Marion Lovato on “Sam, The Superkitty”, She Never Knows WHAT He’s Going to do Next!

I met Marion Lovato while we both were participating in the MARSocial Author of the Year Competition.


She is a retired teacher, a caregiver for her mother, and an ambitious first-time author inspired by her clever cat, Sammy, and his crazy antics, expressions, etc., and added some imagination.



Sam The Superkitty

Genre: Children’s books

Ordinary cat by day; Superhero at night.

Intended Audience: Children, but adults seem to enjoy it also.

Is this your first book?


Are you a plotter or a pantster?

A pantster because I never know what he’s (Sam) going to do next!

Cat’s are crazy that way; however, my cat, Storm, is rather predictable. She’s either sleeping or wanting someone to feed her. What book do you wish you could have written?

Crime novels like James Patterson.

I’ve read a lot of James Patterson. I’m curious if Sammy has similar detective skills. Have you always enjoyed writing?

Yes, I was writing poetry and short stories as a child.

That’s alway a good place to start! What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?

Learn as much about the publishing business BEFORE you start. It will save you many costly mistakes.

Absolutely! Do you read your reviews?

Yes, I read my reviews.

Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

Fortunately, I haven’t had any “bad” ones, but I hope that if someone offers some constructive criticism I can learn from it.

Good for you! And here is an example of a great review!

By Gina LoBiondo on November 26, 2014

Format: Kindle Edition

What an absolutely delightful book! Sam, the Superkitty is the imaginative story of a little cat who becomes a “Superkitty” whenever his family is in danger. Based on a once-feral cat that she rescued, author Marion Lovato creates a sweet and simple story that both young and old will enjoy! The delightful illustrations only add to the appeal of the story.

Do you have any other talents or hobbies?

I’m a free-lance photographer.

Me, too! Nikon or Cannon?

I use an old Pentax I’ve had for years that still works well. Old fashioned because it uses film. :>)

Wow! That is OLD SCHOOL! Yet, I remember those days…

What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?


I know, right? What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

Spread the word; that’s the best advertising you can get!

What are you working on now?

Sam’s next adventure involving the moon.

Sounds fun! And now for some more fun…

Do you have any other pets?

My other cat, Kirby, is mentioned in the book, but will be working with Sammy in future versions.

What is your favorite snack food?

Trail mix

Any particular recipe/blend?

My trail mix is Cranberry Craze which has cranberries, raisins, almonds, and cashews. Yum!

That sounds delish! Have you ever been in trouble with the police?

Yes, I forgot to show up for jury duty, so the sheriff’s deputy came to school, arrested me, took in in front of the judge to get yelled at and pay my fine before they took me back to school.

WHAT? Seriously? They arrested you? You’d think they’d have some REAL criminals to chase!

What do you want your tombstone to say?

What the hell is she up to now?

Hilarious! I love it! Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?

The Great Pyramids of Egypt.

I hope you make it!

Now, please describe something you “deleted” from your work and why. 

I’ve deleted a few words or rewritten a paragraph, but nothing more. Have to remember this is my first book. 🙂


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Good Reads and Recipes! Bea’s Book Nook: The Cutest Blog!

Not only do I write blogs, I actually READ blogs!

I found this one on Twitter and thought I’d share.

Of course, their blog posts a great to read, but I have to given them an extra KUDO for their graphics and layout.

WordPress freebies don’t offer a lot in the way of fonts or graphics, you pretty much have to figure that out for yourself.

Bea, Jax, Steph, and Carolkat, provide guest reviews and recipes, while Goof, the cat, offers support.

If ever there was a blog that would make you want to snuggle up on the sofa with a cuppa and a cat, this one is it!

Take a look! Try out some recipes! I think you’ll like it, too.

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Ed Gellock’s Lynyrd Skynyrd (The Puggle; Not the Band) is One Memorable Real Life Character!

I’m not sure if I should have interviewed my author buddy, Ed Gellock, or Lynyrd Skynyrd (the puggle; not the band)! It’s not everyday a dog makes his master famous, but I know of one that is definitely on his way!

But first, let’s hear from Ed!

Ed Gellock

Having worked in the Medical Industry for 20+ years as a Field Service Engineer, District Service Manager and Field Technical Support Manager I’ve faced several exciting challenges over the years.

My books; “What’s Your Name? Life as a Rock ‘n’ Roll Dog” and “My Backyard Friends” are books for children, dog lovers and music lovers.

A portion of my author proceeds will be donated to help abused animals or as we like to say: “Help Us Help Our 4-Legged Frynds” Please get yourself a copy and support our worthy cause!

Ed & Lynyrd copy My books are about our dog Lynyrd Skynyrd. Lynyrd is named after one of the most popular and successful Southern Rock Bands in history. I have always been a fan of Southern Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd in particular. Our Lynyrd Skynyrd is part pug and part beagle which makes him a Puggle. It’s a book for kids of all ages, and lovers of dogs and Rock ‘n’ Roll. My book,

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“What’s Your Name: Life as a Rock ‘n’ Roll Dog” tells the story of how Lynyrd joined our family and enriched our lives.

And because Lynyrd loves to play with children and loves adults, too. He also loves to spend time out in our backyard just enjoying the outdoors. Occasionally Lynyrd will chase a squirrel but usually he just does his own thing. If Lynyrd could talk he’d say: Let’s go outside and meet some of “My Backyard Friends”.


TDK: What does your writing process look like?

Ed: I just wrote for fun about our Puggle named Lynyrd Skynyrd. No real process, just what came into my head watching Lynyrd.

Ed kitchen table

TDK: Where do you write?

Ed: At the desk to the right of the dining table.

TDK: Are you a plotter or a pantster?

Ed: Panster

TDK: Is there one subject you would never write about as an author?

Ed: Personal stuff stays personal.

TDK: Good point! How did you come up with the title of your book or series?

Ed: I was inspired by Lynyrd Skynyrd

TKD: The puggle or the band? What book do you wish you could have written?

Ed: “Marley and Me”

TDK: Tell us a little bit about your cover art.

Ed: I designed the cover for “What’s Your Name: The Story of a Rock ‘n’ Roll Dog” and Robyn Dickson designed the “My Backyard Friends” cover.

TDK: Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?

Ed: None really, I just did it for fun.

TDK: As should we all! Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

Ed: Lynyrd Skynyrd is my favorite character in my book because he’s such a great natured dog.

TDK: Okay, that was too easy. If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be?

Ed: That it would sell more copies.

TDK: I agree, and I hope this blog post helps! What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?

Ed: Donating book proceeds to animal shelters to “Help Us Help Our 4-Legged Frynds”.

TDK: That is a great accomplishment! Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Ed: Retired

TDK: And still writing I hope! Have you always enjoyed writing?

Ed: No

TDK: Okay…what writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?

Ed: Just give it a try.

TDK: Good advice! Do you have any advice on how to deal with bad reviews?

Ed: Bad reviews are not bothersome because you can’t please everyone.

TDK: Do you have any other talents or hobbies?

Ed: Music & fishing

TDK: That sounds like something Lynyrd enjoys as well. What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?

Ed: Lack of support from publisher.

TDK: Ditto! What can readers who enjoy your books do to help make it successful?

Ed: Spread the word about our “Help Us Help Our 4-Legged Frynds” Initiative.

TDK: What is your best marketing tip?

Ed: Try different approaches and don’t get frustrated.

TDK: What are you working on now?

Ed: Not writing anything right now, remodeling our retirement home.

TDK: I know what you mean…except ours is a little cabin on the Lake Bistineau. And for some FUN! What is your favorite snack food?

Ed: Pretzels

TDK: Oh, me too! Except I like mine with a melted Rolo and whole pecan on top! Do you drink or smoke?

Ed: An occasional drink but I don’t smoke.

TDK: Good for you! What is something you want to accomplish before you die?

Ed: To be debt free.

TDK: Cheers to that! And the sooner the better (the debt free part not the other)! Do you have any scars?

Ed: Yes, I had numerous stitches as a kid because I was adventurous.

TDK: Well, keep on being adventurous…just avoid having to get stitches! Now tell me about something you “deleted” from your work and why. Because a real writer knows when to hit THE DELETE KEY!

Ed: I deleted some negative comments about some neighboring dogs because the dogs weren’t at fault for their bad behavior, it was their owners.

TDK: Good point!

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Ed Gellock and his infamous puggle, Lynyrd Skynyrd.



Interview on the Jim Malliard Show’ “The Malliard Report” about my book “What’s Your Name? Life as a Rock ‘n’ Roll Dog”.

I got to know Ed Gellock and Lynyrd Skynyrd (the puggle; not the band) after I read his book “What’s Your Name: The Story of a Rock ‘n’ Roll Dog” when we were both runners up in the 2013 MARSocial Author of the Year Competition

fryndsThanks, Ed!

It is always a   pleasure!

Give Lynyrd a big kiss from me!