Research for Writing Can Be a Sticky Business — Rebecca Waters

Today I’m thrilled to welcome Rebecca Waters as she shares insights into her writing research.

The setting for my new release, Libby’s Cuppa Joe, is a coffee shop in Door County, Wisconsin. Of course the best way to research a location is to visit it. I thoroughly enjoyed my time roaming the peninsula making up Door County. The setting is important to me as a writer but so is the food an area offers.

When I started writing Libby’s Cuppa Joe, I knew the coffee shop would serve more than coffee. The new owner wants to serve biscotti and fancy cookies much like her California counterparts do, but Sonja soon learns the tourists and locals of Door County want “something else.”

The “something else” I settled on first was a good cookie. My mother taught me how to make “breakfast cookies,” so I included those in the story. Then, as Sonja’s character came alive to me I learned she was willing to experiment. So did I. I added nuts or butterscotch chips to my cookies. I tried raisins and Craisins. My husband, a willing guinea pig ate them all and decided which ones I should include in the book. It was fun time for us.

Then came the Kringle. Kringle is a delicate layered pastry made in many areas of Wisconsin. Though the traditional filling is almond paste or nuts, fruit filled Kringle is also popular. I decided Sonja should serve it in the coffee shop.

The problem was…I had never made Kringle. I Googled the recipe and set about assembling the ingredients. After several failed attempts over several days, I came up with a decent tasting Kringle. It was a bit sticky and the kitchen was covered with flour, but the taste was great. My husband and brother-in-law devoured the whole thing. Yep, researching a book can be a bit sticky…but delicious.

 About the book:

Excited to leave her stale life in the big city behind, Sonja takes the money her grandmother left her and purchases Libby’s Cuppa Joe, a thriving coffee shop in a small community in Wisconsin’s Door County. Sonja may have business sense, but is she ready to face the world on her own?

Sonja soon discovers owning a business requires more than offering a good cup of coffee. She must make major repairs to the building as well as major repairs to her heart. Do the former owners, Libby and Joe hold the answer? As Sonja seeks to make Libby’s Cuppa Joe a viable business, can she also find herself and the God she has abandoned?

Libby’s Cuppa Joe is a riveting tale of second chances, forgiveness, and not living on borrowed faith.



About Rebecca

Rebecca Waters draws on the many roles she has had in life for her writing. She has been the wife to one, the mother to three, and is now enjoys being the grandmother to eight. She has served as both a teacher to young children and a professor to young adults. For the 2017-2018 school year, Rebecca moved to Europe where she served as both the fourth grade teacher and elementary principal in a small school located in Prishtina, Kosovo.

Libby’s Cuppa Joe is Rebecca’s second novel. Libby’s Cuppa Joe takes place in Door County, Wisconsin. It is the story of a young woman who buys a coffee shop in the tourist town of Fish Creek. She learns everything she can about coffee, but soon learns she doesn’t know “beans” about life.

You can follow Rebecca’s writing on her blog, A Novel Creation You’ll find it at


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