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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Interview with Gia Morelli, from Scone Cold Killer by Lena Gregory

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Today I have an interview with Gia , owner of the All Day Breakfast Cafe. She left New York and moved to Florida to open a cafe. Unfortunately, her ex-husband followed her to Florida and ended up dead in her dumpster. She took a few minutes to sit down and answer some questions.

Gia's creator, Lena Gregory, lives in a small town on the south shore of eastern Long Island with her husband and three children. When she was growing up, she spent many lazy afternoons on the beach, in the yard, anywhere she could find to curl up with a good book. She loves reading as much now as she did then, but she now enjoys the added pleasure of creating her own stories.


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Hi Gia, thanks for taking a few minutes to sit and speak with me. *sips some coffee* This is delicious. So, you moved to Florida from New York city after your divorce and opened a café. You worked in a deli in New York city. But was this something you always wanted, a restaurant of your own? Or did you have a different dream?

Thank you! I’m glad you like it. I did work in a deli in New York City for many years, and I always dreamed of owning a café of my own, but I never dreamed it would be in Florida. I can’t say I ever really contemplated leaving New York before my divorce.

How did you and your ex meet? Was it love at first sight?

When I first met Bradley, he was a regular customer in the deli where I worked. At first, he’d come in and flirt, hang around after his order was ready, that kind of stuff. It took me a little while to realized he was interested in something more than some friendly flirting. But when I did fall for Bradley, I fell hard. Looking back, I probably should have taken more time to get to know him, the real him, not the man he portrayed himself to be.

Related to that, do you think you might get married again? Or is too soon to say? There seemed to be sparks between you and Hunter and Trevor seemed interested in you.

Hunter and Trevor are both amazing, but I don’t think I’m ready for anything yet. After everything that went on with my ex, a man I trusted with all my heart, I don’t know if I’ll ever trust anyone again. And I can’t be with someone I can’t trust, so… I’d like to think someday I’ll feel differently.

You responded with warmth and generosity to Harley, a homeless man. I think it’s wonderful of you, but I wonder if you’ll run afoul of bylaws or community sentiment, as some places discourage the kind of assistance you provided. What are your thoughts on that?

Luckily, I don’t expect that to be a problem, since most of Boggy Creek’s business owners seem to care for Harley, but even if it was, I’d never turn my back on him. Harley’s a friend.

Touching back on my first question a bit. You left New York, you’re making a new life for yourself, have your dreams or goals changed? Where do you see yourself in say five years? 

That is such a hard question to answer. Every day I feel differently. Florida is so much different from New York, and sometimes it’s amazing. Other times, I feel like an outsider, like I’ll never fit in, you know? I keep a mental check list of all the good and bad things about living in Florida and New York. So far, the good and the bad seem to weigh in pretty evenly. In five years, I’d love to think I’ll be a successful café owner in the small town of Boggy Creek, Florida, but there are definitely a few things I’ll have to get used to first.

Thank you, Gia. I appreciate your time and the food was wonderful. 

Thank you so much. It’s been a pleasure speaking with you, and I hope you’ll come again.


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Scone Cold Killer, Lena Gregory, Bea's Book Nook


For Florida diner owner Gia Morelli, there’s no such thing as too much breakfast—unless it kills you . . .

When Gia Morelli’s marriage falls apart, she knows it’s time to get out of New York. Her husband was a scam artist who swindled half the millionaires in town, and she doesn’t want to be there when they decide to take revenge. On the spur of the moment, she follows her best friend to a small town in Central Florida, where she braves snakes, bears, and giant spiders to open a cheery little diner called the All-Day Breakfast Café. Owning a restaurant has been her lifelong dream, but it turns into a nightmare the morning she opens her dumpster and finds her ex-husband crammed inside. As the suspect du jour, Gia will have to scramble fast to prove her innocence before a killer orders another cup of murder .

Series: All-Day Breakfast Cafe #1
Publisher: Lyrical Underground 
Release Date: January 23rd, 2018 
Formats: ebook, paperback 
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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for sharing the release of Scone Cold Killer! I enjoyed chatting, and I hope we get the chance again!

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