When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve always been a writer – I wrote my first book when I was in 1st or 2nd grade and won an award in my school. So writing content creation was something I never doubted I could do when I needed a work from home job to earn extra income. From there, my entrepreneurial spirit kicked in and took over.
If there is one thing that you want your readers to gain from your book, what would it be?
I want them to realize that they do not have to wait to get started on this journey. Backyard Farming is something you can do with a very limited amount of space. My own home looks much like the first sample diagram in the book – the smallest one. And like anything worth doing, there is no perfect time to get started. There’s just the time you finally decide to get started.
Did you learn anything new while writing this book? And if so, what was it?
I definitely learned a lot about the publishing world. Having published a few ebooks, both for myself and for others this was my first print book experience. There are some huge benefits, to be sure. And there are some definite downsides as well.
The publisher picked the title but we did originally consider a couple other working titles. We decided on an Acre (More or Less) because we wanted the book to be applicable to a variety of situations. I even have a sidebar in many of the chapters called “On a Different Scale” that explains how to apply a specific concept in a more micro scale, or on a larger scale that can go beyond an acre if that’s what you have.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Memoir of a Crazy But Entertaining Loud-Mouth Italian?
How long did this project take you & what kind of research did you have to do to complete it?
The book took almost a year from start to launch. The writing took less than three months though and that was with a stint through the hospital because of a rebellious gall bladder. This book actually went through two review processes because of the size of the text and how many chapters there were in it.
Is there any specific event, person or reason that influenced your decision to publish a book now?
I definitely don’t know that I would have chosen the year I had my fifth baby to put together my first print book. It was, however, something that was on my five year plan that I wrote a month before the agent emailed me. There is definitely power in having clear goals and writing them down.
Do you have plans to write additional books, or continue writing in general? If so, could you share some information?
I definitely have plans for additional books and writing! I’m already in the process of creating a series of Untrained Housewife Guides that will be self-published through my website, . Untrained Housewife is a website where I’m bringing together the people who are doing these amazing things and are willing to share what they learn with others. My editor cleans it up whether they are great writers or not.
Could you tell me about a typical day for you? (Schedules, conflicts, children, etc)
HA! Typical schedule? What is this mythical thing of which you speak? A typical day for me involves chaos of an incredible and varied amount. Always something different but always exciting fun. Mostly we are doing things around the house together, homeschooling, and hanging out.
Pretend you are interviewing yourself. If you could ask yourself one question, what would it be?
Want to know my favorite chapter? My favorite chapter is chapter 16. Readers will see the entire backyard farming as a whole instead of broken up into disjointing pieces – garden here, goats there. The beauty of chapter 16 is how all the pieces are woven together in a season-by-season overview and I love it.
|One of several free bonus downloads with purchase|
For those of you out there that haven’t purchased her book yet, now’s the time. Until the 20th of December, you’ll not only be getting her book, Backyard Farming on An Acre (More or Less), but you will also receive access to several bonus downloads! But you have to make your purchase before December 20th to receive these great bonuses, so don’t wait!
And don’t forget to stop by the online launch party today, December 18th, from 7:30-8:30 pm (CST) on Backyard Farming’s Facebook Fan Page.