Foodie Romance Interview with @kimberlykincaid

I welcome Kimberly Kincaid to my blog today. Kimberly writes contemporary romance that splits the difference between sexy and sweet. Her latest release The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap is a Christmas anthology with Donna Kauffman and Kate Angell, and it kicks off her Pine Mountain series with Kensington Books.

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What genre(s) do you write in? Why?
I write contemporary romance with a lean toward a food theme in each book. Most of the time, this means my characters are either chefs or work in the culinary industry in some way (restaurant managers, caterers, that sort of thing). I’m not sure I chose foodie romance as much as it chose me—I come from a family where food is very much love, and it felt natural for my characters to express themselves and shape their relationships by way of the kitchen. Plus, I get to taste-test a lot in the name of research!

What inspired your latest release?
The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap was a true collaborative effort. My editor, Alicia Condon, came to my agent with the idea of “sharing” Pine Mountain (the setting for my full-length books) with Donna and Kate, and it kind of exploded from there. By the end of that week, all three heroines were best friends, and The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap was born.

Tell us about your hero or heroine. Give us one of his/her strengths and one of his/her weaknesses.
My hero, Pete Mancuso, is an extremely confident, borderline arrogant, fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants pastry chef who wants to win the Pine Mountain Cookie Competition for the boost it will give to his resume. He’s talented and brash, but if he needs to learn anything, it’s that taking the time to slow down and open up will get a guy far (in the kitchen and out!)

Please tell us your experiences with social media. What are your favorite and least favorite parts of it?
I’m quite active on social media because I love to interact with my readers. I’m huge on Facebook, a little less huge (but still big) on Twitter, and I have a monthly newsletter sign-up on my website. Come find me!

What’s the strangest thing you have ever done in the name of research?
Well, I get to eat a lot, which is always fun! I took a truffle making class to gear up for Sugar Cookie, and found out just how hard that really is. I’ve done a lot of note-taking in active professional kitchens, but I think my favorite thing was an interview I did with a medical professional that started with the phrase, “Okay, so I need to shoot somebody…hypothetically, of course.” (The hero in that book was a cop—but I promise, he turns out just fine!)

What else have you written already?
I’ve written three digital novellas (the aforementioned cop heroes), Love On The Line, Drawing The Line, and Outside The Lines. After Sugar Cookie, I’ll have three releases in 2014, all based in Pine Mountain. Turn Up The Heat will be available in March, Gimme Some Sugar in June, and Stirring Up Trouble in October.

E-books, print, or both? Any preferences? Why?
I publish in both digital-only and print media, so truly, for me, I am equal opportunity. I read on both my Kindle and in print. With all the cool technology out now for digital signing, you even get the perks of having your e-books signed! It’s a win-win.

What books are on your nightstand or by your chair?
The stack is tall! I love sexy contemporaries by authors like Robin Covington, Avery Flynn, Bella Andre and Julie James, and I am a sucker for smart, outside the box historical romance from Jennifer McQuiston, Joanna Bourne, and newcomer Alyssa Alexander.

What’s your favorite comfort food? Least favorite food?
My favorite changes according to my mood, but I cannot live without coffee, and some of my favorite foods come right from the earth. Right now, I am enamored with Honeycrisp apples and butternut squash. And I’ve never met a mac and cheese I didn’t like. Least favorite…hm. I’m not a fan of mayonnaise or scrambled eggs.

What’s your favorite book of all time?
Oh, this is hard! One of my favorite romance novels is Hot Under Pressure, by Louisa Edwards. But as far as favorite overall book, I’ll say The Lost Recipe For Happiness, by Barbara O’Neal. It truly shaped the way I write, and it’s just a gorgeous, wonderful, lyrical read.

Kimberly Kincaid can be found at www.kimberlykincaid.com, and also on Facebook and on Twitter.

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For friends Clara, Abby and Lily, only one thing is more delicious than the Pine Mountain holiday cookie exchange – finding the right man before they ring in the New Year!

Where There’s Smoke. . .
USA Today bestselling author Donna Kauffman
When flames from a recipe gone disastrously wrong send hunky firefighter Will Mason to pretty Clara Parker’s rescue, the sparks really begin to fly! And once Will gets a taste of Clara, he aches for more than just a little sugar from the famously single food columnist….

The Gingerbread Man
National bestselling author Kate Angell
Folks have always told fun-loving Abby Denton that her anatomically correct Gingerbread cookies are. . .impressive. But those erotic cookies have nothing on the sexy stranger Abby saves from a snowy country road. Could Lander Reynolds be the Christmas treat she’s truly been longing for?

Sugar And Spice
Kimberly Kincaid
When caterer Lily Callahan goes up against hotshot pastry chef Pete Mancuso in the bake-off of the season, the stakes are high–and scandalously passionate. Will the gorgeous gourmand steal Lily’s heart–and the top prize in the Christmas cookie competition?

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