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 UNESCO City of Literature Citywide Read for Children, but at that time I’d resigned myself to the fact that maybe it was simply the book that got me my agent, and nothing more. I knew in my heart that it was time to write something new. I was determined to become a published author, so I swallowed my pride and started a new book right away.
And here’s confession time; even though my
book is filled with cake recipes, I don’t actually like cake. Eating it, I mean; I love the look and the smells. I also love baking. People’s faces light up when you bring them a fresh, homemade cake, and it’s wonderful being able to do something small to brighten someone’s day. S