Alice Wisler just passed this along to me. It's a link to an interview published in Durham's Herald-Sun.
A Carolina Journey--for the author and the characters
A wonderful article, and in it, the reporter observes, "Wisler said she likes writing about North Carolina towns" and "gathering at the table or in a kitchen is integral to building relationships in Wisler’s novels – and in most of our lives, too."
And both (small towns and food!) are integral to front porch fiction. Our Shannon McNear is planning a review on Alice's latest novel, A Wedding Invitation. I'll post as soon as it's available.