To share and connect with those interested in writing from life, recording their personal histories, writing a memoir for publication and/or personal use, and all things related to writing one's story.
"Have you thought about writing your family history, but found yourself stuck from the start? Writing a family narrative can be a daunting task, but Karen Jones Gowen found a way to bring her mother's story to life." (Homespun Magazine)
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Speaking of the end of summer, does anyone have any tomatoes in their gardens? We put in a dozen or more plants and have barely had enough to eat let alone can. I was resigned to not having canned tomatoes for the winter and then something weird happened.
Someone gave me four boxes of canning jars, about six dozen altogether. Not that I needed them, I have plenty but who can turn down free canning jars? Before they were even unloaded from my van, someone offered my husband 85 pounds of fresh, ready to can tomatoes. About six boxes. I don't know how they knew it was 85 pounds, did they weigh them? 85 lbs sounds like an obscene amount of tomatoes to bring home to your wife who had a bad day due to a really annoying book review.
Being the considerate husband that he is, he called me first and asked if I would want to can tomatoes. What do I say? First all the jars appear, followed by all the tomatoes. Obviously, someone is trying to tell me something. Is there going to be a famine in the land? Will I be so busy with my happy, successful life this winter that I won't have time to go to the grocery store? Will the economy collapse? Will our family economy collapse?
Who knows why it is so important for me to can tomatoes, but clearly it is. I say Yes. Bring home the 85 lbs of tomatoes and let's see what we can do.
Eight hours later. That is eight hours straight of me in the kitchen on my feet preparing and canning tomatoes. Hello world out there, I just want to say hi. Now I'm going to bed.
"I devoted myself, early on, to writing. Really writing. Just doing it, no matter how awkward and unfit I felt. So every single morning I am on the planet, I grit my teeth and this hard, embarrassing, abject, thrilling thing--writing--because I want, in part, to count." (from Page after Page by Heather Sellers)
Photos from Farm Girl
High school graduation photo of Lucille Marker, the farm girl
Lucille drinking from the well
John Marker, Dust Bowl Days
The Marker Nebraska farmstead
"Farm Girl presents a vision of life on a Nebraska homestead during the 1920's and 1930's, told from a child's perspective, and illustrated with photographs of the time." (Quincy Herald Whig)
"Through the intertwined stories of the life of the Marker family and of the broader historical time period, the book is more than captivating. Gowen's vivid account of her mother's life allows Farm Girl to read as seamlessly as if one were recalling personal memories." (The Holyoke Enterprise)
"Farm Girl will capture the interest of readers in the photos the book contains and witty recollections Lucille has of her grandparents in Catherton Township." (The Red Cloud Chief)
To Buy My Books
True coming of age story of a young girl growing up on a 1930's Nebraska farm.
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A young married couple struggles to find balance during the over-the-top decade of the Seventies. An autobiographical novel.
Praise for Uncut Diamonds
"What I love is the dialogue." (Deirdre Paulsen, BYU English professor)
"Gowen shows a command of the language." (Jennie Hansen, Meridian Magazine)
"Uncut Diamonds--A unique piece of artistic realism." (M. Gray, Author)
"...tight, realistic, warm family truth... exactly the kind of realistic character-and relationship-driven writing I have been waiting to happen in the LDS market." (Marilyn Brown, award-winning author and benefactor of the annual Marilyn Brown Award)