Lorraine Bartlett – Recipes to Die For
Author Lorraine Bartlett enters the cozy tea corner here at ePen and brings along a pretty, striped book full of delicious recipes. Betsy Bean was preparing and serving coffee and tea.
Enters carrying a tray of assorted teas.
Can I get you some tea? What a lovely outfit you have on. Take a look at our flavors– which do you prefer?
Do you have a raspberry cream tea? Or how about Lady Grey?
We do! I’ll be right back.
She scoots behind the counter to prepare a perfect blend while LB settles in at the table.
Lorraine, tell me a little about why you paused from mystery writing to treat us to a recipe book.
My character, Katie Bonner, grew up in a home where her Aunt constantly baked cookies, cakes, and scones from scratch. So it was a natural that she would do the same kind of thing. Katie bakes when she’s stressed, and running a business like Artisan’s Alley is stressful. I’d wanted to do a cookbook for the Booktown Mysteries, but at the time my editor didn’t think there’d be an audience. (He was wrong, and Penguin is planning a cookbook by cozy mystery authors to be released next spring.)
I love that the main character is writing this book. Which is her favorite recipe and which one is yours?
Katie’s favorite is the walnut scone recipe. Mine is Ruth’s peanut butter cookies. They are the best!
Betsy returns with a tray of cups, sugar, cream and cookies. She excitedly pulls a chair over, slides the cookbook closer, and quietly turns a few pages.
I wasn’t aware until recently that you write under different names. Why do some authors do that?
In my case, I had little choice. My third agent didn’t think men would buy a book written by a woman, and at the time she was right. But since the ebook explosion, no one has to know who wrote the book you’re reading. They don’t see the covers, and the number of men who read even my cozy mysteries has increased exponentially, which pleases me. I’ve heard from romance authors who’ve said the same thing.
So which of your recipes do you think I will enjoy the most? I’ll have to match the perfect tea with each of your recipes.
There are all kinds of wonderful recipes for sweets, savories, entrées—and each of the characters has a signature drink. Would you care for a corpse reviver?
I understand you’re writing an adventure-fantasy series. Tell us a little about it.
It’s called the Tales of Telenia. So far there are two books out, with a third in the works. They are Tales of Telenia: Threshold and Tales of Telenia: Journey
Do they drink tea in these stories?
I offered Betsy a scone, and while Betsy added it to her plate, I slid the cookbook to my side of the table.
Yes. Some kind of herbal blend. In fact, it’s the favorite beverage. They don’t have a formal teatime, or serve an afternoon tea, but when you want to be social, it’s tea you drink. Amanda Shelton, the heroine of the series, has become quite fond of it. She enjoys honey cake with her Telenian tea.
Do the characters in your Jeff Resnick Mystery series enjoy tea?
Brenda and Maggie do. Jeff will drink it, but I’m not sure he enjoys it. He’s definitely a coffee drinker.
The ladies chatted and enjoyed tea until Lorraine dabbed the corner of her mouth, set down her napkin, pushed aside her chair and stood up. We handed Ms. Bartlett some tea samples to take with her.
I’m so pleased you were able to stop by and this book is perfect for our tea corner.
I’m so happy you asked me to come. And thank you for the samples. I can’t wait to try them.
We ushered Ms. Bartlett out and sat down again to finish our tea and browse the pages of the cookbook. Like Lorraine on Facebook, visit Dazed and Confused, then Check out the Recipe book and other goodies here.