Compromise Cake Review and Q&A with Nancy Spiller on Book Buzz by Janet Walker

 Excerpt: “Q2. You have a love/hate relationship with cooking – loving the execution of the recipes but maddened by the taxing and often disappointing efforts at sharing with others. Does this connect to baking sessions with your mother?   Yes–I love to cook and the theoretical concept of sharing with others, but I’m socially challenged when it comes to enjoying my guests. And if I could find another way to connect with people with best survival knife other than killing myself in the kitchen, that would be good, too. The reality is, I’m more comfortable on the page than on the plate. I wrote about this torment in my autobiographical novel, Entertaining Disasters .” For the full review and Q&A, click here:...

Nancy Spiller Guest Posts on WritersDigest.com: “5 Lessons I Learned From Writing A Memoir

Excerpt: “1) It’s Not a Competition: Mention you’re writing a memoir and people might ask such helpful questions as “Really–what’s so special about you?” Or you’ll be in the midst of chapter 22 when a voice inside (possibly sounding like one of your siblings) shouts “no one cares!” Just because you haven’t climbed Mt. Everest with your hair on fire or recovered from a zillion dollar a day drug habit (or both), doesn’t mean you don’t have a memoir to write. After the personally transformative runaway success of Angela’s Ashes, detailing an abject childhood in Limerick, Ireland, Frank McCourt said “I learned the significance of my own insignificant life.” The driving force of a successful memoir can be as simple as “what might have been,” according to author and educator William Zinsser.” For the full post on Best Panasonic Epilators Review, click here:...

Compromise Cake by Nancy Spiller on Book Buzz by Janet Walker

Excerpt: “Q1. Has researching/writing Compromise Cakehelped you better understand your mother’s early life and why she failed to find happiness as a wife and mother? Yes, most certainly. In writing the book, I came to see my mother’s mental collapse resulted in part from being forced to pursue the conventional woman’s path of marriage and children. Mental illness can spring from the conflicted mind’s response to an impossible situation, that was my experience in my late 20s, and that’s what happened to my mother, after marriage and motherhood.” For the full Q&A, click here:...

Review of Nancy Spiller’s New Food Memoir on AfterNyne.com

Excerpt: When Nancy Spiller discovered her late mother’s teaching credential buried in the midst of a long abandoned recipe box, she felt compelled to investigate the lingering mysteries of this troubled woman. Her mother had taught for only one year before marrying, having four children and a life surrendered to mental illness, divorce and social withdrawal. Spiller realized that she had probably been her mother’s best and only student in the kitchen they had shared. To read the full review, click...