Happy Thanksgiving to my USA friends!
I hope you have a fantastic day and hope you will enjoy this fun interview I had with Selina J. Eckert’s character, Reese! Her book, Pumpkin Spice Pie-Jinks, was an utterly delightful fall read and super pumped to gush about it in a video tomorrow.
In the meantime though, check out some of the tips Reese shares concerning pie-baking, blueberries, and tips on interacting with Fae!
About the Book
When fate comes knocking, feed it pie!
Reese was never a risk-taker…that is, until she quit her job to open a bakery serving magical pies from her home. Now, she has the opportunity of a lifetime to win a contract with the visiting Autumn Court. But when two troublesome Fae appear on her doorstep, determined to find a mate for their prince, Reese’s life is thrown into chaos, and she begins to question every choice she has made. Can she learn to take a risk on her new life, despite the troubles around her? Or will the mischief of the Fae drive her business into ruin–forcing her to move back in with her parents?
This light and entertaining tale is inspired by Hansel & Gretel and is a perfect way to celebrate the autumn season.
– Eeeepp! Hi Reese! *squeals* I am SO excited to be chatting with you! In celebration of Thanksgiving here in the USA, I’m hoping you can share some of your excellent baking knowledge with us. 😀
Hi Laura! I’m so happy to be here! Thanksgiving is, of course, one of my favorite times of the year (hello, pie!). And I’m happy to share!
– YAY! I’m so glad because I have to admit that while I love pie, I am horrible at making a pie crust. *hides behind hands* Have any suggestions to get the perfect slightly crunch, slightly soft, pie crust for me?
Hmm, that’s a difficult one, as a lot of people like their pies in different ways. Definitely don’t skimp on the butter, and try using cold butter and mixing it into your dry ingredients until it’s all crumbly before you roll it out. And if you want a flakier crust, try replacing just a bit of the water with vodka (seriously!). Don’t be afraid to experiment with ingredients, proportions, and baking times until you get it just right!
– Oooo! That is encouraging to hear! I’m pretty much a stickler on always following the recipe. LOL! Maybe this would be a good time to break out of that. 😉 I thought it awesome how blueberry pie is your favorite! Are there other desserts you like to make that call for blueberries? I’m curious if a certain Prince would be interested in trying those. 😉
Ooo, good call. While blueberry pie is definitely my favorite for reasons of sentimentality and deliciousness, there are plenty of other things you can do with them. One of my other favorites is a fantastic lemon blueberry coffee cake. Try taking a basic coffee cake recipe, mixing up some blueberries with lemon zest and juice (and putting just a bit in your coffee cake batter as well), and baking them on top of the batter. Amazing!
– Oh man, that cake sounds AMAZING! I will definitely have to look up how to make that! Speaking of that “certain Prince,” you have quite the interesting “run-in” with some Fae! What’s it like having Fae visit and live in your local town? Have any advice for me should I run into one?
*swoon* Ah, my prince. Yes, definitely interesting haha. We have Fae in and out every season, but this is the first time we’ve had them try settling in our town. According to the prince, this will be a new Autumn Court, and honestly, what better place than New England?
But Fae can be tricky, so you’ll want to watch how much information you give them. They can use your name, your favorite things, all to entice you into the Fae court, and some of them won’t let you leave.
Also, tempting as it is, avoid eating their food! Normal food will just taste like ash for the rest of your days!
– I’m making notes and keeping this for future reference! Thank you for looking out for us, Reese! For my last question, when I can come get one of your famous pies from Pie-Jinks? 😀
You can set up an appointment right on my website! As long as the sprites haven’t touched it again, that is… 😉 Thanks so much for having me, and have a wonderful, pie-filled Thanksgiving!
– Perfect! Expect an order from me this weekend! 😀 Thanks so much for chatting with me!
About the Author
Selina is a biologist-by-day, writer-by-night native of Pennsylvania. She lives with her husband, dog, and two cats and spends her time writing, reading, creating art, and dreaming about fictional worlds. Besides writing and sciencing, Selina also runs an author support business, Paper Cranes, LLC, that provides editing, consulting, and mapmaking services to authors, writers, and students. She has written two fairy-tale retelling short stories that were both finalists in Rooglewood Press short story contests and an exclusive fantasy short story, “Queen of Mist and Fog,” available through her newsletter.