Sunday, May 29, 2011

with Angie Briedenbach

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Angie!
People talk about life before children—what was your life before writing?

There was a ten-year period of time that I didn’t write in my adult life. Because writing is in my DNA, I felt depressed and bored. Sure I was racing to work and support my children, but there was this very unsatisfied feeling inside. Once I started writing again, that empty feeling disappeared. I think we are meant to live out our purpose and when we are not in that place, we feel deep dissatisfaction.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
The obstacles have changed over the years. First it was skill. I took every class I could find. Next it was time. I began putting writing into my schedule. Eventually writing became a priority. We have to schedule our dreams and goals into our daily life. Wishes don’t make dreams come true.

What book have you recently enjoyed reading?
I’m finishing a book I’ve wanted to read for a long time about the last royal princess of Hawaii. Love Finds You in Lahaina, HA is full of intrigue and history of the Hawaiian monarchy. I just love it! I’m also reading a devotional, Jesus Calling, given to me by my writing partner, Teresa Herbic. I don’t normally have a writing partner but this book is a very special ministry outreach devotional. So her gift has many levels to it. I love this devotional because I really do feel like Jesus is talking right to me on each page.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote?
I love the pirates, but my favorite character is in chapter two. It’s Rachel as she’s coming to the realization that her mom really isn’t magical. I loved the lyricism of this particular story. I love it every time I read it. I remember the interview with her at a writer’s retreat and relive those amazing hours as we came to understand some astonishing truths about our moms and our understanding of ourselves.

If you were a dessert, what would you be?
Um, I love dessert. This is my favorite food group. But I do admit to a caramel corn addiction. I used to work in a caramel corn shop. The owner thought if he let us eat all we wanted that we’d eventually get tired of it. Nope, I think I ate my paycheck each week. Poor guy, lol. Here’s my recipe:

Caramel Corn

Although there are many versions, this recipe consistently gets rave reviews including returned tins each Christmas for refills. The secret is in NOT baking the confection. Many recipes tell you to bake the caramel corn in order to create a hard candy coating. But the chewy caramel corn is actually more satisfying to our friends and family. See what you think of this simple treat.

12 cups popcorn
1 cup butter
2 cups dark brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 tsp salt

Melt above ingredients over medium heat, stirring often. Bring to a boil.
Cook for 5 minutes. Stir to avoid burning.
Turn off heat.
Add 1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. baking soda

Stir well. Caramel will foam while changing color.
Immediately pour over warm popcorn.
Use a folding motion to coat completely.
Break apart large chunks and cool on butcher paper or foil.
Store in airtight tins lined with foil for easy cleaning.

Insider Tip: Make popcorn ahead and keep in a butter-sprayed ceramic bowl in oven at 200°. Caramel will not harden as fast, giving time to coat all the kernels. Butter spray on the long handled spoon and bowl keeps the caramel on the popcorn and easier clean up.

Tip 2: Have a second person ready to stir as caramel pours over popcorn. Be very careful not to get any on your helper as hot caramel has serious burn potential.

If you were to find a purple polka-dotted monster in your kitchen one morning, how would you respond?
I’d laugh and offer breakfast. It’s undoubtedly one of my kids pulling a prank--yet again.

Tell us about one of your favorite memories or moments in your life.
There are these amazing moments of awe that happen when I hold my grandchildren. I’m astonished at the gift God’s given me. I love to sing them to sleep. The utter peace and beauty of the babies snuggled in my arms is entrancing.

What's one of your dreaded things to do?
Numbers and paperwork. They’re the same to me. They drain me of energy.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
I love to write about the theme of wisdom. I think it’s a powerful way to change the world by helping people grow spiritually and emotionally.

What is the Lord teaching you, or recently taught you?
I recently studied David and Solomon. We don’t recognize often how off track these great men went in their older years. I’m hyper-aware right now how easy it is to fall away from the Lord. He’s teaching me to completely remember and rely on Him, to be aware that anything in my life is because God gave it and not because I did it.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
We don’t know the date yet, but it’s a 365 daily devotional. Also in the works are an historical fiction series and a contemporary comedy/romance. But two short projects I’m interested in doing this summer are publishing my Creative Cooking for Simple Elegance and Creative Cooking for Colitis cookbooks to nook for their color versions (they’re already available on Amazon and Kindle) and a booklet on brain/organ donation to e-book.

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Purchase Gems of Wisdom at CBD.

Angie is giving away a copy of Gems of Wisdom. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Anonymous said...

I'd like to win this book!

Joanne Sher said...

Please enter me for this on. :) Thanks!

Linda Kish said...

I'd like some gems of wisdom.

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ann said...

Sounds like a great book for me


karenk said...

please count me in...thanks :)

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apple blossom said...

caramel popcorn oh yummy! please add me to the book drawing too thanks

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Angela Breidenbach said...

Hi all,

Thanks so much for dropping in to enter to win :-)

Angie (who is deeply pondering the merits of caramel popcorn at the moment. Deeply.)

Jo said...

Please enter me.


Meredith said...

Please enter me! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Judy said...

Please enter me in this give-away. This books sounds really good. Thank you!


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