Character Interview with Cindy Eller, lead character in
How (Not) To Kiss A Toad
How (Not) To Kiss A Toad
Where do you dream of traveling to and why?
I’ve always wanted to tour Asia. I’ve wanted to play with new flavors for a long time. I want to experience the places that these flavors come from, so I can create desserts and treats that would honestly represent the true character of the regions these ingredients came from.
Tell us about your family.
My family is crazy! My mother has been married no less than twelve times. She’s the strongest Earth Witch of her generation and she can be… opinionated. So far no man has stuck around for very long. I have five sisters and none of them have the same dad… except for the twins, but that’s a given. All my sisters are strongly Magical and gorgeous, too, which means that I feel a little bit like the ugly duckling of the family. I have no idea who my own father is—my mother clams up the second I start asking questions. I figure he has to be an Ordinary, since my Magic is so screwed up. Mom would never admit to having been married to an Ordinary!
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
As a child I wanted nothing more than to show true Magical potential like my mother. I wanted her to be proud of me. When I finally realized that I was never going to have that kind of Magic I decided to go the Academic direction. I was well on my way to getting my Ph.D in Archaeology when the baking bug bit me. I don’t regret it for a minute.
What are you passionate about these days?
Food! I love baking—it’s the place where I truly shine and my Magic actually behaves itself! I love making sugar-oriented twists on the local flavors that we enjoy here in Tuccson, Arizona. Chipotle and chocolate? Yes, please! Creating new flavors is my true passion. If I can make someone smile or get that startled and intrigued expression on her face when she tastes my food then I have succeeded.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
Relaxation is spelled: I-c-e c-r-e-a-m. SweetDreams ice cream is my absolute favorite. The flavors are exotic and decadent… and totally swoon-worthy. Give me a pint of ice cream and a good book and I am in raptures! When I have a bad day, ice cream is always there to pick me up!
You just won a huge lottery what is the first thing you'll buy?
My own bakery! It would be so amazing to be able to just create what I want to without having to please my bosses. The Davies are amazing and gave me the opportunity to do what I do, but I’m ready to move on and be my own boss. If I won the lottery I’d have enough money to get my own bakery and invest in some truly spectacular ingredients! I might even need my own cocoa plantations! Sigh… that would be the life!
Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it?
“You’re one wing shy of being batty!”
How (Not) to Kiss a Toad
Cindy Eller Book One
Elizabeth A Reeves
Elizabeth A Reeves
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy/Paranormal
Number of pages: 314
Word Count: 51,638
Cover Artist: Angela Nelson
Cindy Eller is a witch with a gift for creating decadent desserts highlighting the exotic and spicy flavors of her native Southwest. However, life isn't always sweet for this magical baker. All her life she's been cursed-- every man she's ever kissed has turned into a toad. Love isn't likely to come her way, she knows.
If that weren't a big enough problem, her 'curse' has come to the attention of the Council of Magic and she may never be able to use her powers.
Enter the perfect man-- handsome, sweet, and loves food just as much as Cindy does. It would seem to be a match made in Heaven, or is it?
Cindy isn't the only one keeping secrets.
With toads, cupcakes, romance, magic and ice cream, life never has time to get dull!
About the Author:
Legend has it that Elizabeth A Reeves was born with a book in her hands and immediately requested a pony. Though this story is questionable, it is true that books and horses have been consistent themes in her life. Born in Massachusetts, she was quickly transplanted to Arizona by a professor father and creativity-driven mother, who is the one responsible for saying "If you can't find a book that you want to read, write a book you want to read."
In her spare time, she likes to knit, weave, hatch chickens, and chase after her husband and four sons.