Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Angela Breidenbach's Creative Cooking for Colitis

Creative Cooking for Colitis
by Angela Breidenbach

We're happpy to have Angela Breidenbach with us today talking about her new book, Creative Cooking for Colitis. Angela has been kind enough to give one lucky blog reader a copy. Since this is an ebook, it'll be in electronic format. To register, place your e-mail address in the feedburner box to the top right if you've not yet done so. After reading Angela's interview, leave a comment at the bottom. To learn more about Angela, read on!

Your title: Creative Cooking for Colitis: How to start living and eating confidently again

1) How did the idea for this cookbook come to you?
I was diagnosed with severe colitis (microscopic colitis in two forms) last year. Malnutrition and dehydration were my constant companions. As I learned how to nourish myself, I noticed I began altering/cooking foods my family and friends could eat with me instead of always making two meals or avoiding food altogether.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
I'd lost both hope and joy in eating. Everything hurt. I'd become so depressed when I couldn't get the condition under control for six months. One friend, Tod Trimble, suggested some ideas I put in the book. They worked! I decided Creative Cooking for Colitis might put joy and hope back into other people's lives too. It started with just tips, but then I thought, “why not add the recipes and the photos so others could happily sit down to a social meal too?”

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
Hmm, I'm so open it's hard to think what would surprise anyone...
1. My HP printer is my arch nemesis (I can't get it to work and it's brand new!)
2. I want to live a month in both Scotland and Sweden for heritage, cooking, and writing.
3. I hate fish & coconut with a passion. You won't find those in any of my recipes but you will find important substitute nutrient options.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
Building my speaking ministry for women based in biblical wisdom and how to apply that in real life, planning the next cookbook my husband has teasingly titled, Creative Cooking: Another Blooming Cookbook, because it's going to be different fillings from appetizers to desserts like the Blooming Chicken Savories in this Creative Cooking for Colitis book. I don't know of the title will stick, lol, but it is cute! Then my second non-fiction, Courageous Beauty, needs to get finished so I can start on an historical fiction novel inspired by an 1850's amethyst glass Swedish pitcher set I inherited.

5) Parting comments?
Cooking, writing, and photographing Creative Cooking for Colitis was hard work, but also heart work. The recipes are for anyone, any family, any fun social event. The title was important so people with colitis, IBD, and even celiac sprue would know some recipes would be helpful and hopeful because it's so hard to learn what you can eat with these conditions. I love public speaking, so I welcome invitations :-) Come visit me as I tour with the http://www.lifeandfaithtour.com this summer too!

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?

Monday, April 5, 2010

Ann Shorey's "The Promise of Morning"

Ann Shorey's "The Promise of Morning"

We're happy to have Ann Shorey with us today talking about her new book, The Promise of Morning.To learn more about Ann and her book, read on!

Your title: The Promise of Morning
1) How did this story come to you? The story was inspired by the lives of my great-great grandparents. My gr.gr. grandfather had been a circuit-rider in his youth, and when he was thirty he married a girl of fourteen. They were my models for Ellie and Matthew Craig in The Promise of Morning. A few of the events in the story are true, but most are fictitious. Guess which ones are which?

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
The Promise of Morning is the second book in the At Home in Beldon Grove series from Revell. When I submitted the proposal to Revell for Book One, The Edge of Light, I included the next two novels in the proposal, knowing Revell likes series. I met my editor at the Mt. Hermon Christian Writers conference in 2007 and she asked for the manuscript after reading the proposal.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
The At Home in Beldon Grove series is set in Illinois, and I’ve never lived there. I must add that I have many helpful people “on the ground” in that state to ask when I don’t know about something. I have been there and researched the area I use in the books.
I like liver and onions. Lots of people say “yuck,” but I think it’s yummy. I was going to say, “I love chocolate,” but that’s not too surprising.
A third thing? I often carry a hand-held tape recorder when I take my daily three-mile walks. I use the time to work out scene problems and figure out where I’m going next in my wip. I’m sure people who see me talking to my hand must think I’m a little strange.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I’m working on Book 3 of the At Home in Beldon Grove series, tentatively titled The Dawn of a Dream. The story features Luellen McGarvie, Molly McGarvie’s oldest daughter, now all grown up. It’s been fun to write—Luellen’s a spunky young woman.

5) Parting comments? If you’re one of those readers who don’t enjoy series because you have to buy the next book to find out what happened after the end of the previous one, the At Home in Beldon Grove stories are for you. Each book has a different protagonist, so they stand alone. But since all the characters live in Beldon Grove, their lives intersect so you’ll know how things are going with characters from the previous books.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet? Please visit my website at http://www.annshorey.com/

In Plain Sight
by Michelle Sutton
We're happy to have Michelle Sutton with us today talking about her new release from Desert Breeze Publishing, In Plain Sight. If you're an ebook fan, Desert Breeze is a publisher that you should become familiar with because they're turning out some great stories.
I don't read many books due to time constraints, but I have read this one and loved it. Michelle's Danger at the Door is also a personal favorite of mine.

1) How did this story come to you?
In Plain Sight is the sequel to Danger at the Door. I loved Bojan's sister when I first created her so I wanted a story of her new life following the tragedy that happened to her.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
I told the editor (who loved Danger at the Door) that I'd like to write a sequel about the hero's sister and she said great and sent me a contract. She loved Danger at the Door and figured my readers would want another story following Danger, too.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I never liked writing until I was in my thirties.
I'm a step grandma and have been for fifteen years even though I'm only 43.
I put a little bit of my heart in every book I write so if you want to know my heart you can read my books and get to know me better. Weird, but true.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
What am I NOT working on? I have a bunch of projects going on right now. I am writing the sequel to First Impressions and also preparing for my next paperback release in July of this year called Never Without Hope.

5) Parting comments?
I have to mention that the blogger interviewing me is one of the coolest people I know, partly because she loves to talk about fiction as much as I do. And, Michelle is one of the coolest people I know and I love her books. Can't get enough of them!

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
Um, everywhere? Google my name and you'll see what I mean…