Hi! I’m Kim Fielding and I’m here today to talk to you about pancakes.
I’m a big fan. I rarely eat much for breakfast–I am not a morning person–but sometimes I enjoy pancakes for dinner. Especially if they contain berries of some kind.
There’s a restaurant in Portland, Oregon called Slappy Cakes. Friends took us there last year. You order the batter and the add-ins and they bring them to you, and there’s a griddle built into the middle of the table so you cook your own. It’s fun and tasty. But when we went there, my younger daughter–who was 11–refused to cook her own. “Why not?” I asked her.
“I’m not allowed.”
This was news to me, her mother. But she insisted that she was forbidden, and my husband ended up cooking them for her. I think she missed out on a fun experience. And it reminds me of how long I wanted to be an author but somehow convinced myself that I couldn’t write a novel. It took me decades to learn that I could. I did.
In fact, my twelfth novel just came out. It’s called Astounding! One character is a pulp magazine editor who’s reaching the end of his rope. A drunken, rash decision leads to his meeting with John Carter, a Tab Hunter lookalike who claims to be an alien. And you know where they go for dinner when they meet? Slappy Cakes.
Carter Evans is founder and editor-in-chief of Astounding!—a formerly popular spec fiction magazine currently in its death throes. Not only can he do nothing to save it, but stuck in a rathole apartment with few interpersonal connections, he can’t seem to do much to rescue his future either. And certainly all the booze isn’t helping. He snaps when he receives yet another terrible story submission from the mysterious writer J. Harper—and in a drunken haze, Carter sends Harper a rejection letter he soon regrets.
J. Harper turns out to be John Harper, a sweet man who resembles a ’50s movie star and claims to be an extraterrestrial. Despite John’s delusions, Carter’s apology quickly turns into something more as the two lonely men find a powerful connection. Inexplicably drawn to John, Carter invites him along on a road trip. But as they travel, Carter is in for some big surprises, some major heartbreak… and just maybe the promise of a good future after all.
You can find Kim on her blog: http://kfieldingwrites.com
on Facebook: http://facebook.com/kfieldingwrites
and on Twitter: @kfieldingwrites
I would like to give a big Thank You to Kim Fielding for taking the time to stop by RGR today to talk about her novel ‘Astounding’ and pancakes. 🙂