blog on The Stiletto Gang today.
wrote. My debut novel The Cake Therapist (Berkley, June 2015)
turns out to be women’s fiction with flavor and flashbacks.
reading and writing novels that alternate from the present to the past. I love
the challenge of figuring out how those two parts fit together by the end of
buttercream frosting on a hot day, Neely decided to start over in her
Midwestern hometown, a blue collar burg that had recently reinvented itself as
a bridal district.
special gift helps her create wedding cakes that fit her brides like couture
gowns. When Neely focuses on a person and yet lets her mind wander, she tastes
a flavor that becomes sort of a hyperlink to a feeling. The feeling is the
heart of that person’s story, an event from the past that still holds on. And we
all have that story or stories.
uses her special talent to figure out what flavors her clients need to move on,
start over, rethink, or simply celebrate.
the one flavor and situation she can’t figure out holds the key to an unsolved
disappearance dating back to World War II.
do, too. The flavor and flashbacks start
to puzzle, then annoy, and almost torment Neely. Until she figures it all out.
loved immersing myself in the flashback time periods. I think the glimpses of
stories from the past are the secret filling of this “cake” novel. I wanted contrast and depth and echoes of the
past to inform the present.
still working with my two-track mind on the second novel in the series, The Memory of Lemon.
sip of my morning café au lait at home and all of a sudden, I’m in New Orleans
in springtime, looking for that perfumer who will craft a scent that is pure
“you.” And I’m off on that second track again.
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