Tell us about yourself and your books.:
My husband – Dave – (30 years together, so far) and I moved to our dream location in October 2011, relaunched our business under a new name with new services, and revised and released 5 of our books in new editions. While we no longer host or manage the radio show we do maintain our popular blog and continue to develop other manuscripts. We have 2 other manuscripts in various development stages: a cookbook (expected release this summer or fall), and a biodynamic gardening book. Dave is also working towards the production of the percussion accessories he has designed and busy beta-testing for a few years now.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Well, we are married and are co-writers… and also run our other business activities together, and… we bought a fixer-upper home 10 years ago and have been super busy doing all of these things – together. This means we have had to learn patience with each other, patience with the situation, empathy and understanding, or cheering and pushing when needed. We learned to utilize each other's talents and things we enjoy doing… which thankfully, Dave and I are very different – so we can split a lot of the work fairly evenly.
What authors have influenced you?
Pretty much everything I read influences me. I'm inspired by ideas, moved by the creative use of white space, develop yearning when I read artful use of language… I study book covers, book design, graphics and images they chose to use… everything is so educational. I'll sometimes look up the publisher and the printer to learn more about them. I'll often look up the author's website too.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Learn to be tenacious; yet pace yourself so that you do not reach burnout. Don't try to do everything at once – if you see something you'd like to pursue, write it down in a file and make sure to go back to that file when your schedule and budget opens up. This is a business – so treat it like one.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Start how you mean to continue. Be patient with each other; be patient with the situation.
What are you reading now?
Currently I'm reading a signing book (Signing Everyday Phrases by Mickey Flodin) and also re-reading a book for people with anxiety like me, titled: Peace From Nervous Suffering. I have several hard cover fiction books I just acquired that I'm dying to read… they are on the to-do list 🙂
What’s your biggest weakness?
Letting go. My mind will just cycle and cycle and cycle… lol I find the best thing is to write it down, whatever it is, and when it pops up in my mind again I'll tell myself "it is okay; it is written down, you won't forget and you can get to it when you have time". And I make sure I do get to my lists… but this way I avoid a lot of stress and feelings of being overwhelmed.
What is your favorite book of all time?
The Lord of the Ring's series… or perhaps Northlander or Shibumi
What has inspired you and your writing style?
For me, writing is a tool to inspire people to realize that their efforts really do have a measurable impact. They can indeed have a positive impact and they can do so with pretty much every moment in their day with little choices, viewing life differently, becoming proactive, and sharing their talents.
What are you working on now?
Dave and I are currently working on our cookbook – it offers a lot of non-food recipes too, for beauty, pets, cleaning, pests, weeds, common garden problems and so forth. However the main focus is to celebrate garden harvests with fabulous, healthy, flavourful, frugal meals. We show how to save money, reduce waste, run the kitchen more efficiently and much more. We also share interesting historical and nutritional facts throughout the book, along with plenty of images. I'm really excited to be at the proof stage of this manuscript. Of course that will be followed by the formatting and images and cover design, and and and… so it will be a while before it is available. However – we are working on it!
What is your method for promoting your work?
I use many methods. As a new author I started with simply networking with other authors and learning from them. From there I developed a brand, name recognition, a platform and then a reputation. With that in place we put out a good website, a solid blog, a radio show… distributed bookmarks, flyers, posters, press releases, features in local papers. We got 20 – 40 reviews for each of our 5 books, thousands of interviews and blog appearances, hundreds of published articles… One step at a time… slowly moving from one thing to the next.
What’s next for you as a writer?
While we are currently involved in the cookbook, we are also running the Brummets Conscious Blog – and that takes up a lot of time. There, we post business and gardening articles, interviews, poetry, inspiring quotes, green living tips, musician/artist advice… and more. The blog has numerous pages too – each page has a special theme. So there's a lot of maintaining that goes on behind the scenes there. I'm doing quite a few interviews right now on ezines and sites like this one, also quite a few blogs are featuring our work coming up soon, and so I'm constantly busy keeping things like that happening.
How well do you work under pressure?
I like pressure. I like having things to do and feeling productive. I like looking back at the day and seeing that my efforts had some kind of measurable effect. A sense of accomplishment is important to me. I tend to keep a positive attitude, although with chronic pain and some sleep deprivation once in a while… I can get a little cranky too. Overall though work doesn't get to me. Complications do. When things go wrong and equipment fails or we lose data… that is when I can get grumpy too.
How do you decide what tone to use with a particular piece of writing?
I will write specifically for the audience I am aiming for – using the language they would speak. I don's "speak" to them… or at them – I write in a conversational way.
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