Queer Books Unbound Birthday Extravaganza: Guest Post by Allison Temple

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The Best Birthday Cake

Happy Birthday Queer Books Unbound! Thanks everyone for joining me! I have something really important to talk about today.


Like super important.

Are you ready?

Let’s talk about birthday cake.

Everyone has a favourite kind of cake. When someone asks you what your perfect birthday cake is, what’s your pick? For me, it’s strawberry shortcake. My birthday is in June, when strawberries are in season here. We make real shortcake biscuits from the Joy of Cooking and then smother them in fresh strawberries and fresh whipped cream and then…we eat a lot of it. Strawberry shortcake makes excellent breakfast!

allisontemple2I’m currently working on a small-town series tentatively called the Seacroft Stories. Seacroft is known for its sprawling beaches and sunshine, but the real stories happen when the tourists go home. The town’s residents have their secrets and their scars, and while they’ll come together to help a neighbor in need, it takes a certain kind of love to help everyone find their place in the sun.

Hopefully you’ll get to meet the residents of Seacroft soon, but to start, I thought I’d introduce the series’ main characters and their favourite kinds of birthday cake.


Martin’s not much of a cake guy. He’d pretty much be happy with whatever you bought. If you really pushed him though, he’d say he actually likes pie. Peach would be good, if you can get it.


Seb loves a store-bought cake, the kind you buy in a glass case in a grocery store. The more frosting roses the better! They’re tacky and a little trashy and he is so okay with that.


Oliver is here for chocolate cake. The flourless kind is best. The more caffeine it has in it, the better. If you want to get fancy and add some nuts, then hazelnuts would be good, but Oliver really just wants the chocolate so he can get back to work.


Nick hasn’t been big on celebrating his birthday for a long time. It just doesn’t seem important at his age. He had a tiramisu in a restaurant that he really liked once. Maybe he could find someone to make that for him?


Avery likes carrot cake. With cream cheese frosting. And raisins. And walnuts. Or coconut! Yeah! He likes coconut on the frosting, but not in it. Just on the sides, not on the top.

No. Wait. He likes red velvet.


Linc likes whatever Avery likes.


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And, since it’s a celebration, let’s have a prize for all you who are here!
Tell me about your favourite birthday cake and I’ll pull winner for a $10 Amazon gift card!


Whether I knew it then or not, I’ve been a writer since the second grade, when I wrote a short story about a girl and her horse. allitempleMy grandmother typed it out for me and said she’d never seen so many quotation marks from a seven-year-old before. I took that as a challenge and have tried to break that record in all the stories I’ve taken on since then. It’s good to have goals, right?

I live in Toronto with my very patient husband and the world’s neediest cat. They both listen attentively when I talk about my characters like they’re real people. I try to split my free time between writing, community theater stage management, and traveling anywhere that has good wine. Tragically, this leaves no time to clean the house.

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I am represented by Laura Zats from Red Sofa Literary. She likes beer and cats. I like beer and cats. We’re a good team.

Queer Books Unbound 3rd Birthday Extravaganza! Tag: Guest Post

11 Comments Leave a comment

  1. Okay, someone give me birthday cake STAT! 😂 My favorite is my mom’s homemade Italian cream cake! Three tiers of utter deliciousness…thanks for the giveaway opportunity! 💕


  2. Chocolate is probably my favorite cake, the more chocolatey the better, but I like red velvet too and carrot cake, especially with really good cream cheese frosting. Mostly, I just like cake.


  3. I enjoyed your intro to the characters by way of their favorite birthday cakes! I’ve always loved NY-style cheesecake (with whipped cream and a small chocolate drizzle, maybe raspberries)— or a boxed mix moist yellow cake with very fluffy buttercream, but no flowers.


  4. Toss up between chocolate cake w/peanut butter frosting and chocolate ganache (make by me or my sister) and my Italian cream cake. It’s tough being the family baker- no one wants to make cakes for you cause they think you’ll judge them🤔


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