How about your favorite pie-in-the-sky moment as a writer? Have you ever had one of those “I never dreamed it would really happen to me” moments that was special to you?
This crazy author journey always surprises me, so I have pie-in-the-sky moments all the time. Picking one would be like picking one piece of pie! Nobody can have just one. Oh, wait. That’s potato chips. Anyhow, here is a smattering of my favorite moments:
- Getting the call that an editor wanted to publish my first book, WHEN GIANTS COME TO PLAY. I was camping in Banff and had to drive up to a hill to get a phone signal. When I got the news, my kids and I did a screamy-happy dance which made the hikers think we were being attacked by bears! I don’t think getting attacked by a bear would be THAT exciting!
- Standing in front of 150 4th graders and making them all snort with laughter at the same time. That is a trip!
- Having dinner with amazingly talented authors, illustrators, and editors. (And not being asked to leave.) I’m such a fan girl!
- Every time I get a copy of one of my brand-new books, I crack the book open and it makes that crazy little new book noise. It makes my heart sing every time!
Wow. That’s a lot of pie-in-the-sky. Got milk?
There’s no such thing as too much pie-in-the-sky, Andrea. But what about humble pie — have you ever been served a heaping slice of that during your career?
Oh yeah. It was at a signing in which I was sharing a table with a NY Times best-selling author. The table was as big as a dinner plate and his line was endless. Mine was non-existent. It was mortifying, but the other author was so gracious and funny I waited to commit hara-kiri until later…
Now let’s REALLY talk pie. What’s your favorite kind? Do you have a favorite pie memory? How about the recipe you’re sharing – can you give us a little background on it?
I was raised in southern Illinois a couple of miles from Rend Lake. There has been a café there forever named Burton’s, and its specialty is White Pie. This is a cream custard kind of pie topped with whipped cream and pecans. For about a million years, it was made by a wonderful lady named Freda Webb, a true magician with pie dough. I should say that some people do not love White Pie, but that is okay. That just means more for me and my brothers and sisters. It is our “must have” treat when we go back home. And sometimes, we make it when we can’t go home but truly need to. It is our Wayback Machine. Here’s a link telling about its history. This is a pie that takes a little practice to get right.
Pastry for single-crust pie
2 egg whites
¾ c. sugar
Pinch of salt
½ c. flour
1 T. cornstarch
2 c. milk
1 t. vanilla
Cook filling ingredients together, stirring constantly until thick. Beat 2 egg whites until stiff. Pour hot filling over beaten egg whites and fold in. Pour into cooked pie shell. When cool, top with whipped cream and sprinkle with chopped pecans. Chill 2 hours.
I’m a big fan of Midwest recipes — can’t wait to give this a whirl! Thanks for stopping by, Andrea.
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As part of an ongoing celebration for a pair of pie-related books that I have coming out soon (“Babyberry Pie” and “Pies & Prejudice” – learn more here), I started a pie-of-the-month club to showcase new books by friends and colleagues. To read other selections on the “pie-of-the-month club” menu, check out my interviews with Jane Kurtz, Toni Buzzeo, Lisa Schroeder, Jennifer Ward, Susan Blackaby, Jennifer Jacobson, Frederic Hunter, Kimberley Griffiths Little, and Stephanie Burgis. Be sure and drop by again soon, because throughout 2010 I’ll be serving up more stellar books by some of my favorite authors and illustrators.
Oh, and pie is on the menu, too, of course. Pie is ALWAYS on the menu here on my blog. Enjoy!