Food for Thought
Write what you love. I’ve heard that advice from experienced authors many times at meetings and conferences. But, the problem is that I loved lots of genres. I was asked at a conference by a veteran author, what genre do I write. I replied that I write historical, contemporary and young adult romance. She told me to pick one and go with that and develop my brand. I didn’t listen.
I have written one full length historical romance and a novella. I have written two full length contemporary romance novels with a twist of suspense. And I have written three young adult mystery romance novels. I love all three genres that I write in. I can’t pick just one. It would make my life a whole lot easier, but I wouldn’t feel fulfilled and happy with my writing.
The fun part of my contemporary romance novel, First Date is that my main character opens a bakery in a small town. I wrote many scenes where she is baking various desserts. I’ve started to bake some of the dessert that Andrea makes for her bakery. My family likes when I do this kind of research for my book.
Andrea Waggoner the main character from First Date in chapter one while pondering her life she makes a batch of pumpkin muffins. The following is Andrea’s recipe. They’re delicious.
Pumpkin Muffins with Streusel Topping
2 ½ cups of all purpose flour 1 cup brown sugar
½ cup rolled oats 1 cup white sugar
4 tsp pumpkin pie spice 2/3 cups coconut oil
2 tsp baking soda 3 eggs
1 tsp baking power 1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp salt 15 oz. can pumpkin puree
½ c brown sugar
4 tbsp butter softened
3 tbsp oats
5 tbsp flour
Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In a small bowl combine the first 5 ingredients.
- In a medium bowl combine the next five ingredients- blend well.
- Stir the flour mixture into the pumpkin mixture and mix well.
- Pour the batter into a prepared muffin tin. (makes 24 muffins)
- Make the topping. Combine the butter and brown sugar. Add in the oats and flour using a fork until crumbly.
- Sprinkle the topping on the muffins.
- Bake in preheated oven until tooth pick comes out clean. About 20-25 minutes