Beans and CornbreadBy Molly Noble Bull
A friend asked me for a family recipe. I gave her my late mother-in-law’s recipe for cornbread. Those who grew up in the South like I did are familiar Southern cooking. At our house, beans and cornbread was what we had for supper at least once a week.
The choice of beans varies depending on what Southern state you came from. However, in Texas, it’s pinto beans, no question. Pinto beans warm up good, making an excellent leftover meal, and in my opinion, they taste better on the second and third day than on the first.
Forgive me. When I discuss beans and cornbread, I talk Texas.
Some add sugar to their cornbread. We don’t. We love cake and cookies like anyone else. But we don’t want our cornbread to taste sweet like cake.
I like to mash up my beans and mix them with the cornbread and bean juice. But that’s just me.
Old habit die slow, I guess. Or should I say, “I reckon?”
So what do Beans and Cornbread have to do with my new and slightly scary Christian Gothic Historical?
For one thing, it shows how different I am from the conversations between the Brits and Scots and the French characters in that novel.
I said, “I reckon.” The evil Frenchman in Gatehaven would say, “It would seem so.”
Shannon would say, “Is that true?”
Ian would say with a Scottish accent, “Aye.”
The British earl would say, “Perhaps?”
As the daughter and granddaughter of real cowboys from Texas, I spent part of my growing up years on a sixty thousand acre cattle ranch, and I’ve never been to England or Scotland except on the magic carpet of my imagination. As you can see, my history as well as my thoughts and speech patterns are very different from those found in Gatehaven.
God gave me the ability to write fiction novels. I also believe He gave me the desire to play dolls as a child. My doll-playing included various plot-lines and characters with individual speech patterns and motivations, preparing me for my writing career ahead.
I still eat beans and cornbread as often as I can, and I am thankful for every event in my life—the bad as well as the good. These experiences prepared me to become a novelist. More important, they prepared me to become a child of God.
Author: Molly Noble Bull
Publisher: Creation House
Description: Gatehaven by Molly Noble Bull is a Christian Gothic historical novel set in a haunting mansion in the north of England where Ian Colquhoun and Shannon Aimee battle a Frenchman with dark secrets—spiritual warfare vs. the occult. Will they learn enough about God’s words to defend themselves and others or will evil overcome them?
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About the Author:
Molly Noble Bull was born in Kingsville, Texas—home of the famous King Ranch. Her father and maternal grandfather were real Texas cowboys, and she enjoys writing western romances. But she also writes historical novels.
Gatehaven, her long Christian gothic set in Europe in 1784, won the 2013 Creation House Fiction Writing Contest while still a manuscript, and Gatehaven is the novel being featured today. However, Molly’ first two published novels came out from Zondervan. Her Zondervan novels were later reprinted and published as Promise Romances from Guideposts. Molly also sold novels to Love Inspired and Tsaba House, and Westbow Press published The Overcomers: Christian Authors Who Conquered Learning Disabilities, a non-fiction book she wrote with four other Christian authors. Molly owns the rights to her Zondervan romance novels now, and she will soon self publish The Rogue’s Daughter as an e-book. Rogue is a western set on a South Texas cattle ranch in 1890.
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