We’re really excited to read Caramel Hearts by ER Murray, having heard excellent things about it, so it’s fabulous to have her guest posting today as part of her blog tour. (Don’t miss the rest – check out the full list of sites at the bottom of this post!)
Caramel Hearts by E.R. Murray – Let Them Eat Cake!
Structuring Caramel Hearts around cake recipes wasn’t a conscious decision, though I did want food to feature. I love books and I love food and I view them both as essential components for a harmonious life; so it’s no wonder they fuse so well on the page! It was a random visit to the National Library of Ireland that really sparked this element of the story and I had no idea how integral the recipes would become.
Caramel Hearts was written during a strange and emotional time. It was before I had a publishing deal and it was a reaction to the series of rejections I’d had for my first book attempt, The Book of Learning. This book is now published and was chosen as the 2016 Dublin UN...
I’m a huge fan of Maggie Harcourt’s wonderful UKYA romance Unconventional, published by Usborne, so it’s great to have the chance to get her to do a 5-4-3-2-1 post today!
5 – songs that sum up the last novel you wrote perfectly.
I had the radio on quite a lot while I was planning “Unconventional”, and one morning, quite early on, these first three songs played back to back while I was sitting at the kitchen table, surrounded by notes and old convention programmes… and they were exactly how the book felt in my head. I think it might have been fate.
Stitches – Shawn Mendes
Shut Up and Dance – Walk the Moon
Let it Happen – Tame Impala
These two tracks – to me, at least – sum up a lot about Lexi and Aidan, from different points of view. (It probably doesn’t hurt that the Sia song is one of my all-time favourites anyway!)
Fire Meet Gasoline – Sia
Hole in My Soul – Kaiser Chiefs
4 – authors you’d want with you if you were stranded on a desert island.
Miranda Dickinson (because I love her storytelling,...