My husband, Marc, is my collaborator on all of these books; and, thanks to the popularity of the cozy mystery (and our very kind readers), both series have been national bestsellers. Our latest title, MURDER BY MOCHA, even nailed a Top-7 spot on Bookscan and two Top-10 Cozy Reads lists.
Note to former boss: Stick that in my exit interview file! (Kidding, kidding...)
Growing Our (um...) Assets
Of course, there are drawbacks to this full-time writing life. For one thing, failure is only one book away. All authors know that; but, if you're going to write for a living, you should know something else, something that's seldom discussed in literary circles. We authors are continually challenged not to stuff our faces.
For most of us, a trip to the fridge constitutes a brain break. New chapter, new sequence, new reason to nosh.
I've battled the bulge all my life. I was a chunky monkey as a kid and I'm far from svelte now. The good news: my love of food has helped my career. As a culinary mystery writer, it's now my job to dream up and bake up delectable treats like Chocolate-Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies. (Click here for that recipe, which was recently picked up by New Jersey Family magazine.)
The bad news: putting my protagonist through heart-pounding perils doesn't do much for my own cardiovascular health. In fact, most of my days are spent sitting on my assets.
So what's my solution?
Walking Around Your Writer's Block
Lately, when cogitating, I've taken to strolling around the block instead of to the fridge. When I do drift toward the kitchen, I try to eat healthier fare. Raw veggies and low-fat dips help. (Click here for my Roasted Garlic Dip recipe.)
I also rely on coffee—and I'm not talking "Thunder Thighs," which is actual coffee shop ordering slang for a mocha latte with whole milk and extra whipped cream. For me, a regular old cup of joe can help tame the Snack Monster, especially with a few of my Healthier Oatmeal Cookies. (For that recipe click here.)
Food for Thought
The legendary Julia Child once said that she loved the food world because she learned something new every day. That's why I love the culinary world, too, along with this world of writing.
Sure, writer's block can rear its ugly head. Ironically, I battle it the same way I battle the Snack Monster—I look for new things to feed me. This is something most writers know, yet we still need to remind ourselves...
If you feel a block coming on, learn something more about your setting, background, or characters' occupations. Dig deeper into your research and you'll soon be discovering inspiring ideas that (like a good meal) fuel and renew.
Thanks for listening, everyone, and a big thank you to Fresh Fiction for letting me visit with you today.
Finally, I can't help wondering—if any of you have trouble with the Snack Monster, how do you battle or feed it? What are your favorite healthy (or not-so-healthy!) snacks?
Leave a comment on this post today and you will be entered to win a Gimme Coffee Latte Cup and Saucer (made in Italy) and a signed copy of Cleo Coyle's new bestselling culinary mystery, MURDER BY MOCHA: A Coffeehouse Mystery.
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52 comments posted.
My favorite snacks are a hard boiled egg with a little salt, a handful of pistachio nuts, or fresh, ripe seasonal fruit. I love your Coffee House mysteries.
My favorite snacks are a grilled cheese sandwich, cold chicken, butter pecan ice cream and the oh so yummy pumpkin or apple pie.
Oh I fight the "snack monster" ... crackers, popcorn, ice cream are just a few of the culprits!
Have enjoyed the coffeehouse mysteries, but had no idea about the haunted house series. More fun! Thanks.
I'm a big fan of "food-oriented" mysteries. I've just recently learned of this series and am very anxious to get hooked on it. Woo hoo!
My favorites are fresh fruits & veggies, ice pops in the summer, fresh berries w/yogurt topped w/granola...sometimes cookies, ice cream or crackers. I like your series & the recipes. Thanks for sharing.
My favorite snack is popcorn, I have discovered the buttered air puffed popcorn and I love it. I also get the urge for chocolate and always have it around -- usually too close
I usually go to making a cheesecake, it's rich so I only need one slice. Of course I add a cup of coffee with that but it sure takes the blues away and who can blame anyone for needing something to cure those blues :)
I'm afraid I tend to choose unhealthy (ie, yummy) snacks too frequently. When I'm feeling virtuous, my favorite healthy snack is an apple.
Well, last night I made a Devils Food Cake with Whipped Vanilla Icing, so you know what kind of snack I think of.
my favorite snack is something salty - like chex mix - or something (anything) bread-like! yum yum
I wasn't aware of your haunted bookshop series. Now I must look for it at the bookstore.
My favorite snack lately ---candy corn!!! I just love the stuff and eat it like crazy every fall.
I always have a box of good & plenty stashed away. Of course cinnamon rolls are always devoured.
Oh I love mysteries! I just bought "Holiday Grind" and am
What creative ways you have to do away with the villains.
Love the recipes on your website and that they're easy. I always reach for chocolate.
I loved Murder by Mocha! The characters keep getting better
Well, I choose Matt for the contest answer. I have not had a chance to read your great books yet but look forward to reading them in the near future. Please enter me in your great contest. I love to eat veggies or veggie chips with french onion dip. Yes, apples and pears and other fruits are great too. Yogurt too. Thanks, Cecilia
My favorite treat is coffee ice cream. Thank you for giving me a chance to win your book.
Depending on mood - dsrk chocolate, popcorn, peanut butter, nuts and hummus.
I love cozy mysteries so I'm definitely going to read your books! My favorite snacks: popcorn and soda or tea and cookies!
Loved the coffeehouse mysteries and looking forward to reading the haunted bookshop series. My favorite snack is a cup of coffee and a apple fritter.
I am addicted (no joke) to raspberry zingers! I try to offset it with sugarfree jello but the zingers win everytime.
My favorite snack is coffee and a large cup of coffee. Not
That's coffee CAKE ;-)
Cheese & Crackers are my weakness when it comes to snacks. Very more-ish.
My favorites when it come to snacking are pretzel rods dipped in the tubs of cheddar cheese spread, Granny-Smith apple slices dipped into caramel, nuts (like cashews, sea-salted almonds, etc), and cheesecake (any kind). All great for "thunder thighs" and then some but so-o good! And, I forgot to add, cheese popcorn--love that, too. All goes good while reading or taking a break in between!!!
my favorite snack is frozen yogurt. almost any flavor will do
my favorite snack is pretzels. ...it sounds so good.....crave a lil salty snack at times.....would luv 2 win a copy of the book......firstname.lastname@example.org
me i eat choc and pretzels
I don't get cravings for snacks all that often, but when I do, I have varied tastes. Sometimes I'll have some cut up cauliflower with ranch dip on the side. Other times I might have a cup of peppermint tea with honey. Having a few Jordan Almonds will take care of your craving for sweets, while giving you the health benefit from the almonds. Even things like Goldfish crackers that you could keep by your computer. Just put a few in a small bowl to snack on, and I'm sure you'd be back to typing in no time!! Your new book sounds good, and I can't wait to read it!! I'll be looking for your other series as well. Thanks for stopping by today and saying hi.
I give in to the snack monster when he strikes or else I will eat the whole container of brownies or bag of chocolate. I found that if I have a few bites or serving, my hunger is satisfied. If I ignore than I OVER indulge. No healthy overindulging here- mostly I crave chocolate in every form.
I have to say I'm quite the emotional eater but one of my faves that cuts back on calories is roasted red pepper hummus and Tricuits Hint of Salt crackers. YUM! And I agree with you on the coffee...always a winner!
I have not started this series yet but want to! Thanks for the giveaway!
If I want a snack I'll eat it. My favorites are all desserts. The healthiest snacks for me are fresh fruit and yogurt.
Cleo Coyle here, dropping by to say THANK YOU so much to all
I've been keeping individual cups of Fage Greek yogurt and
I am a snacker! I love popcorn and I have learned to love strawberries. But, don't come between me and my chocolate!
I love that story of ultimate literary revenge on the "new executive"! Way to go. It would be so cool if that person actually read that book, and recognized what impact she had so as not to do that anymore.
Looking forward to reading your new mystery, "Murder By Mocha", just love your books. I just printed out your Pumpkin Pancake receipe, it looks delicious, can't wait to make them!!!! Keep up the good work, Cleo!!!!!
I just discovered your series, and being a New York I particularly enjoy
CHOCOLATE!!!!!i love to just let it melt in my mouth!!!
omg... you just made me more hungry... Congrats on your book!
My favorite snacks are beef sticks and pretzels. I also love popcorn. All that food is making me hungary. You are a new author for me and would love to win and read your books. I love series of books where you get to follow along with the story. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.
apples!! cut into slices and served with sliced cheese. preferably colby jack.
I love sweet than salty. My fab is cannolis, I can
My favorite snacks are string cheese and a handful of almonds. I find them satisfying and healthful. Great to snack on while reading.
This is one of the reasons I love, love Goodreads for learning of authors or new authors is fantastic!!!!!!! Your books sound great, right up my alley!! Bring on the Latte!
Lately, I've been eating crushed ice. Plain ice...gives me extra water which is good. And it's crushed so not breaking teeth on it. As a matter of fact, I pick out the bigger chunks for my water or ice tea glass. I would really like a sno-cone kind of machine! :) I also eat chocolate (tho' I try to keep a lid on it) and lately, fat pretzel rod chunks. Tho' if I eat too many of those, the salt gets to me. I have lost weight since I got on the ice kick. :) I also sometimes, snack on cheese and tomatoes and various colors of sweet peppers. So, I get good for you and junk food depending on what I crave...besides the ice! :)
Hazelnut Fudge mmmmmmm - I know what I'll be making this weekend AGAIN lolol - that stuff is addictive! :) Oh and Saturday is pancake day WOOOHOOO!
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