My guest this week...daryl wood gerber!
Daryl Wood Gerber writes the nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mystery series featuring a cookbook store owner who is an avid reader and admitted foodie, set on the coast of California. As Avery Aames, she pens the Agatha Award-winning, nationally bestselling Cheese Shop Mystery series featuring a cheese shop owner amateur sleuth, set in the fictional town of Providence, Ohio. Daryl’s short stories have been nominated for the Agatha, Anthony, and other awards. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl has appeared in “Murder, She Wrote” and more. Visit Daryl or Avery at www.darylwoodgerber.com. “They” blog on www.mysteryloverskitchen.com as well as www.killercharacters.com
R: Welcome to the blog, Daryl! Tell us a bit about yourself and how you became interested in writing.
R: What writers in your genre would you say have made the greatest influence on your writing?
R: Tell us about your Cookbook Nook series. How did the idea for this come about?
R: You have a new “Cookbook Nook” coming out this October. I’ve read the preview and it sounds fantastic. Can you tell our readers a bit about it?
R: And, of coruse, I have to ask – is the adorable cat in your series modelled after any cat in particular?
R: Do you have a “how I got my agent” story you’d like to share? How did you feel when you got the call your first novel had sold?
R: What’s a must have for you when you are writing? What aids the creative process?Quiet or, if there’s a lot of noise, symphonic, wordless music streaming through my earbuds. Also an outline. I need a structure, a road map if you will, about where I’m going. I need to know who did it and why. And I can’t write on an empty stomach. (Note from ROCCO: Who can, meow!)
R: What is the craziest thing you've ever done?
Jumped out of a perfectly good airplane. [With an instructor.] Wild, exhilarating fun! I did it a second time, too.
R: What do you hope readers will most take away from your writing?A sense of justice and a love of family or extended family. And the power for a single individual to make a difference in this world.
R: What are you working on at the moment / next?
I’m working on two books, the next in the Cookbook Nook series (book #4) and the next in the Cheese Shop series (book #7). I’m also working on a suspense novel that is dear to my heart. It has a “hook.”
R: Are you a plotter or a pantser?
As mentioned above, a plotter. But once I’ve got the outline, then I’m a pantser. I stray from the outline a lot. I allow the characters to come alive and change the program. But I have to start with a clear objective.
R: What do you do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies or party tricks? :)
I golf, cook, garden, play with or walk my dog. I exercise. I love to read. Mysteries, thrillers, suspense. I don’t have any party tricks, although I’m not bad at pulling a quarter from a person’s ear. LOL I can NOT juggle, although I do feel like I’m always juggling my writing schedule. J
R: Do you have any advice for beginning writers?
R: What book is on your TBR shelf you can’t wait to get to?
The next by Hannah Dennison, MURDER AT HONEYCHURCH HALL.
Night or Day? .Day
Dog or Cat? (answer carefully) Cat and dog. Careful enough? J
Beach or Pool? Pool, but I love the beach.
Steak or salad? Steak with a nice crisp Caesar plus a Parmesan crisp.
Favorite Drink? Wine.
Favorite Book? One….? C’mon!
Favorite TV Series? I really like Revenge and Scandal right now. I’m hooked.
Favorite Movie? Romancing the Stone
Favorite Actor: Hugh Jackman
Favorite Actress: Jennifer Garner and lots more.
Dirty Martini or Pina Colada? Neither, thank you. Margarita.
Hawaii or Alaska? Hawaii. I like warm.
Finish this sentence: If I could meet anyone in the world, past or present, it would be Jesus and then William Shakespeare and Mark Twain and Audrey Hepburn.
If I had just one wish, it would be to be healthy enough (and lucid enough) to see all my kids’ (original, step and surrogate included) kids graduate college and get married. I think I might have to live past 100 for all of that.
If I could trade places with anyone in the world, it would be no one. I love my life!
Thanks for a great interview, Daryl! Folks, here are all the places you can find her!
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