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Getting Laid with Barb Webb – An O2O Author Interview

Barb is long-time O2O member and we’ve thoroughy enjoyed hanging out with her at BlissDom and working with her on campaigns over the years. So we were quite thrilled to hear that she had written this book! Getting Laid: Everything You Need to Know about Raising Chickens, Gardening and Preserving–With Over 100 Recipes is informative, eye-opening, and just plain fun! With chapter titles like Get Dirty, Get Fried, and Get Wild, you know this isn’t going to be your average “how to raise chickens” kind of book. Read on to learn more about how Getting Laid came to be.

GettingLaidFestivalWinner_resizeAbout Getting Laid

Move over, Martha! Founder of RuralMom.com and nationally known country living blogger Barb Webb brings a sense of fun to the idea of growing your own food, raising chickens and living a gloriously organic life. This modern gal’s almanac is filled with Chick Tips and excellent advice you won’t find anywhere else for gardening, cooking and preserving beautiful food. She’ll help you find your inner farm girl while you try your hand at raising a fluffy brood, canning your garden harvest, and whipping up sweet potato pies, Barb Webb’s Getting Laid is a poultry-powered guide to an eco-fabulous life so you and your loved ones can create your own Eden, where it is in the suburbs, on your deck or in the back forty.

Barb WebbO2O: What was your inspiration for writing this book?

BW: My chickens! And the desire to empower others with the wisdom and knowledge I’ve been gifted. The book is a culmination of 40+ years of experience learning the ins and outs of sustainable living.

O2O: The title of your book is so fun! Tell us a bit about how that came to be.

BW: I’d love to take credit for that provocative title as it’s totally a kitchy-fun attention-grabber, but have to give kudos to my editor, Brenda Knight, for her fabulous vision and terrific sense of humor! The guide is designed to be a light-hearted, almanac – for example, in the first chapter I teach readers how to select chicken breeds based on their fashion style. The modern concepts and style deserved a title with a touch of pizzazz and sass, too!

O2O: Is there anything you still struggle with implementing/practicing on the sustainable living front?

BW: Homesteading is a continuous process. Sometimes I forget to conserve water properly and I’m honestly not ready to chuck my cell phone to be fully sustainable. I struggle daily to find my equilibrium and maintain sustainable zen. Life is full of noise and distractions but it’s also full of hope and opportunities to pave a new path in what it means to be a sustainable-living pioneer. In our nutty, cluttered world, my sincerest hope is that I have managed to interrupt the noise and to deliver invigorating new ways in “Getting Laid” for readers to find the best possible sustainable-life-balance and to carve out a little slice of natural paradise!

O2O: Was there anything different or surprising about writing this book than when you wrote your previous books?

BW: I had more creative freedom with this book than any other and it’s definitely a passionate work of the heart. As you can imagine, I had a great deal of fun with the title but also with making the book as approachable, modern and engaging as possible. This is not your grandmother’s sustainable living book, though you’ll find some updated versions of my grandma’s recipes inside!

O2O: What were your writing habits?

BW: I’m totally a seat-of-the-pants writer… meaning hard-fast schedules and I just simply do not jive when it comes to writing! I truly admire writers who can organize, outline and set/meet goals but I’m simply not one of them. I’m sure it takes me longer to write a book than the organized author but if I were to try to reign in too much, it stifles my creative process.

The one key to my success in finishing a book (or any other writing project) is to commit to working on it daily. Sometimes this means taking information and arranging it in logical order, sometimes it means making and testing a recipe, and sometimes it means writing pages of text that I only pull a paragraph or two from to use. I’ve learned to allow myself plenty of freedom in expression and format but to hold to one steadfast rule – show up to work on the project each day!

As for where I show up, it’s often where ever I find a comfortable spot. Notebooks are my writing tools. Everything gets hand-penned first, then transferred to electronic data. This process, for me, is incredibly helpful as it allows me to easily organize pages, revise and edit prior to typing the manuscript into a word processing program.

O2O: Was there a writing quote or mantra that kept you inspired?

BW: The quote that most inspires me is not necessarily writing related – “Be the change you want to see in the world,”-Mahatma Gandhi. When I write, I try to keep this thought in mind. It helps me get through the clutter to heart of things, the ideas, advice, and inspirations that matter most. That’s what I want to share when I write.

O2O: What advice would you give to someone who wants to write a book?

BW: The one writing advice question I get asked the most is “how do I get a book published?” The problem with that question is that most people asking it have not written their book yet or do not have a clearly defined proposal for a book yet.

My advice always is the same – start writing your book or book proposal. Learn your craft. Explore your topic. Understand your audience first. You can’t move towards publication on something that doesn’t exist yet.

The hesitation I most often hear is “what if I write it then and it doesn’t sell?” This will always be a risk but you can’t fulfill your dream of being a published author if you don’t take that initial leap to trust in your words and write them down.

O2O: Will you write another book?

BW: Maybe!

Where to buy Getting Laid

Giveaway!

Barb is going to send a copy of Getting Laid to an O2O member*! To enter the giveaway, leave a comment telling us one way you are trying to live a more sustainable lifestyle. One entry per person. Giveaway closes Sunday, February 28, 2016. Winner will be drawn and notified via email on Monday, February 29th.

Congrats to Lisa C. (comment #8) on winning a copy of Getting Laid!

More about Barb

Barb Webb is a sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky. When she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s writing about country living and artisan culture. Born under the earth sign, Taurus, she arrived in the world ready to start nurturing, digging and planting! She believes Irish cuisine is seriously undervalued and that if we simply open our minds and hearts to listen, the universe is an excellent guide.

An award-winning author, with a diverse publishing background ranging from curriculum design to social media, Barb has been featured in magazines such as Woman’s World, Country Woman, Redbook, MSN Money, Women’s Day, and Taste of Home Simple & Delicious. Barb Webb is also the Owner/Editor of the popular blog RuralMom.com and author website SustainableChick.com. She’s also columnist for CraveLocal.com and Fix.com, blog partner with TheDailyMeal.com, Taste of Home blogger and Better Homes and Gardens Pinterest Pro.

Her husband, three children, new grandchild and all the chickens in the coop indulge her quirks, love of all things green and desire to help others.

*No Purchase Necessary. Void Where Prohibited By Law. Entry period will run from Thursday, February 18, 2016 through midnight (PT), Sunday, February 28, 2016. Entries must be received in those time frames to be valid. Contest is open to One2One Network members, 18 years of age or older, and a resident of the United States of America. Winner will be chosen via random draw and notified via email. Please see Official Rules for Giveaways.

8 Comments

  1. Shannon Baas says:

    We buy locally whenever possible.

  2. I am trying to live a more sustainable lifestyle by eating healthy and exercising

  3. elizabeth p says:

    I am learning to preserve some of my garden produce.

  4. Tammy Skinner says:

    I love my flock.

  5. Andrea Peregretti says:

    We are doing Urban gardening as a family! It is a great way the live a more sustainable life!

  6. I’m attempting to live a more sustainable lifestyle by drinking more water & exercising more frequently. My husband & I actually talked about starting our own garden in the near future, we plan on starting out small at first with maybe some lettuce, tomatoes, & such & then we want to tackle growing our own jalapeños (YUMM!).

  7. I have been buying more organic and food that I can bag on my own or come in glass over plastic packaing!

  8. Lisa Canada says:

    We garden in our back yard. Last year’s garden was a disaster so I am hoping for better weather this year.