Need to whip up something quick? Here’s a family recipe awarded the badge of culinary delight by two of my characters, Serafina and Rosa. Being immortal, they do no cooking. (Face it, they don’t do much of anything.) When it’s time to prepare a meal, they imagine, and the food appears. But even immortals think this recipe is easy. It involves a little refrigeration, a bit of draining, but no baking—a perfect hot weather dessert. Ingredients 2 lbs. ricotta, drained 1 cup powdered sugar, … [Read more...] about 30 Minute Sicilian Cassata
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Sometimes my brain feels like the Chelsea Hotel. Unusual types live inside me and this post is about them—the characters that many authors create so vividly that, from time to time, they pop into my head, altered from their originals to be sure, but able to move in two or three places at once and very much alive in my memory. Here are some that haunt me today: Gemma James in the KINKAID/JAMES mystery series by Deborah Crombie. Not short, not tall, the slightly anxious mom, woman, and … [Read more...] about Which Characters Hold You Captive?
Long before they were books, the Serafina Florio mystery series began as two paintings. In 1997 I was commissioned by the American Jewish Committee to paint a diptych of the Lower East Side. The client told me I had free rein as long as my work reflected all ethnic groups that settled in the area from 1882 to 1925. So how do you stuff the richness of that neighborhood onto a canvas? Before I picked up a brush, I spent three months walking the streets of lower Manhattan, sketching in a … [Read more...] about Why Do You Write?
Leave a comment. Win a signed copy of the genre bending RABBIT IN THE ROAD. I’m delighted to interview two fabulous authors, Danika D. Potts and Oliver Campbell, the rad authors who have collaborated on an exciting new book published earlier this year, RABBIT IN THE ROAD. And in conjunction with this special event, Danika and Oliver are giving away three paperback copies of their book. Each one is signed by the authors and the illustrator. Be sure to add a comment at the end of this post to … [Read more...] about Interview with Danika D. Potts & Oliver Campbell
Tomorrow I’m interviewing two fabulous authors, Danika D. Potts and Oliver Campbell, co-authors of the exciting new book—RABBIT IN THE ROAD. And in conjunction with this special event, the authors will be giving away three signed copies of their book. RABBIT IN THE ROAD is an amazing, genre-straddling work that I know you will love reading as much as I did, so be sure to join us tomorrow and for the next several days. Meet the authors and BE SURE to leave a comment to enter the giveaway. … [Read more...] about Featured Tomorrow: Author Interview & Giveaway