An Interview With One Of Jan Clark’s Characters
Today, I’m interviewing a character from Jan Clark’s series of Middle-School novels. The character, Princess Buttermilk Biscuit, is also know as BB and she’s here to answer questions.
BB, you are becoming rather famous as the cat who leads her girl up a moonbeam to a magical world. BB, could you tell us what books you’ve been featured in so far?
Certainly. So far I’ve appeared in The Mountains of the Moon, The Door in the Sky, The Mirror Door, The Secret Door, and The Water Door. The first three were recently released by Solstice Publishing as a three-in-one combo, in both print and ebook editions. Publishing is pending for the others, and my author has more in mind.
Now as I understand it, you belong to a little girl named Sammy, who sets out to find out where you go on full moon nights
Cats are not “owned” you know.. Sammy is the daughter of Elizabeth, my first girl. I’m very fond of them both; they’re almost as clever as cats. It was Elizabeth who named me. “Princess” because of my proper, regal bearing, and “Buttermilk Biscuit” because she fancied my attractive cream-colored fur and the brown patch on my back resembled the bread her grandmother baked. You’ll notice I look a bit darker in the cover photo, because of the shadows.
Would you care to tell us a little about where you go on full-moon nights, and what you do there?
Sometimes, when the moon is full, there’s a magic gateway that appears. It’s connected to a pathway that leads to the home of my friend, Princess Selena. Selena’s castle includes a transportation hub called the “Hall of Doors,” with portals linking to many of the fairy worlds. I often travel through these portals on diplomatic missions for the Princess, to help her maintain peace in her realm while her father, King Argent, is away fighting the forces of The Dark.
Diplomatic missions? Maintaining peace? It seems that cats are very important…people…in the fairy world.
Yes, of course. There’s a long history of cats guiding and assisting fairies. I don’t want to appear immodest, but the fairies understand that the cat is the most perfect creature ever to sanctify the earth with the imprint of its paw.
That quote sounds familiar, only I remember it a little differently. How does Sammy figure into all this?
When Sammy followed me the first time, she got herself into a little trouble, but she managed to “think like a cat” to get out of it. She also displayed a high level of maturity in making a difficult decision. Since then, she has assisted Princess Selena and myself in a number of situations.
I understand some of those situations involved a bit of danger: opening a spellbound box that was sealed with black magic, dodging fire-spitting wild dragons, being captured at spearpoint by koala-like bandits…
Oh yes, never a dull moment. I do my best to protect Sammy, as well as her friend Kerri and young cousin who get involved in the later stories, but there are always going to be dangers to overcome. The storms on that water world were the worst, in my opinion. So far, Sammy’s always made it back home safely.
So far. Well, that’s good. One more question. Since this is a fantasy series, do you have any special powers?
Well, I am a cat, of course. Like all cats, I can see the magic gates, which are hidden to humans and many other lesser creatures. I see what’s really there instead of being deceived by illusions, and I never get lost. I’m also a skilled negotiator, and can deal calmly with dragons, manic pixies, and carnivorous flowers as well as quarrelsome humans and fairies. The humans seem to be more excited by the fact that I can understand their speech, even in the “real” world, but they only seem to understand what I’m saying when we’re in the fairy worlds.
I’m certainly looking forward to reading about your adventures. Here’s a few links supplied by the author, Jan Clark
Book series: The Hall of Doors
Author: Janice Clark
Buy link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00J86RBXQ/ref=rdr_kindle_ext_tmb
Author’s website: www.janiceclark.net
Author’s blog: http://www.teawiththeblackdragon.blogspot.com/
Author’s Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/Janice-Lewis-Clark/e/B001K86P3C Author’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PrincessButtermilkBiscuit
Artist’s website: www.jwkalin.com
Jan also provide a brief blurb on each of the books.
In The Mountains of the Moon, Sammy’s worried. Her cat has disappeared again. No one knows where Princess Buttermilk Biscuit goes on full-moon nights. Will she come back this time?
When Sammy follows her cat up a moonbeam to a world of mist and moonlight, she meets Selena, who lives in a beautiful fairy-tale castle. Sammy is fascinated by the Hall of Doors with its magical portals to other worlds. But the dreamlike adventure turns into a nightmare when Sammy is faced with the hardest decision of her life. Will she have the courage to make the right choice?
In The Door in the Sky, Sammy learns that love and friendship are stronger than fear, as she and Selena take a dragon ride and open a perilous spellbound treasure box.
The Mirror Door leads Sammy to one challenge after another, including fire-spitting jabberwocks, carniverous “humpties,” and an aggressive dandelion. Can she solve the mystery that threatens to start a war? Most important of all, can she keep her temper?
Coming soon: The Secret Door
Sammy feels as though her world has caved in when her mom has to move to another city to get work. She grasps what may be her last chance to introduce her friend Kerri to Selena’s world, and the two are off on an exciting adventure to rescue BB and group of homeless refugees. Their allies include shape-shifting elves who can turn into unicorns, and dragon-hunting, nomadic kizzees, who look a little like koalas. Both the kizzees and the unicorns are exiles from Princess Selena’s home world, displaced by The Dark, and parties to an age-old feud, which complicates matters a little.
Also: in The Water Door Sammy, her friend Kerri, little cousin Maggie and the cats cross the Sea of Storms to a distant island, where a family quarrel is about to erupt into a war. A young water dragon comes to the rescue when their trip is interrupted by a storm. Once they make it to the island, little Maggie is the hero of the day when she rescues a fairy child, assisted by helpful bees and a friendly python. (Illustration are in progress.)
Thank You, Jan. Good luck with your next book.