If everything had gone according to plan, you would have heard an episode of Eating the Fantastic recorded at Convivial, a restaurant in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, D.C., last February with guest Tom Doyle in Episode 4. But reservations were hard to come by, because the spot was #5 on Tom Sietsema’s list of the Top 10 restaurants in The Washington Post’s 2016 Fall Dining Guide and #9 on Eater’s Winter 2017 list of The 38 Essential D.C. Restaurants.
One year later, though, I had better luck, and so was joined there by Sunny Moraine, who has published short fiction in Clarkesworld, Strange Horizons, Apex, Uncanny, Lightspeed, and other magazines, as well as many novels, and was dubbed in Locus Online to be the most promising author of 2013.
We discussed the best writing advice they’ve heard, how being named the most promising author of 2013 messed with their mind, their favorite Ray Bradbury story (which is one of their all-time favorite stories period), why they write Walking Dead fan fiction, the contradictions of writing a breakout book, how they decided their trilogies were meant to be trilogies, and more. (They refused, however, to tell me for whom the bell actually tolls or why birds suddenly appear every time you’re near.) Plus—I reveal how Tim Burton prevented me from eating a perfect sticky toffee pudding!
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And while you listen, have a taste of what we chowed down on during this episode—
Escargots in a blanket
Turkey leg confit (endives, pecan, ranch)
Braised lamb osso buco, Parisian gnocchi, za’atar
Grilled quail, shredded Brussels sprouts, confit duck gizzards
Hot sticky toffee pudding with maple ice cream
As for Sunny’s dessert—celebration cake (chocolate & hazelnut dacquoise)—well, that’s what’s setting off fireworks up above.
And now that you’ve had your fill, you might be wondering—who’s next to join me for good food and good conversation?
Coming up a week from Friday will be an unusual dinner with Brian Keene, the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of the best-selling zombie novel The Rising. The circumstances of our get-together were quite unusual, and I do hope you’ll join us.
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