Today, I’m happy to welcome Cherie Marks, whom I had the pleasure of meeting at RWA Nationals in Orlando in 2010. This last year has been a successful one for Cherie:Wild Rose Press released her first story. Congratulations, Cherie.
INTO THE FIRE touches on an increasingly popular topic, TV reality cooking shows. What draws you to this particular topic?
You can tell by my little too-round waistline, that I enjoy food a bunch, and I have to admit those reality cooking shows draw me in and keep me fascinated. I guess it’s the fast pace and the natural drama of the kitchen. I mean, there are very few places you play with heat and fire to make something great other than the kitchen. Add a pinch of romance, and you have the perfect genre to me.
The subject matter sounds very appealing to me, as you can tell by looking. Tell us a little about the work, please.
Two professional chefs with a romantic past compete head-to-head on a televised cooking competition and try to resist a mutual attraction.
Months after he stole her affections—then her executive chef position—Shyann and Luke meet again under sizzling circumstances, competing head-to-head on a televised cooking show called Kitchen Twist. Each arrives with a motive: Luke intends to win back Shyann’s heart, even as she wants closure on the not-so-tasty heartbreak he once served up.
Luke knows culinary masterpieces require a delicate touch, but that knowledge is tossed out with the leftovers as he works to show Shyann he’s not such a bad guy. Now he pushes his skills to the limit to win the competition and satisfy a bet.
Can two top chefs resist each other as they move out of the pan and into the fire?
His hands burned with awareness of where they rested. His pulse raced, and her lips were mere inches from his. As if time stopped completely, they stared at each other, and for the life of him, Luke couldn’t seem to remember why he’d come in here.
Shyann shook off the haze first. “Let me go. I can get this without you."
Against his need and with exaggerated motion, he pulled his hands away. She stumbled and eyed him suspiciously but went back to jumping for a high box.
Although he appreciated the bounce of her breasts each time she leaped upward, he forced himself not to stare, gathering some of his ingredients instead. But after watching for a few more seconds, with an irritated grunt, he reached around her, grabbed her target, and handed it to her.
“I said I didn’t need your help.”
“Fine, I’ll put it back.”
His hand touched the box, and she pulled it behind her. The motion caused their bodies to collide again. Her liquid brown eyes blazed up at him, and even as a small voice in the back of his brain screamed he didn’t have time for this, he couldn’t seem to pull away. She looked so damn soft and vulnerable, and all he wanted to do was step out of the way of her win, give it all to her because she deserved it. But first, he wanted to kiss her, a long, hot, turn-their-knees-to-jelly kiss.
Sounds great, Cherie. Hope you continue to have great luck with it. After this success, what’s your next project?
Currently, I’m working on a story inspired by some unfinished ideas I have about the world of reality television cooking competitions like the one in INTO THE FIRE. After I finished my short story, I started getting curious about the baking reality shows like Cake Boss and Cupcake Wars. I’m working on that story right now.
What one tip would you offer other writers?
Pay attention to the industry. Then, take what you learn and apply it to your interests and what you do as a writer. Make it work for you.
And, above all, make connections. This can be a lonely pursuit, but it helps tremendously to have others with the same passion. Those writer friends can make all the difference in your motivation to keep going, and the constant connection keeps you growing as a writer.
Wonderful advice, Cherie. I’m looking forward to seeing your next work. Be sure to drop by again when it’s ready to go.
Visit Cherie at the sites listed below.
Into the Fire Amazon BuyLink: http://tinyurl.com/3f7vfnp
Into the Fire TWRP BuyLink: http://tinyurl.com/3mfn3zj