Pipelines in Paradise: Tropical Research w/ Foster Bridget Cassidy + Giveaway

February 9, 2017


Tropical Research w/ Foster Bridget Cassidy


This is Foster Bridget Cassidy and I’m eager to share my debut novella with you.

Pipelines in Paradise follows Palmer Simpson, a thirty-three-year-old high school teacher, who packs up and moves to Oahu.  There, he throws himself into the surf culture, trying to reconnect with his younger self.  Along the way he meets friends and foes, and even a lover, skilled surfer Riku Usami. His new circle of support helps him adjust to life on the island.

As an Arizona native, the setting of Hawaii presented a challenge to me.  I’ve been to the ocean a handful of times, but never experienced the kind of culture you get living next to the water.  Naturally, in Hawaii, these norms take center stage.  They’re integral to everyday life.  This meant I had my hands full with research.

I watched movies–everything from travelogues, like Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations, to documentaries, like Highwater (2009).  I listened to surfing podcasts and traditional Polynesian music to steep myself in as much of the local flavor as possible.  I read up on surfboards, the different sizes, shapes, fins, etc. needed for different beaches.

The most interesting aspect of this was the food. Regional cuisine reveals much about people and their way of life. I feel it’s important to get these details correct. It adds to the credibility of the story and the characters.

Researching food is the most rewarding experience a writer can have. However, there is a snag when trying to find Hawaiian seafood in Arizona.  There’s also the fact that I don’t eat seafood. The other option was to try this fabled delicacy of Spam.

One of my close friends grew up on the island of Guam, and when I asked her about Spam, she was eager to share with me.  It’s a staple in her family’s dinner routine.  Comfort food.  For me, she made Spam and rice.  Of course the stigma of canned meat was foremost in my mind, but I pushed on.  For science.

Spam and Rice

And it actually surprised me how delicious it was!  The grilled Spam was perfectly salty, and mixed with short grain Calrose rice, the duo was exceptional!  Or maybe it’s that my friend is just an amazing cook.

There’s a ton more recipes I’d love to try.  A whole new culture I can explore.  I’ve taken my first steps, and I know they won’t be my last.

So what’s the most bizarre thing you’ve eaten?  Add your comment about the most interesting/adventurous thing you’ve tried, and you may win a copy of Pipelines in Paradise to can see that Spam in action!  A winner will be selected on February 12th.

Or, if you don’t feel like waiting, Pipelines in Paradise is available for purchase now.  Dive right in and soak up some of that Hawaiian sunshine.


Check out Pipelines in Paradise today!

Pipelines in Paradise by Foster Bridget Cassidy


One is trying to heal a broken heart, the other, a broken family.

After separating from his partner of nine years, Palmer Simpson flees to the island of Oahu to pursue a carefree life of surfing. There, he meets Riku Usami, a more skilled surfer—but one with a bad attitude and a boatload of family drama. A contest between the two men leads to friendship and the possibility of something more meaningful. When a tsunami threatens the island, a friend is stranded out on the waters of the deadly Banzai Pipeline. Palmer and Riku must face the dangers of the barrel waves and the looming forces of nature in order to get their friend to safety. If they survive, they’ll have to contemplate what their future together will look like after the storm blows through.

States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States.


About the Author:

Foster Bridget Cassidy has wanted to be a writer since becoming addicted to epic fantasy during high school. Since then, she’s studied the craft academically and as a hobby. A million ideas float in her head, but it seems like there’s never enough time to get them all down on paper. Her favorite things include taking pictures of her dachshunds, sewing, staying in pajamas all day, and laughing with her husband.

E-mail: FosterBridgetCassidy@gmail.com
Blog: fosterbridgetcassidy.wordpress.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/FosterBCassidy
Twitter: @FosterBCassidy 


3 Responses to “Pipelines in Paradise: Tropical Research w/ Foster Bridget Cassidy + Giveaway”

  1. H.B. says:

    Congrats on your debut release!

    I enjoy spam, although I don’t eat it much anymore. I’m glad you decided to give it a try. I’m second generation Asian so I suppose a lot of the things I’ve eaten can be considered bizarre by individuals who don’t have an experienced palate. Weirdest thing on the my list of bizarre foods are dried peanut worms (i had to look them up and a Vietnamese blog it called them Sa Sung) and durian for it’s smell though the fruit is supposedly sweet. Best bizarre eats is the hearts, gizzard, and intestines of a chicken, pig feet, pig stomach, tripe, and sea cucumber.

  2. Trix says:

    The San Francisco restaurant Liholiho Yacht Club does an off-menu spam over rice made with housemade spam…I’ve loved everything I’ve tried there, so I need to sample that one next! Anyway, as for me, it’s probably a tie between alligator when I was a kid (mild, but a little tough) and the Croat delicacy(?) bakalar (reconstituted dried cod flaked into garlicky mashed potatoes).

  3. @H.B. Dried peanut worms would be even farther from my comfort zone. I actually refuse to eat seafood because most fish/crustaceans resemble insects. My husband, though, is quite adventurous and would love to try anything! I’m sure he’d love dried peanut worms, as well as all the others you mentioned. Just thinking about gizzards makes me ill….

    @Trix Alligator sounds interesting! I don’t think I’d be able to work up the courage, though. They’re too cute to eat! My family is Norwegian and they are pretty fond of a dish called lutefisk–which is cod in lye. Sounds terrible, but my father doesn’t mind it.

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