Interview with Jennifer Gomes

How did you learn how to can?
I watched my mom and grandma can as a child and remember the kitchen steaming hot, the windows streaked with condensation, and me sitting on a stool peeling peaches as my family's matriarchs handled the boiling water pots on the stove. When I was pregnant with my first child, my nesting instinct manifested itself in the strong desire to can LOTS of baby food. I had to relearn and reteach myself what I only vaguely remembered as a kid. I don't want my readers to have to sweat it (literally or figuratively) the way I did, 7 months pregnant, pouring over several, sticky-paged cookbooks, and wonder if they are doing it right.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I loved the Little House on the Prairie series so much that I read the whole set at least a dozen times. My grandma would read them aloud to us in the winter and stop and explain how the events in the story were similar to what her mother had gone through from time to time, and the whole notion of being a pioneer really resonated with me, and still does to this day.
Describe your desk
My desk is a vintage, metal topped wooden number that my husband salvaged from an abandoned cabin about to be torn down. It has red scrollwork on the enamel, is totally beautiful, and sadly, it is covered with half read books most of the time.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in very rural, very Northern California and while there are many places far more rural and remote in the beautiful US of A, living in the country taught me gratitude. I always felt lucky that we had a fully stocked library where I could get more novels to devour, so fortunate that my little school had programs that other small areas didn't, and I consequently feel utterly blessed to have found an audience for my words online.
What's the story behind your latest book?
When reading the introductory chapter of any good canning cookbook, it became clear to me that no matter how terrific the writing and explanation, it assumed to some degree that the reader could cook, and had some notion of what canning entailed. Some people, however, only know that they want to improve what they eat, and don't exactly know how. Enter Canning 101. I wanted to clarify completely the somewhat complicated process of water bath canning for a brand new beginner and the person who didn't have a grandma who canned.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to share my little ebook that encourages and instructs a brand new beginner in as many places as I could. Canning is rad, and it shouldn't be reserved for the over 65 club any longer.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I'm a passionate, enthusiastic person, so sharing what I love with others makes me joyful indeed.
What are you working on next?
Ha! What am I NOT working on is a better question. I am working on a canning ecourse, a shrubs ebook, and a pectin specific ecourse. Stay tuned!
Who are your favorite authors?
Liana Krissoff's writing in "Canning for a New Generation" makes me laugh out loud, Tana French keeps me awake way past my bedtime with a pounding heart and racing mind, Gail Jenner makes me dream of yesteryear, Cheryl Strayed and Elizabeth Gilbert make me see the world within and without, and Gary Paulson gets all my reluctant junior high students reading.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My two small children are the best. They are such funny, loving little people.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend my time following my small children around as they unclean my home.
Published 2016-04-27.
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Books by This Author

Canning 101: A Beginner's Guide to Canning
Price: $12.99 USD. Words: 3,530. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Canning and preserving, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Green living
Perfect for brand new beginners, Canning 101 explains everything you need to know to get started canning. Even if you have never cooked before, you can learn how to can your own tomato sauce, jam, and more. Includes 4 simple recipes, an explanation of all the equipment you need to begin (and what you can skip), and addresses safety concerns like the importance of acid. Quick and easy to read.