Dina and Mark Marshall, a nouveau riche couple in their thirties, live at Boca Forest, the top country club in Boca Raton, Florida, where they vie to keep up with wealthier residents. Mark, a financial planner and popular golf partner, regularly invites club members to partake in Dina’s gourmet dinners in an attempt to further his business that affords them a luxurious Florida lifestyle. When Mark suddenly leaves his wife for the hot, younger blonde Taffie and the two take off for Key West, Dina finds little solace in her family and “friendships”—instead, she trumps her initial self-doubt and turns her obsessive list-making tendency into a flourishing home-catering business. While intent on keeping her head above water and winning back her husband, Dina encounters a dashing fellow chef and all-around great guy, Dex Ryder. Now everyone’s talking, and not just about her fantastic cuisine. Dina’s life is definitely on the upswing…until it all comes crashing down. Laugh, cry and cook with Dina as she discovers who her true friends are and decides where and with whom her future lies.
Targeted Age Group: 30’s and up
Book Price: $.99
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
I’ve added a personal touch with my dialogue because I am able to get into my characters’ minds and actually speak aloud their parts as I’m typing. My genre is contemporary fiction/romance or chick-lit. I added a couple of scenes in real time, which many people commented on in their reviews. They related to the protagonist’s distress while laughing at the events that befall her.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Begin with something small – maybe an essay or short story. Read books in the genre you’re interested in becoming a part of. Subscribe to a writer’s magazine. Join a critique group. Go to a few writers’ workshops – many of which are free.
Carol White, a Delray Beach resident, is an award-winning novelist, playwright and free-lance writer. Her essays, stories and columns have been published by The Sun Sentinel, Writers Journal, Insight for Playwrights, Working Writers, Woman’s World, The Florida Writer, and Senior Scene. She is a frequent fiction contributor to the East Hampton Star Newspaper.
She is a published poet and her plays have been produced and staged in over 20 theatres around the country, including two off-Broadway productions. She is an officer for the National League of American Pen Women. Her novels, “Hidden Choices” and IPPY 2013 Bronze Award Winner and an International Book Awards 2013 Finalist “From One Place to Another” are on sale at Amazon.com, etc., and at Delray Beach’s local Mystery Bookstore, “Murder on the Beach Bookstore.”
As the former Executive Producer for the Boca Raton Theatre Guild, Carol has worked in every facet of the theatre – from backstage dresser to producing full-scale musicals, and moderated a playwright critique workshop during that time. She has mentored high school and college students advising them on theatre production, and has given many young actors their start in community theatre. She recently won second and third place for full length plays in the Royal Palm Literary Awards sponsored by The Florida Writer, and her latest short story is a finalist in their 2013 contest.
Carol presents book talks and workshops in local libraries, women’s clubs, colleges and other venues. Workshops include jump-starting your creativity, memoir/essay writing, and short play writing. She has spoken at Murder on the Beach Bookstore several times.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I worked for a high end caterer in Boca Raton, which serviced wealthy residents of country clubs in the area. I’ve always had an interest in food and come from a famiily of good cooks. My job as a party planner led me into some of the most unusual situations,which I mentally filed away until I wrote this book.I added romance, humor and lots of food for a book that will be familiar to many woman who have to make a living, particularly if they are single. My book has won the 2013 IPPY Bronze Award, and was one of three award finalists in the International Book Awards for 2013.