cupcake_queen.gif The Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler

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Heather’s COOKING blog – In the Crazy Kitchen: ****

Biography from Heather’s website:

Heather Hepler grew up in North Texas. She has lived in Reno, on the coast of Maine, in interior of Alaska, and near Death Valley, but she currently lives in Tyler, Texas where she is still getting used to heat, the East Texas accent, and the astounding obsession that women in Tyler have with big hair. She works as a reviewer for various publications, including Kirkus Reviews. She is the co-author of Scrambled Eggs at Midnight (Dutton, 2006), Dream Factory (Dutton, 2007), and Jars of Glass (Dutton, 2008). Her first solo novel, The Cupcake Queen, was published in September 2009. Her writing has also appeared in the Southwest Review and the Cincinnati Review.

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The Cupcake Queen is very personal to me, both because it is my first solo novel, but also because it hits on a number of painful moments in my life. Penny loves art, like I did. She loves the beach and big yellow dogs and baking. Tally is the girl I always wanted to be, quirky, funny, and strong. Blake is the kind and smart boyfriend I always wanted in high school. Penny lives in a tow very much like the one I lived in. The big difference is that her town is in Connecticut and mine is in Maine. Those planets that Marcus and his dad are building actually do exist in Northern Maine. I have made all of the cupcakes Penny makes, except the penny cupcakes. There are people who play Rock Paper Scissors seriously and they do have a championship every year. One of my friends used to have a “Sam” and he was just as wonderful and slobbery and sandy as the Sam in the novel. Marcus is based on a guy I know as an adult…. Sort of tortured and wicked smart. The guy I know used to play soccer and used to wear a braided bracelet. But, like all of my books, everything maybe started in real life, but quickly became fiction. The Penguin Group

QUOTES from The Cupcake Queen: “At some point you just have to let go of what you thought should happen and live in what is happening.”

“Sometimes life isn’t what you thought it would be it’s just what it is.”


When Tally begins to eat “Lard” exclusively, what is she really eating? (vanilla frosting)

What color are the cupcakes at the beginning of The Cupcake Queen? (pink)

What does “RPS” stand for? (rock, paper, scissors)

Penny and her mother move to Hog’s Hollow from where? (New York City)

What is the name of Marcus’ dog? (Sam)

Scholastic Book Club and Fair Selection 2009, Fall 2009 Indie Pick MASL, Trumans Readers Award Nominee 2011-2012

Other books written by Heather Hepler - Co-author Brad Barkley:
Scrambled Eggs at Midnight, The Dream Factory, Jars of Glass