Chickens In The Road
Update: winner is #52, Ada! Email me, Ada, with your addy and a few book choices!
An old friend, Suzanne McMinn, stopped by today. Do you go to her blog? You should, she’s a lot of fun, and her life is fascinating. She’s got a new book out, all about her life on the farm she created with her own bare hands. I loved it. Anyway, Suzanne guesting here today!
I met Jill many moons ago, as in nearly 20 years ago. (I hate to admit that!) We were both writing for Bantam Loveswept, just starting out. I was amazed then, and am still amazed, by Jill’s incredible writing ability along with her awesome productivity. We critiqued together, shared our writing angst, talked about our kids, roomed together at RWA conferences, and laughed a lot. At the first RWA conference we attended together, we went to the Bantam cocktail party and we were so nervous, we had a giggling fit in the elevator on the way. We had to stand outside the door to the party until we could stop laughing and pretend to be jaded and cool and oh-just-another-party. And we didn’t have to be embarrassed with each other because we were both complete dorks—scared to death of the editors as well as the successful writers around us.
Today, Jill is one of those romance writers we looked up to back then, while my career went in a different direction. Jill went on to become a New York Times bestselling mainstream romance author, and I decided to move to a remote farm in West Virginia and raise chickens and milk a cow. One of us had our head on straight, and I’m pretty sure it wasn’t me, but in the end, I found my place in the world, it just wasn’t in romance.
Five years ago, as I was digging into my new farm life, I started a website called Chickens in the Road. I stopped writing romance novels and started writing about old-fashioned recipes, old-time crafts, country living, and farm animals. I got chickens, goats, pigs, sheep, cows, donkeys, guineas, geese, and later, horses. Eventually, surprisingly, this actually turned into a book, published by HarperCollins, which is about to hit the shelves. The book includes the unexpectedly wild personal journey I took into country life along with photographs, recipes, and crafts. Learn more about the book here.
Suzanne’s hosting a giveaway of her book on her blog today, and you can find the giveaway here.
Before you go, leave a comment and I’ll be giving away a copy from both Suzanne’s and my own backlist. Yes, I’m a giver. Hey, it’s Monday, we all could use a little giving, right?