The Tale of a Novel (Cherokee Home)

An artist’s craft does not come from their own mind, but rather from somewhere indescribable.  Authors often talk about when inspiration hits, the dishes pile up, things get set aside, and they just write before it leaves them.  Writers certainly incorporate their own experiences and their own knowledge.  Writers will double check dates, facts, history, making sure that everything works together.  But the writer will be surprised and delighted as they actually jot the story down on paper or wildly type to keep up.

Ever since I received a spiral notebook for Christmas in 1984, I have been writing.  Inspiration and the Beyond have been good to me this year.  Three books in one year.  (I am smidge exhausted!), including my very first novel which came out this last week.

Many times ideas will not wait for the writer.  If you don’t take advantage of the gift of inspiration, it will flit on to the next writer and it won’t be long before you see “your” idea in a bookstore near you.  I was lucky this one waited for me.

Two and a half years ago I sat in my apartment researching my genealogy looking for the names and tribes that my mentor had mentioned to me while we were working together.  Medicine people are usually quite clairvoyant and he had told me names and places of my Native American ancestors.  I found the name of the grandmother on the side that I knew was Cherokee (before I found the line on the other side as well) and pieced together her history.  Her son had killed himself while gathering corn for supper one evening around 1930.  His widow’s brother came from California to retrieve her and her three children, the youngest of which was my grandpa George.  I did not know he was born in Oklahoma.  In Chickasaw territory.  During the time when Natives were being killed for their land by the oil companies.  During the time that Cherokees were flocking to California, by force or by promises of riches, at that very time.

As family silence would have it, or I suppose most of the time families just don’t know, I will never really know what happened but a story so beautiful and thrilling filled my mind utilizing all the ceremonies and language and happenings of that era and swirling them into a fictional tale.  My love of Little House on the Prairie and of history came painting forth.  Several chapters too long and an unknown ending caused me to put it away.

Shyanne, my lovely daughter, was the only one that I let proofread it, and she inquired suddenly a few months ago about the book and where it was.  I decided to open it up and see if the inspiration was still there.  And to my great joy it was.  Having forgotten most of it by this time, I was enthralled as I read it.  Most of the latter chapters were scrapped, a new ending unfolded, and a smaller sized novel was created.  I love this book.  I am so thrilled to be the one to write it and bring it forth to the world to read.  It is based on true events because of the history of the time, most of the herbalist events were actually my own true stories, and the ceremonies and many memories of how things were are transposed from my friends’ tales to this book.  All caught together in a synonymous web of truth meeting mostly fiction.  It could be classified as either teen or adult fiction.  I think the prose would suit anyone and will certainly educate and entertain.

I am so pleased to present to you my first novel, Cherokee Home.

Click Here to see it on Amazon!

Book Release Party (Yay New Books!)

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I’ll admit, one of the good things about having so much time on my hands is that my creative side has been busy.  I am so pleased to introduce my two new books that we will release simultaneously.  I would love to see you come to my store next Saturday to meet or visit with you in person.  If you are elsewhere in this small world, I am happy to ship them to you!

Saturday, March 12th from 10-4 we will have a Book Release Party for the debut of my two new books.

“White Wolf’s Spirit Journal; Twelve Days of Balancing, Healing, and Energizing the Spiritual, Emotional, and Physical Self” is a twelve day journal with meditation prompts, writing prompts, and places to dream, heal, and find your true self.  Includes a delicious spirit tea for each day.  ($25)

“Featherheart Finds Medicine” is my first children’s book.  It is beautifully illustrated by my daughter, Emily, and takes the young reader and parent on a journey of identifying and using herbs as medicine. ($12)

Food, giveaways, fun…come in and get your autographed book!

796 East Kiowa Ave, H-3, Elizabeth, CO 80107

303-617-3370

http://whitewolfherbs.com

Farmgirl School; Homesteading 101 (back to basics for an enchanting, simple life)

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My book is out!  I sold several copies over the weekend.  It is filled with articles about pursuing your dreams, living a simpler life with less bills (so less work), and breathing in every day, along with everything you need to know about creating your own grocery store (preserving), gardening, soap making, candle making, medicine making, gift making, starting a farm, getting farm animals, and SO much more.  It is a hoot to see it in print.

There are some things I learned while compiling articles from the last two and a half years of blogging and editing the final book.  I was horrified to find that there is at least one typo in every post.  I shall not be so hard on writers while reading books any longer.

I also learned that I have repeated myself often over the years and at times contradicted myself….or maybe just changed my mind….or maybe found a way to do it better!

I learned that we have learned so much in such a relatively short amount of time and that it is never too late to chase that dream and learn new skills.

The universe always conspires to make dreams and goals come to fruition.

We have had a great time practice farming and look forward to being full time farmers and teachers now.  If you are interested in receiving my book, just send $22 plus $6 shipping to Katie Sanders, 7080 Calhan Road South, house 2, Calhan, CO, 80808.  I am so excited to share with you all that we have learned.  I can’t wait to see what we learn this year!

 

Something New for Your Bookshelf (my two new books!)

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I have been missing.  What could keep me from writing my blog?  What could make my house look like a tornado hit it?  Dishes piled up in the sink, papers strewn everywhere?  My back has been my enemy.  The enemy of a writer who types too much.  That is not why I haven’t been writing here though, it’s because I have been putting the finishing touches on my two new books.

The first came out Saturday.  The Homesteader’s Pharmacy; The Recipes of Garden Fairy Apothecary made its debut.  All of my life’s work in herbalism thus far.  Every hour of research, every medicine made, every plant wild crafted, every body product recipe, every medicine recipe all combined in a book easily understandable now that I am closing my company.  Secrets I kept from my own students.  Every tried and true recipe recorded and ready to share.

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The second book will be out by the thirteenth of March.  Farmgirl School; Homesteading 101 will lead new homesteaders on their journey without quite as many trials and errors as we had!  Sections include achieving goals, farming, chickens, ducks, goats, skills, preserving, recipes, and much more!  Excerpts from the blog and additional notes make up the book.

So, now, if you will excuse me, I have a hot water bottle and a sore back to attend to.  And a house to clean!

If you are interested in the Homestead’s Pharmacy simply send a check to Katie Sanders, 7080 Calhan Road South, house 2, Calhan, CO 80808 for $40 plus $7 shipping and handling.  I am excited to share this information with you.  Thanks for reading my works.  I could not be a writer without readers.  Here’s to your health and empowerment!