Debbie is a professional member of the Cat Writers’ Association. Every year, CWA holds an annual contest and conference. This year, because of the pandemic, the Awards Ceremony of this conference will be virtual. This event consists of the awarding of prizes by sponsors and Muse Medallions, the most prestigious award given by the CWA. To be in the running for this award, you must win at least one Certificate of Excellence in a contest category. This year, Debbie has won 3 certificates in the article, blog, and short story categories. I was thrilled that her blog award was for this blog and my story, Sneaky’s Christmas Mystery. You can find a list of other winners and the award categories at https://bit.ly/CWA2019CertificatesofExcellence.
Here is President, Deb Barnes, opening up the Awards Banquet.
Here is a video of the presentation of the special awards at the banquet.
Here is the presentation of the Muse Medallions.
If you’re a writer, artist, poet, or any creative who features cats in their work, you should consider joining this pawsome group. Maybe you can win a prize and meet some talented and cat-loving people at the annual conference when they meet in person next year. For more information, check out the website: http://catwriters.com/
Meow, Meow. I am very excited to once again interview winery cats. For those of you who missed my first interview with cats from the Winery at Marjim Manor, here is the link: https://wp.me/p7XcB0-9q
Today, I am honored to cat chat with the two new cats who now live at the winery. What are your names and your author’s name?
We are Lewis and Phoebe named after two of the ghosts who live in our house. They are siblings and so are we.
Whoo. Did you say ghosts, as in spooks? I’m a fraidy cat, so let’s not talk about things that go bump in the night right now. What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.
We aren’t in any books yet. Our Mom is writing a book about the history of The Winery at Marjim Manor and promised us we could be in it. We make appearances every day at the winery. Mom keeps a jar of treats near the front door. If we sit and look cute and wave our bushy tails, customers give us some.
Very mice. I love the treats that patrons sneak me at the Cobble Cove library. Of claws, they are fictional treats because I’m a cat character, but I still enjoy getting them.
Are you based on a real cat such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.
We are named for real people. Shubal Merritt built the original house for his wife, Sophia. They had three children, Lewis Phoebe, and Cordelia. They lived in this house in the 1850’s. So, we don’t know if they had any cats as pets.
Something to investigate. I like to solve murders, although my human co-stars take all the credit for that.
What do you like most about your role in your authors’ books?
The role we play around here is to look cute. Right now, mom has 14 Christmas trees up. We like to run and make the tree skirts slide out from under the tree. We also like the shiny ornaments on the bottom. They make lots of noise when they fall. One tree has a lot of birds on it. Mom doesn’t like it when we take them off and play with them.
Fourteen Christmas trees? Oh, my, Bastet. That must be a big place. My author keeps a small tree in the house because her cat, Stripey, loves to knock the miniature toy soldiers off it. She also can’t keep any glass ornaments on it. Imagine what he would do to a large tree.
Are you a talking cat in your books or just a silent one like I am who just meows occasionally?
There are 4 older cats here. We meow at them when we want to play. They usually want to sleep. Slinky, the big gold cat, will let us lick his ears sometimes.
Sounds like fun. In my upcoming mystery, I befriend a kitten who moves into the inn (sorry about the spoiler).
What advice would you give other cat characters?
When you want a treat, sit still, then tilt your head and wave your tail. People say “aww, how cute” and give you a treat.
Do you have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.
We were just in a murder mystery. Mom does wine and food pairing dinners that have a murder mystery as part of it. This one was all about Superheroes. One superhero was Katerina and she could herd cats. She brought all kinds of fun toys for us: laser pointers, feather wands, fuzzy mice. We had fun playing with her.
I love murder mysteries. My author writes them, and she enjoys attending murder mystery dinners, too. Maybe we should have one at the library. I will run that by her.
Are you and/or your author on social media? If so, please list your links. We are on The Cats of Marjim Manor Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/CatsofMarjimManor/
Cool! It’s been a pleasure cat chatting with you both. Here’s a toast to my friends, Lewis and Phoebe, winery cats. Best whiskers to you and your Mom on your upcoming book.
Meow, it’s Monday. I thought I’d start the week off with a cute cat quiz that my author found on Facebook. Try your paws at it to see how much you know about felines. Debbie had a great score, but she got a few wrong and learned some things.
Also, if you haven’t signed up for Debbie’s newsletter, you’ll miss her March edition that comes out this Wednesday, March 1st, that will feature a contest for two of her eBooks and a gift certificate. Subscribe at https://debbiedelouise.com to be eligible to win. Debbie has a monthly contest and also shares all her book news in her twice-monthly newsletter. Best whiskers on winning.
Other great news is Debbie has a novella and short story coming out on Valentine’s Day. Both of them also feature cats. Roxie, is a female Siamese owned by a jewel thief in When Jack Trumps Ace. In Debbie’s historical/paranormal romance, The Seashell and the Stone, there is an orange male cat named Seashell (and I thought Sneaky was a weird name).
The last piece of mews I have is that Debbie just signed for our third mystery, Written in Stone with our wonderful publisher, Solstice Publishing (who came in #2 of publishers in the P&E poll). She’s working with a great editor, Cynthia Ley, on that book as well as the reprinting of our first mystery, A Stone’s Throw. Both books may be out this spring.
I am so proud of Debbie and all of you readers supporting us that I’m going to have a catnip party to celebrate. I might even ask Debbie to break out the wine from the Winery at Marjim Manor that has her cat Oliver’s label on it, but I think she’s saving that for a souvenir.
I hope to be back with more cat character interviews soon. Don’t forget to tell your authors that I am seeking more guests. I will even interview dogs and other animal characters. I’m always up for a challenge. To apply as a guest on my blog, just email Debbie at email@example.com.
Ok, folks, so I wasn’t chosen to be the character to host the first Cobble Cove Character chat today. Alicia, Debbie’s main character has that honor, but I am sure she will do a great job answering your questions about her role in our series and our books. Also, she has been kind enough to offer a $5 Amazon gift card to the person who posts a question before midnight tonight, Wed, December 7.
So don’t pussyfoot around. Ask Alicia anything (please keep it kitten-rated, though) and related to the Cobble Cove mysteries. She will do her best, using her librarian skills, to answer your questions quickly and accurately.