best friend, Amanda. Nice. Tell me true: Why didn’t you hunt him down and skin him alive after you escaped the Thrall?

    KATE:
    Legal ramifications?

    JEZ:
    [SNORTS]

    KATE:
    Seriously, I try very hard to be a good little Catholic girl. The Church frowns on that sort of thing.

    JEZ:
    Fine, but why the Hell didn’t you punch out Amanda’s eyeteeth?

    KATE:
    Yeah, well, now you know why I have those trust issues.

    JEZ:
    Gotcha. What’s better in terms of human retirement planning: real estate, choosing to be Herd, or dying young to avoid the whole aging thing in the first place?

    KATE:
    Real estate. Assuming, of course, you get the choice.

    JEZ:
    What’s better: sex or chocolate?

    KATE:
    What? I have to choose? No fair!

    JEZ:
    You’re in a Dylan and Tom sandwich. Who’s on top? Just as important: what do you use for a condiment?

    KATE:
    After what Dylan did? Nah. Just Tom—with chocolate!

    JEZ:
    Who’re better kissers, werewolves or humans?

    KATE:
    Hmnnnnn… I think I’ll go with my favorite werewolf.

    JEZ:
    If you had your way, what would you change about Touch of Evil?

    KATE:
    Well, I could’ve lived without the brick to the head, and the car wreck. But I suppose we must suffer for our art. The book would be pretty boring if they took out the painful parts.

    JEZ:
    Is that really you on the Touch of Evil cover?

    KATE:
    Yup.

    JEZ:
    Is that really your hair color?

    KATE:
    In that lighting, yes. Outdoors and in the summer, it tends to get a little lighter.

    JEZ:
    Tell me one thing in the real world that you wish you could change.

    KATE:
    If I say it I’ll sound like one of those beauty pageant contestants. “Well, Bob, I’d like there to be peace on Earth, an end to hunger, and . . . my own convertible.”

    JEZ:
    Finally, if you could be Evil for one day—and not have to worry about being, say, a Thrall Queen in the bargain—what would you use your psychic mojo for?

    KATE:
    Hmnnn, maybe boils on Amanda’s backside, or a venomous spider bite where it would really hurt. There are just so many possibilities. Can I get back to you on this?

    JEZ:
    Of course you can, sweetie. I always make time for fine-tuning Evil plans. Avid Fans, give it up for CT Adams and Cathy Clamp’s fabulous heroine from Touch of Evil, Kate Reilly!

    [APPLAUSE]

    That’s it for this episode of Cat and Muse! See you next time. And remember, if you can’t wait a week (or so) for the next episode, you can visit me, my fellow Kensington Succubus Diva, Georgina, and our newest minxy member, Luna, at Magical Minxes. And remember, lust isn’t just a deadly sin. It’s also a lip gloss.

    Smooches!

    One Response to “Touched”

    1. Great interview Jez!

      Kate- thanks for stopping by!

      by Lila on December 7th, 2006 at 3:51 pm

     

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