Food in Fiction

Ever had a blind date?

While women are worried the guy is a psycho-killer, most guys are worried the woman will be fat.

I’ve always had a…complicated relationship with food. I grew up in the 70s and 80s, when heroin addict thin was trending chic. My mother’s favorite actress was Audrey Hepburn, because she was, “So beautiful and thin!” The perfect woman when I was a kid had a 36” chest, a 24” waist, and a 34” hips. A 24” waist is a size 2, in women’s clothing. How many women do you know who wear a size 2? Not me!

As a writer, food plays a huge role in every story I weave. Often, as in my novel memoir, DISCONNECTED, it’s a main character. Rachel sought what most women did—to be successful, married and in love, have healthy kids. It was hard enough attracting a man when she wasn’t heroin thin like most Hollywood women. But in the 1990s, finding a man wanting an equal partner instead of an arm piece, a woman beside him instead of behind him, seemed the impossible dream.

Then along came Lee…

And Lee was an overweight, weed addicted gambler, who devoured food like he did most of life. Modeling Rachel’s father, Lee ate every meal as if it were his first, and last. He took her to great new restaurants, and late night cafes where they got intimate over fritters and pies. Flattered by his interest, and enamored with his charm and wit, she indulged with him. But Rachel was always fighting her weight, mindful of every calorie she ate. And it didn’t take long for her to figure out they’d be a train wreck together. But by the time she did, she was in love with him.

In every novel or short story I write, food is described intimately for the reader to partake in the eating experience. Readers smell each dish placed in front of the characters; feel the heat, or cold on their lips and tongue; then savor munching chewy, crunchy, or smooth blends of flavors and seasonings.

Consuming food is probably our most communal activity. Meals are often shared, as are treats like ice cream, and popcorn. And holidays are all about eating together. I write character driven stories. And sharing a meal is a great stage for revealing intimate details about the people at the table.

“Disturbing and intense…”

New Book review for Reverb from Reading Pleasure Book Blog: “Disturbing and intense, I couldn’t put Reverb down once I started reading…”
http://readinpleasure.wordpress.com/2014/07/15/review-reverb-by-j-cafesin/

Reverb romantic suspense

J. Cafesin Author Interview‬ on Wicca Witch 4 Book Blog

Thanks, Amanda for having me on your ‪#‎bookblog‬. Latest ‪#‎AuthorInterview‬ on Wicca Witch 4 Book Blog: http://wiccawitch4.blogspot.ca/2014/01/ww4bb-presents-interview-with-j-cafesin.html#.UuaL-xDTmUk

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Author Interview on Paris Carter’s Book Blog!

Thanks, Paris, for having me on your book blog! http://thepariscarter.wordpress.com/2013/12/28/interview-with-author-j-cafesin/

Interview With Author J. Cafesin

Hey, it’s wonderful having you here on my blog today. Do you mind telling us a little about yourself, and your home town?

Something weird…So, depending on the time of year, the day and circumstances of the day of an interview, I’ll have wildly varying responses to questions. Today, a friend just emailed me that her she caught her married boss, the company CEO, in the stairwell hugging an employee, sexually.  A few minutes later, her boss called her into his office and said he was just comforting the employee, and not to take what she’d seen ‘out of context.’  My friend then asked me what she should ‘do.’

What would you say? Or tell her to do?

I won’t say what I told her, as it might be taken ‘out of context’ with no back story. But I figure my job as a writer is to get what’s inside my head on the page, share the story with the reader, as with the above. My hope, my desire as an author is not only to entertain, but give readers something to consider, and characters to remember, long after the story ends.

And I’m from L.A., born and raised, and a diehard Californian….

Read more: http://thepariscarter.wordpress.com/2013/12/28/interview-with-author-j-cafesin/

J. Cafesin

New Author Interview on Pen & Muse

New J. Cafesin #authorinterview on the Pen and Muse! http://thepenmuse.net/2013/12/07/interview-author-reverb-cafesin/

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