Delicious Disasters: An Interview with Isabella Louise Anderson

Isabella Louise grew up with a book in her hand, and to this day nothing has changed. Aside from writing, she focuses her time on featuring other authors on her blog, Chick Lit Goddess, along with sharing book reviews. Isabella Louise is also a member of the Romance Writers of America.

She lives in Dallas with her husband, enjoys spicy Indian and Mexican food, margaritas, and red and white wines. She loves spending time with family and friends, and cheering on the Texas Rangers. When Isabella Louise isn’t working on her next release, her attention is also on her Scentsy business, where she’s a consultant.

Thank you Lola, for granting me a pleasurable opportunity of interviewing such a pleasant writer like Louise.

1. As a writer of Chick Lit, Romance and Contemporary, what inspired you the most to choose the title ‘Delicious Disasters’ for this book?

I knew I wanted a delicious-looking cake on the cover, but I also wanted there to be some fun in the title, meaning that not everything is easy in my main character’s life, which was where the word disasters came from.

2. Can you share with us a snippet that isn’t in the blurb or excerpt?

My favorite scene that I wrote in the book was between a mother and daughter. No spoilers, but let’s just say that the little girl caused quite a disaster, which left her mother highly embarrassed.

3. What was the inspiration behind ‘Delicious Disasters’?

I’m a foodie, so I love watching Food Network. I’m a big fan of baking shows, but I’ve never baked a cake from scratch, which was why I thought about creating a character like myself.

(P.S. I’m happy to report that both Tessa and myself.)

4. What is the key theme/message in the book?

Like with cake, romance and life can get sticky at times, but it can turn out beautifully.

5. Are any incidents or characters in the book based on your real life/experiences?

YES! I’m not the best baker at all and have experienced my own cake fails, which was one reason why writing the beginning of Tessa’s story was easy.

6. What were the key challenges faced by you during the process of writing this book?

Writing the descriptions. In order to learn how to write what Tessa was doing, I had to experience it for myself, so I baked during the night and wrote during the day.

7. What do you expect your readers to take away from this book?

I’d love for readers to come away feeling that they’d read a heart-warming story—one they could relate to, at times—and they would even read again.

8. Is there any specific music that assisted you in writing this book?

No, but if I listen to music while I write, it’s usually instrumental to keep away from distractions.

9. If ‘Delicious Disasters’ was to be made into a movie, who are the celebrities that would star in it?

Tessa: Jana Kramer (country music singer and actress of many Hallmark movies)

Brye: Josh Duhamel (Do I even need to explain myself? 😉)

C.C.: Hannah Brown (from The Bachelor & The Bachelorette)

Jake: Nick Viall (from The Bachelor & The Bachelorette)

Gavin: James Remar (he was Dexter’s dad on Dexter)

10. What is the future for the characters in this book? Is there a sequel?

I have no plans for the characters or for there to be a sequel, but you never know.

11. How do you develop your plot or characters?

I’ve always been a pantser, but for my last two books, I’ve outlined them using Sarra Cannon’s plot guide, which has helped immensely.

12. Describe your writing place.

I don’t have a designated spot I write, but on most days I’m at my desk and at night I’m on the couch with my iPad.

13. What is the most difficult part about writing for you?

I can write a first draft no problem, but I always have trouble letting the final draft go. I have had many sleepless nights where I wonder what mistakes I didn’t catch before pressing the publish button.

14. It is evident that you love the Pomodoro Technique in dealing with Writer’s block. Apart from that, what other advises would you give your fellow writers on dealing with writer’s block?

Read a book that’s out of your genre. I love chick lit/women’s fiction/contemporary romance, but whenever I feel lost in writing or have writer’s block, I pick up any James Patterson novel and read. Not only do his books inspire me, I pay attention to his craft, which motivates me to keep writing my own books.

15. How often do you hear from your readers? What do they say?

I don’t hear from my readers too often, but when I do, they flatter me with compliments on my writing style and relatable characters.

16. Who is your favourite character out of the books you have written?

Each book I write, I find that I enjoy a lot of my characters and I’m sad when I end a book because I felt like we’ve become friends. However, I’d have to say that my favorite character I’ve written is C.C. from Delicious Disasters. She’s spunky, kind of on the wild side, but she has the most tender and loving heart. Also, there were parts of her story that I cried as I wrote them.

17. How much did you enjoy writing Delicious Disasters?

I loved it. This book was so different from anything I’ve written, mainly because it was hands-on learning how to bake, along with writing the descriptions of what Tessa’s cakes look like, but I had a blast.

18. Can you share with us something about the book that isn’t in the blurb?

Paperbacks will be available soon!

19. Who is the author you mostly admire in your genre(s)?

Meredith Schorr! She’s a brilliant author, and I’ve read everything she’s written.

20. Apart from your current works, do you have any series planned?

Now at the moment, but I’ve always wanted to. Maybe in the future, though.

21. Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with your readers about?

I’m halfway into writing another book, one that I’ve been wanting to for a long time, so I’m really enjoying it. Also, I’m working on an outline for another that involves a hot hockey player, (GO DALLAS STARS!)

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