Shannon here: Linda Fulkerson shares insight into her love for. . . coffee. Along with a recipe for Hot Buttered Toffee Coffee included in The Coloring Book for Writers Coffee Lover’s Edition. Comment or answer the question at the end of the post to enter the drawing for a copy along with a box of colored pencils. Deadline: Dec 16th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Linda:
Love. A simple word, which should conjure up thoughts of romance, it’s a word frequently tossed around without thought. People will say they love their spouse, and in the same conversation profess their love for some meme they saw on Facebook. Such flippant use of such a serious word could cause confusion.
One thing is certain, though. Americans love coffee. And I mean we really, really LOVE coffee. The United States is the leading consumer of coffee in the world – to the tune of about 400 million cups downed every day. That’s a LOT of coffee.
So, while many guests on Shannon’s blog share about their personal true love stories or the fictional love stories of their characters, I’m going to talk about the love of coffee. Specifically, writers who love coffee, which is quite possibly the vast majority of us.
The romance between writer and coffee goes way back.
Voltaire was a prolific writer. According to some historians, the famous writer/philosopher wrote nearly 18 hours per day, and he drank upwards of 40 cups of coffee daily. Voltaire was fond of mixing chocolate in his coffee, much to the chagrin of his doctor, who warned consuming such vast amounts of the concoction would kill him. Who knows how long Voltaire might have lived had he listened to his doctor’s advice? He died at age 83.
Another coffee-loving writer was the man who penned our nation’s Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson was tasked with writing the document because, according to John Adams, he was the best writer in the bunch. What many may not know is Jefferson’s words were fueled by coffee. He kept stores of unroasted beans imported from the Indies in his cellar at Monticello, and his butler prepared the beverage using specific instructions outlined by the third president himself.
Frank Baum, who wrote The Wizard of Oz, was another coffee-loving writer. According to his son, the elder Baum floated down a hearty breakfast with “five or six cups of coffee fortified with sugar and cream – coffee strong enough to float a spoon on it without sinking.” That’s some strong coffee!
The list connecting love of coffee with wordsmiths goes on. In fact, being a coffee-drinking writer myself, I decided to have a bit of fun with it. Earlier this year, I published a new addition to my Coloring Books for Writers series – the Coffee Lover’s Edition.
This book not only includes coffee-themed coloring pages, it supplements those with fun quotes about coffee, coffee quizzes, coffee recipes, health benefits of coffee, coffee household tips, and, of course, fun facts about coffee-inspired writers.
If you know someone who loves writing and drinking coffee, or reading, or just drinking coffee, the Coffee Lover’s Edition would make a fun Christmas present for the coffee-lover in your life. Even if that person is you! You can find it at Amazon.com. Here’s a yummy recipe for to tickle your taste buds:
1/2 c. Mocha Ice Cream
2/3 c. Hot Coffee
2 Tbsp. Butterscotch Topping
Chocolate-covered English Toffee Candy, broken into small chunks
Pour hot coffee over ice cream and blend in the butterscotch topping. Top with whipped cream and chunks of chocolate-covered English toffee candy.
(Adapted from a recipe at Food.com.)
Linda’s writing career began as a freelance magazine features writer. She later moved into the exciting realm newspapers and has held the positions of copy-editor, sports writer, online editor, and online advertising coordinator.
In 2013, Linda left her day-job and launched DLF Digital Services LLC. Her company provides a variety of services, including a book marketing graphics segment that creates cover designs and video book trailers. She is a sought-after marketing consultant for authors, speakers, and small business owners, and specializes in website development and coaching for authors. She also presents workshops for writers’ groups and hosts the free Ideas to Books Podcast.
Linda is the author of several nonfiction books, including a series of coloring books for writers, and DEAD BROKE, a mystery novel published in 2016.
To learn more about Linda Fulkerson, visit her website www.LindaFulkerson.com.
Question for Readers: What is your favorite flavored coffee? Do you like it hot or cold?
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