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Hello! My name is Maureen Murphy Williams. I write cat detective novels, which incorporate my passions for shelter adoptions, wine country adventures and British traditions.
My novels include: Catapult: A Mo the Shelter Cat Mystery (Volume 4, 2017); Cinco de Meow: A Mo the Shelter Cat Mystery (Volume 3, 2015); Catastrophe: A Mo the Shelter Cat Mystery (Volume 2, 2013), Cat Man Deux: A Mo the Shelter Cat Mystery (Volume 1, 2012).
Of course, you can find all four at my author webpage on Barnes and Noble, https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/maureen_murphy_williams?_requestid=708575:
and my webpage on Amazon, https://www.amazon.com/Maureen-Murphy-Williams/e/B00961R1N8/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0
and my Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/authormaureenmurphywilliams
Morgan, aka Mo, my feline sleuth, actually spent three years in a local shelter before she adopted me. That was six years ago, and Mo is now a permanent member of my household. She brought some baggage with her, but who of us doesn't carry that around? She tolerates mine, and I tolerate hers. Also part of my feline family are Mona, Mac and Murphy, portrayed in Seven Oaks as the companions to Commissioner George King.
One of my passions is supporting animal causes. Inside the front covers of Catapult, Cinco de Meow and Catastrophe, you will find the website for the Cat Adoption Team (CAT). A portion of my book sales royalties are donated to CAT because they took such good care of Mo, as they do all felines in their care.
I've been asked why I choose to write cat detective novels. My response is, why not? I love cats, I've read every cat detective novel written (Shirley Rousseau Murphy, Rita Mae Brown, Sofie Kelley, Lilian Jackson Braun, LeAnn Sweeney, and many others) and it gave me the chance to incorporate my other interests, like wine tasting in fabulous Oregon wine country. Please note that many of the cats and humans in my novels sport British first names. Seven Oaks (which is really a township in England) is actually Dundee, Oregon, one of the most interesting places to visit in the Yamhill Valley Wine Country.
Although born in Kansas, I call myself an Oregonian, even though I'm not particularly fond of the rainy climate. Aside from the rain, it has so much to offer; the mountains, the beach, the central and eastern deserts, and of course, beautiful wine county. I attended high school in Salem, Oregon, spent four years at Oregon State University for my B.S., and received my Master's Degree from the joint schools OSU/WOU.