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Talking with Lillian and Dave

Lillian and Dave are the team behind Brummet Media Group, their business’ include a music studio, percussion accessory products, graphic design work, popular blogs and numerous award-winning non-fiction books. Today we’re discussing their latest book and have both Lillian and Dave joining us.

  • TITLE: From One Small Garden: Over 300 Delicious Nutritious Recipes.
  • AUTHORS: Dave & Lillian Brummet
  • GENRE: Cookbook / health
  • RELEASED: January 18, 2021

Description:

This collection of recipes is the ultimate guide to utilizing fresh fruits and vegetables from backyard gardens to farmer’s markets – the purest source of food we can draw from. Loaded with lots of interesting tid-bits of historical and nutritional information, this is more than just a recipe book – it is a way of treating yourself to the healthy, delicious rewards of one small garden.

Eating healthy is not always the easiest with the temptation of fast, easy food all around us. Sourcing your food from either your own backyard garden or a farmer’s market is the best, freshest way to ensure your food is full of nutrients and flavour. The next step of turning it into something inviting and appetizing is offered on every page of “From One Small Garden” – a collection of over 300 recipes developed over a span of 30 years of research and development. This book brings it all to the table in a pleasantly delicious way.

It also has some natural concoctions for your pets, home and garden made from common ingredients in a well-stocked kitchen. You’ll find ways to save water, tips for reducing energy costs, and frugal ways to extend your budget by reducing food waste. Learn how to make your own chicken coating, or taco seasoning, air fresheners and cleaning supplies – – without the use of harsh chemicals, packaging and numerous plastic bottles.

Award-winning authors Dave and Lillian Brummet began experimenting with recipes and compiling them into this book in the early ’90’s while living in the Okanagan valley in British Columbia, Canada. Over the next 3 decades the manuscript traveled with them to the Boundary region where they resided for 12 years, and then on to their permanent home in Creston. All through these travels, the Brummets re-tested the recipes, perfecting them for this collection.

The couple experimented with a vegetarian diet for a few years, went vegan for a short time, and finally settled down to a more balanced diet that included some animal protein with a huge array of fruits, grains, vegetables, wholesome breads and healthy desserts.

Available at:

  • AMAZON USA: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08T7YRHPN
  • AMAZON CANADA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B08T7YRHPN

So guys let’s get started shall we…

**D is for Dave and L is for Lillian**

Question: Why do you write?

L: I have always been compelled to pick up a pen and start writing. Writing lists, crafting poetry, writing out things that I am studying to learn them better… picking up books to help me face challenges, learn new skills or escape from reality. So when writing came up for me as a career choice, the fear of writing itself was not a concern… the issue for me was gaining the self-confidence. Knowing the articles I wrote actually inspired people and they started to implement the changes, and these changes are improving their experiences, helping them make a positive difference or bettering their daily life – this gives me the courage to share, write and publish more.

D: My wife tells me too. lol It is honestly not something I’ve ever thought of, the reason why – I just do it.

Question: Who, or what, inspired you to pursue a career in writing?

L: The first writer I ever knew was my mother, who dabbled at the craft for a short time. Later, teachers would comment about my writing, truly moved by what I wrote. These were the earliest influences, slowly pointing me in this direction. Some of my poetry was published, then I won some writing awards… later I took some career evaluation tests and writing kept coming up as a career option. Dave’s emotional support and strategic skills have been of great value; having that strength, someone to mull over challenges with, split the work with, and just share the experience in general.

D: I was inspired by various sci-fi writers at first and felt I would go the fiction route but haven’t yet found the time to develop anything of my own in that genre. I definitely have some story ideas rattling around in my head. Some day…

I was also inspired by Neil Peart, he’s the drummer and lyricist from Rush. He inspired me asa drummer to get songwriting credits whenever I am involved with original music. Oddly enough, as a drummer, there are no credits for your performance as compared to a guitarist, keyboard player or songwriter. So I started by writing song lyrics and most of my poetry found in our Rhythm & Rhyme book is also penned in that style.

Question: How many books or short stories have you written?

L: I’ve only written a couple non-fiction short stories, numerous non-fiction articles, both product and book reviews, and a total of 7 published books, if you count an e-book (Jump Start For Writers) that no longer exists. Currently we have a 2-book series on green living (Trash Talk), 2 books of poetry (Towards Understanding; Rhythm & Rhyme) and there’s marketing advice for writers (Purple Snowflake Marketing). Our most recent release is a cookbook: From One Small Garden that, as you might derive from the name, focuses on recipes that help people take advantage of garden harvests and reduce food waste.

Question: Do you try and incorporate incidents from your personal life into your work?

L: Well, that depends on the type of writing I am doing. When it comes to our 6 published books (so far), these were all written from our personal experience with the topic. Like, for the Towards Understanding book, this is a story of a young girl growing up on her own at the age of 14, putting herself through school and college, building a business and losing that to a car accident, finding love and discovering she has value and purpose in life. That book is my story, told through chronological poetry.  Now, if I am interviewing someone or doing a product review, I will learn as much as I can about that company or author, the publisher or manufacturer, in-house policies and social or charitable activities. This advanced research helps me write a full and balanced article, one where I am not just taking the subjects’ word for it or sharing my personal take on it – as I have put in the time for fact gathering.

D: Occasionally, yes. Especially if there is a song lyric that I am writing – I will use pieces of personal experiences and insert it into the story line

Question: What is your ultimate dream in writing and having your books published?

L: I have 2 goals – contribute to the family budget, and leave a positive legacy behind. The most important thing for me is to have a general feeling that I used the time I was given to create a positive legacy… be it through writing, supporting others, donating, sharing garden harvests, greening our property and making a more eco-friendly home, or daily actions such as dedicated recycling… and so on. Part of being conscious includes self-sufficiency – not being reliant on aide programs, or living in heavy debt to others, looking after one’s health the best one can, etc. So I try to live proactively in my home life, but also in business – with the idea that what I choose to do now will have a ripple effect on the direction our world takes tomorrow. What I choose to buy now, whether I grow organically, what I choose to write about and blog about… this all has an impact on tomorrow.

D: My ultimate dream is to create a steady revenue stream, something that acts like an evergreen income. But personally to leave something behind, a legacy that lasts longer than myself.

Question: What inspired the idea for your cookbook?

D: Lillian and I wanted to share the hundreds of recipes that we have been creating and collecting over the last 35 years with people like ourselves – those that enjoy fresh quality ingredients, flavour and variety.

Question: What impact do you hope this book will have on the reader?

D: I hope the impact is that everyone that eats will buy a copy! Seriously though, I hope to inspire others to buy fresh local food and to cook it in ways that is even better that going out to a restaurant. To inspire people to spend more time feeding themselves quality, nutritious food instead of the lure of expensive over-packaged convenience foods. In your car, which can be rebuilt with numerous replaceable parts, would you try to run it with dirty kerosene? No, so why do we put junk in our system when we have no hope of replacing those parts we might ruin by doing so. How we eat has an impact on our world – it affects equality, poverty, farming practices, the health of the soil, the purity of the water and air – and of course your own personal well being.

Question: Describe a typical writing day.

L: There is no real typical day for us; 2-3 days per month are dedicated to managing the blogs, about 16 hours are spent networking, advertising, sending out queries to media and following up on marketing opportunities every week, a few hours per week are spent managing social media. Any one day can also involve cleaning the office, workshop, studio… assisting Dave where I can. However, I’ll share an example of a ‘behind the scenes’ look at one day: upon waking, we have breakfast and coffee and deal with th e fur kids, get some house duties done, check emails/messenger/text messages for any important communications, and after a brief discussion about what each other’s goals are for that day, split off in our different directions. I’m in the office responding to interview questions while Dave is in his office working on images and ad creations for our cookbook (From One Small Garden). After this interview, I plan to complete a few touchups to some articles we wrote last week. We always take a break to make lunch and clean up after. Depending on what Dave might need from me, I may take on the task of going through the emails etc. one more time, responding and dealing with what I can… or I might start some seeds for the garden and do some laundry. Perhaps I’ll be dealing with garden harvests or taking an online course during the afternoon hours.

Question: Does writing energize or exhaust you?

L: I am always energized to begin writing, and the first draft is usually a pleasure to create. The agonizing begins with the edits and rewrites and proofing and copyediting. This section can appear to be pure evil some days – and other days I feel totally confident and in control of these stages. If the topic is an assignment, I’m less enthusiastic simply because I didn’t follow a passion, get inspired or feel excitement about a topic enough to write about it.

D: It all depends on my mood or what is going on that day or at that moment. Often when feeling exhausted I will switch to a different chore of the project whether it is editing or graphics or layout work. With the variety of things that I do, I never get bored.

Question: What have you learned while working with your spouse?

D: We do some of our best creative work when we are just discussing stuff together over a cup of coffee during a break. And, we always have a note pad to jot down the ideas that come bursting out because, sure enough, the best ideas are the ones that slip your memory if you don’t.

L: Verbal communication is a challenge for me and I have to say that has been my biggest learning curve through our 2 decades of working together, and our 30+ years of marriage. It took a while for us to determine which of us had a better knack for this task or that duty, and over time we just slid into our roles and did our best to support each other in any way we could. We learned to give each other space to do what needs to be done and to be gracious when one of us has personal challenges. We have regular, spontaneous meetings and brain storming sessions. We talk about what needs to be done and determine priorities based on what is realistic to take on that week… and we divide the duties as best we can.

 Question: What part of the book did you have the hardest time writing?

L: Our two most recent books that you mentioned in the intro are fairly new, so I’ll speak about those. For the Purple Snowflake Marketing 2021 revisions, the hardest part was taking out old content – finding all the spots that needed updating, rewriting the whole book to include new chapters and fresh advice that will serve today’s audiences. That took a lot of exhausting effort but the results are fantastic! I’m really proud of that book. When it came to the cookbook, the hardest part for me was writing the promotional articles, press releases, back cover text, social networking tag lines… and Dave actually wrote most of the promotional text for this project.

D: The cookbook was the hardest because it made me hungry with every page I was working on. It was hard to concentrate when there was drool running down my chest. (ha ha)

Question: Where did you find all the sources for your research?

D: I do most of my learning online, for instance when it comes to understanding a new program for vector graphics I will comb YouTube for tutorial videos. Somewhere online there is a video explaining everything you need – and more usually. I would never have attempted repairs to household appliances or automobiles if I didn’t have access to tutorial videos. Learning how to do things yourself can save you a bunch of money as an entrepreneur too. However it also means that you have to be able to learn, have the patience and then actually apply that new skill. Not as easy as it sounds, believe me.

Question: How do you go about choosing a book title?

D: For me the title almost always comes near or at the end of the writing process. If ever I have had an idea of the title first it was usually changed by the time the book was done. A title for me has to explain the book’s purpose or intent in some way. I like it to be catchy and not too wordy. Like a good melody that you can easily whistle, a good title should be memorable, appropriate and roll off the tongue easily.

Question: Tell us the process of creating the cover for your book.

D: From One Small Garden’s cover was a process that evolved over the years. By the time the final title was decided on the concept of what we wanted to portray was clear – How to cook with fresh produce. If you look at the front cover closely, in the background is an image of our actual garden ghosted out with dishes of prepared food in the foreground – from the garden to plate in a sense. The back cover concept is similar but with images of our freshly harvested produce in place of the food dishes. All from one small garden – is what we have lived for the past 30+ years as a life style and a health choice and we know it saves a bunch of money while having you eat like royalty.  

Question: What is the significance of your book and the cover? What do you hope readers will feel when they have read/seen it?

D: The significance of the book is to guide others on how to cook some great food with fresh wholesome ingredients that you could potentially grow yourself or get from a local market or farm gate. I intentionally designed he cover to catch the eye of gardeners and portray the journey from harvest to plate.

 Question: What was your path to publication?

L: From One Small Garden started out as a collection of recipes we gathered from friends and family or created ourselves and over the years this developed into 2 binders filled with recipes. We decided to systematically go through them deciding on the best-of-the-best and organizing them for ourselves. It helped that at the time (1998), I had been in a car accident and was home to do this task. After we became writers and had been in the career for a few years, we decided that this collection needed to be published. That was some 18 years ago… and since then the manuscript has been worked on sporadically, set aside while we took on various life challenges, business and work projects, publishing 6 other books and renovated and landscaped 2 different homes we bought/sold. Finally in 2019, we again took up the task of completing the cookbook project, organizing for beta testers/readers, editing, book cover design, etc. and by early 2021 it was released.

Question: What are your favorite blogs or websites for writers/artists?

L: Amazon’s AuthorsTips.com and Facebook.com/groups/AmazonBookClubs have some good information, allow book promotions and book release announcements. I tend to use PitchRate.com and EzineArticles.com for article and press release announcements. Lynn Goodwin’s WriterAdvice.com is also a great resource.

Question: How do you manage social media, what social media have you used, which do you like to use the most and why?

D: I personally use Facebook for networking with specific groups and for general announcements, YouTube for posting video content and blogging for building a presence and sharing information with followers. Lillian is the one that handles the blogs and a majority of the social media and I am happy for that as she is very good at it and knows the ins and outs. She has a lot of relevant connections already from over 20 years experience of promoting our business and books.

Question: What do you do when you are not writing?

D: I play drums in a rock band when ever possible. I also teach both drum kit and hand drum lessons. I have an active repair shop in which I build, fix and tune djembe drums (among others) and manufacture a few percussion accessories as well. I enjoy doing the graphic design work for all our marketing and that is a never-ending learning journey in itself, but certainly an enjoyable one.

Question: What books do you enjoy reading?

L: I like fictional action adventures, learning a little while being taken away on some fantastical journey. This might be a group of Tibetan monks solving murders, a trip to the jungles to save endangered species that could benefit the future of medicine, stopping a maniacal cult, discovering hidden historical nautical finds, or battling evil.

D: I tend to read fiction – science fiction, the who-dun-its, historical period pieces… these are what I turn to when I want to relax inside a book.

Question: Do you prefer ebooks, printed books or audiobooks most of the time?

L: It depends on the purpose. If it is a short how-to or poetry book, I’d rather an e-book copy because it is not likely to land on our bookshelves. If I am reading a manual that I plan to use in the office, I want it in print – beside my computer, not on it taking up valuable monitor space while I learn the new skills. If we are talking about a book to escape in – I want it in paperback, a copy I can take to the deck or the yard or to the couch and disappear into. If I am trying to do mundane chores, then I’ll turn to audio books and talk radio. If I am trying to sleep, I’ll tune into shorter audio books and old time radio mysteries and the like.

D: I prefer printed books – without a doubt. I just like to be able to sit down anywhere and not be tethered to a cord or bothered by glare on a screen, or encumbered by failing batteries, Wi-Fi or anything else.

Question: What is your contribution to society?

D: As a drum teacher I hope to help the next generation of drummers by passing on the knowledge of drums and percussion I have accumulated in my career. I run a program called Drum it Forward that I was inspired to create years ago. I go to the schools and offer my services as a drum doctor armed with all the spare parts I have amassed along the way and fix their gear. The schools don’t have the budget to pay for this and the poor teachers don’t necessarily have the time or knowledge, so I do it as a donation. All I ask is that if they have any spare parts or pieces laying around that they consider donating it to the cause to perpetuate the program.

Authors’ Biography

Lillian and Dave Brummet

Lillian and her husband Dave are the team behind Brummet Media Group, high-fiving cheerfully as they pass each other on the way from checking off one item or other from their long to-do list. After moving to their dream location (in the Kootenay Region of BC, Canada), they have been methodically converting the abused lot over to the little park it has become – and in doing so have gained certification with bee, polli nator and wildlife organizations. Their home, too, has become energy efficient via the many upgrades they have done. Their business includes Dave’s music studio and percussion accessory products and graphic design work as well as numerous award-winning non-fiction books and popular blogs. Today we celebrated their most recent book release – From One Small Garden, with over 300 delicious, nutritious recipes!

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A new revision available soon….

  • Book Title: Purple Snowflake Marketing – How to Make Your Book Stand Out In A Crowd (new revision, May 2021)
  • Author Name: Dave & Lillian Brummet
  • GENRE: how-to, non-fiction, writer advice

Description:
Purple Snowflake Marketing offers a realistic view on what an author can expect upon publishing a book and how to make a memorable first impression. What makes this advice book different from others is it is highly informative, no words are wasted, there’s no white space making the book look bigger than it is. The information is organized in such a way that it becomes a step-by-step guide for the author to follow every time a book is published. Learn from the experience of seasoned writers, be inspired by other authors advice and quotes, and know that this information contained in these pages can be used to promote any service, product or book that you produce in your career.

“…One of the best guidebooks any writer could have on the journey of guiding their work to its final destination. …Sound knowledge of how the market works and what it takes to reach the reader. Their advice is invaluable. The information you’ll find here is exhaustive.

” ~Author, educator, writing and editing consultant Lois J. Peterson

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