Thursday, July 19, 2012

Live with Amy and Katie Lee, plus a book giveaway!

Photo credit: Nigel Barker
Introduction by Gail Allison
Interview by Amy Bromberg

**Giveaway is now closed**

Today we welcome author Katie Lee, and her first fiction novel "Groundswell." Since the age of four, Katie Lee has been exploring the world of comfort food. With culinary roots stretching back to her grandmother’s kitchen, she understands the value of knowing exactly what you’re eating and where it’s come from.  She also has her bachelor’s degree in English and Journalism from Miami University in Oxford Ohio.  This has translated into two successful cookbooks ("The Comfort Table" and "The Comfort Table: Recipes for Everyday Occasions"), and now her newest offering: "Groundswell," released in June 2011 (and re-released this summer in paperback).  When she’s not cooking (or writing),  Katie sits on the Celebrity Board for Feeding America, and enjoys surfing, traveling, and playing with her dog.

You can find Katie at her website, blog and Twitter.

Amy got to chat with her on the phone and we are sharing their conversation right here! We also have TWO copies of "Groundswell" for some lucky readers in the US and Canada!

Special thanks to Katie for a lovely live chat and sharing "Groundswell" with our readers.

How to win "Groundswell":
Listen to the audio interview and then tell us what stood out for you. (One entry per person.) Please include your e-mail address or another way to reach you if you win.

US/Canada only. Giveaway ends July 24th at midnight EST.


Linda Kish said...

She said Nora Ephron was an influence on her writing. She liked her books and essays. (This was before Nora's passing). Nora Ephron was such an enjoyable writer.

She sets short-term, not long-term goals for herself.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Na said...

She wanted to do something out of her comfort zone and one day did. After a few lessons it turned into something she loves. I agree that in lfie taking risks can pay off. Even if it's small or big, it could mean discovering a new appreciation for something.


Literary Chanteuse said...

I really liked how the book idea came together. The author stated that her original idea was just not sticking and then out of no where experiencing something created that connection and inspiration for the story. Very cool!


Nova said...

I like that she wrote her creative writing in journals. and the fact that she loves chick lit author Emily Giffin (Where We Belong)is a plus.

Cyndee said...

Katie Lee wrote her creative writing all in journals. I like that she sets short term goals rather than long term. I too, see the influence Nora Ephron could have on a writer, katie Lee spoke before Ms.Ephron died. I like how she was inspired for the story that was written and published.
Thanks for this chance to win:)
Cyndee Thomas

Tobi said...

Wow friends with Paula Deen! Lucky and I love how she said the idea just comes when you don't expect it just hits you over the head!
Thanks for the giveaway!
tobihelton at gmail dot com

bn100 said...

She said she wanting to do something different after her divorce.


Bridget O'Neill said...

I love that she considered her grandmother as a mentor for her cookbooks. I think my love of baking comes from my grandmother, so I can relate!

BRN2SHOP9 said...

She loves one of my favorite authors, Emily Giffin.

I follow via Facebook, twitter and GFC.

Brn2shop9 at gmail dot com

Angelina said...

love that she did her writing in journals...

but when she spoke of her grandmother, that got me.

I never knew my paternal grandmother, she died before my 1st birthday (brain cancer)
and my maternal grandmother died from cancer as well, just a couple years ago. she was my last living grandparent. i still have a hard time dealing with that. I called her for everything, recipes, knitting patterns, crossword help. ;o)

i follow on facebook and twitter, AND shared this giveaway on both. :o)

StereoQueenBee said...

I really liked what she had to say about her grandmother...

queenofcrunk at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

What stood out most for me was when Katie said that after her divorce she was watching the surfers and just decided to try it herself. She decided to step out of her comfort zone and tried something that scared her. That is so inspiring.

Maureen said...

It was interesting that she was going through a tough time in her life and that is why she decided to write a fictional story.
mce1011 AT aol DOT com

Melissa said...

Thanks for all the comments! has chosen Tobi and bn100. Congrats!