Bake Believe Book One by Cori Cooper - Teen/YA, Magic - What happens when you combine Magic and Baking? Cat Anderson will tell you all about it
An Interview with Author Cori Cooper
Bake Believe is a Middle Grade urban fantasy so that means it’s in the now, with middle school protagonists, but fantastical things happen! All of these things have to do with Baking. :)
Writing isn’t easy. What was the most difficult thing you dealt with when writing Bake Believe?
My biggest thing was convincing myself I am a writer. At various times in my life I felt like it was just a cute hobby. Once I owned it and started taking myself seriously, I was able to move forward to achieve my goal of publishing.
Tell us a little bit about your writing career.
I’ve been writing stories for as long as I can remember! I always wanted to be a published author. I really started to pursue it when I finished college, but I was married with four little kids. I made the decision to put my writing on hold and give all my attention to my family. I’m so glad I did! I realized there is TONS of time to do things in life, but that moment when my kiddos were all little flew by. It was a blink. I picked writing back up when baby went to kindergarten. It was the exact right decision for me! I am a much better writer now that I can give it my full attention while the family is at school and work.
They say Hind-sight is 20/20. If you could give advice to the writer you were the first time you sat down to write, what would it be?
I would tell myself that writing is subjective, some people will love it and some will hate it. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. I believe in me.
What was your most difficult scene to write?
I have a Young Adult story that isn’t published (yet) where there is a romantical scene - a first kiss - it was SO hard to write! I ended up changing the plot to leave it out so I wouldn’t have to write it. :)
Are themes a big part of your stories, or not so much?
I don’t build a story around a theme, but I find that themes emerge on their own and because they are organic, I like them so much more!
What are you working on now?
I am working on the revisions of the third book in the Bake Believe Trilogy. It’s called Bake Happy. I’m also in the editing process of the second book, Bake Off.
Is there a release date planned?
Bake off is scheduled for May 3, 2022! I hope Bake Happy won’t be far behind.
Who is your favorite character from your own stories, and why?
I love all my characters! But honestly, Cat is the funnest to write. I just tap into all the middle grade silliness of my past and let it flow. It is truly a blast!
Most writers were readers as children. What was your favorite book in grade school?
I consumed A LOT of Baby-sitters Club and Sweet Valley Twins when I was in grade school! Also Beverly Cleary, Lois Lowry, Roald Dahl and Judy Blume’s Fudge series. But I really loved Anne of Green Gables!
What are your plans for future projects?
Oh my goodness! I have SO many manuscripts I would love to see published. My plan is to keep on keeping on until I see them all on my shelf!
Is there anything you would like to add before we finish?
Thank you for this opportunity! It is so fun to talk books and writing, I really LOVE it! Take Care!
Good luck with Bake Believe, and thank you for being with us today.
Excerpt: Frozen Waffles
Why am I still in bed?
It’s the last day of summer vacation! I can’t waste one more minute, second, or millisecond sleeping. This is going to be the most epically awesome day of all time! Like, so good that awesome looks at this day and wishes it was this epic. This might sound like a lot of pressure, but I’m ready. For weeks I’ve been keeping track of the summer stuff I love to do most, so I could pick out all the best things. Now, I have a mental list just waiting for me to get to it:
-Go to the pool.
-Use sun lightener on my hair.
-Work on my tan.
-Try something new at the Snack Shack.
-Meet three new boys.
-Give at least one of the boys my phone number.
I am determined to squeeze the most amount of fun out of every single second of this day. Obviously, I can’t get any of it done while I’m laying here like a slug! I have to get up and call Robyn.
I roll out of bed, no clue what time it is. My stinking alarm clock has been tick-tick-ticking away the precious minutes of my last summer day, so I have been ignoring it with all of my might. Before I stand up, I smack the clock face down on the nightstand. I should have done that before. The irritating neon numbers, winking in my peripheral, were giving me a headache.
And headaches are not epically awesome.
I wonder, would Time stop if I use all my allowance to send it on a vacation to Hawaii? I can find a beachfront resort somewhere far away from me and Time can sit next to the ocean with a fruity little drink. I wouldn’t mind if Time decided to stay there for a couple weeks even. This could totally work. Even Time must need a break sometimes.
Or maybe not, since that darn clock is still going at it, just muffled now.
I plop my pillow down on my nightstand, to shush it even more, and I tiptoe to my bedroom door. As quietly as possible, I ease it open, so it doesn’t squeak. It does like to squeak sometimes, and I don’t want to wake anyone up in case it’s super early. For all that trying to ignore the clock’s tick-tocks, I didn’t actually look at the time.
I’ll just check when I get my phone.
Because of the family ‘no screens in bedrooms’ rule, my phone spends the night in a basket on the coffee table. Out of habit, I look both ways before I slip out of my room and into the hall. Not a creature is stirring. Even so, I prefer to sneak along the walls and slink around corners like I’m in some big deal spy movie. It’s just more fun that way. I serpentine down the stairs and army crawl across the living room. When I’m almost to the coffee table, I execute a super awesome somersault that leaves me on my back, staring up at the phone basket.
I reach one arm into the basket and rummage around until I feel sequins. My phone! The most beautiful creation of turquoise and silver sparkles, I am very happy to have it in my hand.
I hold the phone above my head, over my face, while I text. My arms start to fall asleep instantly, but I ignore them, because this is super important.