Lemon Blueberry Pudding Cake with Mystery Author Judy Penz Sheluk

I welcome Judy Penz Sheluk to my blog today. Judy is one of the featured authors featured in the new release Bake, Love, Write: 105 Authors Share Dessert Recipes and Advice on Love and Writing edited by Lois Winston. Judy’s debut mystery novel, The Hanged Man’s Noose, is scheduled for publication in July 2015 by Barking Rain Press. In her less mysterious pursuits, Judy works as a freelance writer, specializing in art, antiques and the residential housing industry; her articles have appeared regularly in dozens of U.S. and Canadian consumer and trade publications.

What made you decide on Lemon Blueberry Pudding Cake for your recipe in the book?

To be honest, I’m not much of a baker—I don’t even own an electric mixer! But, a golf buddy made this cake for our year-end banquet and it is truly delicious. I love lemon in desserts, and I also love blueberries (and I like to think it’s sort of like having a serving of fruit). Anyway, my golf buddy complained about the way the blueberries sometimes sank to the bottom of the cake, so I Googled that. I found out that if you coat the berries with cake mix before folding them into the batter, they won’t sink. It works, and so I added that tip to the recipe. I’m not much of a baker, but I’m a good problem-solver!

Could you give a short quote of the advice you included in the book?
The question Lois asked me was, “What was the best writing advice you ever received?” I don’t know who said this originally, but I absolutely believe it. “Make time to write every day. The writing muscle is like any other muscle; the more you exercise it, the stronger it becomes.”

You said earlier that you’re not a baker, but do you have a baker’s kitchen?
I do have a really nice stainless steel oven, a muffin tin and a couple of cookie sheets. None of them get a lot of use, although I do make a great, low-calorie, veggie lasagna. Maybe someone will put out a main meals cookbook with writing advice!

Your short stories have recently been published in two crime fiction anthologies. What made you decide to try short fiction?
I enjoy reading short stories, especially crime fiction, and after two years of writing and revising and trying to find a publisher for The Hanged Man’s Noose, writing “short” had a certain appeal. I submitted my first short story, “Plan D,” for consideration in the Sisters in Crime – Toronto anthology, The Whole She-Bang 2. I’d read and loved their first collection (The Whole She-Bang, released Nov. 2012) so to say I was beyond thrilled when my story was accepted would be an understatement. There are 24 stories in this latest anthology, many written by award-winning Canadian authors.
World enough and Crime
In July, Donna Carrick sent a callout for World Enough and Crime. I’d been workshopping “Live Free or Die” with some members of Sisters in Crime – Guppies and had received some good feedback, so I submitted it, and heard back with a “yes” fairly quickly. World Enough and Crime is a collection of 22 short stories and one poem, written by award-winning and emerging authors. It’s been a quite a thrill.

You can find Judy at:

World Enough and Crime

The Whole She-Bang: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23460593-the-whole-she-bang-2

Bake, Love, Write
Here are more details on Bake, Love, Write below:
What do most authors have in common, no matter what genre they write? They love desserts. Sweets sustain them through pending deadlines and take the sting out of crushing rejection letters and nasty reviews. They also often celebrate their successes—selling a book, winning a writing award, making a bestseller list, or receiving a fabulous review—with decadent indulgences. And when authors chat with each other, they often talk about their writing and their lives. Recipes. Writing. Relationships. In this cookbook 105 authors not only share their favorite recipes for fabulous cakes, pies, cookies, candy, and more, they also share the best advice they’ve ever received on love and writing.

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