Words from the authors of Food and Romance Go Together


I thought it would be interesting to know why each author wrote her story for the anthology, Food and Romance Go Together.

Yesterday Ryan Jo Summers shared the story behind “Coffeecake Chaos.”

Today Jody Vitek shares the story of “Peanut Butter Kisses.”

Why Peanut Butter Kisses was Written 

When my publisher opened up submissions for a short story in the Food and Romance Go Together, Vol 1 anthology, I jumped at the chance. I had a file filled with story ideas and knew the one I wanted to write would make a great short story, but you had to have a recipe to go along with and play a role in the story. Figuring out which recipe I was going to use and how to incorporate the food into the story was harder than writing the story.

I had a high school reunion story line with the recipe for my peanut butter cookies, but I had to put the two together. Thinking I had to have my heroine Beth be the one to make the cookies, it was while writing the story that I quickly discovered my hero Hank who would be the baker.

Join Beth at her ten-year reunion, as she hopes to see her long-time secret crush Hank, what happens at the reunion, and what transpires afterward. I hope you enjoy Peanut Butter Kisses and try the cookies, as they are a family favorite.

Photo credit Bryan Ochalla


Ryan Jo Summers

Melange Books had calls for two different submissions; one was to love a Scotsman and one was for a food-themed story.I really preferred to do the love a Scotsman story, and even dreamed up a hunky Scot complete with kilt and attitude. Over the following days, I could not come up withe anything else to add and finally had to admit there just wasn’t a story. Sometimes you can’t force these things. What a shame, because my Scotsman was a dream-boat. (Sigh)
Meanwhile, over in the kitchen, the food-themed story was taking off. I was popping out characters, plot-lines, and even dialogue like kernels of corn in a microwave. I let the whole thing cook a bit, took it out of the mental oven of my mind and poured some buttery fine-tuning revisions over it and had a story. Sort of like pulling a frozen dinner from the oven.


It was based on the coffee cakes I used to bake for hubby in the mornings for him to take to work and share with his co-workers. The idea of a caterer came because I pet-sit/ dog walk as a side job and one of my clients was a pair of caterers. The two meshed and became “Coffeecake Chaos.  There you have the story behind the story.



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  1. Ryan Jo Summers | 20th May 17

    Sue, what a super idea. Thank you for offering your fellow contributors a chance to tell our story. I can’t wait to hear everyone else.

    • sue | 20th May 17

      Thanks. Ryan!

  2. Jody Vitek | 21st May 17

    I love hearing how other authors are inspired to write a story. Thank you, Sue, for giving us this opportunity to share ours with our readers.

  3. Ryan Jo Summers | 21st May 17

    Yummy, Beth. Thank you for sharing your story.

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