Wednesday, October 7, 2015

I’d Rather Be Writing

By Kay Kendall

When USA Today bestselling author  Lois Winston invited me to participate in her new cookbook adventure, I jumped at the chance. After all, the title captured my feelings exactly—WE’D RATHER BE WRITING, subtitled 88 Authors Share Timesaving Dinner Recipes and Other Tips. You can pre-order the eBook for 99 cents and receive it on October 30. A portion of proceeds will be donated to No Kid Hungry. Most of us authors juggle day jobs and family responsibilities along with our writing. Because we need to find time to write, we search for ways to save time. And cooking takes up such a huge chunk.

However, you don’t need to be a multi-tasking author to need time-saving recipes and tips, so in our new cookbook you’ll find easy, nutritious recipes for meat, poultry, pasta, soup, stew, chili, and vegetarian meals. The recipes require a minimum of preparation, freeing time to do other things—to read, exercise, garden, craft, write, spend more time with family, or whatever.

The 88 participating authors make up a varied group, writing a wide range of fiction—everything from mystery to romance to speculative fiction to books for children, young adults, and new adults—and some who write nonfiction. Some write sweet; others write steamy. Some write cozy; others write tense thrillers. Some are debut authors with only one published book; others are multi-published and have had long publishing careers. And, while some are even New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors, even they still need to perform feats of juggling daily.

We like to think of ourselves as a rather creative and resourceful bunch when it comes to carving out time from our busy lives. So in addition to timesaving recipes, we have added timesaving organizational tips too.

Check this list of contributing authors to see whose names your recognize: Lisa Alber, Reggi Allder, Judy Alter, Krista Ames, Rose Anderson, Cori Lynn Arnold, Judy Baker, Beverley Bateman, Donnell Ann Bell, Paula Gail Benson, Kris Bock, Maureen Bonatch, Ava Bradley, Susan Breen, Lida Bushloper, Michelle Markey Butler, Ashlyn Chase, Judy Copek, Maya Corrigan, Mariposa Cruz, Melinda Curtis, Lesley A. Diehl, Conda V. Douglas, Nancy Eady, Helena Fairfax, Jennifer Faye, Flo Fitzpatrick, Kit Frazier, Shelley Freydont, Mariana Gabrielle, Rosie Genova, Marni Graff, Joanne Guidoccio, Margaret S. Hamilton, L.C. Hayden, Linda Gordon Hengerer, Heather Hiestand, R.Franklin James, Kathryn Jane, M.M. Jaye, Elizabeth John, Stacy Juba, Gemma Juliana, Carol Goodman Kaufman, Melissa Keir, Kay Kendall, A.R. Kennedy, Lynn Kinnaman, Marie Laval, B.V. Lawson, Claudia Lefeve, Alice Loweecey, Cynthia Luhrs, Sandra Masters, Lisa Q. Mathews, J.M. Maurer, Sandra McGregor, Kathy McIntosh, Claire A. Murray, Ann Myers, Tara Neale, Stacey Joy Netzel, Jayne Ormerod, Alice Orr, Laurel Peterson, Irene Peterson, Pepper Phillips, Caridad Pineiro, Kathryn Quick, Renée Reynolds, Josie Riviera, Elizabeth Rose, C.A. Rowland, Cindy Sample, Sharleen Scott, Terry Shames, Susan C. Shea, Judy Penz Sheluk, Joanna Campbell Slan, Karen Rose Smith, Lynette Sofras, Kaye Spencer, Skye Taylor, Lourdes Venard, Lea Wait, Regan Walker, Lois Winston, and Aubrey Wynne.

We’d Rather Be Writing is available on Amazon at
Part of proceeds will be donated to No Kid Hungry <>

Kay Kendall is a long-time fan of historical novels and writes atmospheric mysteries that capture the spirit and turbulence of the sixties. She is a reformed PR executive who lives in Texas with her husband, three house rabbits, and spaniel Wills.
Terribly allergic to her bunnies, she loves them anyway! Her book titles show she's a Bob Dylan buff too. RAINY DAY WOMEN published on July 7. It is the second in her Austin Starr Mystery series.


  1. Seeing the cookbook, I think I'd rather be eating.

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    1. And quite a bargain too at that, Marilyn! Thanks.

  3. I'm so excited to be a part of this cookbook. The recipes are amazing!

  4. I'm sure our families will appreciate our using the book, too.

  5. You make an excellent point, Marjorie!

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  8. I'm thrilled to be part of this venture. I can't wait to get my hands on the book.

  9. Joanne, it is a fun project to be a part of, isn't it? And so useful too!

  10. I can't wait to see all the recipes!

  11. I'm truly happy to part of this cookbook and looking forward to trying many of the recipes.