Hello, Sunshines, I am delighted to be today’s stop on the blog tour for; Add Cyanide to Taste by Karmen Špiljak. I am super excited to be sharing my exclusive author interview with Karmen with you all.
Firstly, thank you to Rachel at Rachels Random Resources for the invite to this tour.
About the Book
Add Cyanide to Taste by Karmen Špiljak
Genre: Murder Mystery, Noir Fiction
A sinister cook, a cursed cake, and a casual dinner between neighbours that goes murderouslywrong.
This debut collection of dark tales and recipes by Karmen Špiljak ascends the jagged culinary heights you’ve hungered to explore but could never find on a map. As the characters swoon over every unforgettable mouthful, and sometimes bite off more than they can chew, you’ll find yourself asking: What would I be willing to pay for the meal of a lifetime?
If feasting on culinary noir leaves you hungry, extend your pleasure by preparing the dishes featured in the stories. All recipes provided are cyanide-free.
Karmen Špiljak writes across different genres. Her short fiction has been awarded and anthologised.
More on http://www.karmenspiljak.com
General purchase link (all the other links are here): https://www.karmens.net/books
Hi, Welcome to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today.
Firstly, what five words would you use to describe yourself?
Curious, creative, foodie, bookish nerd.
Can you tell us a little about your latest/up and coming release?
My new book is a collection of short stories called ‘Add Cyanide to Taste’. It’s the kind of book I’ve always wanted to read, full of tasty adventures and dark suspense. I had loads of fun writing it and tried to keep things exciting, so every story is a little bit different. The collection includes wonderful illustrations by Slovenian artist Luka Rejec. The stories are bundled as ‘culinary noir’ and also include crime stories, speculative fiction, ghost stories and a pinch of horror. Most stories are accompanied by recipes for dishes that appear in them. Rest assured none contain any cyanide.
When not writing, what do you like to do to relax?
I love losing myself in a good story, whether on paper, in film or in audio. I also enjoy cooking, swimming and taking walks in interesting places like lush parks or old cemeteries. Apart from that I’m a semi-professional cat-cuddler and a keen gardener.
If you could have a holiday home anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Datça in Turkey. It’s a beautiful little town, where I had the most wonderful holidays and I’d love to go back. Everything tastes so good there and people are warm and friendly. It’s the only place where I wanted to spend my days lying on a beach drinking lemonade and eating fresh figs. I might not write too many books there, though.
If you could have one of your books made into a film, which book would it be and who would play your lead character’s?
I’d love to see my as yet unpublished spy thriller, ‘No Such Thing as Goodbye’, turned into a film. The role of Toni Morretti would be played by Millie Bobbie Brown, but I’m yet to find a good fit for her boss, Carl Lindhardt, and her sidekick, Purrito the cat, who, according to my husband, is the actual protagonist.
When writing, do you plot or do you go with the flow?
I do both. With short stories, I allow myself more freedom to discover the story, though I tend to have a rough idea of what the story is about. With novels, I’m much more structured and like to define the key plot events . I am, however, happy to take detours if the story kicks off in another direction.
What three tips would you pass on to an aspiring author?
1. Trust your gut feeling. So much writing is instinct: you can sharpen yours by doing lots of reading and writing.
2. Write what you want. This way you at least get the pleasure of telling your story your way.
3. Join a writers’ group. Being a part of community will make you a better writer and a less lonely one.
If you were hosting a dinner party what three people would you invite?
I’d invite three characters from my book, serve copious amounts of wine, then spy on them and take notes.
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with me today, I have just one more cheeky question, just for fun; What is your favourite snacking food?
I love Ottolenghi’s smoky marinated feta with a slice of sourdough. I make it in batches and always have a jar ready. However, if I happen to be out, I snack mercilessly on whatever is left in the fridge.
Thank you, Frankie x
Thank you for this opportunity
About the Author
Karmen Špiljak is a Slovenian-Belgian writer with a taste for dark and twisty tales.
Her short fiction has been awarded and anthologised. Her as yet unpublished thriller was shortlisted and received an honourable mention on ‘The Black Spring Crime Fiction Prize 2020’. She writes across different genres, from suspense to horror and science fiction.
She currently lives in Brazil with her husband and two cats.
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