Saturday, May 28, 2011

Guest Author - Jenny Schwartz

Please welcome Carina Press author Jenny Schwartz to the blog:

Hi Wynter! I'm delighted to be visiting. I was thinking of a topic to post about, and as always, once I started dreaming, my mind drifted to food. So, I thought, why not go with it? Hence, today's guest post is "Food as Inspiration, or Feed Your Muse".

Three Wishes released this week. It has a Syrian setting, and writing it I became addicted to raw pistachios. Heaven knows why, but something in my brain was adamant pistachios were the Mediterranean snack food, and who am I to argue when they're so yummy?

I always thought pistachios were nuts, but technically they're kernels and you need a male and female tree to grow them. I know this because once I became addicted to them, I naturally wanted to see if I could grow them. This is what a pistachio tree looks like (with thanks to Oceanbaby via Flickr).

Pistachio trees

I don't think I can squeeze two more trees into a suburban yard.

Kebabs are my favourite fast food--and a great Mediterranean meal. I'm lucky. Our local kebab shop is also a Turkish bakery, so in addition to takeaway meals and dips (hummus, anyone?), we have yummy sweets, baklavas and Turkish delight.

Did you know true Turkish delight is made without gelatin? Maybe everyone but me knew this. You use cornflower instead, adding it to the boiling toffee and beating hard. Me, I've given up making toffee since I burned my little finger. Thankfully, there's aloe vera in the garden and that stopped it scarring.

Hmm, I'm rambling a bit. But that's what Mediterranean food inspires--a leisurely, indulgent approach to life and all the good things in it, casual conversation and siestas. My kind of life!

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She is the Bringer of Death

Cali, a djinni, has sworn to twist the wishes of humans so they die by their own greed and evil. Her latest master is arms dealer David Saqr, a man Cali believes deserves the fate she has in store for him. But this time she finds herself up against Andrew, David's guardian angel.

He is a Protector of Life

Andrew believes David can yet find redemption. He fights Cali for the man's life, even as he tries to persuade her to give in to the sizzling attraction between them. He shows Cali another side of David, and invites her to trust again, to hope. But centuries of being enslaved have hardened Cali's heart--it's going to take all of Andrew's love to convince her to open it and let him in.

from Carina Press


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You can find Jenny at her website, on Twitter and Facebook and indulging her love of pretty pictures on Tumblr.

6 comments:

Wynter Daniels said...

You're making me hungry. Kebab shop? Wish we had one!
Love the premise of Three Wishes. Can't wait to read it.

MaureenAMiller said...

Hmmm, I must have done something wrong. I think I commented on the Goodreads version of the blog instead.

But, Wynter can back me up in saying that I am a fan of Kebabs and I'm a fan of Jenny! And I particularly adore her Three Wishes cover. :)

Jenny Schwartz said...

Wynter -- thanks for letting me visit and talk Food! Yum.

I'd have liked to have commented earlier, but Sunday morning defeated me. The post looks wonderful on your blog. I'm sighing over the pistachio trees. I'd love to plant some. Instead, have plans to inveigle a friend to add them to her dream-country-home plans :)

Maureen, you're a sweetie. Thanks for the lovely comment :)

KC Burn said...

Mmmm... Turkish Delight and kebabs! I'm also a fan of falafels and baklava (but not the pistachio kind).

Jenny Schwartz said...

KC -- pistachio baklava are my favourite, so if we're ever at a Middle Eastern feast I'll be sure to sit near you and steal your share :)

Wynter Daniels said...

I'm a fan of the pistachio baklava too - I'll fight you for KC's piece;-)