McCarty Griffin is the author of The Tribe, Monster Story, and Half-Inch. You can find my review for The Tribe here, and you can find more info for her and her books here.
The tribe has been alone on the farm for many seasons, struggling to survive by their wits and will, unaided by the humans who abandoned them there years ago. Few members of the tribe outside of Tia, the eldest, and her fiercely loyal companion Bella, remember a time when two-legs--the cats' name for humans--lived in the farmhouse. Suddenly, the tribe's territory is invaded by a young two-legs couple, and the frightened cats ask themselves why have two-legs come to live there after so many seasons and what will happen to the tribe at the hands of these often cruel creatures?
1. I love the concept of seeing the world through the eyes of these cats. What was your inspiration for writing The Tribe?
I’ve been crazy about cats since childhood and I’ve been involved in a lot of cat rescue work as an adult. Anyone who’s lived with cats for that long comes to understand that they are highly intelligent creatures, every bit as complicated and emotional as humans. Most of what I know about human behavior I learned from watching the interactions between cats. I’ve often wondered what cats would say if they could speak human or I could speak cat, because I’m certain their outlook would be fascinating and instructive. So, based on my own experience and curiosity, I decided to tell a story from their perspective.
What was your favorite character to write in The Tribe? What was your least favorite?
Bella was my favorite. I’ve always favored cats with an attitude. My least favorite was the coyote, of course.
Where in the world do you call home?
I call West Virginia home. I know, I live in the Pacific Northwest in a tiny town on the edge of the Cascades, but I’m a hillbilly. I lived most of my life in West Virginia, although I have lived several other places for a few years at a time. I always went back, though, and I fully expect to return home sometime in the near future.
Do you have any of your own furry friends at home?
I have always had cats and lots of them. I also work with a couple local rescue groups to help feral cats. The sheer number of cats out there alone and in desperate need of help is appalling and I couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t try to do something for them. Right now, we don’t have any dogs, but we plan to get a puppy in a few years. We also have four goldfish, who, I’m convinced, are way smarter than humans think.
If so, do they have their own specific personalities?
Each of my cats is a complete individual, with her or his own place within our family. When we lose one to age or illness, the loss is devastating, because we’ve lost a family member.
Tell me more about yourself. What do you do for fun? What is your daytime job? Anything that you would like to tell me and your readers!
My daytime job is my family. I left the practice of criminal defense law to raise my two wonderful children. I love what I’m doing and I love writing. Fun for me is writing, although it’s also work. I like to try different restaurants, especially different ethnic foods. I read for pleasure only after I’ve finished what I needed to do for the day, sort of as a reward for good behavior.
What type of books do you indulge in?
History, especially British. Biographies. Certain mysteries. Some true crime. Paranormal, but not fiction. I’ve never been much for reading romance or sports.
Stand alone or book series; which is your favorite?
Neither. If the story deserves a sequel, then I’ll read it gladly, but a lot of excellent books are stand alone and should remain so.
What are some of your favorite books?
Hmm, that’s a hard one because I like such different types of books. I love James Herriot, who wrote all the books about being a vet in England. Now, there’s a man who truly cared about animals. I love the Mrs. Murphy series by Rita Mae Brown. Right now I’m listening to the Sue Grafton series which starts with “A is for Alibi.” I’ve read the Douglas Adams books several times and I’m an Agatha Christie fanatic. I also like the usual horror authors like Stephen King, Peter Straub, Anne Rice and Dean Koontz. I’ve read the The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy countless times, and, of course, all the Harry Potter books. I read a lot of nonfiction, too, especially history and biographies.
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