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January Interviews
1/1 Sherry Harris, Sell Low, Sweet Harriet
1/8 Barbara Ross, Sealed Off
1/15 Libby Klein, Theater Nights Are Murder
1/22 Carol Pouliot, Doorway To Murder
1/29 Julia Buckley, Death with A Dark Red Rose

Saturday Guest Bloggers:
1/4 Lisa Lieberman
1/11 Karen McCarthy
1/18 Trey Baker

WWK Bloggers: 1/25 Kait Carson, 1/30 E. B. Davis


WWK is proud of our four Agatha nominees. Kaye George for Best Short Story--not her first time to be nominated, Connie Berry and Grace Topping for Best First Mystery Novel (wish they weren't having to compete against each other), and Annette Dashofy for Best Contemporary Novel--her fifth nomination!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Don't miss Shari Randall's "The Queen of Christmas" available on at Amazon. Shari's holiday story for WWK was too long so she published it for our enjoyment. It's available for 99 cents or on Kindle Unlimited for free!

KM Rockwood's "The Society" and "To Die A Free Man; the Story of Joseph Bowers" are included in the BOULD Awards Anthology, which was released on November 19. KM won second place with a cash prize for "The Society." Congratulations, KM! Kaye George's "Meeting on the Funicular" is also in this anthology, which can be bought for 99 cents on Kindle until November 30.

Paula Gail Benson's story "Wisest, Swiftest, Kindest" appears in Love in the Lowcountry an anthology by the Lowcountry Romance Writers available 11/5 in e-book and print format on Amazon. The anthology includes fourteen stories all based in Charleston, South Carolina.

Kaye George's "Grist for the Mill" was published in A Murder of Crows anthology, edited by Sandra Murphy on October 9th.

Lyrical Press will publish Kaye George's Vintage Sweets mystery series. The first book, Revenge Is Sweet, will be released in March. Look for the interview here on 3/11.

Shari Randall will be writing again for St. Martin's, perhaps under a pseudonym. We look forward to reading Shari's Ice Cream Shop Mystery series debuting next year. Congratulations, Shari!

Susan Van Kirk's A Death At Tippett Pond was released on June 15th. Read E. B. Davis's interview with Susan.

Warren Bull's Abraham Lincoln: Seldom Told Stories was released. It is available at: GoRead: https://www.goread.com/book/abraham-lincoln-seldom-told-stories or at Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/ydaklx8p

Grace Topping's mystery, Staging is Murder was released April 30. It is now also available in audio.


Monday, June 15, 2015

Guest blog: Judith Fertig--A Writer Who Bakes

Thank you to the amazing Linda Rodriguez, poet and author of Every Hidden Fear (and two more Skeet Bannion novels) for inviting me to guest blog.

I confess, I have my fair share of murderous instincts, just like anybody else. 

As a cookbook author and food writer turned debut novelist, I could have had a character stab someone with a chef’s knife or drown someone in a vat of barbecue sauce or poison someone with arsenic in almond paste.

But none of those scenarios felt right to me.  (But you can tell I thought about them.)

I finally realized I’m not a writer who kills. I’m a writer who bakes.

When I started working on The Cake Therapist, I got sidetracked and then mesmerized by one of life’s mysteries—how flavor touches something deep inside each of us. How a challenging or abrasive flavor reminds us that life is hard. How a luscious flavor affirms that life is good.

How a bite of fresh banana starts our mornings with a hint of the exotic, memories of packed lunches for school field trips, and sense of safe adventure.

How potent and lingering spice, like nutmeg or star anise, evokes a sense of nostalgia or, at deeper levels, remembered grief for loved ones we have lost.

How strong coffee and dark chocolate get us going again after any of life’s difficulties. Starting out as raw cacao or coffee beans, they had to go through fire to be great. So do we.

Like music or scent, flavor can tell a story because it evokes emotion. And emotion is at the heart of every story.

Flavor and emotion are at the heart of mine. My main character “Neely” is a talented pastry chef who leaves her New York life behind to open a bakery in her Midwestern hometown. She is reinventing her life, just as her blue collar town has reinvented itself, improbably, as a bridal district. Former mom and pop grocery stores, the five-and-dime, and the old library have been refitted as bridal gown, wedding invitation, and honeymoon travel boutiques.

Neely’s bakery fits right in. Her extra gift is both a help and a hindrance. She can “read” people as flavors. Like contemporary musician Pharrell Williams and the late writer Vladimir Nabokov who experienced sounds as colors, Neely has that fusion or “synesthesia” of the senses.   


When Neely meets with a special bakery or wedding cake client, she senses a flavor, which leads to a feeling and then that person’s story.

She’s not in the therapy business, however. She’s in the bakery business. So, she adds the perfect flavor combination to a cake or a cookie to wordlessly help that person mourn a loss, celebrate a happy occasion, or just move on with life.

Yet the sour flavor of anger, the “feeling” behind alternating flashback chapters, starts to intensify. Neely can’t figure out why.

This is the dark, secret filling—the mystery—that the cake therapist has to resolve.  It’s a feeling and a story, told over generations, that has had a long-term, caustic effect on those involved.

It’s a flavor that could have killed, eventually.

But I’m a writer who bakes.

About Judith Fertig

Judith Fertig is an award-winning and bestselling cookbook author, specializing in baking, barbecue, and the regional cuisine of the Heartland—where flavor and storytelling combine. After college at Wittenberg University and Ohio State, she studied at École de Cuisine La Varenne (formerly in Paris) and The Cordon Bleu in London plus The Iowa Writers Workshop. Her food and lifestyle writing has appeared in The New York Times, The London Sunday Times, Country Homes & Interiors, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Natural Awakenings, Better Homes & Gardens, Saveur, Country Living, and Cooking Light. Fertig has appeared on the Food Network and many TV and radio programs.

Her debut novel is The Cake Therapist (Berkley, June 2015).          
FB:  Judith Fertig, Author
Twitter: @JudithFertig


Jim Jackson said...

Congratulations on your debut novel. I find it interesting how each of us relies more or less on our various senses. Since my sense of taste is not well developed, I rely on it the least.

~ Jim

Warren Bull said...

Your book and your protagonist sound interesting. I enjoy reading about how people experience the world differently. Thanks for coming on WWK.

Grace Topping said...

Quite an interesting concept. It will appeal to mystery lovers, readers who like food mysteries, and those who enjoy a bit of the paranormal. Sounds like a sure winner. I wish you much success with your series.

E. B. Davis said...

What an unusual premise! Lovely and who's to say it's paranormal. I wrote a short involving the flavors of ice cream in the Carolina Crimes anthology. Much to my surprise it came naturally writing about flavors. I can understand how writers who bake can write so well about baking, but then I cook and bake, too. Thanks so much for guesting with us, Judith. I love the cover art--someone did a great job. All those tasty layers...

Linda Rodriguez said...

Thanks for joining us today, Judith!

Everyone, this novel is super. I strongly recommend it. The only drawback is that you'll be salivating so badly by the time you finish. ;-)

Gloria Alden said...

Welcome to WWK, Judith. This will be the third time I've tried to leave a message and it won't let me do so. Anyway, I think your book sounds delicious and one I would like to read. Bananas awaken memories of my first grade where we stored our lunch bags in the cloak room. It was during WWII and bananas were hard to find, but my father found a grocer who had them. I'm thinking they were probably overripe ones which is why the smell of bananas makes me think of that time.

Kait said...

What a delightful post. Your book sounds wonderful. Your take on flavors as emotions is wonderful and accurate. I am intrigued to discover your protag's ability to flavorize her clientele. Well done.

Shari Randall said...

Judith, your book sounds so intriguing I can't wait to read it. And I really wish your publisher could arrange to have a real version of the cake on the cover accompany each book purchase!

Kara Cerise said...

Wonderful blog, Judith! I'm salivating just reading your book description. Neely sounds extraordinary too. I haven't read a book where the main character has synesthesia.