Featured Interview With Cathy Connally
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I am an avid reader and traveled the world for most of my career working in internal audit and then founding my own companies in technology and compliance. I was raised in the Midwest of the US and began my food journey at five years old in France where a doctor prescribed an artichoke for an inflamed liver rather than pills. From that time on, I have worked to utilize food as medicine while never compromising on flavour. I love to cook and bake and am constantly working on new recipes. I am an avid traveler and have been to 60 countries for work and pleasure.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
Started reading at four or five years old. My parents were language teachers so reading was required in our house. I started doing technical writing early in my career and have more recently started writing non-fiction after realizing that I wanted to connect with people to reach out to help with flavour and health through writing stories that connect and introducing new ways to make iconic foods.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
John Grisham, Jeffrey Hammelman, Lee Child are a few of my favourite authors. I like thrillers and mysteries and non-fiction such as historical biographies, autobiographies and cookbooks. My co-author Charley Best and I have worked together for a long time and we inspire and work well together on this book series as well as others that are underway.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
This book was two years in the making. We wanted to weave stories of audacious women with some fun travel locations and accompany it with tasty recipes. Our standards are very high on the photography and we have hit some #1 New Release categories on Amazon such as Travel Photography and Gourmet Food. Most of the photos are our originals except those that are historical or family photos.
The reader is taken on a fun road trip through France, first stopping in the Champagne Region where we toast the Widows of Champagne, then onto Metz, where a little girl first realizes that food can be medicine. Then onto Burgundy region where relatives fought in WW1 and there are stories of family members who survived the Depression and had health issues that can be solved with nutrition. Then onto romantic Provence and Arles and finally Marseille and the Calanque, the Coastal mountains.
The book has adventure, poignant moments and lots of great food and other pictures. Sip a glass of wine and take a vicarious trip to France.
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