Sneaky here with another pawsome interview of a cat character. Today, it’s my pleasure to cat chat with a cozy mystery cat whose current book, Murder She Meowed, is on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book.
Meow there. What is your name and your author’s name?
Hi, Sneaky. My moniker is Nutty the Maine coon cat, and my author is Ms. Liz Mugavero.
Mice to meet you, Nutty.
What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.
The entire Pawsitively Organic Mystery series (cozies):
Kneading to Die
A Biscuit, A Casket
The Icing on the Corpse
Murder Most Finicky
Custom Baked Murder
Purring Around the Christmas Tree
Murder She Meowed
Wow, Meow! Why haven’t I and my author whose a librarian heard of these pawsome books? I will have to notify her asap.
Please tell me more about your series.
The Pawsitively Organic Mysteries features Stan Connor, a former corporate public relations exec who was forced out and found a new life as a gourmet pet food chef in a small, picture-perfect Connecticut town. Well, except for the murders…
Sounds great. Are you based on a real animal such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.
Yes – I’m based on Tuffy, who was an author in his own right. His story appeared in the book Rescued: The Stories of 12 Cats, Through Their Eyes. Sadly Tuffy unexpectedly left us in November, but he lives on in the books.
Aww. So sorry. The cat I was based on, Debbie’s Siamese, went to Rainbow Bridge last year. I’m not exactly his double, but I try to keep his memory alive, too.
Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene? If so, please include it.
Stan’s gaze traveled to the closet floor, to the sea of white. There wasn’t supposed to be a rug here. She gasped when she realized the white was the fancy wedding dress her mother had bought her. Crumpled in a heap on the floor. And right in the middle of the heap was a pile of cat vomit.
And not just regular vomit. This was true, hardcore vomit. The hardest of hairballs. In the disgusting green-black color suggesting that the culprit had been saving this up for a long time.
“Oh. My. God.” She stared at the scene, which could have come out of a horror movie. Stan realized she was being watched. A pair of brilliant green eyes peered at her from behind the white mess. Nutty. Still defiant, but maybe a little anxious about the situation.
Stan sat back on her heels and regarded him. He blinked slowly.
“Did you do this?” she asked.
Nutty continued to stare. He stood, flicking his tail, and sauntered over to her, rubbing against her leg.
“Did you do it because you knew I didn’t like it?”
She and Nutty had always been on the same wavelength. Was it really any surprise that he’d pulled this dress off its hanger, made a bed out of it, then threw up on it?
—Murder She Meowed
Love it! Almost as good as catnip.
What do you like most about your role in your authors’ books?
I have a really distinct personality, and even though I don’t speak, I communicate all the time and have a big part in the whole atmosphere of the books.
Me, too. I’m an important part of the Cobble Cove cozy mystery series, even though other pets are featured.
Are you a talking cat in your books or just a silent one like I am who just meows occasionally?
Silent, but I communicate very well through my personality – and my tail.
Tails are very handy communication tools for us cats, both characters and real felines.
What advice would you give other cat characters?
Use your page space wisely. You don’t have to be the loudest character, but you should let your personality shine through.
Thanks, Nutty, for your pawsome replies and cat chatting with me. Best whiskers on your new release and blog tour that I’m sharing below.
Murder, She Meowed
(A Pawsitively Organic Mystery)
by Liz Mugavero
About the Book
Murder, She Meowed (A Pawsitively Organic Mystery)
7th in Series
Kensington (January 29, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Digital ASIN: B07CWDC8G9
Kristan “Stan” Connor loves concocting tasty organic treats for dogs and cats—and she also loves her fiancé, pub owner Jake McGee. But she’s not so enthusiastic about finding a dead body at her own bachelorette party . . .
Stan and Jake’s wedding will soon take place on the town green in Frog Ledge, Connecticut, followed by a reception at their beloved Irish pub filled with friends, family, and their four favorite canine companions. Stan just has to endure the traditional girls’ night out first. Male strippers jumping out of gigantic cakes aren’t her preferred entertainment. But the hired hottie never gets around to taking it all off . . . because someone takes him out first with one of Stan’s kitchen knives. A heartbroken Stan recognizes the victim as one of the delivery men from the local farm—who must have been moonlighting for some extra cash. Now the guest list has turned into a suspect list—and Stan’s making a vow to find the killer . . .
Includes Gourmet Pet Food Recipes!
About the Author
Liz Mugavero has been writing stories since she could hold a pen. Before that, she would tell them to anyone who would listen (not many at the time). After deciding early on she would write books for a living, she practiced by writing bad, angst-filled poems, short stories and even a storyline for a soap opera–all by age 15. She never wavered from her goals despite all the usual questions including, “So are you going to be an English teacher with that degree in English?” or, “That writing thing sounds nice, but how are you REALLY going to make a living?”
She went on to get a master’s in writing and publishing and spent time in journalism, PR, and presently, corporate communications. And she’s confident this writing thing IS the way to make a living.
Aside from writing, she loves animals (has a houseful), the beach, reading other writers’ masterpieces and Starbucks coffee.
Webpage – http://www.lizmugavero.com
Twitter – https://twitter.com/lizmugavero
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