Jessica Topper is an ex-librarian turned rock nâ roll number cruncher. By night, she
creates books of her own. She is the author of LOUDER THAN LOVE
(September 2013), DICTATORSHIP OF THE DRESS (January 2015), and COURTSHIP OF THE CAKE, the second
her Much âI
About Nothing series. She graciously agreed to join us at Fresh Fiction to
rock 'n roll, cake, and what her fans can look forward to!
Jen: Jessica, thank you so much for joining us at Fresh Fiction! I have to
what is a rock ân roll number cruncher and how does this job inspire your writing?
Jessica: Itâs not nearly as glamorous as it sounds! Ha ha. I work for a
rock band, handling the bookkeeping and managing their home office. So basically, I
track all the money coming in and going out when the band is on tour and off the
Everything from the big festival guarantees, down to the cream and sugar bought for
their coffee on the tour bus! There are a lot of little details that keep the rock
roll machine chugging smoothly along, and I love working behind the scenes to help
it happen. I witness a very different side of the rock star life than the fans get to
see. And it definitely spills into my writing. Each of my novels has some sort of a
music thread, or musicians making appearances. I love giving readers a peek into both
the mundane and the magical sides of the music business!
Jen: I love that Mick, from COURTSHIP OF THE CAKE, is a baker! How much research went into cake
tasting, baking, and decorating? What is your favorite cake?
Jessica: Thanks! I had a lot of fun writing a guy like Mick, especially
to choose all the delicious things he designs and creates. My mother always baked
scratch, and taught me baking basics at a young age. But I did turn to both the
Internet, and to the pros, for research. Reading culinary forums, where real cake
decorators discussed tips and tools of the trade, was pure gold. And luckily, I have
good friend who is a pastry chef as well as a writer, so she was an invaluable
I also sat in a local bakery and took note of the sights, sounds and smells during
busy workday, just to immerse myself. But my favorite part of the research, believe
or not, was uncovering the origins behind the customs involving cake at weddings.
the wedding charms pulled from the cake, and the groomâs cake under the pillow.
those tidbits into the storyline made it really unique.
Favorite cake? Oh, donât make me choose! I am an equal opportunity cake lover.
I canât stand any kind of fruit in my cake â why ruin a perfectly good dessert? Iâve
been on a cupcake kick lately. Give me a big fat red velvet cupcake with cinnamon
cream frosting, or a chocolate one with caramel sea salt icing, and I am in heaven.
âI Doâ About Nothing series title is cute, playful and absolutely perfect.
there any other Shakespearean influences we can look for in your writing?
Jessica: I agree â because these arenât your typical wedding-themed stories, I
think the âMuch I Doâ tagline works perfectly. To marry or not to marry â that is the
questionâŠand the twist! I was an English major in college, so I survived many a
Shakespeare class. Adrian, the reclusive heavy metal rocker in LOUDER THAN
wears a ring inscribed with a quote from Hamlet that is particularly fitting. On the
outside it says "WE KNOW WHAT WE ARE", and inside: "BUT KNOW NOT WHAT WE MAY BE".
was a big one that ties into the theme of the book. But there may be some other
Shakespearean hints, lurking beneath the surface!
Jen: This summer is extremely busy for you, not to mention great for your
You have a novella and novel coming out in your Love & Steel
series. Can you give us a glimpse of what youâre working on now?
Jessica: Iâm very excited about the continuation of the Love & Steel
series! Readers really embraced 2013âs LOUDER THAN LOVE, and have been waiting patiently for
of that âworldâ. Iâm happy theyâll get to re-visit the characters they fell in love
with, along with meeting new ones.
Currently, Iâm working on a âcoming homeâ type of story, about a singer-songwriter
afraid of becoming a one-hit wonder. He returns to his tiny town from Hollywood, and
falls for the proprietor of the local coffee shop. Itâs in the very early stages, so
thatâs more of a peek through the keyhole than a real glimpse. But I am in love with
setting - winter in New England - and the cast of characters who are emerging.
Jen: One last question, whatâs on your summer reading list?
Jessica: There are so many books I am dying to crack open this summer! A BOLLYWOOD
by Sonali Dev is up next on my Kindle, after I finish THE PERFECT SON,
Barbara Claypole White. I am also looking forward to Erika Kellyâs 2nd Rock Star
YOU TO WANT ME, which releases in July. Now all I need is a beach to escape to,
have an excuse to relax and read!
Thanks so much for having me at Fresh Fiction!
Readers, what's your favorite cupcake? Leave a comment below and be entered for a
chance to win a signed copy of COURTSHIP OF THE CAKE!
Jessica Topper is an ex-librarian turned rock nâ roll number cruncher.
She can trace her love for the written word back to age three, when she memorized
Maurice Sendakâs Chicken Soup with Rice in its entirety. After her daughter was born
2001, Jessica left the Manhattan library world and began working for her husbandâs
management company. He offered her a part-time job so she could âstay home for the
babyâs first yearâ and pursue her dream of writing. The baby is now thirteen years
and Jessica has been working her âfull-time, sold-her-soul-for-rock-n-roll jobâ as
Office Manager for veteran jam band moe. in their Buffalo, NY headquarters. By day,
does bookkeeping for touring rock bands. By night, she creates books of her own. She
the author of two novels from Berkley: LOUDER THAN LOVE (September 2013), and
DICTATORSHIP OF THE DRESS (January 2015). Watch for COURTSHIP OF THE CAKE, the second
her Much âI Doâ About Nothing series, releasing in June 2015.
Topper's e-book novella, DEEPER THAN DREAMS, will be available in August, and bridges
SOFTER THAN STEEL, the long-awaited September follow-up novel to LOUDER THAN LOVE.
Jessica is a member of the Western New York Romance Writers, a PAN member of the
Writers of America, and belongs to the Womenâs Fiction Writers Association.
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From the author of DICTATORSHIP OF THE DRESS comes a new novel about a woman whoâs
to never walk down the aisleâ and the two men whoâll do anything to get her to say âI
âAlways a bridesmaid, never a brideâ has suited Danica James just fineâŠuntil the
mysterious man who crashed her sisterâs wedding steals her heart, leaves a slice of
groomâs cake under her pillow, and then disappears.
Hoping to forget her unforgettable fling, Dani takes a job as a backstage masseuse
rock music festival, not expecting the tourâs headlining bad boy to make an offer she
canât refuse. Nash Drama needs a fiancĂ©eâand fastâŠ
Mick Spencer is the best wedding cake designer in New Hope and the townâs most
bachelor. But despite the bevy of bridesmaids heâs sampled, Mick canât get the
he spent with Dani out of his mind.
So when she shows up for a cake tasting at the Night Kitchenâ with his former best
friendâs ring on her fingerâMick vows to charm the woman of his dreams into choosing
sweet and sinful ever after, with himâŠ
23 comments posted.
Strawberry cupcake with cool whip topping and big juicy strawberry on top . This book sounds like it will be a very exciting and great read . Thanks for this chance .
(Joan Thrasher 1:21pm June 20, 2015)
My favorite cupcake is chocolate chip. I love wedding themed romance books and this sounds like a very good one for me to read.
(Linda Luinstra 4:49pm June 20, 2015)
first the book cover look great and then my grand used to make apple sauce cup cake and they were great
(Desiree Reilly 11:01pm June 20, 2015)
Boston cream pie - yellow sponge cake split in half, cooked cream (or custard) filling, chocolate glaze spilling over the top....a little cupcake with a birthday candle and you have a party!
(Beth Fuller 9:54pm June 23, 2015)