This blog is the best kind of collaboration–right up there with tea and cake. Two friends separated by an ocean but with so much to talk about that simple emails aren’t enough. We share our passions, questions and challenges here–the messy, funny, sublime truths about our lives. So come on. Pull up a chair and get yourself Another Piece of Cake.

About Ria  (As told by Hannah)
This is my friend, Ria. She has an obsessive love for cake. And books. She lives on Vancouver Island in Canada, with her husband (DH–his real initials but also Darling Husband) and darling daughter (little e). Vancouver Island is much too far away for my liking, but unfortunately she is very happy there, amongst her raspberry bushes and parks full of rabbits and squirrels, living in a splendid house-with-potential which does not have a television. She has an MFA from the University of British Columbia and writes fabulous young adult fiction. You can buy her sensational debut novel, Nobody’s Dog, here.
Ria and I met when I attended her writing class at a community college in Vancouver. I thought she was awesome and pretty much friend-stalked her into coffee dates and becoming pals. Turns out she IS awesome. And, bonus, she didn’t balk at my over-enthusiasm (to become her friend and just in general, really). She even invited us over for Thanksgiving. Twice!
Ria is very smart, funny and frank. She always has something interesting to tell you. She remembers your birthday. She tells it like it is. She gets excited about cookbooks and foreign films. She doesn’t eat meat. She grows stuff in her garden and then cooks with it and it is always delicious. (I know, cool huh? Ask her about her butternut squash pie. Droooool). She has a unique point of view and can articulate it. I always love hearing from her and I know you will too.
About Hannah (As told by Ria)
This is my friend, Hannah, who lives in Sydney, Australia at the moment, but used to live in Vancouver, Canada, and before that lived in Macau, and before that…well, you get the picture. She’s the author of the smash-hit debut novel, The Colour of Tea, and mother to two gorgeous baby girls (B1 and B2), whom she co-created with her husband, Matt.
I met Hannah in a writing class I was teaching in Vancouver. She was clearly a star and I wondered if she would think it weird that her instructor wanted to be her friend. Those coffee dates were over too fast—she had such interesting tales of foreign lands, exotic work and unusual people (to me, anyway). She was so positive, vibrant and fun that I was very disappointed that within a month I’d be moving out of town.

Hannah is the friend you always knew you were waiting to meet. She’s kind, thoughtful, funny and candid. She loves her family, which is always a sign of a good human, in my book. She’s one brave lady, having chosen to follow her passion when her career no longer fulfilled her, and in doing so, turned out to be one hell of a writer. She gives beautiful, colour-coordinated parties with things like mint-strawberry water in tall glass bottles. She loves bunting (and inspired me to make some of my own). She is a connoisseur of tea. She can describe the pants off any piece of pastry (see Table of Contents, The Colour of Tea). She knows how to write sex scenes. Which is always way harder that it seems. She makes excellent salads.

Find out more about Hannah’s world and work here.

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