Wednesday, July 26, 2017


I'm thrilled to be a stop on the 
book tour for 
Cate Conte
and her new book
Book 1 in the Cat Cafe Mysteries

The first novel in a frisky new mystery series set in a small New England town, where an unlikely citizen is called in to solve the purrfect crime. . .
Maddie James has arrived in Daybreak Island, just off the coast of Massachusetts, eager to settle down and start her own business―and maybe even fall in love. When a stray orange tabby pounces into her life, she’s inspired to open a cat cafĂ©. But little does Maddie know that she’s in for something a lot more catastrophic when her new furry companion finds the dead body of the town bully. Now all eyes are on Maddie: Who is this crazy cat-whisperer lady who’s come to town? If pet-hair-maintenance and crime-fighting weren’t keeping her busy enough, Maddie now has not one but two eligible bachelors who think she’s the cat’s pajamas . . . and will do anything to win her heart. But how can she even think about happily-ever-after while a killer remains on the loose―and on her path?


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An Interview With Cate

LKBR:  Thank you for being here today, Cate!

CC: I’m so excited to be here! Thanks for having me.

LKBR: Please tell us a bit about Cat About Town.

CC: I’m having such fun writing this series. My protagonist, Maddie James comes back to Daybreak Island off the coast of Massachusetts for her grandmother’s funeral but finds her grandfather in a bit of a mess. The scheming leader of the island Chamber of Commerce, Frank O’Malley, is trying to coerce Grandpa Leo to give up his house, which has been in his family for decades. As if things can’t get any worse, Frank turns up dead after a contentious lunch with Maddie. And then the police start looking at Grandpa—which is awful, because he’s the former chief of police!
In the midst of all that, Maddie adopts a stray cat and starts thinking about future plans, including a cat cafe on the island. But much mayhem occurs before she can put those plans in motion. 

LKBR: How did you come up with the concept for the Cat Cafe Mysteries? How about the idea for this installment?

CC:The concept for the series started out a bit more generally - my editor reached out to my agent looking for a series, literally about a “cat about town.” After some discussion, we landed on the cat cafe concept, which is fairly new to the states. It seemed perfect!

LKBR: Do you have a favorite character in the Cat Cafe books?

CC: JJ the cat, of course - he’s a stray Maddie picks up at the cemetery. Also, Leopard Man. He’s a quirky guy who dresses in leopard print from head to toe and speaks almost totally in Shakespeare. No one knows his story, and I think he’ll be a fun character to follow around.

LKBR: Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others? Love, action, death, etc?

CC: That’s a great question! I’ve never really thought about this. In cozies we don’t get to write a lot of love scenes. I think sometimes action scenes are hard for me. My brain is seeing everything happening in fast mode, but I have a hard time translating it all onto the page and keeping the action going. I tend to underwrite the first time around.

LKBR: In your writing, have you ever used experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

CC: I think as writers we all bring life experiences to our work. I’m absolutely guilty of stealing experiences from people I know as well! Take Leopard Man, for instance. He’s based on a real person I used to see around my old town - the clothing part, at least. I never talked to this guy so I have no idea if he knows Shakespeare, but I had to steal the outfits!

LKBR: When you’re in the process of writing/creating a book, do you use a computer, typewriter, dictate, or use pen to paper?
CC: I use a computer mostly. I love the idea of writing longhand, but it doesn’t work for me. It’s much easier for me to type, delete and type some more. Sometimes if I’m on a train, I’ll scribble some ideas or things I can’t forget in a notebook, but usually don’t write full scenes by hand.

LKBR: Do you have any writing quirks or rituals that you do before, during, and/or after writing a new book?

CC: I don’t know if it’s a ritual, but after I turn a book in I try to avoid the computer for a couple of weeks to recover! It never works, though…

LKBR: Who/What inspired you to write your first book?
CC: I wrote my first book in grad school - I decided I would write a women’s fiction book as my thesis. It will never see the light of day! But after college I wrote my first mystery book. It was the start of a series that took place in a funeral home. I haven’t sold it…yet! But it was inspired by two people—my good friend Glenn who runs a funeral home, and Janet Evanovich. I’d spent a lot of time at the funeral home and it seemed like such a cool place to center a book around. And most of all, I wanted it to be funny. While I’ll never be funny like Evanovich, I figured it was worth a shot!

LKBR: What was one of the most surprising thing(s) you learned when trying to get your first book published?

CC: I’d been trying to get published for years when the opportunity to propose my Pawsitively Organic series came up through Sisters in Crime. After writing the proposal, I was surprised at how fast everything moved. Within two months of brainstorming the idea with my agent, I had a contract. So after years of trying, it seemed like it almost happened overnight.

LKBR: What book are you reading?                      

CC:  Right now, I’m reading Dennis Lehane’s World Gone By. I’m a huge fan of his and this is a great gangster story. I’m a sucker for gangsters.

LKBR: Do you have any advice for aspiring cozy writers?

CC: Join groups! Sisters in Crime National, for one, and your local chapter. Mystery Writers of America. Go to conferences. Network. Make friends and find your tribe - the connections are key. They will make all the difference.

LKBR: Where can readers go to learn more about you and your books?

CC: Readers can find me in lots of places!

My website is

and you can find me on social media 

LKBR: Thank you so much for letting us get to know you better!

CC:  Thanks for having me!

More about Cate

Cate Conte is the alter ego of Liz Mugavero. Liz is the author of the Pawsitively Organic Mystery series from Kensington Books, the first of which was an Agatha nominee for Best First Novel. As you can imagine, her canine and feline rescues demand the best organic food and treats around. She is a member of Sisters in Crime National, Sisters in Crime New England, Mystery Writers of America, and the Cat Writers’ Association. She currently lives in Connecticut.


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  1. Another great interview! I agree about the action scenes. For me they fall just under 'the kiss' in awkwardness and need a lot of editing.

  2. I was fortunate to read an ARC of this book. I really enjoyed it!

  3. Thanks, Lisa! Happy Wednesday.

  4. Great interview, Lisa Thanks for sharing it. I loved this book.

  5. I always enjoy knowing about new authors and new series. This will be on my TBR list for sure! Thanks for the chance to win.

  6. Can't wait to read this! Love to read about the cat whisperer, too! jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

  7. Looking forward to reading the first book in Liz's new series. Loved the description of the book and I'm looking forward to reading it.

  8. CAT ABOUT TOWN sounds like a great read! Thank you for the interview with Cate. I always enjoy learning more about an author.

  9. I'm excited for this new series. I love her "pawsitively" organic series and I'm sure I'll love this one. Thanks for the giveaway too!