During the long silence, I have not been kicking back on an eastern shore with a plate of oysters (only for a week in the summer). No, I've been hard at work, as pictured, on the structural edit of my book, Apple Island Wife.
To mark the occasion of being fully funded for publication, I met (not) with Martin Amis, literary genius and tennis player of some note, on the rooftops of Paris 1980. This is what he had to say.
I’ve become a stickler for regularity in my food snacks. I have the same things all the time so I don’t have to think, I can just grab and go from the fridge.
My new snack of choice with morning coffee is Vegan Bliss Balls. These are genius. They cleverly combine a nut, an oil such as coconut, a sweetener - rice syrup, honey or maple syrup - and a dried fruit which acts as a glue once you’ve macerated everything in the blender. Sometimes there’s a seed, and often shredded coconut is involved.
As a writer, it's lovely to get onto the radio and be able to talk about your book. It helps bring it alive - not just for readers and listeners, but for the author as well! Time passes between writing a book and getting it published, and very often you forget what you've written!
"How do you turn this thing on?" Dan Hong asks as he swings the handle of a wok burner to and fro in TasTAFE's impressive catering kitchens.
We're here to talk about the Great Chefs Series, the initiative which does what it says on the tin - it brings great chefs to Launceston's Drysdale campus to mentor students slaving over a hot stove on the catering courses.
How excited was I to find this product last week, a bona fide means of reducing the use of plastic in my kitchen – and it’s made in Launceston!!
Bronwyn Kidd has spent the past couple of years travelling. Now back in Tasmania, she finds she doesn’t want to work in the traditional sense for someone else, but wants to be in business for herself, making and selling a product that ties in with her own personal philosophies. So far so smart.
Out August 2018
"Compulsive reading for anyone who has ever thought they are not living the life they should!"
River Cottage UK
Apple Island Wife is available in e-book and paperback from August 2018.
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Fiona Stocker is an English author and freelance writer living in Tasmania.