Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is happy to shine our Friday Spotlight on Liz Mugavero, who writes as both Liz Mugavero (Pawsitively Organic Mysteries and the upcoming Full Moon Mysteries) and Cate Conte (Cat Cafe Mysteries.)
Liz is the third of our four Mystery Writers we will be bringing in to the store for our exciting Mystery Book Celebration on Sunday, May 19th from 2:00 – 5:00 PM. See below for more details.
So glad to have you here with us, Liz! Can you please tell us briefly a little about yourself and your writing?
Of course. As Liz Mugavero, I write the Pawsitively Organic Mysteries, the first of which was an Agatha Award nominee for Best First Novel. The seventh book in the series, Murder She Meowed, was released in January 2019. As Cate Conte, I also write the Cat Cafe Mysteries. The third book in the series, Tell Tail Heart, is coming this summer I live in Connecticut with my rescue pals.
How can we follow your work and share your awesomeness?
What piece of advice would you want to share with other writers?
Write what you want to write. If you’re authentic in the way you share your words, you will achieve success. Don’t write what someone else thinks you should write, or what someone says will sell. People can tell when you love what you’re doing and naturally want to be part of that!
What else can we expect from you in the near future?
I have a new series coming out next year called the Full Moon Mysteries, which I’m very excited about! This series combines my love of woo woo with a witchy theme, and of course cats! The first book will be called Witch Hunt and I can’t wait for you all to read it.
Writers very often have furry or feathered or otherwise non-human companions to “help” them through their work. Do you? What do you have? How do they “help” (or, “not-help”) with your writing?
As most people have figured out, I have a passion for animals and have done rescue for years. Currently, I have two rescue dogs (both puppies!!) and four rescue cats (all seniors!). My life wouldn’t be complete without furry friends, and they often inspire me. For sure, they all appear in my books at one time or another – like my other best friends Shaggy and Tuffy, who achieved fame in the Pawsitively Organic Mysteries. Sadly, they both passed on last year, but they will live on in the series.
Do you have any favorite foods or drinks that must be in the vicinity (or must be avoided) while you’re writing or editing a piece of work?
Potato chips and coffee….
Are there any groups, clubs, or organizations that you would recommend to other writers that have helped you in your career?
Sisters in Crime, both National and your chapter, if you have one. I would not have gotten my first contract without SINC. Also, it’s critical to be part of an organization of like-minded people to whom you can turn for support and encouragement.
Liz, thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer our questions.
Join Liz, Clea Simon, Julia Henry and Lisa Shea for a multi-author panel talk and book signing of their mystery titles on May 19th from 2-5 PM. They’ll be here to discuss their writing, answer questions about publishing, give insight into characters, and bring the world of mystery novels to tantalizing life! Light refreshments will be available. Come to Annie’s to meet these wonderful authors!