Acceptance by Cupcake by J.M. Griffin
When I was in Maine last year, I was inspired by the beauty of the state. The Atlantic shoreline is wonderful, wild and a bit chilly. I visited a lighthouse in Portland. It was simply marvelous and that’s when the idea began to germinate. You’re wondering what this has to do with cupcakes, am I right?
Let me explain how the whole thing came together. My friend and I were sitting at a luncheon table when out of nowhere a pink bead fell into my friend’s lap. We’d been talking about faeries and the marvelous desserts on the table when Surprise, here comes the pink bead! Nobody was sitting near us, the wait staff was dressed in uniform without jewelry and here is this little pink bead! We chuckled over her faerie bead without giving it much more thought. Later that day, we visited the lighthouse. I watched waves crash against the shoreline, thinking about how craggy the rocks were. As a writer, the starkness caught my attention and my imagination took flight.
On the way home I scribbled notes on faeries, cupcakes (my favorite), and the Maine shore. Before I knew it, I was enthralled with the idea of murder, mayhem, and a tea house with its own garden faeries not far from the coast. With a healthy dose of romance included, I figured I had a winner.
Time passed and the story grew, as did the characters. By the time I was finished, I’d decided to call it Faerie Cake Dead. I shopped the manuscript around, but couldn’t get any bites, until one day I got a call from an editor who’d heard that I wasn’t having any luck selling the novel. She wanted read it and then asked to sell the idea to her editor-in-chief. Like the pink bead, the deal fell into my lap. Surprise!
Faerie Cake Dead begins in a tea shop named Faerie Cake Junction. Faerie cakes are the British equivalent of the American cupcake. Garden faeries live in behind the shop. They not only like the shop owner, but often visit her. The story has a cantankerous sheriff, a handsome hero, two busybody wait staffers and a slew of other funny characters. The story is lighthearted, good-humored and has a wicked twist at the end.
Like the appearance of faerie beads, you can never tell what surprises you are in for. Check out Faerie Cake Dead and read the mystery surrounding Luna Devere, the faerie cake baker.