Blogger's Note: Today, I'm pleased to welcome Cindy Arora, my fellow Merry & Bright author, to the blog to talk about her debut novel, Heartbreak Cake. I haven't had the chance to read the story, yet, but it's on my Kindle, and I'm excited to check it out.
CA: I love strawberry cake. And not the kind made with Jell-O, although I’m no cake snob, I’ll take what’s in front of me. But my absolute favorite is they spongy yellow cake kind with layers of sweet strawberries and pillowy cream. It’s epic.
CTW: What drink is best to accompany this dessert?
CA: I love cake with coffee. It’s a perfect combination!
CTW: Do you have any snacks you like to eat as writing fuel?
CTW: What surprised you most while writing this book?
CA: I have to say I was most surprised to discover that the characters became their own people. Sure, I created them, but as I continued to write, each one started to find their own way. It was fun, and sometimes I’d walk away from my desk feeling like I stepped away from a movie I really loved.
CTW: What one literary heartthrob would you like to run away with?
CA: This was a bit tough to decide on… But the first person who came to mind was the character Roux from the novel Chocolat by Joanne Harris. He is the dreamy and mysterious gypsy who comes into town and charms the magical chocolate lady with his bad boy good looks and love of hot chocolate.
CTW: And what literary character would you like to be BFFs with?
CA: Oh man, this one is tough, because there are so many great heroines out there who would totally have my back as my BFF. I think I’d like to have a posse, kind of like the Sex and the City girls but a little less cleavage. I’d have Lady Ashley from The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, so I can have a drinking buddy in Paris who seems to know a thing or two about men. Dagny Taggart from Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand because she would keep me focused and career driven and never allow me to lose myself to a man. Then there’s Justine, who is a character in Lucie Simone’s book Picture Perfect, because she’s just a riot!
CTW: If you could only read three books over and over for the rest of your life, which would you choose?
CA: Bread Alone by Judi Hendricks: There’s something melancholy, sweet and hopeful about the book that resonates with me. I also love that I can practically smell the heady scent of fresh bread.
Seeing Me Naked by Liza Palmer: A touching, smart, snarky novel that made me cry & laugh!
The Love Goddess Cooking School by Melissa Senate: Melissa Senate is one of my very favorite writers in chick lit. She has a great voice, and I always have the biggest grin on my face when I finish one of her books.
CTW: What is the best piece of advice you can offer aspiring authors?
CA: I think the best advice I can give aspiring authors is to get out of your head and just write. Quiet the voices and write until you get to the end. And then make sure to celebrate because it’s really a beautiful thing, regardless of what happens after publishing. Be proud!
CTW: What's up next for you and your writing career?
CA: I am in the early stages of book #2! I learned a lot writing Heartbreak Cake, and this time, in order to save my sanity, I will reform my pantser ways and become a plotter. I’m in progress and will actually be taking a trip to Wisconsin in the spring for a little research on my next book, as well as indulge in some cheese curds and Schlitz (hell, yes!).
CTW: Is there anything else you'd like to share?
CA: You know, I just wanted to thank the blogging writing community who really makes it possible for indie writers to get to know readers and other writers. I’ve been introduced to so many incredible writers through this community, and I’m really happy to be here getting to know everyone! Thanks!
About the Author
Cindy Arora was a staff writer at The San Gabriel Valley Tribune, The Orange County Register and Sacramento Magazine. She’s been published in Saveur, Tasting Table, Orange Coast Magazine and Fodor’s. She’s also mama to an adorable little boy, a feminist, a whiskey enthusiast, and proud to call herself a Chick Lit author. Heartbreak Cake is her debut novel.
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About the Book
Business is sweet for pastry chef Indira Aguilar. Her indie bakery, Cake Pan, is fast becoming the talk of the wedding circuit for its unique take on cakes and homespun creations for the modern bride, garnering national recognition and drawing in celebrity clients. But while her professional life is blossoming, her personal life is crumbling.
Indira may have a talent for blending buttercream into bliss, but when it comes to relationships, she’s got a lot to learn. Considering that the love of her life, Josh Oliver, is not only married, but also runs the award-winning pastry department of her fiercest competition, Crystal Cove Resort, Indira puts much more at stake than just her heart when she ends her affair with him.
Rumors begin to fly as the small seaside community of Long Beach learns of her secret relationship, and Indira must defend not only her actions, but her wedding business and her reputation while trying to maneuver the choppy heartbreak waters of starting over, finding new love, and facing her past. With the support of friends and family, a fondness for butter, and a determined spirit, Indira may just bake her way back to happiness and possibly into the heart of Crystal Cove’s dishy new chef, Noah. But one thing is certain. Where there’s heartbreak, there must be cake.
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