Please join me in welcoming Stacy to the blog!!
She wrote the wonderful Starting From Scratch that I recently reviewed here. Anyway… I have enjoyed many of her stories and invited her to share with us anything that came in to her head…
Before I begin, I’d like to thank Steph for giving me a chance to chat about STARTING FROM SCRATCH, a military homecoming-themed holiday novella. It’s one half of Carina Press’s GIFTS OF HONOR, with the other half comprised of Rebecca Crowley’s wonderful story, HERO’S HOMECOMING. Happy holidays, everyone!
When I first outlined STARTING FROM SCRATCH, I decided to make the heroine, Lucy, a baker. Why? I needed something familiar about her that would trigger a response in the amnesiac hero, Sully. I chose the scent of cookies, coupled with a never-ending craving for them, to represent his subconscious desire to find his way back to the woman he loved. And it made sense. This was a holiday novella, so naturally cookies would be an everyday part of the background.
Sounds simple, right? Yeah. This is how it actually went.
Day 1: I name this latest project A Craving for Cookies (Harlequin later changed it to Starting from Scratch). Opening scene is in a kitchen with spiced cupcakes and mounds of cream cheese frosting… Mmmmm. Frosting. I spend the evening baking. You know, to get in the spirit of things. Yay, new project!
Day 3: Research-mode. I had to find the right kind of holiday cookie. Something unique yet memorable. An ordinary Tollhouse cookie wouldn’t cut it. I shuffle through about a hundred cookie recipes on Pinterest and try some of these recipes out. For research.
Day 9: My jeans are tight. Must’ve shrunk in the wash. There’s a scene where Lucy’s decorating sugar cookie cutouts. That sounds like fun. I should bake some…
Day 16: My feet are gaining weight. I know this, because my day job is a figure skating coach, and I just busted a skate lace and am now oozing out of my skates.
Day 21: The end of the book is in sight, and there’s a gingerbread house scene. I have to describe the rich aromas of vanilla, ginger and so much sugar it can be tasted with every breath…. God, I want sugar so freaking much. But no. No more baking for me. After all, why bake WHEN I HAVE THIS ENTIRE BAG OF OREO DOUBLE STUFS ALL TO MYSELF???
Day 23: I have no clothes that fit anymore. I consider wearing a bed sheet to work. Togas were once cool, right? But I don’t really care about my wardrobe, because I finished my holiday novella! I should celebrate with cookies…
I’ll admit it—I may have lost my mind and turned into a cookie monster when I wrote STARTING FROM SCRATCH, but I gained something too. Weight. Lots and lots of weight. What’s more, I don’t have a single regret about it, but I really do wish togas would come back into style. I’d rock that look.
QUESTION: Have you ever read a “food” scene in a book that inspires you to eat? (Harry Potter’s Hogwarts feasts usually did me in).
Blurb for STARTING FROM SCRATCH:
Christmas is the perfect time to start from scratch
Lieutenant Sully Jax saved his unit during an IED attack, but he couldn’t save his marriage. He can’t even remember it. Recovered from his injuries, he’s come home to the family and friends he knows—and an ex-wife who’s a stranger to him.
Lucy Crabtree was heartbroken last Christmas when Sully announced his plan to go on one last tour of duty, and devastated when he asked for a divorce after he awoke in the hospital with no memory of her. She’s finally moving on from her hurt and from losing the man she loved more than anything, and her cookie-baking business is taking off just in time for the holidays. But now Sully’s back, and she can’t deny she still loves him. But how can she trust her heart to someone who breaks it every time she sees him?
Sully might not remember Lucy, but something inside won’t let her go. With every bite of her cookies, he finds a new love for Lucy, and he soon realizes he wants to rebuild his life with her by his side.
Author Bio: A competitive figure skater from the age of eight, Stacy Gail began writing stories in between events to pass the time. By the age of fourteen, she told her parents she was either going to be a figure skating coach who was also a published romance writer, or a romance writer who was also a skating pro. Now with a day job of playing on the ice with her students, and writing everything from steampunk to cyberpunk, contemporary to paranormal at night, both dreams have come true.
Do you like gift cards? Cookies? Ebooks? Then you’re going to LOVE my giveaway. Good luck!