Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Stacey Ballis' impact on our lives...plus a book giveaway

Photo by Joe Mazza/Bravelux
Interview by Tracey Meyers

We're pleased to have Stacey Ballis at CLC to celebrate the publication of her latest novel, How to Change a Life (reviewed here). Stacey is practically a fixture here, as we have had her for a few visits over the past years and Melissa A has read all her books, listing her previous novel, Wedding Girl, as a 2016 favorite.

Stacey Ballis is the author of ten foodie novels, including Inappropriate Men, Room for Improvement, Off the Menu, Out to Lunch, and Recipe for Disaster. Her first cookbook, Big Delicious Life is out now in a digital edition. She is also a contributing author to the anthologies Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys, Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned From Judy Blume, and Living Jewishly. Her non fiction cooking pieces can be read at ExtraCrispy.com and Bake From Scratch Magazine.

Thanks to Berkley, we have one copy of How to Change a Life to give away!

Visit Stacey online:

Website * Facebook * Twitter * Instagram * Pinterest

Eloise is happy with her life as a successful private chef. She has her clients, her corgi, and a recipe for the world’s most perfect chocolate cream pie. What more could she need? But when her long-lost trio of high school friends reunites, Eloise realizes how lonely she really is.

Eloise, Lynne, and Teresa revamp their senior-class assignment and dare one another to create a list of things to accomplish by the time they each turn forty in a few months. Control freak Lynne has to get a dog, Teresa has to spice up her marriage, and Eloise has to start dating again.

Enter Shawn, a hunky ex-athlete and the first man Eloise could see herself falling for. Suddenly forty doesn’t seem so lonely—until a chance encounter threatens the budding romance and reveals the true colors of her friends. Will the bucket listers make it to forty still speaking to one another? Or do some friendships come with an expiration date?
(Courtesy of Amazon.)

Which author has had the greatest influence on your writing?
This is a very hard question. I like to think I’m inspired in my writing of female relationships from Jane Austen, my food writing from MFK Fisher, my humor from Oscar Wilde, my romantic relationships from Shakespeare.

What's your work space like?
I have an office that is like my secret hidey hole. I upholstered the walls in moss green velvet with padding, so it is very loud proofed. I have a full sized daybed full of pillows, and tend to write sitting on that…I have an antique hospital rolling bed table that holds my laptop when I write sitting there. I also have a gorgeous antique desk from 1835, but I tend not to work on that for my novels, it is more of a note writing desk. There is a large built-in bookcase facing the daybed, with the books that inspire me, and a television.

Do you listen to music, podcast, etc. when you write or do you need complete silence?
I sometimes leave the tv on for background noise, or I listen to music. I don’t really like to write in silence, I find it unsettling!

My favorite book of all time is:
Eloise by Kay Thompson

Besides your phone, what must you have with you at all times?

What is your favorite life hack?
Hmmm. Most of mine have to do with cooking. I love using two plates to trap cherry tomatoes so I can slice them all in half quickly by just sliding a serrated knife between the plates! So much faster than one at a time.

Thanks to Stacey for visiting with us and to Berkley for sharing her book with our readers.

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Janine said...

I think winning the lottery would help change my life. We live paycheck to paycheck (and sometimes the check doesn't cover everything). So, having some extra money to pay off our debt and be able to have some fun would definitely be life changing.

Natasha said...

Dating, falling in love, and getting married would change my life. I'm so independent and mosts of my friends are married. This book seems like the perfect read for me.

traveler said...

Since serious medical concerns have impacted my life for the past 5 years what would be wonderful and change my outlook is travel. This would give me hope and lift my spirits.

Kelley B said...

I love Stacey's books.

Melanie Backus said...

I married a great man nearly 42 years ago. A life changer, for sure!!!!!

Jennifer Moody said...

Having children has changed my life - Becoming a better cook, getting in shape, keeping a neat home, furthering my career - All to give them a better life! :)

Karen B said...

Getting married, having kids, getting divorced - all really changed my life!

diannekc said...

I would like to sell my house and move back to Michigan.

diannekc said...

I would like to sell my house and move back to Michigan.

Rita Wray said...

Sure would change my life if I didn't have so many health issues.

Mary Preston said...

I completed further study to take my work life in a new direction.

cpr040304 said...

I'm close to getting my degree and will hopefully get me started on my career.

Jennifer C said...

I need to make some healthier choices in all aspects of my life but that is my goal this year.

Nancy said...

I have earned numerous advanced educational degrees and certifications to change and improve my life..

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Jennifer said...

Moving to a large city for a job when I didn't know anyone here was scary, but totally life changing in a good way!

Unknown said...

I decided to try to be a better Christian

bn100 said...

win the lottery

Anonymous said...

I would like to recover from the surgery I just had on Tuesday and overhaul my diet so I can lose weight and become a healthier me.

Jilleenhays said...

Lose 60 pounds and keep it off!

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Angela - Bookaunt said...

I need to learn to be more positive and not focus on the things that I can not fix