Last List Blog Tour: HISSY FITZ (MG novel) by Patrick Jennings – Q & A & Giveaway
Mar 2nd, 2015 by Liza Wiemer



To support Egmont authors, Cuddlebuggery set up this blog tour. I’m thrilled to be participating. I was assigned a middle grade novel titled: Hissy Fitz by Patrick Jennings. For more information, please check out the Cuddlebuggery Page

HISSY FITZ by Patrick JenningsHissy Fitz Book Cover

EGMONT USA • ISBN: 978-606845967  

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“With its short chapters, snappy dialogue, and fast-moving plot, this book will be popular with newly independent readers.” —School Library Journal


“Hissy’s drily delivered complaints and observations (“Humans are the noisiest creatures alive. I’m not sure there is any escape”) entertain, while Hissy’s frustration at his dependence on large humans who annoy him will likely resonate with many a reader.”

Publisher’s Weekly 

Q & A with author Patrick Jennings

1. What inspired you to get into the mind of a cat?

I lived with cats for twenty years and felt I was beginning to understand the creature. I don’t mean I communicated with the cats. I just watched. I saw patterns in their behavior, especially when interacting with humans. It seemed to me what people wanted from the cat did not match what the cat wanted, which, mainly, is sleep.

When a group of middle-graders suggested writing a story about a cat that couldn’t sleep, an insomniac cat, I heard a character’s voice in my mind. (My stories often begin this way: a character starts talking to me. Interesting that hearing voices is typically either a sign of mental illness or business as usual for a fiction writer.)

2. What is one of your favorite lines or paragraphs in the novel?

It’s as if a light has been turned on inside me, and it’s shining out through my eyes. I feel the urge to go outside, to go hunting. It’s not something I want to do, or need to do. It’s something I am. 

3. If you could talk to a cat, what would you say to it?

If it deigned to listen, I’d ask if it would prefer to live with people or strike out on its own.

4. Who was your favorite author when you were in middle school and why? Or, what was your favorite book in middle school and why? 

I’m not sure if you mean middle school (which we called junior high) or middle-grade, which is the level I write for. In my middle grades (3-6), I loved Beverly Cleary’s books. I started with Henry Huggins, but eventually read all of the books she’d written up to that time, except Socks (I didn’t like cats then) and Fifteen (I didn’t care for teenagers, either). I still love Cleary’s books. She took the fears and challenges of childhood seriously, especially those that adults tend to wave away as trivial: a scary dog on the way to school, worrying that the stray dog you adopted will be reclaimed. Ramona Quimby is an incredible nuanced character, as real a girl as one can find in literature.

5. Do you have any pets? If so, what kind, how many, and what are their names? 

My cat streak ended two years ago when my daughter developed an allergy to our current cat, Lila. Since finding a home for Lila, I’ve considered getting a new animal, but have worried how it would affect my daughter. So, for the time being, we’re petless.

6. What was your favorite activity during middle school and why?
The middle-grade years were an excellent time for me. I was a Renaissance kid really, as comfortable writing a play as I was reigning on the tetherball court. I loved my bike, my friends, baseball and dodgeball, drawing, even schoolwork. I acted in the play I wrote, The Half-True Story of Jesse James, by the way, and directed it, too. The world was my oyster.

7. What’s your favorite food? Movie? Fun activity? Recipe?

Ice cream. The Apartment. Riding my bike. Potato-kale soup.

Bio: Patrick JenningsAuthor Photo

Patrick Jennings’s books for young readers have received honors from Publishers Weekly, The Horn Book, Smithsonian Magazine, the PEN Center USA, the Woman’s National Book Association, and the Chicago and New York Public Libraries. The Seattle Public Library awarded his book, Guinea Dog, the Washington State Book Award of 2011. His book, Faith and the Electric Dogs, is currently being adapted for the screen. His new book, Hissy Fitz, was published in January 2015. He currently writes full time in his home in Port Townsend, Washington.

email: patrickpending@mac.com

website: patrickjennings.com

blog: patrickjenningsesquire.blogspot.com18209507

twitter: @PJenningsWrites

Giveaway: US only – a copy of  Odd Weird & Little by Patrick Jennings, plus swag.

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