What do we need as people for nourishment? Food.
What do we need as authors for nourishment? Inspiration.
What do we need as fans for nourishment? Good stories.
These are the three reasons I like writing the Cookbook Nook Mysteries.
The first: they’re about food, so I find myself writing about food, thinking about food, coveting food, and taste-testing recipes.
The latter happens to be the most fun. If my recipes don’t work for me, I won’t share them with my readers. As I pick a theme for my next book and pour over cookbooks searching for ideas for recipes, I find myself nourished at a whole other level.
The second: whenever I do research for my Cookbook Nook mysteries, I find so much inspiration.
Why? Because I gave Jenna’s father, Cary, a fun quirk. He loves memorizing quotes so he can turn to words of inspiration when in need. He shares this love with Jenna and her pals. As I look for pithy quotes, I find I’m inspired. I’ve printed out many and have posted some around my workspace.
“The primary sign of a well-ordered mind is a man’s ability to remain in one place and linger in his own company.”
[This sign hangs in Cary’s hardware shop.]
“Courage is not the absence of despair; it is, rather, the capacity to move ahead in spite of despair.”
[Shared when Jenna had to move forward with her life.]
“Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.”
–George Bernard Shaw
[This one made me laugh!]
The third: Like you, I’m a reader, too. I love a good story. Because of that, I try my best as an author to give you, my fan, a good story!
This means that whenever I’m writing, I try to think like a fan. What would I like to read? Yes, I write about murder because I love a puzzle. But I also write about family. I think that’s why my readers like my books. I delve into these complex relationships. Family matters to my protagonists. Also I explore the depths of friendship because my protagonists have so many “extended” family members.
“People need dreams; there’s as much nourishment in them as food. ”
“The nourishment of our souls comes from the smiles of others. ”
“Food brings people together on many different levels. It’s nourishment of the soul and body; it’s truly love. ”
–Giada De Laurentiis
Nourishment. We need it. We crave it. We love it.
My dear readers, may reading good books fill your souls. May reading about food inspire you to cook and/or fill your tummies with tasty treats. Savor the mystery!
So…what nourishes you?
About the Author: Daryl Wood Gerber
Agatha Award-winning and bestselling author DARYL WOOD GERBER ventures into the world of suspense with her debut novel, GIRL ON THE RUN.
Daryl also writes the Cookbook Nook Mysteries, and as Avery Aames, she pens the Cheese Shop Mysteries. Her latest Cookbook Nook Mystery: Grilling the Subject publishes August 2, 2016.
Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl appeared in “Murder, She Wrote”. She has also jumped out of a perfectly good airplane and hitchhiked around Ireland by herself. She loves to read and has a frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky. Visit Daryl at www.darylwoodgerber.com.