Andria Gaskins 2

I love being a stay-at-home mom, but when both of my boys started school full-time I took the opportunity to discover what I really wanted to do with my life.  I love to cook, so I used that skill to earn some extra money while my kids were at school.  I dabbled in catering and selling baked goods at the farmers market. And then I discovered recipe and cooking contests. I’ve been fortunate enough to compete in competitions for Food Network, Cooking Channel, Nordic Ware, Beringer and Martha White.

With my cooking experience, I went to work on my first cookbook that morphed into a novel. My book is inspired by true love and great food. The story celebrates regular people living in North Carolina who are just trying to make it in the world with the support of family and friends. They laugh, cry, argue and love passionately.  And they eat and enjoy wonderful food without guilt.

I’m a Jersey girl who fell in love with North Carolina over twenty years ago as a college student. I live in a town outside Charlotte with my husband and two boys.