Meet and Greet is a regular feature on my blog. Be forewarned…Unlike the typical interview, these brief questions will get to the true heart of my guests…or at least the heart of what’s in their kitchen. Grab a latte (or other beverage of your choice), find a comfy chair, and prepare to make a new friend.
I’m excited to welcome author Valerie Comer today! I met her at a conference last year and loved hearing her story of publication. (Remember our chat by the elevators, Valerie?) I know you’ll love reading her interview as much as I did. And don’t be surprised if you suddenly feel hungry…yummy food descriptions ahead!
Valerie Comer’s life on a small farm in western Canada provides the seed for stories of contemporary inspirational romance. Like many of her characters, Valerie grows much of her own food and is active in the local food movement as well as her church. She only hopes her imaginary friends enjoy their happily ever afters as much as she does hers, gardening and geocaching with her husband, adult kids, and adorable granddaughters. Check out her website and blog at http://valeriecomer.com.
All right, Valerie, are you ready for the questions?
Opener Question: What seven words best describe you?
Grandkid-Snuggler (Yes, I’m pretending that’s one word)
(I’m going to pretend that reader and writer are givens.)
1) Canadian Rockies or Toronto’s CN Tower?
Canadian Rockies, hands down. I’m a rural girl. Give me a tumbling creek to park my little holiday trailer beside. Let me hike a mountain trail, smell the evergreens, feel a cool breeze on my face, and marvel at majestic glaciers. Let me bask in a glorious sunset. Let me revel in the awesome scenery that God–not man–created.
2) Jump in with both feet or Enjoy the view?
Enjoy the view. I take my time getting involved in things, but once I’m in, I’m SO in. At that stage I’ll put my head down and just keep going and going.
3) Gourmet chef or Chef Boyardee?
May I choose option number three? If you won’t allow that, I’ll have to go with gourmet because we simply don’t do processed food in our home. We preserve food and cook from scratch using local food whenever possible. That includes vegetables from our garden; beef, chicken, and pork from our 40-acre farm; fruit from orchards nearby; honey from our family apiary, and grain from local farms. Yes, I grind wheat and make bread from it. No, I don’t consider that ‘gourmet.’ I consider that the way we do things at our house.
4) Bejeweled and sparkling or Simple and subtle?
Simple and subtle. Bejeweled doesn’t look so great on tomato-stained hands.
5) Indoors or Outdoors?
You’ll be surprised to know the answer to this one is ‘outdoors,’ right? LOL. I’m a fan of nature the way God made it, though He could have made a few less mosquitoes.
6) E-reader or Paperback?
This might be a shock: e-reader. There are several reasons, though. Our house is very small. Even with bookshelves in every room, we’re about out of space. I review a lot and have been so happy to use NetGalley for digital versions. I also don’t have the best eyes, and my Kindle (and even my iPhone) allow me to adjust the font size to something more comfortable. And, lastly, it costs quite a lot more to mail books into Canada, so not all publishers and authors are willing to do so–totally understandably. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy e-reading as much as I do.
7) Chocolate chip pancakes or Blueberry?
If I can have my blueberry pancakes made with huckleberries picked off nearby mountainsides instead, I’ll go with that. I also love to crumble frozen raspberries into my pancakes. Mmmm. But sourdough pancakes are best without anything added, besides maple syrup. Bad Sarah! I’m trying to low-carb it these days and you’re tempting me.
LOL. Sorry, Valerie! I’ve already eaten my breakfast, but I may have to make pancakes for supper tonight. Wow, your farm sounds amazing and the food must taste so good, especially since you’ve made it with your own hands. A trip to the Canadian Rockies would be wonderful, especially if you could tag along and share your yummy homegrown produce. How does that sound?
Thanks so much for being here today! I’ve loved getting to know you better.
Rainbow’s End (4-in-1 collection releasing from Barbour, May 1, 2012):
Join a geocaching adventure in the spectacular Lake of the Ozarks wilderness. Will four young women find the treasure they’re looking for … or something else entirely?
“Topaz Treasure” (first novella in Rainbow’s End) by Valerie Comer
Closet believer Lyssa Quinn steps out of her comfort zone to help coordinate the Rainbow’s End geocaching hunt her church is using as an outreach event. She’s not expecting her former humanities prof–young, handsome, anti-Christian Kirk Kennedy–to be at the Lake of the Ozarks at all, let along in a position to provide sponsorship to the treasure hunt. How can she trust someone who once shredded her best friend’s faith?
Buy Rainbow’s End: (site includes links to 7 different stores/versions) http://valeriecomer.com/rainbows-end
Blog Readers: Let’s Talk…Do you do any gardening? If so, what are your favorite things to grow? Or if you’re like me and don’t have a green thumb, let’s talk pancakes…What’s your favorite thing to mix into your flapjacks?
*The winner of last week’s Amazon giveaway is Stephanie Pantello! I’ll contact you soon with details.