Food for thought

Biscuits – my saviours when I’m editing

curryI’m a self confessed foodie. I love to cook, and I love to eat. My dream holiday would be a food tour of India, because there’s nothing I like better than a good curry.

And so when the time came to redesign the blog, there just HAD to be a space to talk about food!

The idea is that I will invite other authors along, and they will tell us all about the type of food they like to eat while they are writing. Some writers seem to survive on toast; others use cooking as a means of relaxing whilst they think of their next plot line.

My books usually have quite a few mentions of food in them too. My website is being redesigned at the moment, but there will be a link to loads of recipes that my characters have eaten during the story. There’s one on my current site, but that will disappear in about four days – so I will update this post with a link when the site is live.

Not only do I love to eat, I write recipes too!

But when I’m writing, sometimes the idea of cooking is just way too much. All I want to do is write – but I get hungry. And that’s when Mr. McVitie comes to the rescue.

This is particularly true during edits. When, as a writer, you get back pages and pages of notes from an editor, it’s definitely time to hit the biscuits. I sit at my desk, reading notes such as ‘we need to know what her facial expression is’ or ‘this bit is confusing’ it’s essential to have comfort food.

wineI somehow managed to convince myself that Jaffa Cakes aren’t actually fattening (eh?) and so I gave up on the chocolate digestives and the butter shortbreads, and have moved to Jaffa Cakes. They have saved my sanity on more than one occasion, and keep me going until I can legitimately shut down my computer, job done, and pour a nice soothing glass of ice cold Sauvignon Blanc!

What do you eat / drink when you’re writing?