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Wednesday’s Wanderer: Melissa Tagg author of Here to Stay

But I Promise I Really Can Cook!

My name is Melissa Tagg and just for the record, I can totally cook.

People tend to think I can’t and honestly, I can’t blame them for assuming this because I make no secret about my intense love for things like frozen pizza and Reese’s Puffs cereal and Pop-Tarts…I even like healthy things, too, like baby carrots and honey crisp apples and grapes.

My love for these things means I don’t often feel the need to cook for myself.

But I have a feeling people also assume I can’t cook or bake because, as I just realized recently, in every book I’ve written so far, I’ve created heroines who can’t cook.  Or maybe it’s not that they can’t. Instead, like me, they just don’t.

But there are two very cool things about not cooking all that often…things both my characters and I have experienced:

  1. If you don’t cook often and somebody else makes a meal or a treat for you, it means the world.

That happened in my second book, Here to Staythere’s a scene where my hero makes crepes for my heroine. It’s one of my favorite scenes…partially because I love crepes, partially because I love my hero, and partially because I know what it feels like to have someone take the time to make a special meal or snack just for me.

Here to Stay cover

It’s just a guarantee that if you cook for me, I will love you forever.

  1. If you don’t cook often and one day you actually do take the time to make something for someone else, it’s all the more meaningful.

I actually say this to friends and family sometimes when I cook for them: “You realize how much I love you, right? Because I cooked for you.” And we laugh.

But it’s true, when I actually do cook or bake, there’s intention behind it. I’m taking time to do something I rarely do…just for that person. In the book I just finished rewrites for, From the Start, there’s a scene in which my dead-on-her-feet heroine makes a late-night breakfast feast for my hero. It’s a nice gesture regardless…but the fact that cooking isn’t her thing makes it even more special.

From the Start cover

So maybe it’s okay that my characters and I don’t cook or bake often. Good things come of it.

But still…I really can cook. I promise.

Oh, and those crepes my hero made in Here to Stay? Here’s a recipe:


4 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup flour
1 Tbsp sugar
1/4 cup oil
1/2 tsp salt

Whisk all ingredients together. Heat a lightly greased round griddle or pan over medium-high heat. Pour about 1/4 cup batter onto the pan and tilt the pan until the batter fills it. Cook until lightly browned and edges lift up easily.

Serve hot with real maple syrup, Nutella, berries, chocolate sauce, or anything else delicious. Enjoy!

Tagg2Bio: Melissa Tagg, author of Made to Last and Here to Stay, is a former reporter and total Iowa girl. In addition to her homeless ministry day job, she is also the marketing coordinator for My Book Therapy. When she’s not writing, she can be found hanging out with the coolest family ever, watching old movies, and daydreaming about her next book. Melissa blogs regularly and loves connecting with readers at

6 thoughts on “Wednesday’s Wanderer: Melissa Tagg author of Here to Stay

  1. Okay. For the record. I love Melissa Tagg. She loves Gilmore Girls (always a plus). She loves food (Um. YES). She loves coffee (although I remember at some point she said she was going to try to give it up…curious if that was a fail or not). She writes exactly like I would if I could. Now. Who will make these crepes for me?

    Thanks, Sarah, for sharing Melissa with your readers!

  2. You have me hooked, Lisa…And Melissa…you have a new fan!!!! I have officially started reading Here to Stay on my Kindle Fire! Thank you so much for wandering over to my blog. And, for the record, I love your philosophy…it’s not that you can’t cook, it’s just that you don’t. I want to be a member of that club, too!!! <3

  3. For reasons that I’m not clear about, I really enjoy Ms. Price’s fiction. I like Amish fiction, when well done, because it gives me a chance to explore what values are important in life and in a relationship, even though I am much more a Higher Power person than a Christian (is the only way) person. (The Plain series is a favorite.) In any non-SciFi/Fantasy fiction I like to learn something / be forced to think about something in addition to getting wrapped up in the plot and the characters. For example, in the Brother Cadfael series learning about England at the time of Queen Maud.

    Where is all this going? What, Ms. Price and Ms. Tagg, will I find in Here to Stay? That is, beyond cooking? {Which is important – at least to the extent that I had to do it for 5 years when I stayed at home with 2 young kids. I make a mean grilled cheese & tomato. Man or woman, everyone needs some cooking skills.) Tell us something about your book, please. Jon

    1. Here is the book blurb Jon!

      After playing nomad for five years, Blake Hunziker has finally had enough of adventure. Not sure what reception he’ll get from everyone back in Whisper Shore, he’s stunned at not only a warm welcome from his hometown but also a job offer. The job is his if he can successfully pull off the annual Christmas Festival. If only he knew the first thing about coordinating events…

      If there’s one thing Autumn Kingsley knows, it’s Whisper Shore. For years, she’s been stuck running her family’s inn when all she wants is to see the world. Now she has a visit scheduled from a potential investor who could take over the inn, as well as a dream job offer in Paris. But with just two weeks to whip the inn into shape, her chance at escape is a long shot.

      The Hunzikers and the Kingsleys may not get along, but Blake knows Autumn’s the only one who can help him. She agrees to a trade–she’ll help with the Festival and he’ll help with inn repairs. But what was meant to be a simple deal quickly becomes much more than that when the guy who’s done running away joins forces with the girl who can’t wait to leave.

      1. Ladies, that is exactly what I was looking for. The blurb makes me want to read it. I jumped over to Amazon and downloaded the sample just now.

        I do have one other comment. Many, many of the comments appear to be from people whose reviews were solicited rather than “verified purchasers.” That always sets off warning signals in my rattletrap. However, all the purchasers’ review were very positive too so … I’m looking forward to what I find tonight when I have time to read. Again, thanks. Jon

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