Please welcome guest author Lissa Matthews to the Cafe!
Yes, I know the saying is Food for Thought, but per my hips, the saying for me is Thoughts on Food.
Hi. My name is Lissa Matthews. I write contemporary and paranormal romance/erotic romance. I have been in the publishing business for almost 8 years and by the end of this year I will have nearly 30 titles published. On one hand, I can count the number of titles I’ve written that have nothing at all to do with food or drink. Maybe like on 4 fingers, or less.
I started cooking when I was 9. I had chores when I got home from school. I was a latchkey kid. My parents worked so I was expected to help out. The first things I learned to make were spaghetti and chili. The first thing I learned to bake was chocolate chip cookies (and back when I was 9 and the Nestle Toll House Cookbook said semi-sweet pieces, it did NOT mean take the bar of baking chocolate and hack it to death. They should’ve been more clear.)
(We’ll just skip the whole bacon with maple syrup afternoon snack thing, if you don’t mind.)
Baking and Cooking. Cooking and Baking.
Eating out is a regular thing for most people now. But when I was growing up, it was a rare treat. You dressed up to go out to the seafood or steakhouse. Fast food was even more rare for us, unless we were going out of town and grabbing it through the pick-up window.
My grandmother’s kitchen is where my sister and I learned that things tasted incredible when grandma made them or when the ingredients came from her refrigerator, because ever since we were kids we’ve been trying to get the ham and cheese sandwiches to taste right in our own kitchens and they just never do.
My grandmother’s kitchen is also where my love of homemade blackberry jam, homemade pickles, and peanut butter pie come from.
I am pretty much a self taught cook. I pour over cookbooks and recipes. I have taught myself to bake. And will go rounds with anyone in a cake challenge. Soon I’ll be able to take on most people in a cookie challenge. Of course, give me a recipe first.
Food figures in my everyday life because I love it. I love love love food. When anyone says ‘nothing tastes as good as skinny feels’, yeah, I have to disagree. Food is part of my comfort. Food is how I connect with my childhood (the smell of Thanksgiving dinner brings back so many memories, and sausage balls the Saturday after Thanksgiving while watching football is one of the best memories, ever.) Food is how the characters I write connect with each other. Food is universal. When life begins, when it ends, food is always at the heart of happiness and grief.
Foods that feature in my books are:
Strawberry Banana Pudding
Steaks and burgers
And that’s not even all of it. There’s still more.
Food ties me to my past and the things that bring me comfort and fond memories from my past surround the food that we all shared as a family.
Thank you to the ladies here at the Contemporary Romance Café for having me and allowing me to talk about one of my favorite things ever. Food.
Do you have a favorite food memory?
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The Cupcake Cowboy, Lone Star Sweets, Book One
The hitch in his plan? His equally stubborn, former pastry instructor Cass, who cautioned him even as she stole his heart.
Cass is willing to yield, but will Jackson bend, in this battle of wills where sugar and spice make everything naughty and oh so nice?
Born and raised in the South and currently living in North Carolina, talented, multi-published author, Lissa Matthews has many loves in her life: Family, friends, NASCAR, football, music of all kinds, cooking, BDSM, penning stories filled with feisty heroines and naughty heros, and last, but certainly not least, coffee.