Count Down Day 3 with Moira Keith

Welcome Moira! Thanks for coming over and blogging for me. It's Day THREE on my countdown to release!! Whoot!


If you were to ask me how I felt about helping out Bethanne with her release party by doing a guest blog post here on her site and to describe it in one word—I couldn't. Thrilled would be an understatement. Ecstatic? Nah—doesn't work either. Perhaps I should quit while I'm ahead and get down to business? Definitely!

I had no idea what to talk about today. Could talk about how I met Bethanne and we became the closest of friends, but that's a tale to regale you with another time. Like when we're fifty and sitting in rocking chairs at the old folks home and going through our 'remember when' phase. Instead I've decided to dish on something that I've seen is central to a lot of celebrations—especially seeing as how my darling friend has a thing for cakes and has asked each of her guests about the delectable dessert.  The only logical thing to do at that point was talk about cakes!

Of course, there is something I love more than talking about cake, and that's baking them. In small portions of course. You see, I'm a cupcake baking addict. Wait—it gets worse. My favorites include alcohol in them. I've even taken it a step further and started including that obsession passion into my writing. My current work in progress is a prime example of that. The heroine owns a cupcake store and she is a witch. Weaving in that element has been fun. It takes the writing to a different level for me. Allows me to incorporate something I love from my life, into that of my characters. Cupcakes I've shared in and off the page? Classic lime and strawberry margarita cupcakes, Bailey's Irish Crème cupcakes, and even an Irish Boilermaker have made their way into my hero's hearts as well as those of friends and family.

Other things I'm passionate about (or more aptly obsessed with) are things that are Celtic or magical. Those are themes that creep into many of my stories as well. And as we are speaking of passions and the way they weave their way into writing, I know my darling friend here has a passion for faith and family. Those themes work their way into her stories on a fairly consistent basis. So I must ask, what are some of your passions that work themselves into your writing? And if you are a reader, do you have favorite authors who's passions are evident through their works either due to a common theme or element you've noticed that pops up?