Kitty Morse is visiting Anchoragethrough an author exchange program sponsored by Adventures by the Book. In partnership with the Alaska Writers Guild, 49 Writers is featuring these visiting authors in workshops at the AWG conference on and also at a members-only salon event on
My life as a writer developed by accident. Never in my
wildest imagination did I think upon emigrating from Morocco to the US, and
obtaining my master’s degree in French, that I would end up three decades later
the author of ten cookbooks and a memoir. And now, I’ll visit Anchorage on a
passions – food and travel. My first byline plastered on the front page of the
food section of the San Diego Union-Tribune sealed my fate. I was hooked. I
submitted query upon query to every publication I could think of. Most queries
were rejected, and I learned rule #1: Never take rejections personally. The
next published article would send my spirits (and my ambition) soaring.
process of writing. Magazine and newspaper assignments gave me the liberty to
satisfy my curiosity about any subject that struck my fancy. I can still
remember how excited I was one particular month to have a byline in 6 different
national publications simultaneously. I learned rule #2: It takes perseverance,
perseverance, and more perseverance, as well as timing and luck.
of chastity. NEVER sleep under the same roof as a rejected manuscript.” As a
freelancer, a rejected article repackaged in a new envelope and shipped to a
new address left my house the next day. Rule #3: DARE to query! You have
nothing to lose.
written 10 to date. Since I was born in Morocco, I focused on what I knew:
Moroccan cuisine. The first book, Come
with me to the Kasbah: A Cook’s Tour of Morocco, was hatched at the request
of cooking students. I met the challenge, though it took over a dozen years to
get it into print.
took me around the state to interview hundreds of farmers and request their
favorite recipes. What a deal! And what a trip!
2002 to write a memoir of Dar Zitoun, the historic Moroccan mansion my father
willed me in the medieval town of Azemmour, 90 kilometers south of my native
Casablanca. But how to make the switch from cookbook writer to memoirist? I
took courses in poetry and creative writing at my local university. Once again,
I fell in love with the process.
and Minarets: a banquet of Moroccan memories, as a cookbook with very long
headnotes. To get it into print, I sought the help of professional editors and
a book designer. Then, off it went to China to be printed. Mint Tea and Minarets turned me into an author/publisher. My new
“job” is marketing, and to that end, I publish a monthly enewsletter called The Kasbah Chronicles.
author/publisher, has been arduous at times. But 10 published cookbooks, a
memoir (and a very supportive husband and food photographer) allowed me to
follow my heart. For that, I thank my lucky stars every day.
and cooking career spans more than more than three decades. She is the author
of 10 cookbooks and a memoir. She has been a guest on radio and television
around the US and abroad, and her articles have appeared in a number of
national and international publications. www.kittymorse.com
in partnership with 49 Writers
bookstore, Palmer, AK. email@example.com
Kitty Morse, author