TBR [to be read] is a semi-regular, invitation-only interview series with authors of newly released/forthcoming, interesting books who will tell us about their new work as well as offer tips on writing, stories about the publishing biz, and from time to time, a recipe!
Give us your elevator pitch: what’s your book about in 2-3 sentences?
Which character did you most enjoy creating? Why? And which character gave you the most trouble, and why?
Tell us a bit about the highs and lows of your book’s road to publication.
What’s your favorite piece of writing advice?
My favorite writing advice is “write until something surprises you.” What surprised you in the writing of this book?
How did you find the title of your book?
Evie meets Mike Tyson when she’s a little girl, back when he was a famous boxer before any other incidents came to light. His downfall corresponds with the onset of her bad reputation, or at least it does in Evie’s mind. I’d wanted to title a chapter “The Baddest Girl on the Planet” but none of them fit, then my best reader/friend/writing soulmate suggested it as a title for the whole book.
Inquiring foodies and hungry book clubs want to know: Any food/s associated with your book? (Any recipes I might share?)
1 cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup buttermilk
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon allspice
1 cup fig preserves
1 cup nuts, preferably pecans or walnuts, finely chopped
½ cup whiskey
Preheat oven to 325°. Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan. In a large bowl, cream together sugar, eggs, and oil. Stir in vanilla. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, salt, soda, and spices. Alternately add dry ingredients with buttermilk to egg mixture, mixing well. Beat in fig preserves, nuts, and whiskey. Pour into the prepared pan, and bake for about one hour, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool on a rack, then remove from pan. Serve warm.
READ MORE ABOUT THIS AUTHOR: www.heatherfrese.com
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