Looking back, can you think of any signs growing up that you would write and publish a book? Was this a long held dream, or an idea that emerged with your move to becoming a Vegan?
Having been the odd child who enjoyed essay writing at school and a voracious reader to boot, I harbored the idea that I would love to write a book for pretty much as long as I can remember. Previously I had only tried fiction though, ignoring the fact that nonfiction writing actually suits my style far better. Writing short pieces about my veganism on my Ko-Fi page (ko-fi.com/StephanieJane) gave me the idea that I could extend this topic into a book of my own.
When and how did the idea arise to put pen to paper and share your journey and thoughts on being a Vegan? Why was now the right time to publish it?
I was surprised at how easy the writing itself was. Once I had established my first chapter themes, the thoughts flowed, building upon each other and opening up further ideas for me to explore. The tough part was the editing when I tamed that flood into a concise memoir-guide. I didn't want Finally a Vegan to be a big, intimidating book so keeping it concise yet still informally chatty was quite a challenge.
Who do you feel is your book's main audience, the readers who will gain the most from Finally a Vegan?
I wrote Finally a Vegan with potential and brand new vegans in mind, especially those who are perhaps nervous about launching into Veganuary or a similar challenge themselves. I remember being very nervous! The book discusses how my own Veganuary challenge went, including my food diary from my very first vegan month. I hope seeing someone else's experiences will be reassuring and encouraging.
What now? Do you have plans to write other books, or perhaps use this book as a launch pad to speak, or ???
I might write another vegan book in a couple more years when I feel the muse strike again. Right now, however, my focus is on my vegan Ko-Fi page where I share recipes for the everyday vegan meals I cook and eat. It isn't glamorous, Instagram-ready food, but it's tasty and (mostly) cheap! I also enjoy discovering, supporting and promoting other vegan-created work. My HirlGrend blog (hirlgrend.blogspot.com) features my reviews of different vegan-authored books (fiction and nonfiction), plus vegan music and vegan art each week.
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