Mary: You’ve shared with us a bit about your growing up before. So can you share with us your favorite holiday tradition that you’ve carried on from childhood?
Phyllis: I’d love to, Mary! For as long as I could remember, my mother always made Applesauce cake for Christmas. Even though she made these cakes throughout the year, the Christmas holiday is what stays in my mind. Probably because we made goodie-plates for neighbors and these little cakes were on them. Now I am the one that makes the cakes and takes them to our neighbors. Here is the recipe. They’re really easy to make!
1 cup butter 1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup sugar 1 cup nuts
1 egg ½ teaspoon cloves
1 ¾ cup flour (or so) 1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup applesauce
Blend butter, sugar. Add eggs. Add applesauce with soda. Mix well. Add spices, choc chips and nuts. Add flour. Bake 350 for 50 minutes in greased and flour bread pan.
Mary: I love the sound of this recipe! What holiday traditions have you developed over the years with your own children?
Phyllis: While growing up, my family always put up the Christmas tree on my sister’s birthday – Dec. 13th. Once I married and started having kids of my own, we decided that was too late in the month to put up our tree. So we started a new tradition. Our tree goes up the day after Thanksgiving – without fail! Funny, because now that my daughter has her own family, she’s starting earlier than that and wants her tree up on her birthday – Nov. 23rd.
Everyone warm enough? I’ll turn up the heater and grab some more blankets.
Mary: So I heard a rumor you have a Christmas Anthology out, is this true? Can you share a blurb from it and offer up a buy link?
Phyllis: This is true! I was invited to be with 11 other authors to join this Regency Christmas Anthology. There are four books with three authors’ stories. The story I’m in is titled, “Summons From His Grace”. All the stories focus around one person – our character’s grandfather, the ornery Duke of Danby. My story is titled, “Becoming A Lady”. These anthologies can be found on Kindle, Nook, or any other e-reader programs. Here’s the link to my story http://amzn.com/B0061CFACY
CONTEST!! All of the authors in this anthology are doing a giveaway contest. All you have to do is comment on this blog leaving your name and email addy and you will be entered. Click here to read more about this contest – where the grand prize is a Kindle!
Mary: Sounds great! Where can your new fans find Phyllis? Web site, blog, twitter, Facebook and anything else you can think of.
Phyllis: I do have a Facebook page. Just look for Phyllis Campbell. My website and blog are combined – http://phylliscampbell.blogspot.com I’d also love for you to follow me on Twitter - @phylliscampbell If you are a member at www.wattpad.com, I have some of my books up there as well.
Mary: Can you offer any words of wisdom to the struggling new author?
Phyllis: If writing is something you love, do NOT give up! It’s a rough business, but the rewards are worth every struggle and every heartbreak. Continue to perfect your talent, and you will achieve your dream!
Thank you, Phyllis for joining us again today. I always have a great time when you visit!
Thanks, Mary! I certainly enjoy popping in for some hot chocolate!