The Debutante Ball is delighted to welcome Melissa Senate…if you don’t love her already, you will by the end of this post!
Melissa Senate is the author of 10 novels, including her debut, See Jane Date (made into a cute TV movie), two for teens, and her new book, The Love Goddess’ Cooking School. A former romance novel editor and YA editor (she met both Fabio and the Olsen twins along the way), Melissa now writes on the lovely coast of Maine, where she lives with her son and his toys.
Stay tuned after the interview for more details on The Love Goddess’ Cooking School and how you can enter to win a copy!
Melissa Senate Takes the Deb Interview!
Talk about one book that made an impact on you.
I could name so many, from my beloved Anne of Green Gables to Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, but if I had to pick ONE, it has to be A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. It’s a beautiful book about dignity and dreaming and determination in the face of adversity. I love it so much that I worked a little discussion about it into a scene in my debut novel.
Who is one of your favorite (fictional or non-fictional) characters?
I just love Charlotte, from Charlotte’s Web. That is one wise, selfless spider. Oddly (or maybe not so oddly), whenever I see a spider, I don’t freak out.
Talk about one thing that’s making you happy right now.
At the moment, I’m drinking a cup of slightly sweet Earl Gray tea while reading Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine To The World Of Food And Those Who Cook by Anthony Bourdain. Tea, a great book that I can’t put down, my two black cats curled up at my feet, my son at a rock-climbing birthday party…that’s happiness.
Where do you love to be?
My two favorite things are being with my wonderful 8 year old son and reading. Now that he’s reading chapter books, we sometimes sit shoulder-to-shoulder on the sofa, each reading our own book, and sometimes, he’ll laugh at a line and share it with me or ask me what something means or say, “Did you know…”. That’s bliss for me.
What is your advice for aspiring writers?
Read, read, read, of course. Widely. In and out of your genre. Read literary fiction. Read chick lit. Read mysteries and thrillers. Read YA. Read historical fiction. Read memoirs. Read all kind of non-fiction. Read. And one more thing: Trust yourself. Your gut knows more than anyone else what is true for you.
See, what did we tell you? She’s lovely. And the book is even lovelier!
In The Love Goddess’ Cooking School, an Italian cooking class—with decades-old recipes calling for wishes and memories as ingredients—changes the lives of its heartbroken new teacher, Holly Maguire, and her four students: a separated single father, a grieving woman, a serial dater, and a 12-year old girl. Beth Hoffman, New York Times bestselling author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt calls it “tender, charming, and seasoned with a pinch of old-world magic.” And More magazine named it a food-themed book “to eat up!”
Want to enter to win a copy for your very own? We know you do, and Melissa has graciously agreed to give away a copy to one lucky Deb Ball reader! Just leave a comment below to enter…the winner will be announced in our November 28th News Flash!
Can’t get enough Melissa? We know! Neither can we!
Check out The Love Goddess’ Cooking School on Amazon!