I love it when food shows up in a story, especially when it's described so I can almost taste it. I enjoyed the meals in "Unearthing Cole," by A. M. Arthur, which I just finished reading. I'm now hungry for shrimp, corn bread, and potato salad, among other things!
Writing sometimes dulls my appetite a little, actually. I concentrate so hard on the story I forget to eat. It might be a good weight loss strategy if I didn't make up for it when I'm editing!
Anyway, I was thinking recently about the influence of food in my stories.
I've noticed cocoa shows up in my contemporary stories with a greater than average frequency. I always feel happy when I drink cocoa. I want my characters to feel warm, fuzzy, and happy, especially when they're about ready to make love. Sometimes that translates into giving them cocoa. I suspect my subconscious is at work doing this, because I never sit down and think, 'Hm, how can I work some cocoa into this story?'
Actually, I'd like to be that deliberate about it. I'd like to write a story that revolves around the sweet, chocolatey drink. But I don't have a storyline yet. I've played with a few, but nothing's clicked.
Strawberries, and especially strawberry jam, feature prominently in my most recent release, Strawberry Rivals. And wouldn't you know it, I got extremely hungry for strawberry jam for the first time in years.
Before I started writing this story, I shuddered inwardly whenever I thought about strawberry jam. Ugh, slimy! And with those bits of red globbed in it, those squishy bits.
Now I get so hungry for the stuff I can't stand it. And it tastes gorgeous to me--absolutely fabulous! In fact, I'm going to go have some right now....
Perhaps I should write a story containing the healthy foods I don't much like. Maybe I'd get over my aversions and start wanting to eat them. Collard greens and kale, anyone?