The Revealing of Stacey Ballis

The Revealing of Stacey Ballis

Stacey Ballis (The Spinster Sisters, Room for Improvement, the rest in Bibliography), described as “wickedly funny and brutally honest,” celebrated the release of her most recent novel, Good Enough to Eat, a few weeks ago. Another book for the “foodie” in you, this story offers a terrific twist along with 40 healthy recipes.

From the book’s front cover comes this two sentence descriptive tease:

She learned how to eat right. Living right is the hard part.

And this praise:

“Like a perfect dish of macaroni and cheese–rich, warm, nuanced, and delicious.”__Jen Lancaster, New York Times bestselling author of My Fair Lady

The Divining Wand has scheduled a presentation/review of Good Enough to Eat for Monday, October 4, 2010 but until then let’s meet the author through her “official” bio:

In addition to being a novelist, Stacey Ballis is a lifestyle and entertaining expert, who previously appeared on The Rachael Ray Show and other television programs. She lives in Chicago.

And now it’s time get to know Stacey upclose and personal:

Q: How would you describe your life in 8 words?
A: Spectacular, abundant, delicious, blessed, Love, words, family, friends

Q: What is your motto or maxim?
A: Go big or go home. Also, if it smells bad don’t eat it.

Q: How would you describe perfect happiness?
A: Feeling content in your own skin, more laughter than tears, appreciating the people around you, good work, good food, good friends, profound love.

Q: What’s your greatest fear?
A: Not achieving my full potential. Also, swimming face first into jellyfish.

Q; If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A: At The French Laundry with my man.

Q: With whom in history do you most identify?
A: MFK Fisher.

Q: Which living person do you most admire?
A: My sister.

Q: What are your most overused words or phrases?
A: I’m not saying, I’m just saying. Issues. Frankly. Catawampus.

Q: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be? A: Predicting lottery numbers. (For the homeless.)

Q: What is your greatest achievement?
A: My relationships with friends, family, and the love of my life.

Q: What’s your greatest flaw?
A: Hate exercise. Makes wanting to live long healthy life a pain in the ample tush.

Q: What’s your best quality?
A: Compassion.

Q: What do you regret most?
A: The buzz cut in 1983. Yikes.

Q: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A: Me. Truly! (But Heidi Klum wouldn’t be bad for a weekend….)

Q: What trait is most noticeable about you?
A:I have great eyes. Unless it is humid, and then people tend to notice the hair-shrubbery first.

Q: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A: Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing

Q: Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A: Francis Urquart from House of Cards.

Q: If you could meet any athlete, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A: Walter Payton. I would just say Thank You.

Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
A: Manipulation of people, especially those who are not up to intellectual challenge. Also, nose picking not so nice.

Q: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A: Cooking with/for my guy and our friends and family.

Q: What’s your fantasy profession?
A: Five star hotel tester.

Q: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you? A: Honesty, generosity of spirit, sense of humor.

Q: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A; My godmother’s Banana Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Q: What are your 5 favorite songs?
A: Dvorak’s Symphony for a New World, John Hiatt’s Have a Little Faith in Me, The Beatles In My Life, Frank Sinatra’s Wee Small Hours of the Morning, Dusty Springfield’s Son of a Preacher Man

Q: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A: MFK Fisher The Art of Eating, Marion Zimmer Bradley The Mists of Avalon, The Complete Works of Shakespeare, Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree.

Keep up with the multi-talented and very humorous Stacey Ballis by following her on Twitter and becoming a friend on Facebook.

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Book Giveaway: The Divining Wand is giving away two copies of Jenny Nelson’s Georgia’s Kitchen in a random drawing of comments left only on this specific post, Jenny Nelson and Georgia’s Kitchen. Comments left on other posts during the week will not be eligible. The deadline is tonight at 7:00 p.m. EDT with the winners to be announced here in tomorrow’s post. If you enter, please return tomorrow to see if you’re a winner.

7 thoughts on “The Revealing of Stacey Ballis

  1. Stacey is a gem of a person and a fabulous writer. And while her fantasy profession is a good one, I personally would choose blimp pilot.

  2. Hilarious! Her humor really came through. Fave answer:

    “Q: How would you describe perfect happiness?
    A: Feeling content in your own skin, more laughter than tears, appreciating the people around you, good work, good food, good friends, profound love.”

    Ditto. 🙂

  3. About that banana cake with chocolate icing…yum!

    I’m a huge fan of M. F. K. Fisher and Michael Chabon, too.

    What a fun profile – I’m already looking forward to more!

  4. Since MFK Fisher is one of my favorite authors, I’m always impressed with someone who mentions her….I can’t wait to read Stacey’s book, it arrived last week.

  5. Loved it! Great profile, and I’m a huge fan of Stacey’s taste in music. I’ll definitely follow her on Twitter, my account is @SuzyQq02!

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