Blogger Spotlight- Interview with Baking Blogger Lenka Gengelova

Let us know about yourself and how we can connect with you.

My name is Lenka and I am a passionate baker from Slovakia. I run my baking blog www.wandering-senses.com and share baking tips and tricks on Instagram @wandering_senses

My passion for baking goes back to the days when I was a small girl. I loved helping my grandma to knead the dough while sitting on her lap. There was not a weekend when my family would not bake delicious cakes and pastries. That sweet pleasant smell coming from the oven is my favorite smell till today. Although my academic background is a different field, baking and culinary is always something I found fascinating. I somehow always revolved around it. Only a couple of years ago, when I was living in Nepal, my passion morphed into serious interest and my one of my source of living.

What is the name of your blog or book and how did you get started?

While I was in Nepal, I started to focus more intensively on baking. Back then, I was working for a hospitality establishment. I was in charge of Event Management and Recipe and Menu Development. Besides baking, I was developing new recipes with a healthier twist and started to experiment with my first vegan desserts. Locals loved it so, I decided to start my small dessert company called Smart Treats Nepal. It focused on healthier, smarter desserts.

What is your favorite food?

Tomato-based pasta is one of my favorites. I love vegetables in general, so a salad with a good dressing would be one of them as well.

What is your favorite comfort food?

Pastry and coffee or a fresh loaf of bread with a lot of butter on it.

If you could learn how to make any food what would it be?

There are so many foods and desserts I want to master. Now I am focusing on and studying enriched, yeast-based dough. My next step will be mastering dough with wild yeasts and sourdough.

What is your favorite thing about being a blogger, writer, or author?

To be able to share my passion and knowledge with other people who enjoy baking as I do. Likewise, I help those who are just starting and very scared to bake. Right now, I really enjoy meeting people via my online baking classes. I found myself in teaching and I am learning myself a lot from them as well. It makes me very happy when my students get to enjoy a beautiful pastry that they never dreamt of baking by themselves. I always say that everyone can bake and I try to encourage people to do so. My classes are tailored to any level of experience. I am happy and proud of all those baking successes of my students.

What do you like to do for fun?

I love nature. I love to go for hikes or long walks into nature where I refresh my mind. Hiking is a form of meditation for me. As you take a step after another, you have time and a chance to clear your mind. You can let go of all those thoughts piling up in your head every day. Right now, I am living in NYC and I don’t have a lot of options to go hiking. The Hudson river promenade makes up for forests. I am very excited to go out of the city as soon as the recent lockdown rules loosen up a bit.

What are you reading right now?

Besides recipe books it is 21 Lessons for 21 Century from Yuval Harari.

Do you have any blogs or books you can recommend?

Plenty. I get inspired by many amazing authors and bloggers. Just to mention a few of them-a a great book which I find to be a baking Bible is “How baking works” by Paula Figoni. Another very nice book describing the basics of working with gluten-free dough and listing amazing recipes is “Alternative Baker” by Alanna Taylor-Tobin. My favorite baking blogs are mostly Slovak one but from those in English I love to read www.weekendbakery.com

If you could have superpowers what would they be?

Eat delicious sweets and desserts as much I want without gaining too much weight.

What projects are you working on right now?

At the moment I am mainly focusing on the baking classes that I run herehere and via my blog as well. Besides that, I started a long-term journey of baking education. Signing up for an online course that goes deep into how baking works. And of course, I bake and experiment daily and post my best recipes on my blog wandering-senses.com

Thank you Lenka for a wonderful interview!

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Blogger Spotlight- Interview with Lifestyle Blogger Eliza Kate

Let us know a little about yourself and how we can connect with you via website, blog, books, and social media sites.

I am a Primary School teacher and also recently, a new blogger! Sharing all sorts from lifestyle to baking, to beauty.
You can find my website at www.elizakate.com
My Instagram page is instagram.com/elizakate
My Twitter handle is @elizakatewrites
I’m looking forward to connecting with other bloggers and writers to help our sites to grow!

What is the name of your blog or book and how did you get started?


My blog is called Eliza Kate Writes. I decided to start blogging as a hobby late in 2019, as I love writing about lots of different things. I then got busy with my work and so blogging took a back seat. However whilst working from home during the current lock down, I really got back into blogging and am more passionate about it than ever!

What is your favorite food?


I love so many foods… if I had to have one meal though it would be my Mum’s roast beef. With loads of Yorkshire puddings. And gravy…and crispy roast potatoes.

What foods do you crave all the time?


I go through phases of foods that I crave – sometimes it’s healthy, like pineapple, other times I’m just like ‘give me all the crisps!’

What is your favorite comfort food?


My favorite comfort food has to be a fresh loaf of bread, with a great crust and fluffy on the inside, with a generous helping of butter on top.

If you could learn how to make any food what would it be?


I would love to be able to make a baked Alaska!!

What is your favorite thing about being a blogger, writer, or author?


I love being able to write about literally anything that I want to, and that what I write can resonate with other people – I think that’s so amazing! I also love how helpful and supportive the blogging community is, particularly on Twitter.

What advice do you have for new writers just starting out?


As a new blogger, I would definitely say have fun and be yourself. Create your blog for you and let your personality shine through. Don’t worry about things like making money or self-hosting straight away, just concentrate on the writing. Also, don’t compare your successes to other people’s – just do you very best and above all, enjoy the journey!

What do you like to do for fun?


I love walking. I go out most days where I live. I’m really lucky I live in the lovely rural countryside so there’s plenty of beautiful routes for me to take. I also love to bake, see friends, take photographs, and chill with my cats and husband.

What helps you to stay motivated and keep writing?


There are so many subjects that motivate me to write, and as soon as inspiration hits I just make a note of it. So I’ve got an ever-growing list of blog topics, and when I come to think about writing a new blog, I just scroll the list and get excited all over again!

How do you attract new readers?


This is something that I am still learning as a new blogger, however, Twitter and Instagram have been great so far, enabling me to share blog posts and gain followers from a wider audience. I also try to regularly update my website to make it as up to date and user friendly as possible.

What has influenced you the most as a writer?


My biggest influences are the things around me, that inspire me to write. I’m also pretty competitive, so when I see others doing well I really want to achieve the same as they are!

What is your favorite genre to read?


I love a good chick-lit, particularly when I’m on holiday. However, I also love thrillers too!

What are you reading right now?


Right now I am reading the new Suzanne Collins book, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.

What is something about yourself most people don’t know?


I have two pet Kune Kune pigs and have done since 2006!

What kind of music do you like to listen to?


I listen generally to Indie, Acoustic, and old school Britpop – Blur and Oasis for example! Bands like that are timeless.

If you could live in any book what would it be?


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, so I can visit the factory and the chocolate room!

Who are your top three favorite authors?


Sophie Kinsella (writes a great chick-lit), Ian McEwan, and Adam Kay (I’ve never laughed and cried so much as reading This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor).

Do you have any blogs or books you can recommend?


As mentioned above, I would highly recommend Adam Kay’s books about life as a Junior Doctor. They are written as a series of diary entries and just make you feel every emotion possible! I’m still discovering which blogs I like, but have always been a fan of Rosie Bea, who both vlogs on Youtube and blogs about her beautiful clothes designs.

If you could have superpowers what would they be?


To restore the climate and eradicate disease.

What does a typical day of writing look like for you?


At the moment during the lockdown, I get up early, have breakfast, set the children their work for the day, check my little list of blogging subjects and just start typing and see where it takes me! I also try to network with other bloggers as much as I can via social media and upload a snap or two to my Instagram page.

What is your favorite movie that was based on a book?


Got to be Lord of the Rings. It’s just epic.

What projects are you working on right now?


I am currently redesigning my website and researching how to use WordPress most effectively, it’s all very new and I’m still learning!

Any other information you would like to include to our readers?


I’d love to gain some more followers on my blog and social media accounts! As I blog more and more I will be covering cozy content that you can snuggle up with a cup of tea to read. Please subscribe if this sounds like something you would enjoy reading!

Thank you Eliza for a great interview!

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Blogger Spotlight- Interview with Food Blogger Penny Johnson

Tell us about yourself and how we can connect with you.

What is the name of your blog or book and how did you get started?

My blog is Penny’s Food Blog, so original I know.  The blog started because people were always asking me for recipes. I always typed them up and then my husband suggested that I start a blog. Now I have a place for people to find all my recipes.  I didn’t know anything about blogging. My husband researched and found Word Press which provided a pretty simple way for me to blog.  I used my name so that my friends could find it easily.  I think I would have come up with a more creative name if I’d known how long I would be blogging for and how many people would follow me. Right now I have about 1500 followers, I know that’s not a ton but it still blows my mind!  I also have 11,000 followers on Pinterest which is even more mind-blowing!

What is your favorite food?

I have a massive sweet tooth or perhaps a whole mouthful of sweet teeth. Baked goods are my fav especially chocolate. I also love Italian food, if I had to pick one food to eat for the rest of my life it would be Italian.

What foods do you crave all the time?

Chocolate and sweets and pasta and bread, all the things that are bad for the waistline.

What is your favorite comfort food?

Ben and Jerry’s Everything But The ice cream.

If you could learn how to make any food what would it be?

I love learning about all the foods!  Just recently I’ve gotten into sourdough starters and that has been a blast.  I do wish I was a better pie maker. 

What is your favorite thing about being a blogger, writer, or author?

I love getting feedback from people telling me that they’ve tried one of my recipes and loved it!  I also love connecting with people from all over.

What advice do you have for new writers just starting out?

Just dive in and go for it!  It gets easier the longer you do it.

What do you like to do for fun?

I love to read and bake and cook and go to the movies and also the beach.

What helps you to stay motivated and keep writing?

I love to play with food and love to try new recipes so that makes blogging pretty easy for me.  It’s not often that I don’t want to play with food.

How do you attract new readers?

I have no idea how to do that.  I just blog away and hope for the best. 

What has influenced you the most as a writer?

Other bloggers and their great ideas.

What is your favorite genre to read?

Sci Fi and Fantasy

What are you reading right now?

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

What is something about yourself most people don’t know?

I’m a food blogger but I don’t make any money from my blog yet so my day job is in the film and television industry as a script supervisor.  I worked on a movie called “The Card Counter” written and directed by Paul Schrader and starring Oscar Isaac, Willem Dafoe, Tye Sheridan., and Tiffany Hadish when the coronavirus hit and we were shut down with only a week to go.  I’m hoping we can start back up soon and finish it because I think it’s going to be a really good movie. 

What kind of music do you like to listen to?

80’s alternative like Depeche Mode, the Smiths, the Cure, Roxy Music, Echo and the Bunnymen, etc    

Who are your top three favorite authors? 

Dean Koontz, John Scalzi, Anne Tyler

Do you have any blogs or books you can recommend?

any by the above authors

What projects are you working on right now?

I’ve been diving into sourdough and trying all things sourdough with my starter. For example, waffles, pancakes, bread, biscuits, and I’ve also been trying all the Disney recipes that they’ve been releasing during this weird time of quarantining and social distancing.

Thank you Penny for such a wonderful interview!

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Interview with Thriller and Mystery Author Joseph Lewis

Let us know a little about yourself and how we can connect with you via website, blog, books, and social media sites. 

After having been in education for forty-four years as a teacher, coach, counselor and administrator, Joseph Lewis is retiring on July 1st. He uses his psychology and counseling background in crafting psychological thriller/mysteries. He has taken creative writing and screen writing courses at UCLA and USC. Lewis has published six books, all available on Amazon and each to excellent reviews:

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  •  Taking Lives (August 2014) the prequel to the Lives Trilogy; 
  • Stolen Lives (November 2014) Book One of the Lives Trilogy; 
  • Shattered Lives (March 2015) Book Two of the Trilogy; and 
  • Splintered Lives (November 2015) Book Three of the Trilogy each from True Visions Publications;
  • Caught in a Web (April 2018) from Black Rose Writing, which was a PenCraft Literary Award Winner for Crime Fiction and named “One of the Best Crime Fiction Thrillers of 2018!” by Best Thrillers; 
  • Spiral Into Darkness (January 2019) from Black Rose Writing, which was named a Recommended Read by Author’s Favorites. His newest, Betrayed will debut November 2020, also from Black Rose Writing. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Lewis has been happily married to his wife, Kim. Together they have three wonderful children: Wil (deceased July 2014), Hannah, and Emily, and they now reside in Virginia.

What is the name of your blog or book and how did you get started?

My blog is Simple Thoughts From A Complicated Mind, Sort Of . . . it is an inspirational blog to bring hope and help folks consider choices and decisions, attitudes, and beliefs. I began, I think, in 2013 or so. 

What is your favorite food?

I would kill for cookies and donuts. Oh, but I suspect you want “real” food. Hmm, anything Italian, but I make a great chili. 

What foods do you crave all the time?

Cookies. All kinds.

What is your favorite thing about being a blogger, writer, or author?

To be able to connect with readers. I have wonderful conversations at book sales and signings with readers. I get nice comments on my blog- not so much in the comment section as I do on the Facebook pages or through email.

What advice do you have for new writers just starting out?

Don’t quit reading. To me, reading is to writing as weight training is to athletics. You can’t do one well without the other. Secondly, develop a thick skin because not everyone will like or love what you write.

What do you like to do for fun?

I love being with my family. I love movies and music.

What helps you to stay motivated and keep writing?

The urge. I know that sounds trite, but I enjoy sitting at the keyboard and creating something from nothing.

How do you attract new readers?

Right now, word of mouth seems to be going well. I’ve developed a small but rabid readership. I use groups in Facebook and Twitter.

What has influenced you the most as a writer?

This is a good question. I think my life experiences. My job as a high school administrator and former counselor gives me insight into my adolescent characters. I read in the same genre I write psychological thriller/mystery. I learn and have learned much from Patterson, Sandford, and Baldacci.

What is something about yourself most people don’t know?

I am actually reserved. I force myself to be outgoing. A second thing that I’ve been doing for years is at my high school’s commencement ceremony, instead of giving a principal address, I select a song that means something to me or one that “fits” the class and sing it to them. It becomes their song. Long after the ceremony and for many years after, they remember “their” song.

What kind of music do you like to listen to?

I grew up on Top 40, moved to Rock n Roll, but currently Modern Country. I am eclectic.

Who are your top three favorite authors?

Patterson, Sandford, Baldacci, CJ Box.

Do you have any blogs or books you can recommend?

For the writer, the book on dialogue – Shut Up, He Explained. It is my go to Bible. Stephen King’s On Writing is excellent.

What is your favorite movie that was based on a book?

Kiss The Girls or Along Came A Spider (both Patterson books)

What projects are you working on right now?

I have a new book, Betrayed, that comes out 11-12-20, and while I write, I’m currently writing a follow up tentatively titled Blaze In, Blaze Out. Both are in the psychological thriller/mystery genre.

Thank you Joseph for such a great interview!

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Blogger Spotlight- Interview with Blogger Alicia Jones

Tell us about yourself and how we can connect with you.

What you see with my work is always authentic. I have many things swirling around in my head, so you never know what you are going to get.  My website is where you can find my blog, a bit more about me and a few of my favorite pictures.  www.ajsdiary.com/blog.  Instagram: www.instagram.com/simplymeaj and on twitter I can be found @Ajonesy8)

What is the name of your blog or book and how did you get started?

AJ’s Diary.  I started in 2018, I’ve always had so much to say and so many thoughts in my head and had an idea to bring that to life in a broader approach, so I started my website.

What is your favorite food?

Mexican, the sauces and the flavors create this excitement within me that make me want to dance.  Literally!

What foods do you crave all the time?

Rice. I’ve loved it since I was a little girl.  A little butter and a pinch of salt and I have a meal

What is your favorite comfort food?

Homemade soup

If you could learn how to make any food what would it be?

Gnocchi

What is your favorite thing about being a blogger, writer, or author?

Speaking from my heart.  I love the ability to create something that not only I have enjoyed but others have as well.

What advice do you have for new writers just starting out?

Don’t be too critical of yourself.  Just go with your first instinct.  As you continue writing, you will see how much you have changed over time.

What do you like to do for fun?

Garden.  I like watching things grow.  It’s amazing

What helps you to stay motivated and keep writing?

 Quite simply, the passion for it.  It makes me feel so good.

How do you attract new readers? 

Of all the social media platforms, I would have to say Twitter is the most active, so I do most of my promoting there.

What has influenced you the most as a writer?

Other writers who have paved the way.  Whether new or seasoned.

What is your favorite genre to read?

Fables.

What are you reading right now?

Just started The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

What is something about yourself most people don’t know?

I am a huge tattoo lover.  Working on my idea for a beautiful sleeve

What kind of music do you like to listen to?

Every single thing that has a beat.  If I can groove to it I’m adding it to my music library.

If you could live in any book what would it be?

Tara Road by Maeve Binchy.  I fell in complete and total love with this book.  It’s like I was there.

Who are your top three favorite authors?

Maeve Binchy, James Patterson & Clive Barker

Do you have any blogs or books you can recommend?

I highly recommend The Thief of Always by Clive Barker.  Also, Any and Everything written by Maeve Binchy.

If you could have superpowers what would they be?

Eradicate hatred from hearts.

What is a typical day of writing look like for you?

I never have a draft, I have the thought that came to me at 3 a.m. and I start there.  I edit it over and over to ensure it flows. Once I feel that it is ready to be published, I pour myself a glass of wine in celebration.

What projects are you working on right now?

Started my first book at the beginning of this year, still going, not sure when it will be published but it’s coming.

Any other information you would like to include to our readers?

I always want to know what they think about my work, but most importantly I appreciate their support.  And just stay tuned to see what I’m up to next.

Thank you Alicia for such a great interview!

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Interview with Author and Blogger Derra Sabo

Let us know a little about yourself and how we can connect with you via website, blog, books, and social media sites.

Hi all, my name is Derra Sabo or D. I was born and raised in So Cal and became a writer in my early twenties. When I’m not thinking and typin’ away, I’m spending time with my family, friends, going to the movies, spending days/ nights at the beach, and boppin’ to music. One of my favorite ways to wind down from a busy day or to get together with my family is cooking. Food is an escape, it’s a universal language that everyone understands. I love meeting new people, so if you’d like to connect you can find me on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat under the handle @derra_nic, or you can find my blog at www.genuinelyderra.com

What is the name of your blog or book and how did you get started?

The title of my latest book is Slumberland. It is a partial collection of the dreams and nightmares I’ve had since I was a youngster. From light and hopefull to dark and twisted. I began writing in Jr. High as a simple way of destressing from school. I have lived my entire life with a rare disorder, Epidermolysis Bullosa, and that led to being teased and bullied throughout school. while my wit and sarcasm are superb, I knew that should the bully fight back with a punch, I’d be a goner. Writing out what I would’ve loved to say to those bullies was very cathartic. Well, that and banging on the drums, lol.

What is your favorite food?

Oh…that’s a tough question. I know that sounds weird, but I am just a total foodie. However, being part German, there is this meatball dish with a different sweet and sour sauce that is absolutely delicious. They are served alongside smoked gouda mashed potatoes. That dish is definitely a labor of love dish, but so worth it. I also love In-N-Out burgers and Mexican food. The Cali diet, lol.

What foods do you crave all the time?

Mac n Cheese….it is my ultimate comfort food. While I love a good homemade mac, oftentimes I am super busy and I will pop in a Stouffers Mac n Cheese in the oven. Lunch or a late night snack…that’s my fav!

What is your favorite comfort food?

I actually made my comfort food tonight…Catalina roast with carrots and mashed potatoes. The carrots slow cook with the roast, so they’re very tender. I plop a spoonful or two of mashed potatoes in a bowl and put the roast and carrots over that. Drizzle with the catalina sauce….comfort in a bowl.

If you could learn how to make any food what would it be?

I would love to learn how to make homemade creme brulee. That is my favorite dessert. I find custards a bit intimidating to whip up.

What is your favorite thing about being a blogger, writer, or author?

Writing allows me to speak my mind, especially on those more sensitive topics. I am not always the best at verbally communicating certain emotions, but hand me a pen or a laptop and out come all the feels.

What advice do you have for new writers just starting out?

Write what you want. Don’t write what is trending or what you think people will want to read. When you write what you have a passion for, it absolutely shows. It also shows when you try to write what you are not passionate about. One last piece of advice…never give up. Writing is 100% a love/ hate relationship. There will be times when the words flow and there will be times when nothing, but stressful blank screens happen. Keep at it because the end result makes it all worth it.

What do you like to do for fun?

I love traveling, going to the beach and spending time with my family and friends. I also love staying in and spending the day watching movies, reading books, playing Animal Crossing, building legos (new hobby during this crazy quarantine) and cooking of course.

What helps you to stay motivated and keep writing?

Having a schedule absolutely helps. Breaking up my day and allotting times for just writing keeps me accountable for writing a certain amount each day. It also helps me from getting burned out, which is easy to do because I start writing and lose complete track of time.

How do you attract new readers? 

The one way I found that works in attracting readers is posting the back blurb to upcoming books. That small snippet needs to capture the reader’s attention, entice them to want to read you book. After a few reviews come in I like to attach a few snippets of reviews so that new readers can see what others thought..

What has influenced you the most as a writer?

The one thing that has influenced me in writing is the world…i am constantly finding inspiration to write. From the beautiful aspects to the dark aspects.

What is your favorite genre to read?

I am a big fan of Stephen King…the twisted side of storytelling always captures my mind.

What are you reading right now?

I just finished rereading The Institute by King.

What kind of music do you like to listen to?

I am a total rock/ alternative girl. Fall Out Boy, Blink 182, Green Day… just to name a few However, when writing I listen to hip hop/ rap…a few of my fav artists are Eminen, Postmalone and NF.

If you could have superpowers what would they be?

Teleportation…that way I could travel the world without spending hours at the airport, lol.

What is a typical day of writing look like for you?

Well, the first thing I like doing in the morning is shower and get dressed. This just helps me start the day and prevents me from wanting to lounge around in my pj’s too long, lol. Breakfast and some me time is had, it allows me to fully wake up and have a quiet morning to get ready for the day. I schedule the morning for writing…laptop, cup of coffee and music playing…in the zone I go. After lunch is when I run errands, clean the apartment or do the laundry. I like to keep the night free for comfy clothes and watching a bit of TV, to relax. That is a typical weekday for me. Scheduled out and simple. 

What is your favorite movie that was based off a book?

One of my favorite books was Muder on the Orient Express, so when the movie came out I was excited.

What projects are you working on right now?

Living life with a rare disorder doesn’t just affect me, it also affects those around me. So, my next project is my family’s side of what it’s like having someone in their life who has a rare disorder. I am turning the tables in a way. 

Any other information you would like to include to our readers?

Be open to multiple genres…reading the unexpected leads to finding a new favorite. This goes for anything in life, hence, Variety is the spice of life. So, keep life spicy lol.

Thank you Derra for such a great interview! Be sure to check out her book and blog for more!

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