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The very talented Eileen Andrews has been interviewing writers and getting an insiders look at where the writing magic happens. Guess who she interviewed? So if any of you charming lil’ lurkers want a look inside my writing space, check out the interview here.

Here’s some of the interview, with just one teaser pic. You’ll have to check out the link for all the photos and the entire interview.


Photo by Kerri Maniscalco

The Interview

What’s the most important thing about your writing environment? Does it change regularly? Or do you require consistency?

I’m a closet romantic, so the overall atmosphere is the most important thing about my writing environment. I light candles, keep favorite books close, and start typing.

Some days I’ll switch it up and write in bed – just to be daring. As much as I enjoy spontaneity in life, my work environment remains pretty consistent.

Do you have a writing talisman? Something to jump you into writing?

Usually I’ll think of Jack London. Which sounds weird, but he said ‘You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.’

So that’s exactly what I do now. I’ve gotten into the habit of writing every single day, even when I don’t feel ‘inspired.’ Amazingly, it works.

Are you an evening or a daytime writer? What’s your writing schedule like?

I’m a day into evening writer. Typically I write between eight and fourteen hours a day, six or seven days a week. Though, lately I’ve been trying for a more regular schedule to avoid getting burnt out.

Ideally I’d love to write Monday through Friday for eight to ten hours a day. But I’m not very good at that whole cutting back thing just yet.

Are you a pantster or a plotter? What do you like about your method?

I’m a balls-out kinda girl, so it depends on what project I’m working on. The first book I wrote I was a complete pantster, and loved it. But with the second novel, I crafted a query letter first, then tried to make it work around that. I enjoy plotting basically for the challenge it provides.

It’s like‘Okay, I’ve got an idea of what I’d like to do, but can I make it work on paper? Am I going to fail miserably? Is this a terrible idea?’ I love the feeling in the end when it all comes together. Then of course I start looking for the next challenge right away.

Do you have a favorite book on writing? What made it so helpful?

I don’t have a favorite book on writing per se. I took creative writing in high school and college, but I think reading in your genre (and as many other books as you can) is the most helpful tool any writer can call upon.

I recently bought a book about forensics for writers, which I enjoyed. So technically that could be my favorite book on writing. Today…

What book or author has had the greatest impact on your writing career?

This is a REALLY hard question. Lilian Jackson Braun, Sue Grafton and Janet Evanovich are a few contemporary mystery authors I just started reading. Shakespeare, Poe, Hemingway, Salinger, Frost & Dante have been longtime favorites. Kerouac’s Mexico City Blues is something I re-read periodically. Shel Silverstein is an author I was obsessed with as a kid.

I’ve also been reading The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides – it’s just amazing. I wouldn’t know where to begin with deciding the greatest influence! Basically they’ve all impacted my writing in some weird, eclectic way.

What author would you break the law to meet?

Find out my answer by checking out the link HERE.

Dating advice from Momma Angelina

“Don’t drink so much coffee in the morning Andrea. You’ll never find a man if your teeth turn brown and rot out of your head.”

On that pleasant note we said our goodbyes and got off the phone. I quickly ran to the bathroom to brush my teeth once more with whitening toothpaste. Just in case.

-Excerpt from The Case Files of Andie Adams

A silly little Saturday quote


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“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”
– Albert Einstein

You know what’s REALLY stupid boy genius? E=MC2. So there.

J.D. Salinger is this Friday’s quote of the day


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“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.”
-J.D. Salinger  excerpt from The Catcher in the Rye

Thanks for reminding me that you NEVER returned my calls JD.

Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker for Andie

“I looked down at my glass and noticed it was empty. Strange, I don’t remember drinking that. I guess it wouldn’t hurt to pour a little more. I’ll just put some extra ice in it. I figured since I already had two itty bitty glasses of Limoncello, I might as well have a touch more and topped off my cup.”

– Andie Adams, from The Case Files of Andie Adams

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Momma Angelina’s at it again

“Jesus, Mary and Joseph you look like you’ve lost weight. Have you been eating? Holy Mary Mother of God, where did I go wrong? My daughter the waif…“- Momma Angelina (The Case Files of Andie Adams)

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Momma’s Eggplant Rollatini Recipe:

1 large eggplant

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 (12-ounce) container ricotta cheese

4 ounces mozzarella cheese cut into 1/2-inch cubes

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

1/4 cup fresh basil chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

Cut eggplant lengthwise in slices. Rinse slices & dry with paper towel or napkin.

1. Preheat oven to 350°F

2. Heat olive oil in a non-stick skillet. Season eggplant with salt & pepper & dip in flour. Saute till golden brown & drain excess olive oil on paper towels.

3. In a bowl, mix together the basil, ricotta & mozzarella. Season with a pinch of salt & pepper.

4. Place several tablespoons of filling on one end of the eggplant slices then roll up & secure with toothpicks (or shish kabab sticks).

5. In a lightly greased casserole type dish, spread a 1/4 cup of marinara sauce. (recipe for marinara sauce below)

6. Place rollatini in dish & cover with remaining sauce. Bake for about 40 minutes.

Photo by Kerri Maniscalco

Momma’s Marinara Sauce Recipe:

1 can of whole tomatoes ( I like to use the blue can of Tuttorosso whole peeled tomatoes, but that’s just my preference.)

1 Tablespoon of dried basil

2 Cloves of fresh garlic (minced)

(For a zestier sauce add a pinch of dried oregano.)

First run tomatoes and garlic through a food processor. Add tomatoes, garlic and herbs to a saucepan. Bring sauce to a boil and then turn stovetop down and let simmer on low heat for about an hour and a half. Stirring occasionally.

Photo by Kerri Maniscalco

Everything’s better with wine

I think one should always reward themselves after a long day of writing with a chilled glass of liquid relief. Enjoy some pictures of my guilty pleasure. Have a wine filled wonderful weekend! This is dedicated to the main character Andie and her affinity for all things that come in a bottle.

Photo by Kerri Maniscalco

Photo by Kerri Maniscalco

“Wine is sunlight, held together by water.”- Galileo