Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Welcome to Fatal Foodies' First Open Mic Night!

Hi, there!

Thank you for joining us. We'll be talking about whatever you want to talk about. Just remember to refresh your browser every now and again to make sure you're seeing everyone's post.

The first four non-Fatal Foodies to comment will receive a free book. Our prizes include:

SECRETS, LIES & PIES by Lisa Hall
MURDER FOR HIRE by Dana Fredsti
NOVEL INGREDIENTS (an anthology compiled by the Southern Indiana
Writers' Group) donated by Marian Allen
THE PERFECT WOMAN and THE MOURNING RING (set) by Gayle Trent

So, tell us about yourself. Are you a writer? A foodie? Both?

We look forward to getting to know you during this next hour or so.

137 comments:

Camille Minichino said...

A writer and a foodie! My newest character in the Miniature Mystery series makes special ginger cookies, but my taste runs to things much more decadent ... like affogato, the love of an earlier protagonist.
It's all about dessert for me.

Camille/aka Margaret Grace
http://www.dollhousemysteries.com

Gayle said...

Hi, Camille!

Welcome. I remember your affogato...Chris mentioned it in her post. Also, do you take part in a hobbies blog?

Marian Allen said...

In my little town (real one, not fictional one) there's a restaurant with the slogan, "Life is uncertain--eat dessert first!"

Gayle said...

I'll go along with that. I love, love, LOVE desserts. That would, of course, explain why my protagonist is a cake decorator. :-)

zhadi said...

I'm here, I'm here!

Gayle said...

By the way, Camille, you've won one of our prizes. If you'll let us know which one you'd like, I'll pass your information on to the author of your choice.

zhadi said...

I love food. Desserts are very important, but i like to lay the base with a good...oh...say ground turkey taco salad!

Gayle said...

Does everyone have a tasty beverage on hand? I drinking Milo's No-Calorie Iced Tea. Yummy stuff.

zhadi said...

And Camille, I finished your book (the Miniature Mystery) loved it, and will be reviewing it on my blog as soon as I write the review! So..probably tomorrow, I'm hoping!

zhadi said...

I am drinking Catzilla zinfandel from Witch Creek winery in San Diego.

Gayle said...

A ground turkey taco sounds good to me, Dana. Not changing the subject, but I'm wondering if any of you have ever had a dilemma like this: The publisher who's publishing Murder Takes the Cake e-mailed me yesterday and would like the first chapter from the NEXT Daphne Martin mystery to put in the back of MTTC. I told her I'd get it to her by the end of the week, even though I haven't written that book yet. I'm frantically reading through MTTC so I can write the next one.

Camille Minichino said...

A prize ... great! Please surprise me. They all look good.

I write with the wonderful ladies of the killer hobbies blog.
www.killerhobbies.blogspot.com

I have a simple recipe for tartuffo that I might have my character make. Scoops of ice cream, rolled in biscotti crumbs and then chocolate sauce poured over.

Notice I skipped the salad course.

Gayle said...

Dana, are you going to review Camille's book on this blog, too? If not, please be sure and e-mail me a link to the blog with the review. :-)

David Fitzgerald said...

I'm neither fatal nor a foodie! Am I a winner?
-D

zhadi said...

Oh, Gayle, I just re-read MFH 'cause I'm working on the sequel and couldn't reemember much of anything...

Camille, when are you making this for a SinC meeting? :-)
And Gayle, I'll definitely send you the link!

Gayle said...

Yum, Camille, that sounds delicious. I make the simplest dessert sometimes for "the kids" (if you include their dad and me as "the kids" LOL). I make chocolate chip cookies and while they're still warm, I put a scoop of ice cream between two of them and then drizzle chocolate syrup over that. So decadent...and so good!

Camille Minichino said...

Thanks for considering my book for review "zhadi!"

Gayle, lots of PBO publishers do that next chapter thing. Mine doesn't, but I know from others that it doesn't have to be fixed in stone, just capture the spirit and suspense. you might want to think about a prologue, e.g.

zhadi said...

Oh, you are SUCH a foodie! Even if you're not a mystery writer. Yup, you're a winner! And don't pick my book - I want one of the other ones!

zhadi said...

D. Fitzgerald is my boyfriend... is that cheating? :-)

Camille Minichino said...

Oh I love that ice cream sandwich idea! done!

zhadi said...

I made a vow, Camille, that I'd review books of people I knew and liked. So far the SinC crowd has been batting 100!

Marian Allen said...

I'm drinking what my grandfather used to call "cool refreshing extra-pale" -- in other words, water.

zhadi said...

I'm gonna have a small scoop of Dr. Bob's REALLY dark chocolate ice cream with a wheat free pecan shortbread chocolate chip cookie for dessert.

Not quite the chocolate chip icecream sandwich, but close...

Gayle said...

Oh, thank goodness. I'm glad I'm not the only one who has to reread, keep notes on characters, etc. I was calling one guy "Frank", and when I started rereading MTTC, his name was Fred. (eye roll)

And, thank you for your advice, Camille. That worried me because I thought, "What if something changes?" So, again, thanks. That's a relief!

And, Dana, of course David wins a prize. He does realize what a prize he already has, right? ;-)

zhadi said...

Marian, water is my favorite beverage, even before wine.

David Fitzgerald said...

Have any of you (besides Zhadi) read any of Jess Lourey's Murder by month series? I love that she puts all these random Minnesotan recipes in her books (Lutheran cooking, she calls it)
-D

zhadi said...

But dang, this Zinzilla is amazing... especially with the taco salad. We're using queso fresco for the cheese, vine ripened tomatoes (aren't they all vine ripened?!), avocado and Greek yogurt for a bit of extra richness...low fat, though.

Marian Allen said...

Okay, you guys, you're making me hungry. I'm going AFK to get a bowl of orange/chocolate granita.

Gayle said...

Marian, I love the "cool refreshing extra-pale." Aren't grandparents the best? I don't know if I could even write without drawing on the people I grew up with, particularly my grandmother. She was a hoot!

zhadi said...

Dave, answer Gayle's question... :-)

Dave has partaken of the Nut Goodies. He is now a cult member. :-)

Gayle said...

I'd never heard of Jess and her books until Dana posted the interview. Now I want to read them.

zhadi said...

Marian, what is Granita?

zhadi said...

Gayle, you'll love her books. And she's also a really nice person, which makes it even better. I love reading things by people I've met and like. And it's always a bummer to meet someone whose work I admire and find out they're a jerk...

Camille Minichino said...

Never heard of Dr. Bob's ... should I?
Is it available in the Bay Area??

David Fitzgerald said...

And yes, I do know what a prize i have! = )
(You're good!)
-D

zhadi said...

Camille, I found it at Andronico's. It's...well...a little goes a VERY long way. I rarely eat ice cream and when I do, I want it rich and decadent. This more than fits that description...

Gayle said...

Funny story. I met a romance author at a conference once. He wrote under a woman's name. Anyway, after speaking with him and realizing he had a lisp, I could never read his books again. I told my husband, "I'd always be reading like, 'He took her in hith armth and kithed her pathionately.'" I'm mean. But I couldn't help it.

Lisa Hall said...

Hey Fatal Foodies! I'm in and out of the loop tonight. My little one keeps needing my attention!

Gayle, I had a similar delimna with both my books. I've provided a synopsis for the sequels in the back of each book. I'm not a big "pre-writer". I tend to not know what I'll write until I sit at the keyboard. With the first book, I was so scared about locking myself into a storyline with the synopsis. I was careful to only put what I was certain not to change my mind about later. In the end, it sort of helped, because I began with a framework.

Camille Minichino said...

That goes for the "famous" among us also, Dana.
I met Thomas H. Cook, e.g, and he is wonderful (whew) as is Peter Robinson.
I gave the Mary Higgins Clark award for a couple of years and there's another sweet lady (but New York sweet, which I love.)

zhadi said...

Dave helped make the taco salad. He's the best sous chef in the world.

Gayle said...

I also met Dorothy Cannell (am I spelling that right?) at Malice Domestic one year. I was afraid she'd be all stuffy, but she was a delight. You're right, Dana, meetings like that make you like the books even more. And if someone's a jerk, you never want to read any of their stuff again.

Marian Allen said...

Gayle, I have to keep notes on characters, too. I have this tiny little ANCIENT windows program from back in day called Cardfile. You can make a file for a book or a set of books and have as many cards as you like. I do one for each character with basics like appearance, nickname, tics and mannerisms. I have to re-install crossover office, because it doesn't work on Linux unless I do. LOVE IT!

And I, too, draw on people I've known for characters. Not so they would know it, mostly. -grin-

Camille Minichino said...

Gayle that lisp story is TOO funny!

zhadi said...

hee hee...Gayle, that's funny...

Hi, Lisa! My cats are very demanding too, but I imagine your little ones have opposable thumbs....

Camille, it's nice to hear something positive about famous people too.

Gayle said...

I'd love to meet Mary Higgins Clark. My children had a wonderful experience meeting Daniel Handler, too (Lemony Snicket). He was terrific with them, and I was so grateful for that.

Hi, Lisa. Glad you could make it! And thanks for the advice.

zhadi said...

Marian, you are far more organized than I am! I need to start keeping notes like that.

Gayle, I love THIN WOMAN by Dorothy Cannell.... Talk about a great fatal foodie book.

Marian Allen said...

Granita is frozen flavored water or juice. This is orange juice, orange zest, melted chopped dark chocolate. You heat it to melt the chocolate, put it in the freezer and stir it every so often so it freezes in crystals instead of solid. But the dark chocolate doesn't melt ENTIRELY, so you bit into little chunks of heaven. Mmmmm....

Camille Minichino said...

This is such a great idea, by the way!

David Fitzgerald said...

I was talking with another writer about drawing characters from real life (particularly heinous ones)
-D, and she said the funny thing is no matter how spot-on you make them, they never recognize themselves!

zhadi said...

Okay, I'm gonna leave my capable boyfriend here for 10 minutes and go rinse the color out of my hair. The color that keeps it the natural color it was in high school. Seriously! :-)

and then...more wine and more fatal fooding!

Teena said...

Hello!

This southern fiction writer is certainly enjoying this food discussion.

And her diet Dr Pepper

Teena

Gayle said...

You're right about The Thin Woman. I had Dorothy autograph a book I'd brought with me since it had been awhile since she'd written one. She said, "Oh, thank you! I was afraid no one would be in my line!" Harley Jane Kozak and Teresa Medeiros are sweeties, too.

Marian Allen said...

zhadi, if I were organized, I wouldn't have to keep notes! lol

zhadi said...

Orange and chocolate....

droooool..............

To the shower! I have to rinse away the drool too.

Camille Minichino said...

And if I can make a request: anyone who wants to include killer hobbies on a blog tour, just let me know.

I have Tuesdays and am very happy to share!

If you check it out, you'll see the term "hobby" can be stretched quite a bit. Playing with ice cream for example ...

Gayle said...

Hi, Teena! You're our next prize winner. By the way, Teena is a wonderful writer, too. She's working on "The Road to Hussey-hood." Is that a great title, or what?

Marian, the granita thingy sounds delicious. Can you you post the recipe to the blog sometime?

David Fitzgerald said...

Wow, Marian Allen: Granita sounds yum-ska...

Lisa Hall said...

Camille, your mention of ginger cookies is especially meaningful to me. Ginger helps curb morning sickness. Mine isn't just in the morning. I've been munching on ginger snaps all day. A batch of ginger cookies would be a great treatfor an expectant mom. Better yet, a batch of cookies and a copy of your book. How's that for a niche market?

I've got to check out your Miniature Mystery series! I'm intrigued.

Camille Minichino said...

David ... SO true. I was so nervous when a guy from my home town showed up at a signing and I'd made him quite obnoxious in a book. He had no idea, and even asked me later if that character was so-and-so whom we both knew.
Makes you wonder who's writing about me!

Gayle said...

Camille, I'd love to be a part of killer hobbies when my book comes out in October. Have any of you ever done a blog tour? If so, was it on your own or through a group, or how did you do it?

Camille Minichino said...

Maybe I can horn in on the prize giving and offer a book to Lisa just for saying she's intrigued!

send me your addy to camille@minichino.com if you want one.

Camille Minichino said...

Blog tours are a lot of work in the beginning ... you have to tap all your friends (ARe you listening, friends) but once you set up a network and mutually blog it's the way to go.

I'm open for guests and invitations.
Email me Gayle and we'll pick a day good for you.

Gayle said...

"I was so nervous when a guy from my home town showed up at a signing and I'd made him quite obnoxious in a book."

That's hilarious, Camille. I've also had people swear they recognized themselves in my books. ???

Camille Minichino said...

I'm slipping away to cook a birthday dinner for my husband ... alas, he's not a dessert eater.
In fact, he's the simple meat and mashed potatoes guy.

will check back later.

Gayle said...

One quick note to Camille, if it isn't too late, Fatal Foodies will be glad to reciprocate the blog tour when your next book comes out.

Gayle said...

Oh, and happy birthday to your husband!

Teena said...

So I'm not the only one who enjoys writing about less than wonderful people I have met!

David Fitzgerald said...

Gayle. as soon as Zhadi comes back, ask her about her recent tour...

Lisa Hall said...

Camille,

Thank you so much! I will send my address. You're as sweet as a ginger cookie. No, sweeter, sweet as affogato.

Gayle said...

Oh, Teena, I even worked my ex-husband into a book and had him attacked by a dog! :-)

David, please do have Dana tell me about her book tour.

Marian Allen said...

Sure, I'll post the granita recipe Tuesday, too, but here it is tonight:

Chocolate Orange Granita
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups water
1 cup orange juice
1 tsp orange peel
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 oz chopped dark chocolate
Boil sugar, water, juice. Remove from heat, stir in rest, pour into dish, freeze, stir every hour until frozen.

I carry a little notebook everywhere with me. Sometimes I write down story ideas or descriptions, but more often I copy recipes.

David Fitzgerald said...

She says she's coming - our new kitten is licking shower water off her toes...

Gayle said...

Thank you, Marian. I think my kids would like this, too.

Marian Allen said...

Teena said, "So I'm not the only one who enjoys writing about less than wonderful people I have met!"

No, indeed. When one of my daughters was going through an ugly divorce, I killed my son-in-law six ways from Sunday and placed or sold all the stories in flash fiction markets.

Gayle said...

David, is it a kitten kitten, or is it a tiger, leopard, jaguar, or lion kitten? With Dana, you just don't know.

Gayle said...

Oh, Marian, that is too funny.

Lisa Hall said...

Isn't it just so fun and passive-aggressive to get even with people by putting them in a book?

zhadi said...

Hi, Teena! out of the shower, clean and wanting more wine here...what did I miss?

Teena said...

Marion:

What a creative way to deal with such an issue

I like your style!

zhadi said...

It's a kitten kitten (although I've been licked by other more exotic felines, but NOT after a shower) and I'm happy to tell yu about my tour. There's a group on Yahoo that dealswith blog booktours and I recommend it highly.

zhadi said...

I did a guest post on Killer Hobbies, as did Jess when we were setting up for our live tour. And Michelle Gagnon www.michellegagnon.com is on a kickass tour right now, probably the best blog book tour I've seen. Check out the links on her website.

Gayle said...

So you didn't pay someone to set up a blog tour?

zhadi said...

MFH was written because we wanted to kill a woman we worked with on one of our MFH shows... It's agreat way to work out issues without going to jail.

zhadi said...

Teena, tell us about yourself!

Marian Allen said...

I don't dislike him as much now. I must admit that making a little money off him mellowed me toward him a bit. Of course, if he knew I'd done it, he'd probably sue me for some of it.

zhadi said...

All typos from me are henceforth blamed on Bug Bear, the kitten with a shower water fetish.

zhadi said...

Gayle, I didn't pay a dime for it.

zhadi said...

You just have to put in the time to research blogs, contact the hosts and see if you're a good fit. ALso sending them a copy of your book in advance is a good idea - that way they can read it, promote it and they tend to be more enthusiastic about it if they've read it.

Gayle said...

That's good to know, Dana. I got an e-mail where someone wanted a thousand dollars to set up a blog tour. If I was an author who could afford that, I wouldn't need a blog tour.

Teena said...

I took a class from Gayle two years ago and began writing southern fiction. My first and soon to be completed book is 'The Road To Hussey-hood.'
I have two other books I am working on. One is 95% complete and the other about 30%.
I'm learning a lot tonight and may make some changes in my plot lines after listening to you all.

Marian Allen said...

Does anyone here ever go to Magna cum Murder in Muncie, Indiana?

Gayle said...

I've never been to Magna Cum Murder, but I've heard good things about it. Left Coast Crime, too.

zhadi said...

Marian, I haven't been to it, but since I have a friend in Bloomington, it would be worth looking into... more about it, please!

Teena, glad to have you here!

And Gayle...a thousand bucks? Pulease...

zhadi said...

It does take time,but the point of it IS to save money...and because you can reach a lot of people online all over the country/world, whereas on a live tour you're limited...

zhadi said...

Okay, where is everyone?

zhadi said...

Gayle, how late are we open mic-ing tonight?...

zhadi said...

I'm gonna start singing in a minute... you all don't want that!

zhadi said...

Sigh... I hate being the only one at a party...

Gayle said...

I thought until 10, and then I looked at the little clock in the corner of my computer and it IS ten. (Well, 7 there.) How late do you guys want to go?

Teena said...

What songs do you know, Zhadi?

Gayle said...

Sing, please. That'll be fun! It'll be like those stupid teen movies (High School the Musical) where people spontaneously break into song and dance. In fact, if you sing, I'll dance.

Lisa Hall said...

With gas prices, live tours have become VERY expensive. A blog tour sounds way more practical. Plus, you can stay in your pajamas.

Marian Allen said...

http://www.magnacummurder.com

It all takes place at the Horizon Convention Center, but the hotel across the street closed, so the rooms are catch-as-catch-can. This was on the site just now when I checked:

"MAKE SURE TO MENTION YOU'RE WITH MAGNA CUM MURDER when you call. Ball State recently announced that their Family Weekend is the same weekend as Magna so hotel rooms will be at a premium. Don't wait to book your room! Hampton Inn & Suites will be added to our shuttle route to the Horizon Convention Center."

They have panels of pros and experts on this-and-that, including Lucy Zahray, "The Poison Lady", who talks about unusual and so-usual-they're-overlooked poisons. They have a room for sales of books, trinkets, whatever and autograph sessions. Best of all, they have lots of opportunities to schmooze with fans and writers. And FOOD!

Gayle said...

In my defense for that last post, I've been awake a long time and have played Laser Tag and tennis with my children today...the latter in the hot sun. That's my excuse....

zhadi said...

I know many songs...I've been in bands and done musicals. Can you say...showtunes?

Bwahahahahahah!!!!

zhadi said...

Ah, marian was writing a long comment for us... thank you, Marian!

And Gayle, I understand!

zhadi said...

It's only 7 here, but I'm still kicking off a cold and am feeling a bit weeny-esque...

zhadi said...

I love this open mic idea!

Gayle said...

Hey, I used to sing "tomato, tomahto" with my grandmother as we rode along in her Dodge Swinger with the windows down. I can say "showtunes." ;-)

zhadi said...

Dance, Gayle! I am singing 'you're the one that I want' from Grease. Kareoke special...

Marian Allen said...

I've been on an hour now and, since we don't have a dedicated line for our computer (yes, I still have dial-up!), I need to get off.

This has been great!

zhadi said...

Phantom of hte Opera tunes are next.

zhadi said...

Next open mic night will be all about the show tunes. Good night, Marian!

Lisa Hall said...

"So long, farewell, I hate to say goodnight."

I had to jump in with a song! If you guys could see me I'd do the motions.

zhadi said...

And I'm about ready to sign off and try to get some writing done here...

What say we call it a night for our first open mic?

Gayle said...

I have a video on my computer of a woman dancing with a Golden Retriever to "You're the one that I want." And I LOVE Phantom of the Opera.

Bye, Marian!

Do the rest of you want to call it a night at 10:30/7:30?

zhadi said...

Lisa, which Von Trapp kid are you?

Teena said...

Folks, (See how southern I am?) I'm signing off for the night.
It's been greating blogging with you. I'm looking forward to reading everyone's works.
Marian, especially the one you mentioned!
Take Care
Teena

Gayle said...

Or now...okay. I do think this has been a blast.

Marian Allen said...

The PHAAAAAAAAAAAAAntomoftheopera is therrrrrrrrrrre....

And on that note (note, get it? I said note. See, I sang a little, and then I said...oh, never mind), good night.

Or should I say, "Good eeeevening friennnnnnnds"?

zhadi said...

If I'm in REALLY good voice, I can hit the high note in THINK OF ME. If not..it's ugly.

zhadi said...

why do cats always want to show you their little butts?...

Gayle said...

Good night, Teena. Thanks for being with us. I'll send you an e-mail tomorrow and you can choose your prize book.

Gayle said...

LOL. So true about the cat butts. And something no one should ever hear is me trying to sing both parts of "All I Ask of You." I can do MC's part better than I can so SC's though.

zhadi said...

Night, Gayle! Night, Marian! Night, Lisa! Night, Teena!

Are we gonna gonna do a Waltons here?

Gayle said...

Sorry, got Sarah's initials wrong.

Lisa Hall said...

Goodnight Fatal Foodies!

Zhadi,
I believe I'm Leisel(probably not spelled correctly). Although I'm much older than 16 going on 17.

Gayle said...

'Night, John Boy!

zhadi said...

We'll duet it one of these days, Gayle!

zhadi said...

Heh...I'll be the Baroness, Lisa!

Why didn't you tell me?

Tell you what?

To bring my harmonica...

Gayle said...

You'll have to do her part. I get to screeeeechy on those high notes.

zhadi said...

I can do that, Gayle!

Gayle said...

Too screeechy, I mean. Darn that kitten.

zhadi said...

Okay, I must go now. Bug Bear is sitting on my right hand (I keep removing him, he keeps getting back on it) and it's making this difficult. Time for kitten/mommy negotiation...

zhadi said...

Hear that, Bug Bear? you're infectious!

Gayle said...

Good night, everybody. Thank you for being here.

zhadi said...

nighty night!