Interview with Elizabeth Fogle

What are you working on next?
That is a loaded question! I always have several projects going at one time. The next book I'm working on is a bread book. Bread. Bread. BREAD! will be a collection of my favorite bread, roll, and other wheat goodies. Outside of the book world, I'm working on being self-sufficient, prepping for the next big disaster, and planning a garden. Those efforts might get their own books as well, but for now I will stick to cookbooks.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love gardening, quilting, sewing, crocheting, being self sufficient, baking, cooking, and reading. I love my family and am a proud wife and mother. I love the outdoors and spending time with nature. I have a great love for the scriptures, and learning about religion.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Most of the e-books I read have been freebies! Can't help myself I see that $0.00 and have to download it! I have over 150 books on my computer and I have read maybe 10 of them.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote happened to be an Easter story about a family of rabbits. I wrote it in first grade! I remember winning a school wide prize and being able to go to a district award night.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the first story I read, but I do remember I've been reading since pre-school. I think that the most important part of reading is that my Mother took the time to read to us every night. She would read the same stories over and over. She would take us to the library. She would use different voices. It made reading fun! It helped turn me into a life long reader.
What do you read for pleasure?
Non-Fiction, DIY's, How-to's, historical fiction, coming of age books, and fantasy novels.
Describe your desk
A white fold down table with permanent marker drawings. A notebook placed next to my laptop, a bag of para cord on my notebook, a half eaten blueberry danish haphazardly thrown on there and the TV remote thrown in there somewhere.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up moving a lot! Before I turned 16 we lived in 8 different houses. I've lived on the Eastern Plains, in the Southwest, and now in the Rocky Mountains. It taught me not to get attached to worldly things. They come and go, get lost or broken. As for my writing I've learned how to cook with three different influences! You never know what a recipe will call for. On a whim I might throw some peppers into a pot, or change things up with a native plant that does not belong in a recipe. I think it adds flair and spice to my cookbooks.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me has been sharing my recipes. I've been told on several occasions that I am a great cook. I thought that I needed to share it with more people. It is no fun having a talent if you don't share it. I've found that to be true of all of my talents.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Each day holds a new inspiration! First and foremost is my family. I love being a wife and mother, and that means getting out of bed and being with them. After that is ranges from different projects I want to finish to different recipes I want to try.
What motivated you to become an author?
I have been wanting to publish a book since the summer of 2012, but never knew how. I have had a fear of not being accepted by a major publishing firm. I thought of self-publishing a paperback cookbook, but hated the idea of having to sell them my self. I finally at the end of 2013 found Smashwords. It has made it so easy to publish a book! I started out small and published a little cookbook with only 20 recipes, but I have plans to expand that into a few more cookbooks!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Just being published has been a success for me. I had so many fears that this has helped conquer. I now have the world of writing at my fingertips and that is so exciting!
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are everything! They are what keeps me writing. Without those that keep asking for my recipes I would have never had the motivation to do this.
Published 2014-01-03.
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Books by This Author

Hunger Games Literature Unit
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 810. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
This is great for home school co-ops or for traditional teachers that would like to incorporate non-traditional reading into their class rooms. This study guide is amazing for summer reading as well.
Fablehaven Literature Unit
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 370. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2014. Category: Essay » Literature
This is great for home school co-ops or for traditional teachers that would like to incorporate non-traditional reading into their class rooms. This literature unit is amazing for summer reading as well.
20 Favorite Homesteading Recipes
Price: $1.79 USD. Words: 1,670. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » American / General
This book is a collection of from scratch recipes that we love on our homestead. I have tweaked and twisted all of the recipes to be my own, and to reflect my families taste preferences. This is a small sampling of the amazing foods we eat. I try to make much of what we eat from scratch and have found that homemade really is best!