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How (Not) to Kiss a Toad by Elizabeth A Reeves
Legend has it that Elizabeth A Reeves was born with a book in her hands and immediately requested a pony. Though this story is questionable, it is true that books and horses have been consistent themes in her life. Born in Massachusetts, she was quickly transplanted to Arizona by a professor father and creativity-driven mother, who is the one responsible for saying "If you can't find a book that you want to read, write a book you want to read."
In her spare time, she likes to knit, weave, hatch chickens, and chase after her husband and four sons.
Cindy Eller is a witch with a gift for creating decadent desserts highlighting the exotic and spicy flavors of her native Southwest. However, life isn't always sweet for this magical baker. All her life she's been cursed-- every man she's ever kissed has turned into a toad. Love isn't likely to come her way, she knows.
If that weren't a big enough problem, her 'curse' has come to the attention of the Council of Magic and she may never be able to use her powers.
Enter the perfect man-- handsome, sweet, and loves food just as much as Cindy does. It would seem to be a match made in Heaven, or is it?
Cindy isn't the only one keeping secrets.
With toads, cupcakes, romance, magic and ice cream, life never has time to get dull!
Q) What inspired you to write this story?
I’ve wanted to write a book about a normal everyday witch that anyone could relate to and identify with. I’ve also felt that the Southwest has been rather misinterpreted or underappreciated in the written word—so Cindy Eller was born—a true-to-life Magical baker with a complicated love life.
Q) How long did it take you to write?
I wrote this novel for NaNoWriMo, so I actually managed to get the rough draft finished in one month. It was exhausting and exhilarating to write at that pace. Most of it was written one-handed as my baby was very young at the time and insists that he can never EVER be set down.
Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
Writing allows me to explore and express myself in ways that I never would be able to in any other setting. Writing is my anchor and sanity.
Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Writing can be difficult and characters capricious. It’s a demanding master. I don’t get to choose my hours. I have to bend to the whim of creativity and be open to the fact that something I just spend weeks on is going to end up in the recycle bin.
Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
One of the little princes in the tower, so I could know definitively what happened to them. Maybe even Anne Boleyn in those last hours so I could be inside of her brain and understand who she was fully and in depth. I am fascinated by historically pivotal figures and events. There are many people that I would love to have the opportunity to meet or just have a chance to pick the brains of (that sounded zombie-ish, didn’t it?) but I’m not sure I would actually want to be any of them for any amount of time… though I wouldn’t mind borrowing Elizabeth Faulkner’s brain for a few hours!
Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
LOL! That would be my attempt at making homemade cheese. It has to be like five years old by now. We’re too scared to try it!
Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
More Cindy Eller, more Goldie Locke, and some spin-offs of the whole ‘world’ of Cindy Eller. I also have some top-secret projects in the works.
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