Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I have been cooking for almost 20 years and fell in love with cooking at age 12 which started my motivation to take cooking classes every opportunity I had.
Once I started getting recognized by Taste of Home Magazine, Simple and Delicious, and even Paula Deen (on her blog, I won two contests!) I decided to start writing my cook books. My first one was Thanks A Brunch, Asian Fusion was my second.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Mexican American Cantina. This book will showcase my love of Mexican American food that I’ve been a fan of since I was a little girl. Going out to different restaurants and taco trucks inspired me to write this book. I spent many years trying to perfect these recipes and I am very proud of them!
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Nothing unusual, I just need to have mellow music on while I write to keep me relaxed.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Gordon Ramsey, Paula Deen and Ree Drummond. I admire all three of them to the highest degree and hope that some day one of them will be writing a forward for me.
What are you working on now?
Mexican American Cantina, just finishing it up and double checking everything before submitting it.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I haven’t found a method or website yet that I have found to be successful in promoting my books. I have had a lot of success at Holiday Bazaars and handing out business cards personally.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Keep writing! Even when you feel discouraged, just keep writing.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
To not give up just because the formatting of my book wasn’t working out for me. I had a little pity party for an evening and was told by my love that it will all work out, just start again the next day when I wasn’t feeling so frustrated.
What are you reading now?
The Psychology of Self Esteem.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I will be putting together all of my best recipes that have been featured in Taste of Home, Simple and Delicious and Country Cook Magazine plus others that I have held honors for. It will be an All American Cook Book.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
The 10th Kingdom, Still Alice, The Phantom of the Opera.
Author Websites and Profiles
Sarah Gilbert Amazon Profile