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Interview with Rachel Elizabeth Cole, author of How to Cook Up a Disaster


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Tell us about How to Cook Up a Disaster
It’s Sadie’s great-grandfather’s 100th birthday party and, being a dutiful daughter, Sadie goes to her mom’s house to help with the preparations. Of course, things don’t go according to plan. Mom, who’s just shy of nine-months pregnant, goes into early labor and leaves Sadie with an uncooked turkey and relatives due to arrive any minute. From there, things pretty much spiral out of control. Despite the help of her two best friends. The only thing right about the whole day is the hottie fireman who arrives as a first responder to her 9-1-1 call. But will Sadie ever get the chance to see him again?

What genre is it?
It straddles the line between Chick Lit and Romantic Comedy.

What kind of readers will it appeal to?
Anyone who enjoys Chick Lit, sweet Romance, or Romantic Comedy.

We think it’s one of the better and more inventive titles that we’ve encountered in ages, but didn’t you worry that readers might pass it over, thinking it is some kind of a cookbook?
Not really. The original title was How to Cook a Turkey. Pretty sure that would be mistaken for a cookbook!

Complete this sentence for us: If you like ___________, you’ll love How to Cook Up a Disaster
If you like to laugh, you’ll love How to Cook Up a Disaster.

When we’re done with this book, which of your books would you recommend we read next and why?
If the sequel, How to Knit a Tangled Mess, was completed, I’d recommend that. Instead, I’d say check out my romantic short story, The Perfect Ring, because the ending is pretty much guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.

You write flash fiction; can you remind us what that is, and give us one or two examples of yours?
Flash fiction (also called postcard fiction, micro fiction, sudden fiction, minute fiction, and the short short or short short story) is a short story under 1000 words (four pages) in length. Some definitions put it under 750 words (three pages) and 500 words (two pages). Some are even as short as 250 words (one page)! Two examples of mine are “Is This Seat Taken?” and “Free to Good Home.” Both can be found in my flash fiction collection, Of Directions Destinations & Differences. (Yes, the title is almost longer than some of the stories included in it!)

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a wife, a mom, a writer, and a book cover designer. Not always in that order. I love middle-grade fiction, young adult fiction, women’s fiction, chick-lit, romantic comedy, historical fiction, and literary fiction. (I think that covers everything!) Little wonder, I write across so many genres!

I was born on Vancouver Island, and have had a life-long love affair with its windswept beaches and rugged coastlines. One day I’ll return there, but till then, I live just outside Vancouver, British Columbia, with my husband, our two sons, and one very spoiled house rabbit.

Have you got a blog where readers can keep up with your work? How can we follow you on Facebook and/or Twitter?
Yes, my blog can be found here:
You can also find me on Facebook.  Or follow me Twitter as @rachel_e_cole.

What’s next?
Book two in the DIY Dating series: How to Knit a Tangled Mess. Unless I finish one of my middle-grade novels first. Or there’s that historical time-rift YA romance that’s been bugging me to write it. Of course, I really need to write the sequel to my literary short story Listen to the Rain . Or maybe…

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