I recently sat down with Ashley English, author of the popular Homemade Living series, to ask for her reflections on the series since the first two books, Keeping Chickens and Canning & Preserving, came out last Spring and the new books, Keeping Bees and Home Dairy, were released this month.
What are you most excited about now that there are four books available in the series?
I love that it really feels like a set of indispensable tools for getting started with small-scale homesteading. I’m hoping folks will be inspired to use all of the books in the series, as I strove for a tone that makes these topics seem imminently “doable.”
Has your vision of what homemade living is and can be changed since the first books in the series were published?
Yes, a bit. If anything, after having written these four books and witnessed them in their final, printed incarnations, I’ve come to see just how easy it can all be done. It’s nowhere near as daunting as I think some folks think they might be, and the books’ approach to the topics is responsible for engendering that idea.
What is the most frequently asked question you receive regarding your books and/or your blog?
I get asked what the next book in the series will be probably more than any other question! People have responded really well to the series and are anxious to see what else is in the works.
What other big projects do you have planned for the Spring (or year)?
I’m working on a book right now, although it’s not part of the Homemade Living series. It’s food-related, though, which is my big love! Aside from that, I’ve got bee hives to attend to, a garden to get going, and a four-month-old who keeps me on my toes at all times!
To find out more about Ashley, visit her Small Measure blog, her regular column at Design*Sponge, and follow her on Twitter. And if you haven’t already, you should still have time to enter our big giveaway for one autographed set of all four Homemade Living books.