Kristan “Stan” Connor is thrilled to be invited to the Groundhog Day festivities in quirky Frog Ledge, Connecticut. Her organic, home-baked pet treats are a big hit at the annual celebration, though an important guest is curiously absent . . .
When Helga Oliver, the town’s elderly historian, is found crumpled in the basement of the Historical Museum, the close-knit town is devastated. But after some tenacious digging, Stan discovers Helga was pushed down the stairs–and that this picture-perfect New England town may hide some dark secrets . . .
Stan’s dogged determination reveals Helga’s ties to an unsolved death in 1948 . . . but how does that connect to Adrian Fox, who’s just arrived in town to shoot an episode of Celebrity Ghost Hunters? Stan is going to have to be very careful in chasing down the killer–if she wants to live to see another winter . . .
Includes Gourmet Pet Food Recipes!
1) What part of the world do you write in?
First, thanks so much for letting me stop by your blog! Currently, I am based in Connecticut. I’m a New Englander born and bred, grew up in Massachusetts and stuck around on the east coast. However, after this winter, I’m definitely rethinking that!
2) What does your writing area look like?
Showing is better than telling, right? Here’s a pic:
My desk usually has a million things on it while I’m working, and I like to have candles or incense going. I have a tea table set up behind my desk, as well as some inspirational and fun things on the walls. And a dog sitting next to me 🙂
3) Do you have any interesting writing quirks?
For some reason, I can’t seem to write the end until the rest of the book is basically done and polished. I have no idea why that is, but it’s happened so far for every book.
4) What is your favorite part of the writing process? What is your least favorite part?
I really like revisions. I love creating a first draft, but sometimes I get stressed out by the blank pages – especially when I’m comparing them to my deadline. But when it’s all there, I can relax and really dig in. Even if I delete and rewrite most of it, I still feel better if I’m starting with something!
5) What does a typical writing day look like for you?
I’m still working a day job, so there is nothing typical about my writing time. I write in the mornings, at night, and most of the weekend. And some vacation days too! When I can spend a full day working on my books, I usually start in the morning and spend a couple hours either plotting or getting fresh words on the page, depending on where I am in the process. If I’m on a roll, I’ll keep going with new material, or else I’ll spend the afternoon editing. Again, it really depends on where I am with the book.
6) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love to read, and am woefully behind on my to-be-read pile. I also like to see what TV shows I’ve missed that are on Amazon Prime and do some binge watching, if I can justify the time. Of course, in the nice weather you’ll find me at the beach, or taking the pups walking on our very own green (the inspiration for the green in Frog Ledge).
7) What are you currently working on?
I’m in the final stages of the fourth installment of the Pawsitively Organic Mysteries, Murder Most Finicky, which is due May 1. In this adventure, Stan gets out of Frog Ledge for a weekend in Newport, Rhode Island, but murder still manages to crash her party. I’m having a lot of fun with this one. It’s due out next year.
I’m also wrapping up the first book in my new series, written under the name Cate Conte. I don’t have an official title yet, but it’s another fun cozy series centered around a cat cafe, much like the one that recently opened in Manhattan. More to come on that one!
About the Author
Liz Mugavero is a corporate communications consultant and animal lover from the Boston area, whose canine and feline rescues demand the best organic food and treats around. Her short stories have been published in the UK and Australia, and her essays have appeared in national publications Skirt! and Sassee Magazine for Women.