Hello, Gail 

Tell us about your hero and heroine. What makes them likeable?
Eric Crider, the hero, and Laney Eskridge, the heroine, have different backgrounds and lifestyles, but they're similar in the way that makes the likable. In spite of living with past hurt, they push the pain aside to confront daily hardships and reach for joy amidst it all.
How much of the book is based in real life?
I couldn't help but smile at this question. I learned to cook at age ten. The reason, according to my father—I'd know how when I got married. I didn't marry until I was thirty. By then, I'd received lots of instruction, so I knew how to prepare some pretty tasty dinners. My husband said, "You should start a restaurant." I wanted to do other things instead, such as write, but I started one in this book.
Did you learn anything from writing this book? What was it?
I learned a lot about commercial kitchen equipment and sanitary guidelines for restaurants. There are differing opinions on wearing gloves. Ideally, the cook would wear gloves, complete a task, remove the gloves and wash his or her hands. However, due to time issues, the cooks are more likely to wash their hands, the most important step, if they don't wear gloves. Many say the chef should wear gloves when handling food already prepared and ready to serve. However, quite a few suggest not wearing them when mixing food or in any situation where the gloves could get pricked. If the gloves are damaged bacteria will spread. In such situations as mixing raw ingredients, it's better for the cook to wash his or her hands the length of time it takes to sing "Happy Birthday." Update: During the current coronavirus scare, it's preferable to sing "Happy Birthday" two times.
How can readers connect with you?
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What is the spiritual takeaway for your reader?
God makes the impossible possible
What is your hero's main character flaw?
Eric Crider carries a painful burden created when his father left Eric and his mother, and people say he's just like his father. He doesn't want to end up in a marriage because he fears he might abandon his wife and children. If a relationship gets too serious he ends it.
What is your heroine's main character flaw?
Laney Eskridge is so angry with her ex-husband she doesn't want to ever date again. She put him through dental school instead of going to college herself, and he left her for another woman. Her tea house is her only means of survival. Preoccupied with making it succeed, she has no desire for a social life.
What can readers learn from your villain?
The villain shows us there are people who have a skewed value system, possibly harboring a hurt or an injustice. They take it upon themselves to deliver their own justice, and who they kill, hurt or destroy in doing so is only a means to an end.
What makes your hero heroic?
A true hero, Eric puts himself in danger to keep Laney safe.
what makes your heroine heroic?
She takes the opportunity given to her by her mother and father before they passed away and not only pulls herself from the jaws of poverty, but turns a start-up tea house into a thriving business. And she does it while dealing with past pain and a criminal.

 

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