Monday, November 17, 2014

Would You Rather....with Petit Four Authors

Would you rather....with the authors of Petit Four:

Cindy Arora :

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 Magazineand 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. She is the author of Heartbreak Cake, a delicious debut novel, and a contributor to the anthology, Merry & Bright, with her story, “Christmas at Mulberry Inn.” 
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Lucie Simone:

Lucie Simone has a passion for travel, romance and all things chick lit. She also has a degree in Journalism and a Master of Fine Arts in Television Production. She is the author of novels, Hollywood Ending and Picture Perfect, both offering an insider’s take on life in the City of Angels. Her love of comedy (and living under the delusion that she might one day be an actress) resulted in a stint studying improvisation, which, ironically enough, taught her to be a better writer. She lives in Los Angeles (and loves it), but considers New York City her imaginary second home and visits the Big Apple as often as her bank account will allow. 
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Sue Watson:

Sue Watson is a former BBC TV Producer who woke up one morning to the realisation that there was no such thing as 'having it all.' Marriage, motherhood and a full-time career were taking over her life and what she really wanted to do was stay home all day, bake and eat cake, watch reality TV and write... in that order. So she quit the day job, baked a year’s supply of cupcakes and chased the dream. What followed was a lot of cake and many hours in the company of ‘The Real Housewives of New Jersey,’  ‘The Biggest Loser,’ and ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians.’ During this, time Sue also managed to write a few books too:  Fat Girls and Fairy Cakes; Younger, Thinner, Blonder; Love, Lies and Lemon Cake; and her latest cake offering, Snow Angels, Secrets and Christmas Cake. 
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Joel Zlotnik:

Joel Zlotnik is a former Southern California journalist who was lucky enough to find a second career on the other side of the notepad, answering questions instead of asking them. He recently cancelled his cable so he would write more and quickly discovered online binge watching. You can find him living at the beach in South Orange County, where he listens to records, reads and watches the waves. 
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Would You Rather... 
with the authors of Petit Four 
(they each picked the first 3 questions that jumped out at them!)

Cindy Arora

Bridget Jones, Becky Bloomwood or Carrie Bradshaw?  
Well, I think five years ago I was more Carrie Bradshaw and these days it’s Bridget Jones. Way more accident prone and always lamenting the plate of cookies and wine I had while watching a movie.

Coffee or tea?  
I don’t do anything until I’ve had my coffee!

Plot your entire novel or fly by the seat of your pants? 
I’m a writing cowgirl. Seat of my pants, yee-haw!

Lucie Simone

Water or mountains?
Well, I live in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains & the views are stunning. But, if I could afford an ocean view, I think I’d choose that over mountains. The California coast is gorgeous! And you really can’t have a bad day if you wake up with the waves lapping on the shores right outside your front door.

Dogs or cats?
Cats! I am a self-confessed crazy cat lady. My publishing company is even named after two of my cats, Simon & Fig! I keep fantasizing about creating another imprint under the name of my newest kitty, Cleo, for historical fiction. After all, Cleo is my little princess!

Coke or Pepsi?
Sparkling water! I bought a SodaStream and make my own sparkling water these days. I down a bottle a day! Not sure if that’s good or bad…

Sue Watson

Chips, chocolate or cheese?
All of them. Probably at once.  How can you ask me to choose between my three great loves?

High heels, sneakers or flip flops?
My head (and feet!) say flip flops… but my heart says high heels. I have never worn very high heels but have this fantasy about wearing a delicious pair of incredibly high, very sparkly shoes on a shiny dance floor.  However, it would be less ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and more ‘staggering around in pain!’ Like most fantasies, the reality would be quite different!

Plot your entire novel or fly by the seat of your pants?
I fly like a bird… soaring above my messy desk, talking a lot about deadlines, worrying about deadlines … and just having another cup of coffee. I never plan, let my characters take me there, and it’s during the writing process that my real talent for procrastination kicks in. I can often be found baking batches of cupcakes and following intricate recipes when really I should be at my desk and wondering how I ever finish writing a book or story. Along with my short story for ‘Petit Four,’ I’ve now written four novels using this ‘method’ and am convinced my characters just write my books for me while I’m baking!

Joel Zlotnik
Dogs or cats?
Cats … they don’t mind if I take a vacation to the mountains or the beach.

Dine out or take away?
If I’m going to order from a restaurant, I might as well eat there and let them do the dishes.

Physical Book or ebook?
Physical books for sure, unless I’m traveling. Then I’ll download a few.

Petit Four

When single mom and journalist, Olivia, sets out to find romance in Cindy Arora’s “Cake Therapy,” she gets a little help from her friends and more than a few slices of cake to coax her off the couch and into the arms of a truly great love. Lucie Simone’s “Aprez Vous” finds success-driven Tara in Paris reminiscing of her long lost love, Jean Marc, and her niece bound and determined to reunite them. In “The Heart-Shaped Secret of Raspberry Jam” by Sue Watson, cake enthusiast, Milly, meets her match in the kitchen, and other places, when new owners take over the tea rooms where she works and her talents and her heart are put to the test. And Scott, mayor of a small seaside community, flirts with political suicide in Joel Zlotnik’s “Her Charms” when he falls for new-in-town Nicole, an entrepreneur with a passion for cupcakes, and whose latest venture proves a little too sexy for the sleepy beach town.

From San Francisco to Paris, from small towns to tea rooms, this anthology tempts readers with humor, style, romance, and the powerful aphrodisiac that is cake. Petit Four is four stories, frosted with love. 

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