When I started to write culinary mysteries, I did it because nobody was doing it anymore.
In a mystery, the sleuth must be believably involved and emotionally invested in solving the crime.
I like cream cheese in just about anything.
After I outlined 'Catering to Nobody,' I went and worked for a caterer. And the other thing I had to do was to talk to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department about how they investigated a crime.
I wanted to be a literary writer, so I wrote story after story and sent them to 'The New Yorker.'
One thing that improved my cooking skills was being a poor student in California... If you don't have much money, you have to learn to cook.
What one's goal should be is just to become a better writer and to tell different kinds of stories.
I told the caterer I'd work for nothing if he'd teach me about catering. I lasted one week full-time. It was exhausting.
I'm always astonished to see how badly people can behave when they think no one is noticing.
Catering is extremely demanding financially and physically. It's a business.
Writing is work and cooking is relaxing.
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