Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Guest Blogger: Susan Lyons on...Martinis or Chardonnay?
When Patti kindly invited me to blog here, I asked if she had a topic in mind. She said, “Do whatever you like - you can even blog about martinis.” Well, okay then!
What’s your favorite drink, and what does that say about you?
I recently, in an email to a reader, mentioned that I was writing to her from an airport bar, where I was having a glass of white wine. She told me I needed to find a new drink - white wine was for old ladies.
I was also told that the Awesome Foursome (the 4 20-something heroines in my 4-book series, Champagne Rules, Hot in Here, Touch Me and She’s on Top), needed their own martini. They get together each week for dinner and drinks, and consume everything from beer to girly drinks to - you got it - chardonnay. They’re young, fun and like trying different things. But yes, of course they needed their own martini. My bad, for not having realized that.
You’ll be happy to know, they do now have their martini, and it’s called Birth of Venus and is turquoise, gorgeous, and yummy. I ran a martini contest and with the assistance of a crew of tasters, picked the winner and two runners-up. You can check out the recipes and see tasting photos on my website (http://www.susanlyons.ca/articles/awesome_martinis.htm).
And just so you know, I don’t confine my own drinking to white wine. I like fruity martinis, Kahlua and milk, Alize passionfruit liqueur, gin and tonic on a hot summery day, sangria, red wine and so on. I’m not so much a tequila or beer fan, though I can be persuaded.
What I’m thinking about today is, what does our choice in drinks say about us? As a writer, that’s an important question, because I have to decide what drink each character is going to order - and a reader is going to form a certain impression, based on that choice. A twenty-something girl whose favorite drink is Bristol Cream sherry is different than the one who chooses single malt Scotch, and both are different than the girl who goes for a butterscotch martini. When a writer picks a signature drink for a character, she’s conveying a lot of information about that person.
And then there’s situational drinking. What about the young career woman who loves fruity martinis but, when out drinking with the men from work, chooses beer or Scotch so she’ll better fit in? When her boyfriend takes her to meet his straightlaced English mom, she’ll probably force down that glass of Bristol Cream sherry too, just to make a good impression.
How about you? Do you have a favorite drink? What do you think it says about you? And do you sometimes change your drink order, so you’ll fit in or impress someone? Or do you cheerfully order whatever you like, whenever you like, and not care what people think?
The third book in the Awesome Foursome series (following the award-winning CHAMPAGNE RULES and HOT IN HERE), TOUCH ME is Ann's story. Lawyer Ann Montgomery is stressed out and in constant pain. Greek god masseur Adonis Stefanakis can provide relief - and much more. In his skilled hands, she learns to unleash her sensual side. But it's an attraction of opposites. Career-driven Ann will never change her priorities. Will she? Or will she and Adonis learn, together, that touch isn't just about our bodies, it's about our hearts?
Romantic Times raved about "the three quirky, opinion-filled friends, one hot massage therapist (with a touch for the tantric) and the heroine's laugh-out-loud inner monologues. Lyons creates page after sensual page of unique touch, taste and locale with some "hot monkey sex" thrown in. Look to be turned on from start to finish."
Visit Susan's website at www.susanlyons.ca/