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05 February 2016

Peggy Lampman & 'Simmer and Smoke' @dinnerfeed @GoddessFish #contemporaryfiction

Today we have author Peggy Lampman visiting. Welcome!

What would you like to tell readers about yourself?
* Peggy Lampman was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. After graduating from the University of Michigan with a degree in communications, she moved to New York City, where she worked as a copywriter and photographer for Hill and Knowlton, a public relations firm. She moved back to Ann Arbor, her college town, and opened up a specialty foods store, The Back Alley Gourmet. After selling the business, she wrote under a weekly food byline in The Ann Arbor News and MLive. This is her first novel.

Today Peggy Lampman will be talking about how she became a writer and what inspired her in regard to the story she's promoting.
* Since earliest memory, I imagined that I would write a novel. No person or event inspired me to begin writing, I started writing in my diary when I was nine; writing was as cathartic to me then as it is to me now.
* I grew up in Alabama, but went to school at the University of Michigan. There, I majored in communications/journalism; I wanted a way to earn a living yet continue to write. My first job out of school was writing copy for Hill and Knowlton, a public relations firm in Manhattan. New York beat me up, and I eventually moved back to my college town, Ann Arbor. There, I opened a specialty food store, had children, and my aspirations to write a novel were derailed. After selling my store, I got a food by-line in the local paper and then with a Michigan dot com.
* After the transition from paper to digital, my salary was reduced, so I quit and wrote “Simmer and Smoke”.
* One December afternoon in 2010, I was visiting my ancestral graveyard in Stewartville, Alabama. As I watched a young woman and child wander down the road, I wondered how a young mother could escape a town of poverty and crack houses. That evening I wrote the first page of "Simmer and Smoke".
* I write about what I know. There were experiences in life that changed me, and there was no closure for me until I wrote about them. “Simmer and Smoke” reflects these experiences, albeit twisted, tortured and exaggerated. I grew up in the deep South and intimately know her landscape and people.
A look into...

~ Blurb ~
* A single mother who dreams of becoming a chef.
* A food writer who just lost the love of her life.
* Two women discover what's worth fighting for in this deliciously rendered novel that illuminates the power of food, love, friendship and family on the human heart .
* Shelby Preston--a young, single mother trapped in a hardscrabble life in rural Georgia--escapes her reality as she fantasizes herself a respected chef in a kitchen of gleaming stainless steel and pans shimmering with heat. Mallory Lakes--an Atlanta newspaper food writer--may lose her job, and searches for her muse in a shot glass of illusion.
* 2. SIMMER:
* Mallory secures her job by crafting a zealous doppelgänger to satisfy the expectations of an illusive cyber audience. This also mollifies the memories of her lover who recently bolted; no warning. Shelby persuades her mother to take care of her daughter so she can pursue her dream of going to chef school in Atlanta. She cooks them a special dinner said to bring good luck; Lord knows her family could use a pot of something good.
* 3. SMOKE:
* Chasing desires and ambitions, the women's lives unravel down a path beyond the kitchen, then weave together in an unsettling culinary landscape of organic farms and shadowy borders--some borders not meant to be crossed. As Mallory combats her demons with booze and pills, and Shelby battles the odds stacked against her for becoming a chef, the women discover what's really worth fighting for.
~ Excerpt ~
* Memos from the edge, self-help hieroglyphics, throwaway lines galloping off paper, most of them unfinished. These are the words I should have said to Cooper the day he left, bade farewell, adios, arrivederci—however you say goodbye. Itchy, my dearest friend, is returning a platter and will ignore them, assuming they are recipe scribbles. But if these tourniquets had a voice, their banshee wail would rant, rage and scream, shaking the foundations of Atlanta.
* Dearest Cooper. What a splendid feast you made of me. A sprinkle of salt, a grind of pepper, you chewed me up then spit me out. Was I that abhorrent?
* Visceral, grisly, teeth-gnashing words; much better script. I write, post, then return to my cutting board. Chopping furiously, I collect, examine, and discard words much too ordinary to assuage my grief. Words...words...I need more words; what words can I write that will ease the pain of what you’ve done?
Buy Simmer and Smoke: A Southern Tale of Grit and Spice here...
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Thank you for joining us here today, Peggy Lampman! It was a pleasure getting to know you and your story.

ANNOUNCEMENT! Peggy Lampman will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour! So be sure to leave a comment AND use the Rafflecopter below. Also, visit the other tour stops for a greater chance of winning!

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

dinnerfeed said...

Indeed. Thank you for hosting and I am happy to answer any questions any of you may have. Peggy

Nikolina said...

Enjoyed reading your interview, thank you!

MomJane said...

This really sounds like a fascinating story.

Anonymous said...

It's been a great tour!


Eva Millien said...

Great post and excerpt, I enjoyed following the tour, Simmer and Smoke sounds like a great read, thanks for sharing and good luck!

Betty Woodrum said...

I have really enjoyed your book tour, Peggy, and learning about you and your book! Simmer and Smoke sounds great and I wish you great success!

Victoria Alexander said...

It's been a great tour, I've enjoyed following it and reading/learning about Simmer and Smoke! I can't wait to check it out, thanks for sharing :)

dinnerfeed said...

Big hugs and thank yous to all of you that have followed the tour! I appreciate your enthusiasm and the positive vibes that you have sent my way.

I wish all of you many happy hours doing what we all love best--getting lost in a good story.

I'm always on my blog and would love to stay in touch.

Cheers! Peggy

Ree Dee said...

I've enjoyed the book tour and am looking forward to reading Simmer and Smoke soon. Thank you for sharing!

Ally Swanson said...

Great post! I really enjoyed reading the excerpt, the interview, and learning more about this book! This book sounds like such an interesting and intriguing read! Can't wait to read this book!