Meet: Bonny Kitty Cutlass

Today, we’re welcoming our first new crew member, Kathryn Holmes. Annabelle, our ship’s kraken (kind of like a ship mascot, except she would eat us in a heartbeat), offered to take on Kathryn’s interview. In case you haven’t met Annabelle, she’s attempting to improve pirate-kraken relations, even though it goes against her nature. We’re hoping to help her (also, we don’t want to get eaten), so I thought I’d stick around to supervise.

First, a little about Kathryn:

Kathryn was born and raised in Tennessee, where she dreamed of growing up to be a writer and a dancer. She graduated from Goucher College in Baltimore with a double-major in English Literature and Dance, and then moved to New York City to work for a group of dance magazines. After a few years as a magazine editor, Kathryn decided to shift her focus back toward fiction, getting her MFA in Creative Writing from The New School. She is currently a freelance writer for Dance Spirit and other dance publications, and performs with several contemporary choreographers in the NYC area.  

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Kathryn’s debut YA novel, THE DISTANCE BETWEEN LOST AND FOUND, is due out from HarperCollins Children’s Books in early 2015. She’s represented by Alyssa Eisner Henkin of Trident Media Group.

Okay, Annabelle. Take it away!


*tentacle peeks over edge of ship*

SUK-SUK-SUK-SUK-SUK-SUK

*a swarm of slithering, oozing tentacles move up and over the edge of the ship*

SUK-SUK-SUK-SUK - plop!

*annabelle slides onto the ship*

SUK-SUK-SUK-SUK-SUK-SUK

*moves towards Dread Pirate B.*

WE ARE READY TO ASK QUESSSSSTIONS, PIRATE. WE ATE LOTS OF FISHESSSSSSS SO WE WOULDN’T BE HUNGRY.

[Dread Pirate B.] That’s great, Annabelle. This is Bonny Kitty Cutlass.

*eyes Bonny Kitty Cutlass*

WE LOVES TO EATS CATSSSSSS. OH, YESSSSS. THEY ARE DELICIOUSSSSSS.

[Dread Pirate B.] Um, we don’t have cats to eat right now, Annabelle. Bonny Kitty Cutlass is our new crew member. She’s the pirate you’re going to interview.

HISSSSSSS

*disappointed*

OHHHH. YESSSSSSSS.

*murmurs*

BUT WE DO LIKES TO EAT CATSSSSSS.

*louder, to Bonny Kitty Cutlass*

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THISSS NAME, PIRATE?

“Kitty” was a nickname bestowed on me by the editors of my high school newspaper when I was a lowly sophomore staff reporter, and I used it as my screen name for writing X-Files fanfiction as a teen. So, even though no one calls me Kitty today, the name still holds a special place in my heart—and it seemed like an obvious choice when creating this new online alter ego! Then, in thinking about what kind of pirate would be named Kitty, I got an image in my head: a lively Scottish lass who ran away from home to find adventure on the high seas. Thus, Bonny Kitty Cutlass was born.

WE ALSO LIKES TO EAT LIVELY SCOTTISH LASSESSSSSS.

[Dread Pirate B.] *clears throat*

HISSSSSS

*gives Dread Pirate B. the evil eye*

SORRY

*doesn’t look sorry*

*turns back to Bonny Kitty Cutlass*

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN ONE WORD, PIRATE.

Determined

AND WHICH AUTHORS ARE YOUR FAVORITESSSS?

In no particular order: Neil Gaiman, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, David Levithan, Audrey Niffenegger, Jane Austen, Douglas Adams, Margaret Atwood, Stephanie Perkins, Nicole Krauss… And in the “I can’t wait to see what they do next” category, I’ll add Erin Morgenstern (THE NIGHT CIRCUS) and Amy McNamara (LOVELY, DARK, AND DEEP)!

HISSSSSS

WE LOVES THE LOVELY, DARK, AND DEEP TOO, PIRATE. YESSSSSSS. IT IS HOW WE WOULD DESCRIBE OUR HOME. YESSSSSS. WE MAY LET YOU LIVE, YET.

[Dread Pirate B.] Um, Annabelle? We have an agreement. Remember?

HISSSSS

WE REMEMBER.

HISSSSSSSSS

WE DON’T GET TO EAT YOUR CREW.

[Dread Pirate B.] Exactly.

*smiles encouragingly at Bonny Kitty Cutlass*

Please continue.

SSSSSO, PIRATE (WHO I CANNOT EAT).

*glares at Dread Pirate B.*

TELL USSSSSS: IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON AN ISLAND, WHAT THREE THINGS WOULD YOU WANT?

My laptop with unlimited battery life OR an unlimited supply of pens and paper; a vat of coffee, so I could wean myself off my coffee addiction gradually; and the complete works of Douglas Adams, because I think I could read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy over and over and still laugh every time. (Oh, and sunblock—I burn so easily! But I don’t know which item above I’d trade in for it…)

WHAT FEATURE OF THE SSSSSITE ARE YOU MOST EXCITED FOR, PIRATE?

I’m excited for all of it, but probably most for Reading Mutiny. I love reading (obviously!), so being challenged to read more—and getting to share books I love with other people—is right up my alley.

TELL USSSSS SOMETHING ELSE ABOUT YOURSELF, PIRATE.

I’m a total cat person, but grew up with many different pets, including a family of mallard ducks. 

*tentacles perk up like exclamation points*

When I was in middle school, my mom rescued a duckling from a storm drain. The duckling—which we named Jo—became a part of our family, living in the house and going outside daily to swim in the creek on our property. Jo would watch TV with us and sleep on a towel on our laps—and she kept our cats and dogs in line with nips on the nose. (Duck beaks are sharp!) When Jo grew up and had ducklings, she brought them to our house, too. My parents still see Jo’s descendants each year, though now they’re almost completely wild.  

CATSSSSSSSSS! WE LOVE TO EAT CATS!!!!!! DID YOU BRING ANY CATSSSS WITH YOU?

*looks over Bonny Kitty Cutlass eagerly*

NO? NO CATSSSSSS?

HISSSSSSSS

WE EAT DUCKS, TOO. DO YOU HAVE DUCKSSSS?

*swivels to check behind Bonny Kitty Cutlass*

NO?

*tentacles droop*

THIS MAKES US VERY SAD, PIRATE. WE ARE SSSSSSSSO HUNGRY. YOU TAUNT US WITH YOUR TALK OF CATSSSS AND DUCKSSSSS.

HISSSSSSS

TELL USSSS, WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD?

Pizza, with ice cream for dessert. I’ve thought a lot about this, and by not specifying WHAT KIND of pizza or ice cream, I think I’ve ensured myself pretty much endless possibilities. Pepperoni! Spinach and broccoli! Ham and pineapple! Chocolate! Mint chocolate chip! Classic vanilla! And so on. It’s foolproof.

*still sad*

WE WOULD PREFER TO EAT CATSSSSSSSS.

*turns way from pirates*

SUK-SUK-SUK-SUK-SUK-SUK

*slinks towards edge of ship, muttering*

OR LEMURS, WE WOULD EATS LEMURS TOO. WE KNOW WHERE ONE ISSSSS ... BUT CATSSS ARE SO DELICIOUS …

*slides over side of ship*

Plop!

[Dread Pirate B.] Er, sorry about that Bonny Kitty Cutlass. I guess the interview is over. Is there anything else you’d like to add?

I’m so excited to be setting sail with the YA Buccaneers!


Thanks to Kathryn for the interview, and Annabelle for not eating our newest crew member. Leave a comment on this post welcoming Kathryn to the crew to earn extra giveaway entries. Just use the Rafflecopter form below. And a big, warm welcome to Kathryn, a.k.a. Bonny Kitty Cutlass!

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