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Spilling the Tea

My sister, Betsy Bean, had a wildly successful advice column. But her column was all about coffee (and probably way too much focus on Irish cream).

with Lucy Leaf

Sure, no one can “matcha” Betsy’s sage advice, but I’m going to give it a try and hopefully add some varie-tea to this column. So sit back, grab a cup of your favorite tea, and let’s solve some problems!

Do Not Disturb. Seriously… Do Not Disturb.

Dear Lucy I am trying to get moving on my first novel, but I can’t seem to get past a brief outline. Either my mind is everywhere else, there are too many interruptions, or I can’t stop scrolling on social media. Do you have any advice for me? Sincerely, too much...

Missing that holiday madness?

Dear Lucy, After months (and months and months) of being in quarantine, the one thing I miss the most is being in a crowded store. Even though being around people gives me hives, there's something about the energy in the air when a hustle of shoppers are all...

Social media scrolls and trolls

Dear Lucy Leaf, I enjoy sitting outside in the morning with a fresh cup of coffee and scrolling through my social media feeds. Along with my favorite cozy author pages, I enjoy a local college newspaper. Lately there’s a mean guy who posts horrible comments on the...

How many tea bags does it take to fill a cup?

Dear Lucy, I am quarantined with my college-age daughter, and she always uses two tea bags instead of one.  I've asked her to please conserve our precious supply, but she keeps “forgetting.” My tea is running out quickly. What should I do? Sincerely, Bubbling Over...

Drive-thru coffee in the time of quarantine.

Dear Lucy, I’ve been feeling very sad recently. I’ve been making myself coffee every morning, but I’m starting to really miss my morning Starbucks trip. There’s just something about someone making coffee for me that’s just so special. What should I do?...
Jeanne Blasberg, Campuses and Secret Societies: The Nine

Jeanne Blasberg, Campuses and Secret Societies: The Nine

Inside the Tea Room with Jeanne Blasberg, author of The Nine Hello Jeanne! It’s so nice to see you again. We sure covered a lot of territory last time, including your writing strategy and the impact of your family life on your writing. Before we start, I love to ask...

Marlene Bell, Counting Sheep, and a Yacht.

Marlene Bell, Counting Sheep, and a Yacht.

Hi, Marlene! I’m so glad you made it here to chat today! Love the location you chose.  Here, take a fresh chocolate-chip cookie from the bag. MB: They’re sinful— lots of chips in them. Mmm. Thank you. What a great idea to meet up at the beach! Is that white tarp...

C.A. Larmer sails by for a visit.

C.A. Larmer sails by for a visit.

Hello, we are so glad to have you here at Epen! Guests, please say hello to author C. A. Larmer. Is that a gift? For me? I love it!   CA: Isn’t it wonderful? That’s the beautiful old steamship that I based my second Agatha Christie Book Club adventure around, the...

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