Guest Post: Meet Debut Author Lizz Lund

Today I am happy to have a guest blogger. Please welcome debut author Lizz Lund. After working toward this day for a long, long, time her novel Kitchen Addiction! has been released.

In the spirit of helping a fellow writer, I invited her to share her book with you. Lizz Lund has been working on this funny “chick lit” novel for several years now.

I’m so excited for her that it is now available!

Meet Lizz

Lizz Lund loves Lancaster.  Since 1999, she’s been having a terrific time here and thinks everyone else should, too.  She is a newlywed and head-over-heels about her chef husband; she made him move from New Jersey, too.  Kitchen Addiction! is her first novel of the Mina Kitchen series.  Lizz grew up in Glen Rock, New Jersey and still hasn’t recovered.  She holds a BA in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University, but has never learned to waitress.

What is Kitchen Addiction! about?

Meet Mina Kitchen, a forty-something single who likes to cook – and cook and cook.  In fact, her zest for whipping up trays of canapes is dwarfed only by her weird luck and mountain-lion size tabby cat, Vinnie.  That, and her godmom’s tendency for blackmailing new members into joining St. Bart’s.  Okay, maybe Mina’s Swiffer-addicted neighbor, Vito, is a bit weird, too.  As if all that wasn’t enough, Mina’s a Jersey girl transplanted in the midst of the Amish-flavored countryside of Lancaster, PA.
Things get really complicated when she learns that her neighbor Vito is in a witness protection program, and her dry cleaner deals in prescription samples.  Throw in a few mysterious flaming feces flingers and a fuse box labeled in Arabic, and you have a recipe for catering disorders.
Kitchen Addiction! will keep you smiling when you’re not LOL-ing.  Set in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, you’ll find a surprising cast of characters, humorous plot twists, red herrings and actual recipes.  Well, some of the recipes are real.  The others you might to take with a pinch of salt, and some Tums.
If you’re looking for a funny fiction read, packed with humor, excitement – and recipes – look no further.  Lund’s debut “chick lit” novel blends fun characters, great dialogue and zany capers into a frothy fiction that’s sure to amuse.  The novel also delivers a virtual tourist romp through the actual streets of Lancaster City and its surroundings.

How would you describe your writing life? 

To answer that question, I’ll share a true experience with you. I go to work, I spend time with family, and I write. While creating characters is fun I have found that the truth is stranger than fiction.

Truth is Stranger than Fiction

Writing is weird.  But then my life leans toward odd, too.  Luckily, this is pretty inspirational.

So, when I try to come up with a new chapter in Mina Kitchen’s life, I have a trove of funny memories to dust off.  These I introduce to characters and plots I make up from pixie dust.  I then mash the whole mess together until I come up with what I hope is a funny story.  Otherwise called a whopper.

SPOILER ALERT

It’s no wonder then I had to blog about this one.  It’s definitely going to be one of Mina’s new adventures.  This is a true story:

This weekend I drove to Maryland to visit an old co-worker in her new digs.  Since she used to live near Boston, and now is just a car ride away, we were happy for the opportunity catch up in person.  We hung out; gossiped; window shopped in antique stores and had a lovely late lunch outside at a local bistro.

Happily, my friend now also lives just 45 minutes from my sister.  So, after visiting with her, I drove off to have dinner and spend the night with my sister and nephew and my mom.  Ma had been visiting my sister last week, to help babysit her grandson during that awkward week post-school closing and pre-camp starting.

I arrived just in time for dinner (of course) and we sat down and chatted about their visit.  The nephew filled me in about his outings with Grandma, which included meeting Mommy for lunch at work on Friday.

That was when the bickering began.  Mostly, because Grandma was supremely late for the lunch appointment.  But that was because she was supremely lost in DC – easy to do.

“Ma calls me from her car and asks me, where am I?” said my sister.  “How was I supposed to know?”

“But I turned left like you said.”

“You were supposed to turn right at the cross street.”

“But I couldn’t do that.”

“Yes, you could, it’s a one way street going in your direction.”

“No, I could not, because that’s when the two men with machine guns stood in front of the car and stopped us.”

I look at my nephew, who is happily munching salmon.  He catches my eye, and says, “Well, actually Grandma, they weren’t machine guns.  They were rifles.”

This data I wash down with a large glass of wine.

“When were you going to tell me this?” asks my sister, holding her forehead.

“I forgot,” Ma says.

My sister looks toward her son.  He shrugs.  “It was no biggie.  Besides, the one guy gave Grandma directions while the other one stopped traffic so we could turn around.”

You see?  If my memory stays in tact; I’m golden.

If Lizz can publish her book you can too!

Are you looking for a smile? Are you looking for a chick-lit read? If so, support Lizz and buy her book!

Find Kitchen Addiction! here:
Paperback:  www.Amazon.com ; Salt and Pepper Books in Occoquan, Virginia (Book Signing Saturday, Dec. 3, 2pm); and soon at Aaron’s Books in Lititz, PA.

How can people connect with you?

Feel free to connect with Lizz! If you have any questions you want answered today just comment on the blog post and she’ll be happy to help. Or you could just drop by and say hello.

You can also connect with her here:
On Facebook:  “Lizz Lund – Author”
Twitter:  @FunnyAuthor

About Haley Whitehall

Haley Whitehall lives in Washington State where she enjoys all four seasons and the surrounding wildlife. She writes historicals set in the 19th century U.S. When she is not researching or writing, she plays with her cats, watches the Western and History Channels, and goes antiquing. She is hoping to build a time machine so she can go in search of her prince charming. A good book, a cup of coffee, and a view of the mountains make her happy.
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2 Comments

  1. Great interview! Kitchen Addiction sounds hilarious and intriguing. I’m gonna have to check it out. Thanks for twisting my arm. 😀

  2. I know I sometimes get my pasta overcooked, but this book sounds half-baked. I’m buying it!

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