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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

"When I'm not writing" with Bailey Cates

Cricket McRaeThis week we have Bailey Cates, aka Cricket McRae, as our guest. You may remember her name from Stéphanie's reviews of the first two Magical Bakery books (BROWNIES AND BROOMSTICKS and BEWITCHED, BOTHERED, AND BISCOTTI). The fourth book in the series has just been released and now we have Bailey/Cricket here today to let us know how she spends her time when she's not writing one of her many books.  Enjoy!

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I must say this is one of the most unique – and fun – guest features I’ve encountered in the blogosphere! While I love talking about writing and books and story to no end, it’s great to get a chance to share some of my other interests!

kittens think of nothing but murder

Of course, as a writer I love to read, though sometimes it’s hard to find time. One way I fit it in is to read my kindle while on my morning walks. That’s an hour of free reading five or six days a week! I began reading back when I walked to school – paperbacks in those olden days – so I’m well practiced. I hardly ever run into signposts (ha!).

I’ve also begun listening to audiobooks while working in the yard. I write like a madwoman in the winter, but the other three seasons I temper that with a lot of gardening. Flowers are fine, and I have some pretty landscape beds, but mostly I’m interested in growing food and herbs. This harkens back to the themes in my two mystery series, colonial home crafts and traditional herbal medicine (and plant magic, as green witch practices are key in my Magical Bakery Mysteries). I have three large raised vegetable beds at one end of the yard and a kitchen garden by the back patio.

Bailey Cates garden

Not only do we eat from the garden starting in May and usually through September (with the help of a cold frame – northern Colorado where I live has a relatively short growing season), but I preserve the excess for our winter enjoyment. Just yesterday I defrosted the big freezer in the garage so that it’s ready for the bags of blanched vegetables summer and fall will bring. And the basement has an old fashioned cool pantry to store onions, garlic, squash and home canned goodies. There is nothing like the flavor of fresh tomatoes from the garden in January!

Bailey Cates canning

Cheesecat helps with the gardening as only a cat can:

Bailey Cates Cheesecat

In the winter I curb my home crafting jones by making soap and other bath products, knitting and crocheting, and yes – I even own a spinning wheel. I do find that one kind of creative activity feeds the others, so a little break from writing to weed out the strawberry patch or boil up some tomato sauce re-energizes me to get back to the keyboard!

Thanks for inviting me to visit!


Thanks so much for visiting us, Bailey/Cricket! For more about Bailey/Cricket and her books, check out the following links:

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Here's the scoop on SOME ENCHANTED ÉCLAIR:

Some Enchanted Eclair by Bailey Cates


When Hollywood invades Savannah’s historic district to film a Revolutionary War movie, magical baker Katie Lightfoot, and her witches’ coven, the Spellbook Club, take a break from casting spells for casting calls. One of the witches snags a part as an extra, while Katie’s firefighter boyfriend, Declan, acts as on-set security. Katie and her aunt Lucy decide to stay out of the action, but after the movie’s “fixer” fires the caterer, the Honeybee Bakery comes to the rescue, working their magic to keep the hungry crew happy.

But when someone fixes the fixer—permanently—and a spooky psychic predicts Katie will find the killer, the charming baker and her fellow conjurers step in to sift through the suspects…before someone else winds up on the cutting room floor….

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Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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