Author #mugshots: writers show off their favorite coffee cups

Oh, how we authors love our coffee. How would we write without it? I thought it would be fun to have authors share some of their favorite coffee mugs.

Livia Grant, author of Wanting It All

“I worked the night shift when my son was a baby (so he didn’t need babysitters as much) and it turned into an obsession of sorts. Now many moons later, I still can’t seem to get through the day without my drug of choice – caffeine.”

livia coffee

Tierney James, author of Dance of the Devil’s Trill

“My favorite coffee quote is, ‘You can hand me my coffee or spend the rest of the day limping.’ I start first thing in the morning with Gano Coffee made from a mushroom extract. I carry the already measured packets with me when I travel because I’m on the road so much. I usually have 3-4 cups a day in my office while I’m writing.”

Tierney mug

C.A. Szarek, Author of  Superior Collision

“Coffee. The blood of life! Seriously, I need to drink it every day, in my chunky dragon mug. It just makes it more fun! I drink it in the evenings, which is my morning since I work over night.”

Mr. Dragon 1 CA

 Veronica Scott, author of Hostage to the Stars

“I actually drink tea, with lots of cream and sugar. It’s my favorite way to relax any time, but I especially love a cup with breakfast.” (The spoon has been in her family almost 250 years).

veronica scott mug

S. J. Maylee, Author of Desire Protected

“I drink coffee every day, at least two mugs full. On especially productive writing days, I’ve been known to drink four or five. My preference used to be to drink it black. Now, I prefer a little creamer and a little sugar. I bought this lovely mug from a pottery shop when I lived in Chicago after college. It reminds me of the chances I’ve taken in life and to dream big.”

coffee mug chicago - sj

Lisa Medley, Author of Shifted in Seattle

“I drink my coffee hot and black. No weird flavorings.”

lisa mug 1

Adaline Raine, Author of Her Leading Man

“Coffee wakes me up in the morning and I over indulge when I fix my cup at home. Whipped cream, sprinkles, the whole nine yards. I have cut down to 6-8 cups, I used to drink a lot more. To me, coffee is a comfort item. In my house,we poured it all hours of the day and night to celebrate happy times or to get through sad times.”


Athena Grayson, Author of The Chase: Huntress of the Star Empire Part 1 (and a coffee haiku)

I love you, coffee

You bring me to morning life

Magic bean potion


Allie Ritch, author of Drinking Partners

“My favorite mug isn’t fancy, but it’s big, and it gets the job done. I like my coffee with enough milk and sugar it could be ice cream. Then again, some days I just go for the coffee ice cream.”


Cara Bristol, author of Trapped with the Cyborg

“Coffee wakes me up–and I don’t mean the caffeine. I set the coffee pot timer the night before. When the coffee pot beeps–or I smell coffee–it’s time to get up. I’ve had this mug for 20 years. My old critique group gave it to me.”

cara mug

Are you a coffee drinker? Do you have a favorite coffee ritual?

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18 Responses to Author #mugshots: writers show off their favorite coffee cups

  1. C.A. Szarek says:

    Awesome! I obviously don’t have enough mugs!

  2. Livia Grant says:

    What a fun post! Thanks for including me and my favorite mug.

  3. Lisa Medley says:

    Love it! Coffee=Good.

  4. Allie Ritch says:

    This was such a fun post, Cara. Thanks for including me.

  5. What a fun post, Cara! Coffee mugs are a social icon. We collect them, use them, display them…and for me, finding that next perfect mug is always an ongoing quest. 🙂

    • Cara Bristol says:

      A mug has to have the right feel in your hand, and it has to be the right size. Some mugs are too big; some are too small. I’ve broken most of my favorites–because I use them so much. It’s like my favorite earrings. I always seem to lose my favorites.

  6. Cara Bristol says:

    BTW, if anyone is wondering how these particular authors were chosen for this post, I put out a call on Facebook for author mugshots and these are the folks who responded!

  7. Addy Raine says:

    This was so much fun! I’d love to do it again some time. 🙂

  8. Beth Carter says:

    Love this idea. I have the favorite mugs!!

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