If You Look Close Enough…

 

Eye of the Storm

I’ll let you in on a little secret…most authors put pieces of themselves into our characters. Whether it be the hero or heroine, if you look close enough, you can see little pieces of the author in their personalities and perhaps even bits of the town where they live or even their pets.

For instance, in Eye of The Storm, the heroine’s dog is a Boxer, Rhodesian-Ridgeback mix called Callie. She is named after my dog Callie who passed away this February, (below is a picture of the real Callie). She was a Boxer, Rhodesian-Ridgeback mix and the best dog I’ve ever had.

callie

The heroine Kate and the hero Brady share a meal together of scalloped potatoes, green salad, and elk steaks.

Now for me, I love to cook and scalloped potatoes are one of my favorite recipes to make. I’ve included my favorite recipe for scalloped potatoes that I found on Allrecipes.com below. Allrecipes.com is a wonderful sight and the recipes are simple and easy to make.

As far as elk steak, well, I never tried elk until my husband and I bought our cabin in Colorado and some of our friends invited us over to enjoy some elk steaks. They were delicious. I’ll share the recipe at the end of the post.

scalloped potatoes

Eye of The Storm takes place in a small mountain town called Soaring Eagle, Wyoming, which I confess, I patterned after the small Colorado town called Pagosa Springs, one of my favorite places to visit.

Eye of The Storm, Layers of The Truth, and Past Sins take place in the mountains, which I confess, is my favorite place to vacation. There’s just something about the mountains that helps to put life into prospective for me. I can feel God’s presence everywhere. It’s very humbling.

These are just a few of the pieces of my life that you will find my books. Believe me, there are more. All of my characters love coffee…just like me.

So the next time you pick up a book and start to read it, remember that you’re not only reading a book, you’re gaining valuable insights into the lives of your favorite authors.

These are just a few of the pieces of my life that you will find my books. Believe me, there are more. All of my characters love coffee…just like me.

So the next time you pick up a book and start to read it, remember that you’re not only reading a book, you’re gaining valuable insights into the lives of your favorite authors.

Baked Scalloped Potatoes

Ingredients

6 large peeled, cubed potatoes

1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup

1 1/4 cups milk

1 onion, diced

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions

1Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 2 quart casserole dish.

2Layer potatoes and onions into the casserole dish. Combine soup, milk and pepper in a bowl, then pour soup mixture over the potatoes and onions. The soup mixture should almost cover the potatoes and onion, if it does not add extra milk.

3Cover dish and bake in preheated 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) oven for 60 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked through. At 30 minutes, remove the casserole from the oven and stir once before returning the dish to the oven. Remove from oven and serve.

All the best…

Mary Alford

http://www.maryalford.net

 

 

 

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