Interview: Cate Conte (Witch Hunt) ~ #BookTour

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Hello and Welcome Everyone!

Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Cate Conte author of Witch Hunt.

Hello Cate, thank you for agreeing to this interview.

For those readers not familiar with you, would you please tell us a bit about yourself?

Thanks for having me! I’m Cate Conte, and in addition to my new series, the Full Moon Mysteries, I write the Cat Cafe Mysteries. As Liz Mugavero, I write the Pawsitively Organic Gourmet Pet Food Mysteries. My first book in that series was nominated for an Agatha Award. I have four rescue cats and two rescue dogs and I’m so excited about the release of Witch Hunt! I’ve been obsessed with witches and moons and crystals for as long as I can remember, and now I get to write about them. It’s a dream come true.

What do you do when you are not writing?

I still work a day job – I work in marketing and communications – so that takes up a lot of my time. When I’m not working or writing, I’m working out, or hanging with my furballs, or reading. I’ve watched probably too much TV during this pandemic and I’m currently catching up on How to Get Away with Murder – which is awesome!

Where do you get your ideas?

It really depends – sometimes I start with the characters and other times I start with the murder and work backwards from there. I also love to pull tidbits from the news and let my imagination wander with a whole lot of “what ifs.”

What types of scenes are your most favorite to write?

I love to write dialogue – once I get into the flow, I can just hear my characters’ voices in my head having the whole conversation.

If you could swap lives with the heroine of any paranormal cozy mystery book, which book would you choose and why?

Instead of a book, I’m going to confess that I always wanted to be Samantha from Bewitched – she always looked like she was having so much fun! I’ve always wanted the ability to twitch my nose and make things happen – or end up somewhere else.

Witch Hunt

Please summarize the book a la Twitter style for the readers here:

Violet Mooney is a 32-year-old witch—who has no idea she’s a witch. At least, until her life is turned upside down when a disagreeable town official is found dead, strangled with Violet’s favorite scarf, in the neighborhood courtyard. After the two had an argument in front of half the town. In the chaos that follows, Violet not only finds herself a suspect in a murder, but is also reunited with some long-lost family members, who have a big secret to share with her. They also have a job for her, if she’s willing.

Violet has to clear her name in the mortal world–with no magical help–but also face the truth of her heritage, and accept that she has to assume a powerful role in a world she never even knew existed.

Without revealing too much, what is your favorite scene in the book?

There’s a really fun scene where Violet’s long-lost mother and the half-sister she doesn’t even know about appear on the sidewalk in the middle of town in a shower of glitter – it was pretty fun to write.

Please share a few Fun facts about this book:

  • There’s a mysterious black cat who begins appearing in Violet’s life – and her shop
  • Violet’s mother has a penchant for glitter – and other people get blamed for it
  • There’s a French fry food truck in town

 

How did you ‘get to know’ your main character? Did she ever surprise you?

Violet always surprises me! I’m still getting to know her and she’s definitely a lot of fun. The more time I spend with her, as with any friend, the closer we get. I’m still trying to nail down the full extent of her witchy powers – and I have a feeling that will be an ongoing journey for both of us.

Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.

 

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. Cate is the author of the new Full Moon Mysteries for Kensington and writes the Cat Cafe Mystery series for Minotaur Books. 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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Witch Hunt
(A Full Moon Mystery)

by Cate Conte

Murder isn’t always crystal-clear . . . especially when the prime suspect discovers she’s a witch.

Violet Mooney owns The Full Moon crystal shop in quaint North Harbor, Connecticut. Still grieving her beloved grandmother’s recent unexpected death, she takes comfort in her fat orange cat Monty and her work. Not everyone in town is thrilled with her business, however. When disagreeable town councilwoman Carla Fernandez picks a fight over Violet’s “voodoo shop,” the two have a very public confrontation. Of course, when Carla turns up dead, Violet gets little sympathy from the police as suspect #1.

But the shock of two policemen showing up at her door pales in comparison to the sudden appearance of her estranged mother Fiona and a surprise sister, Zoe. What Fiona reveals will rock her world and her sense of self—and reawaken her long-dormant mysterious power. Good thing. She’s gonna need it . . .

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4 comments on “Interview: Cate Conte (Witch Hunt) ~ #BookTour

  1. Congrats on the new book! It sounds very interesting and Violet sounds like a great character.

  2. I really like the book cover. The book sounds good.

  3. great choice…samantha from bewitched…i used to watch it all the time
    sherry @ <a href=”http://www.fundinmental.com/”> fundinmental</a>

  4. Great interview and this sounds like an amazing book! I’m always up for a new cozy mystery series.

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