LUCY BURDETTE: Being a writer is very hard work, right ladies? I don't know about the rest of you, but one of the best rewards for having written is the chance to meet with readers-especially book clubs and groups!
Last week, I was invited to meet with a group that has been reading and discussing for over twenty years. All of the women live somewhere on the Florida Keys, at least part time. (Though we did have one wonderful woman who'd come all the way from Miami to meet me. That may not sound so far to you, but it's a four hour drive--on a good day!) We had a marvelous meal at the Banana Cafe in Key West, with lots of laughter and chatter about their friendships and their lives and food, and of course, the Key West mysteries. (By the way, there is a fun scene in DEATH AND FOUR COURSES that takes place at the Banana Cafe.) Oh, how grateful I am when readers love one of my characters, even to the point where they might begin to believe she's real:). They brought me a rose and bought me a delicious yellowtail snapper dinner--I felt like a star and it was delightful!
As an additional treat, Jan brought me a bag of mini-bananas from her backyard tree. I like bananas a lot, but my husband is an addict. And he pronounced these little guys the best he'd ever eaten. So I knew I had to made something special with them.
But I'm also on a crushing deadline. (That's writer-speak for way the heck behind!) Then it came to me--mini banana splits! So easy and forgiving:)
Other fruit of your choice, chopped
Chocolate ganache or other syrup
Split the bananas!
Cut the fruit (I used strawberries and mango)
Arrange scoops of ice cream over the bananas
Sprinkle with nuts, nestle fruit around the edges
Drizzle with syrup. (I happened to have some homemade ganache on hand, but anything you choose will do!)
Speaking of thanks, thanks to all the readers who bought MURDER WITH GANACHE over the past weeks. If you haven't gotten yours yet, GANACHE can be purchased wherever books are sold.
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In this compelling mystery Burdette successfully balances the serious topics of homeless youth and divided families with bad tourist cuisine, excellent cooking, and a mother’s quest to find true love for her daughter. Hayley may lose her mind, her job, and possibly her life, but she will always have her family’s love. Not to mention an appreciation of excellent food. Kings River Life