On this quiet Sunday morning why don't you put the kettle on, make your favourite breakfast and settle down for Sunday Brunch with Jaffareadstoo
🍴I'm delighted to welcome author, Steven Manchester to our Sunday Brunch today🍴
🍴Good morning, Steven ! What favourite food are you bringing to Sunday brunch?
I’m bringing eggs benedict (if I can talk my wife into making her Hollandaise sauce).
🍴Would you like a pot of English breakfast tea, a strong Americano, or a glass of Bucks Fizz?
Strong Americano for me, although I’d be very happy with the English tea.
🍴Where shall we eat brunch – around the kitchen table, in the formal dining room, or outside on the patio?
Weather permitting, we’re going outside. If we have to stay in, I prefer an informal setting—so the kitchen table.
🍴Shall we have music playing in the background? And if so will you share with us a favourite song or piece of music that makes you happy?
Yes, we’ll be playing albums—at a low volume. Frank Sinatra’s ‘Summer Wind’
🍴Which of your literary heroes (dead or alive) are joining us for Sunday Brunch today?
Harper Lee, please.
🍴Which favourite book will you bring to Sunday Brunch?
‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ I want to discuss Ms. Lee’s writing process with her.
🍴When you are writing do you still find time to read for pleasure? And is there a book you would like to read but haven’t had time for …yet!
I love to read, and do so 4 months out of the year. The rest of the time I’m writing. There are many books I haven’t been able to get to; I especially enjoy reading new writers—some of which are unpublished.
🍴What’s the oldest book on your book shelf?
🍴Where do you find the inspiration for your novels?
Every day life, surrounded by family and friend. I write realty-based fiction.
🍴Have you a favourite place to settle down to write and do you find it easier to write in winter or summer?
I’ve trained myself to write in chaos, if needed. Summer, winter—it doesn’t matter—my job is to put in the seat time and produce new work.
🍴When writing to a deadline are you easily distracted and if so how do you bring back focus on your writing?
I’m not easily distracted at all; I’m probably too intense. When I do get stuck, I start writing a new scene (within the same novel).
🍴Give us four essential items that a writer absolutely needs?
Passion, Self-Belief, Commitment & Perseverance
🍴What can you tell us about your latest novel or your current work in progress?
I’m currently finishing up a novel entitled, Dad. It’s about three generations of dads; a legacy about fatherhood. A tearjerker!
Steven, where can we follow you on social media?
Steven Manchester is the author of the soul-awakening novel, The Menu; the #1 bestsellers Twelve Months, The Rockin' Chair, Pressed Pennies and Gooseberry Island; the national bestsellers, Ashes, The Changing Season and Three Shoeboxes; the multi-award winning novel, Goodnight Brian; and the beloved holiday podcast drama, The Thursday Night Club. His work has appeared on NBC's Today Show, CBS's The Early Show, CNN's American Morning and BET's Nightly News. Three of Steven's short stories were selected "101 Best" for Chicken Soup for the Soul series. He is a multi-produced playwright, as well as the winner of the 2017 Los Angeles Book Festival and the 2018 New York Book Festival. When not spending time with his beautiful wife, Paula, or their children, this Massachusetts author is promoting his works or writing.
Blessed with a high emotional IQ, Phinn Reed enters the world with the promise of finding his soul mate. With heaven’s memories erased, his romantic quest teaches him that the heart often sees clearer than the eyes—and that not everyone has ordered the same items from The Menu. Evidence that love stories come in many different forms, The Menu is a spiritual journey involving more than just a man and a woman; it is a modern-day tale that reaches far beyond the boundaries of reason.
🍴Thanks so much, Steven, for joining us for Sunday Brunch today 🍴
It's been great fun!
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