An Interview with Aletta Thorne; Author of The Chef and the Ghost of Bartholomew Addison Jenkins - What happens if you have a one-nighter--with a ghost?




The Chef and the Ghost of
Bartholomew Addison Jenkins
Aletta Thorne
Genre: paranormal romance,
mainstream romance, holiday
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Date of Publication: October 26, 2017
ASIN: B076WJK63L
Number of pages: 158
Word Count: 51,000
Cover Artist: Jay Aheer

What happens if you have a one-nighter—with a ghost?

Autumn, 1982. MTV is new, poodle perms are the rage, and life just might be getting better for Alma Kobel. Her ugly divorce is final at last. Her new job as chef at Bright Day School’s gorgeous old estate is actually fun. But the place is haunted—and so is Alma’s apartment. Bartholomew Addison Jenkins’ ghost has been invisibly watching her for months.

When he materializes one night, Alma discovers Bart—as he likes to be called—has talents she couldn’t have imagined…and a horrifying past. What happens if you have a one-nighter with a ghost? And what happens if one night is all you want—and you end up ghosting him?

Some spirits don’t like taking “no” for an answer.

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An Interview with Author Aletta Thorne
The Chef and the Ghost of Bartholomew Addison Jenkins

Welcome to Jena’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder 

Tell us about your writing career. How long have you been writing?
I have been at it since I was about seven. As soon as I realized that I could make up my own stories and poems and write them down, I started doing so. When JFK was assassinated, I was a very little girl, and I wrote a poem and sent it to his wife. I got a letter back from Washington which I think was signed by one of Jackie’s assistants, and that was probably what set me on the path. I wrote and published poetry and feature journalism (food and music reviews) as a younger woman, and started writing young adult fiction (under another name) a few years ago. The Chef and the Ghost of Bartholomew Addison Jenkins is my first big-girl romance. 


How did you choose your genre?
Like I said, I had written some young adult books: time travel, so I was already playing with the paranormal. I was on a writing retreat with some authors from Evernight at a good hotel near Niagara-on-the-Lake. They essentially dared me to write a full-on grownup romance. “Come over to the dark side,” they said. “We have cookies.” I’m waiting for the cookies, but writing my first adult paranormal romance was really, really fun!


Tell us about your most recent book? 

The Chef and the Ghost of Bartholomew Addison Jenkins

It’s set in the early 1980’s, and my main character is a woman chef. This is something I know about; I supported myself that way back then, and the restaurant scene was everything Anthony Bourdain says it was—not the healthiest work environment to be sure, but an exciting place. I worked for a while in a calmer kitchen, though, run by women in0 a private school. I thought I could bring in some ghosts—I happen to live in a haunted house, so I know a little about that, too—and have fun. Voila: poltergeists, kitchen hijinks, egotistical male cooks, and the dilemma of what to do with an illegal wire pot scrubber when the health department arrives for an inspection (stick it down your bra!) And an unexpected love story with a happy ending. Plus, it’s a really funny book. I like funny ghost stories. I was a big Topper fan. The book asks the story, “What happens if you have a one-nighter…with a ghost?” 


So many of us are intrigued by covers and titles. How did you come up with your title?

I wanted my readers to know it was a ghost story, and I figured there’s a lot of interest around chefs right now—lots of TV shows. Simple choice, really. Also, it was kind of an old-school title. I liked that. 


What inspires your work most?

Memories of times when my life was crazy! I’m happily married for many years (that took me a while to accomplish), but I was a hard-living single girl for most of my thirties and forties.


Who are your favorite authors, and what is it that draws you to them?
I read all kinds of things. I’m still a poet as well as a fiction writer, and I read a lot of poetry by poet friends and well-known poets. My all-time fave is probably still Anne Sexton, although I also love Mary Oliver. I read a lot of historical fiction, and I’m blown away by Sarah Waters. And I just finished George Hodgman’s memoir Bettyville, which made me cry buckets! My young adult north star is Madeleine L’Engle, and I probably wouldn’t be writing fiction at all without A Wrinkle in Time.


Are you working on a new story now? If so, please share a little about it?

I’m going a little outside my comfort zone with a new story about an older heroine—but it is a ghost story. She has just downsized to a tiny house. 


Any stories sitting on the back-burner?

I’m working on another YA book, too—different pen name! 


Do you have a website? 

Here ‘tis. My poetry and YA books are there, too. https://chrispygal.weebly.com/the-wicked-aletta-thorne

What will we find there?

I keep a blog about writing and general observations. And there are links to my online poems as well as contact info if you want me to come do an author event. 

Thank you for joining us today.

Check out an excerpt from The Chef and the Ghost of Bartholomew Addison Jenkins, below.



Excerpt 

When she opened the door to her apartment, her stomach sank. A dim square of light flickered in the hall outside her bedroom door. Yikes! Was I actually dumb enough to have left candles burning? Alma was scolding herself for having been dangerously spacey when she realized that the light from her room did not come from any sort of flame.

It came from Bart. He was standing beside her bed in his high-collared, loose-fitting shirt and his knee britches. And that was … not really strange at all. Just the friendly, resident ghost. No danger of burning down the house. A relief—and Alma had to be honest with herself—a pleasant surprise.

“Good evening, m’lady,” he said.

Alma opened her mouth to say hello back—and burped, instead. A Garbage Pie burp was an impressive burp. “Oh, wow. Excuse me.”

Bart chuckled as she dropped her purse in the chair next to her dresser.

“Rich dinner?”

“A Garbage Pie,” she said. “It sounds awful, but it’s—you know what pizza pie is, right?”

“The previous residents of this apartment ate little else. I know well what Garbage Pies are,” he said. “I do not fear them.”

Then he stepped in front of Alma and slipped his arms around her, something else that should have been shocking but wasn’t. Just the resident ghost, after all. The resident ghost who can really kiss. Bart’s touch tingled with cold fire.

“Well, hello,” Alma said.

“I missed you,” said Bart, then he put his mouth over hers and kissed her. She felt something feathery—his chest touching hers--and she nearly dissolved into it. His tongue was cool in her mouth, and full of sparks. He tasted almost sweet.




About the Author


Aletta Thorne believes in ghosts. In her non-writing life, she is a choral singer, a poet, a sometimes DJ, and a writer about things non-supernatural. But she’s happiest in front of a glowing screen, giving voice to whoever it is that got her two cats all riled up at three AM. Yes, her house is the oldest one on her street. And of course, it’s quite seriously haunted (scared the ghost investigator who came to check it out). She is named after a little girl in her family who died in the late nineteenth century, at the age of two. The Chef and the Ghost of Bartholomew Addison Jenkins is her first romance.

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