We’re thrilled to have here today EJ Rhyan from Rhys Ella’s Young Adult book, Kato and the Fountain of Wrinkles. He is coming to us all the way from the beautiful country of Callia Rugas. It is a pleasure to have him with us today at The Literary Nook!
Thank you so for this interview, EJ. Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?
Actually, there are a couple of things that need to be set straight. First, I stand firm in my claim that there is absolutely no way that I, at the tender age of 1, should have known that there’s a special pet-grooming attachment that’s sold separately with the Flowbee. Secondly, and once again, I would like to remind everyone that while I appreciate that this body is a piece of work, it is not, and I repeat, it is not a child’s easel. Also, I would like to clarify that it is in fact possible, despite rumors to the contrary, to Zumba and twerk at the same time.
What do you believe is your strongest trait?
Oh that’s easy. Obviously, my “beneficialness” and soothing vocals, but due to a bunch of long legal terms on several sheets of paper, it has been explained to me that I’m prohibited from further discussing my soothing vocal skills for the sake and well-being of those in a 100 mile radius and that’s all I have to say on the matter.
Sometimes I do things without first thinking them through. In fact, sometimes I go days without thinking. Wait. What was the question again?
Do you have a love interest in the book?
Oh, I’ve got lots of love interests. I love Snuggies, bubble-wrap, all things shiny, Island Queen from Clear Aqua Paris Springs bottled water caps, blinged bacon, um, infomercials and, oh yeah, c-Crest wrinkle activating skin care products, which, by the way, I’m a 9, 7 and 10. His stuff is awesome!
At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?
Listen, once you’ve accidentally shaved a grumpy old unforgiving English bulldog with a Flowbee after which you were forced to live with and go traipsing through the woods with on some wild adventure, ain’t nothing gonna make you nervous.
If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?
Paws down, Pickles! That ol’ English bloke makes my head spin with all those fancy words of his. Seriously, I can’t tell you how many British to American translating apps I have to consult to understand him. Every five seconds it’s “Blimey this,” “Blimey that” with a bunch of bloody stonking hogwash and waffling.
How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?
To be honest, I was disappointed with the ending of the book. I mean, I don’t read many books but when I do, I always like the words to go to the end of the page. Kato and the Fountain of Wrinkles ends in like the middle of the page. It’s so confusing!
What words of wisdom would you give your author if she decided to write another book with you in it?
Two words – “More EJ.” The world needs more EJ.
Thank you for this interview. Will we be seeing more of you in the future?
Whoa! I can’t answer that! I mean, seriously, I haven’t even started my online fortune telling for the intellectually challenged class yet. What do you take me for? That’s it! This interview is over!
About the Author
Rhys Ella, lover of all furry four-leggers, grew up in small town West Virginia surrounded by cats who believed they were dogs and pint-sized dogs with personalities larger than life.
Today, Rhys lives in North Carolina with her husband, young son, and a fish named Hobo. An avid runner, the book's concept came to Rhys during an evening run but did not fully come to fruition until the passing of her fourteen-year-old pug, Prince "Kato" Chang.
Her latest book is the comedy/action/adventure/young adult, Kato and the Fountain of Wrinkles.
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About the Book:
For famous animal actor Kato Rhyan, being named "Cutest Pug Alive" by Pooch Magazine was cool (all right, really cool). But for him, acting isn't about fame, it's a part of him buried deep within his soul; and he's not about to let anything stand in his way of becoming the first animal to win an Oscar for Best Actor, even if it means taking on a role that requires a wrinkly dog's worst nightmare -- Botox injections.
But before the injection process begins, it's discovered that the Fountain of Wrinkles -- located in his beautiful hometown of Callia Rugas -- has been contaminated by Botox, jeopardizing the lives of crinkly canines everywhere and setting off a chain of events that force him to bid farewell to his dream and set foot on an adventure of a lifetime in search of the antidote to restore the Fountain.
But as with any good Hollywood tale, the story that seems so apparent is not always the one that unfolds. The twists and turns that follow are sure to keep you guessing and laughing.