Today, I have a special guest for you. If you’re looking for a heart-warming story for the holidays, or a hearty vegetable dish for the cold weather days, then Lynne’s your go-to-gal. A huge welcome to my friend, romance author, Lynne Marshall.
Robena and I got the bright idea to swap blogs one week, which was great for me since I had revisions that needed to be finished by November 14th. She agreed to talk about book clubs at my blog, and I, well, I was a little vaguer over what I’d blog about. I knew I wanted to include a beautiful picture of some sort, and autumn is filled with beautiful scenes.
Robena had also suggested I provide a recipe if I wanted. Snort. Well, if you know me, you know I like to keep things simple when it comes to cooking, so I hope you’re not looking forward to a long and intricate recipe at some point in this blog. Let’s just say I’ll do my best.
So what do the season of fall and writing books have in common? Fall is the time of harvest, a time when grain, fruit, and vegetable crops are gathered in to take to market or to be stored. Stories are created from gathering ideas that may have been growing for a season or more in our minds. We let our imaginations run wild, then we reap or edit the words into something manageable, something that has a beginning, a middle and an end. And if we’re lucky, those harvested words may turn into a book that can nourish a reader’s mind as much as bread and vegetables nourish our bodies.
Farmers spend long hours doing backbreaking work during the harvest, and experience many perils in order to bring their annual crop to market. Some years cooperate better than others. They must remain vigilant as each crop is only a few bad storms or a long drought away from failure.
Writing is a different kind of backbreaking work. We authors spend hours and hours hunched over in our chairs, fingers on the keyboard, facing the fear of one particular ultra scary drought – the empty computer screen. What if the words don’t come? What if our ideas dry up and we run out of stories? As farmers must ward off insect infestations, authors must constantly fight the nagging infestation of insecurity, something that can grab hold and cripple our craft.
Farmers put scarecrows in their fields to trick crows into leaving their crops alone. Too often those smart black birds figure it out and eat to their hearts content. Many writers hide behind their own scarecrows, showing a persona they are not completely comfortable with in public by calling themselves authors, while privately feeling an imposter, like that field scarecrow. How long before someone figures out I’m just a phony who thinks I can write?
I’m beginning to depress myself, plus I think I’ve run that harvest metaphor into the ground. (Get it? Harvest. Ground.) So I think I’ll move on to the recipe portion of this blog. I have a social media friend named Virginia Campbell who shares thousands of recipes. Since we’re talking about autumn and harvest, I thought I’d post a recipe I first saw at one of her blogs:
Roasted Harvest Vegetables
1 small butternut squash, cubed
2 red bell peppers, seeded and diced
1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed
3 Yukon gold potatoes, cubed
1 red onion, quartered
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
¼ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 475 degrees F (245 degrees C). In a large bowl, combine the squash, red bell peppers, sweet potato and Yukon Gold potatoes. Separate the red onion quarters into pieces, and add them to the mixture. In a small bowl, stir together thyme, rosemary, olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Toss with vegetables until they are lightly coated. Spread evenly on a large roasting pan. Roast for 35 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven, stirring every 10 minutes, or until vegetables are cooked through and browned. Serve on a large platter and enjoy your Fall Harvest veggies!
Do you have a favorite fall meal or dessert you’d like to share? I’ll give an Amazon gift certificate for my current book – ONE FOR THE ROAD – to one commenter.
Lynne Marshall writes contemporary category romance for Harlequin in the Medical Romance and Special Edition lines and single title contemporary romance for The Wild Rose Press. She believes it’s never too late to fall in love, and second chances should never be squandered. For more information, please visit: www.lynnemarshall.com