These are a Few of My (Main Character’s) Favorite Things…

The theme this week is Favorite Things, and while I could go on endlessly about the things I love, (and do so in rhyme, while singing) I thought it would be more fun to ask Livvy Rawlings, the main character in my novel THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING, what her favorite things are. Take it away, Livvy!

Favorite item of clothing: I have this old, green L.L. Bean chamois shirt of my dads that I like to wear around the house or when I’m out walking my dog, Salty. It’s crazy soft and warm.

Favorite flower: Lilacs. They smell so good, and they are only around for a short time every year. That makes them more special.

rectangleFavorite band: X. First and foremost for their amazing music. No one puts on a better live show. And Exene is a style icon. And John Doe knew that country music was punk rock before anyone. And have you seen John Doe?

Favorite book: Just Kids by Patti Smith

Favorite movie: I have a really hard time choosing between Top Hat, Shall We Dance and Swing Time, because in Top Hat Ginger Rogers wears that incredible white feathered dress, but Shall We Dance features Fred and Ginger on roller skates. But then Swing Time features The Way You Look Tonight, which has to be the dreamiest song. So you see my problem here.

Favorite scent: Balsam and pine pitch

Favorite beauty product: Tish and Snooky’s Manic Panic hair dye. It’s my only beauty product.IMG_2873

Favorite dessert to make: I get asked this a lot, and it’s kind of an impossible question to answer because it changes all the time. So, today it’s pudding. Rice pudding, bread pudding, banana pudding, tapioca pudding, butterscotch pudding. Tomorrow it will be something different.

Favorite dessert to eat: Something that someone else made. If I made it, it doesn’t hold the same magic. Besides, isn’t it great when someone makes you something?

Favorite place: The sugar house. That’s home.

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Louise Miller

Louise Miller is the author of THE CITY BAKER'S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING (Pamela Dorman Books/Viking/August 9, 2016), the story of a commitment-phobic pastry chef who discovers the meaning of belonging while competing in the cut-throat world of Vermont county fair baking contests. Find out more at

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