Author Judy Bennett Shares Their Story
About the Author
Judy Bennett has been called “screamingly funny” and “the Erma Bombeck of booze.” In her book, Bloody Marys: Sanguine Solutions for a Slew of Situations, she instructs not only how to make 45 of the most unique and delicious Bloody Marys you’ve ever seen, but why to make them as well. She claims there is a Bloody Mary for any occasion, be it watching calories, watching a sunset, or watching porn. When Judy isn’t behind the bar, she is probably a) organizing her 114-pair shoe collection; b) selling vintage swimwear on her site, www.thousandislanddressing.net; c) performing burlesque under her stage name, Nadia Nice; or d) teaching wellness seminars for those who lead crazy, busy, boozy lives like hers. Bloody Marys made the Oregonian’s 2012 list, “100 Things We Love” twice. This year, one of Judy’s bespoke recipes (page 40 in the book!) was awarded the honor of being named Portland’s Most Liked Bloody Mary.
What inspires you to write romance books?
I’m not much of a romantic, to tell you the truth. Either because of that or in spite of it, I’ve been married three times. I write snarky, sarcastic nonfiction. Okay, liberalized nonfiction.
Tell us about how you write:
I’m actually kind of a loner and an introvert, but whenever I sit down at the keyboard, this bombastic, opinionated woman comes out of me! Writing doesn’t always come easy; I get writer’s block just like anyone else. I usually just curl up on my bed with my laptop. I don’t go to writers’ colonies, or coffee shops, or meditate, or any of that stuff. It happens when it happens.
When I was working on my book, I wrote all the content first. Then I put the chapter headings on index cards and arranged them and rearranged them until I was satisfied with the flow. More importantly, my publisher and editor were happy with it, too.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I shopped around for a publisher for over a year. By that time, I was ready to give up and learn how to publish the book myself. That’s about when my publisher found me. I was happy to have her guidance, although I still had to pay for the whole thing and do all the marketing myself. I guess there’s nothing wrong with that. I pay people to do my taxes and service my car because I don’t want to take the time to learn how. Publishing was a lot like that. She quit the business six months after the book came out, so now I’m completely on my own. I will admit that the design and editorial team over there did a magnificent job – I think it’s a right purty little book.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Books are here to stay. Unfortunately it’s going to get more and more competitive. You’ve got to have a strong, well-defined niche.
What genres do you write?
Cocktails, recipes, humor, gift, vintage
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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