Hi there! I’m so excited to be here as a new member of the Inspy Romance authors! I wanted to take this first post to introduce myself, tell you about my books, and talk about pie.
Yes, you read that right. Pie.
I’ll get to that important topic in a moment. First, I should tell you a little bit about me. I live in a small college town in Appalachian Ohio. I’ve been writing fiction for ten years, and my first book came out in 2015. Before that, I worked in journalism and corporate communications, then spent many years as a stay-at-home mom. My husband and I have two grown children, a son who works in Seattle and a daughter who’s away at college. When I’m not writing, I enjoy crossword puzzles, Bible studies, BBC television, kayaking, the beach, and—of course—reading!
Now, about that pie. My books are set in the little fictional town of Abundance, Missouri. They are heartwarming contemporary Christian romance, all featuring members of the Hamlin family. There are five books in the series so far:
- Love, Lies, and Homemade Pie (a prequel)
- Love at Sunset Lake, Book 1
- Love and Harmony, Book 2
- Love and Roses, Book 3
- Christmas in Abundance
When I was creating the series, I was told that it helps the setting of a story to feel more real if the characters have a special meeting place, celebrations, and food—all things I love! That’s why you’ll find family picnics and other get-togethers in my stories and why each book features Cassidy’s Diner. In my books, Cassidy’s, which is located right in downtown Abundance, has been in operation for more than thirty years and has always been known for its homemade pie.
Why pie? Because nothing feels more homey to me. When I was growing up, my mom made one cake a year—an angel food from a box mix with a lemon glaze for my birthday. (I’m an only child, if you’re wondering.) It was good, simply because it was a rarity and came with presents. But her pies were phenomenal! And much more common than once a year! So, to me, that warm, cozy feeling of family that I want readers to experience when they visit Abundance could only come from pie.
In almost every book, pie from Cassidy’s Diner makes an appearance—so much so that I’m running out of flavors! So far, in my books, I’ve used the following:
- Apple Sour Cream Crumb
- Glazed Fresh Strawberry
- Lemon Meringue
- Key Lime
- Chocolate Cream
- Coconut Cream
- Peanut Butter Cream
- Banana Cream
- and Pumpkin
I need at least six more great pie flavors—three for Book 4 of the series, which I’m currently writing, and three for Book 5, which I’ve got planned, but not written.
I’m hoping in the comments that you all can help me with ideas for what other types of pie an old-fashioned diner might serve, pie that you could imagine sitting down to enjoy with family and friends.
I also wanted to let you know that Book 1 of my series, Love at Sunset Lake, which is normally $3.99, is FREE for Kindle today and tomorrow, April 25 and 26. I hope you’ll download a copy and enjoy! I’m sure you’ll notice that you only get as far as Chapter Two before one of the main characters is at the diner, ordering pie!
And, if you’d like to learn more about the Hamlin family and about my books, I have a Hamlin family tree and an Insider’s Guide to the Abundance Series available for free to subscribers of my newsletter at http://bit.ly/NewsfromSally.
Now, what kind of pie do you suggest that Cassidy’s Diner start serving? Please help me out with some ideas in the comments below. Your suggestion just might end up in my next book!