READER'S ROCK LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE VOL 2 ISSUE 4 NOVEMBER 2014 Vol. 1 Issue 3 September 2013 - Page 12

What has been the sweetest thing a reader has ever said to you? ANDREA: “Will you sign my book?” Those sweet words never get old. I have signed four hundred in a day and each one was a pleasure. Right now I publish exclusively in e-format so I don’t hear them often. 6 large Vidalia onions, peeled and sliced or Autograph requests are chopped delightful but few. I will soon offer signed salt and pepper How do you research for your books? Do bookplates or bookmarks on my sites. 1 stick of butter you travel to locations, scour history 1 can cream of mushroom soup What do you enjoy most about being an ½ cup of mayonnaise books? author? 30 Ritz crackers (one sleeve, coarsely crushed, or use cheese crackers crushed) ANDREA: I travel to most locations for my ANDREA: As an author I most enjoy 1 cup grated parmesan or cheddar cheese books and soak in the atmosphere and immersing myself in the story world and details, take lots of pictures, talk to the creating characters. These are my locals and buy books and souvenirs. people. I know so much more about them What fun. The University of Georgia than ever goes into print. A story is a Set oven to 350 degrees. library has proved a great source for bond to the reader, a glimpse at life, a period books. I like reading literature, Butter a 2-qt casserole dish. journals or diaries of the era I’m writing ticket to adventure and new thoughts. Storytelling is as old as time and as much when possible. a part of humanity as eating and Melt half the butter and set aside Would you share with us what the most procreating. I love that I, as an author, am carrying on this timeless tradition and Melt the other half of butter in a memorable moment has been since sharing my stories with readers just as large sauce pan. you’ve been writing? those ancient storytellers shared their ANDREA: I got the call on Christmas Eve stories with those gathered round a fire Add onions to pan, sauté until soft. that Signet wanted to buy my book. pit on a dark night. Phones were on cords then so the clarity Remove from heat. Do you have an online presence? How was great and I swear I heard Santa’s can readers get in touch with you? And Place half of the onions in the baking sleigh overhead. where are your books available? dish; salt and pepper to taste; sprinMost authors have an occupation in kle cheese over onions; mix soup I have a website and blog at addition to their writing. Have you and mayonnaise and pour over I also use Twitter always been a full-time writer or have cheese; mix crackers with melted and have author page on Facebook: there been times when you devoted butter and pour over top. yourself to another career? Twitter: @AndreaHParnell Bake until lightly browned, about 25 Directions: minutes. Serve warm. This is a yummy down home side dish that is popular at covered dish events. ANDREA: Jill of many trades here. I have been an airlines reservations agent, a dental assistant, and OEO instructor, a high school teacher, and a design and construction consultant. Facebook: I enjoy hearing from readers at any or all of those sites. Readers can also sign up for my Andrea Parnell email list to learn about upcoming