Me in a nutshell
I live in Eugene, Oregon, and have been a full-time self-employed professional writer for 5 years. I’m the author of 4 travel fantasy books in my Rucksack Universe series. I write about craft beer. I help other people with their online content and marketing. Outside of my home office, I spend lots of time with my wife, son, and daughter. And I love to cook.
This month I’m…
Why? 3 main reasons:
1. New book is here!
The Lotus and the Barley came out June 16, and so far response and reviews have been positive. Here’s a taste of what people are saying about this latest Rucksack Universe adventure:
- “Strong female characters, strong story, intrigue, humor, and beer, what more could you ask for?”
- “St Clair has built a universe that’s realistic and yet has provided just enough of that magical fantasy to take me away from the mundane world I know.”
- “I instantly connected with the characters of Branwen and Zara. I hope there are going to be more stories with the sisters. I loved the book and am totally blown away.”
Any way you buy the book supports me, and I thank you for that—your support is part of what makes it possible for me to do the work I do. The best way to support me, though, is to buy your e-books and signed paperbacks from my author store. It’s also the only place to get bundles of all 4 books currently in the series.
2. 5 years in business
July marks 5 years in business for me. I can hardly believe it. When I resigned from my old job in 2011, I knew the road ahead would be both amazing and challenging—and it certainly has been. In the US, we often hear that most small businesses fail during the first 5 years. I’m so happy to be here, and be growing.
So, thank you for my first 5 years. I couldn’t do this without you, and every day I work hard and am so, so grateful for the work and life I have.
3. New kitchen!
June 22: Something blue. Wall and ceiling now fully done. Brick is primed. @violinjodie got all the drawers and doors fully painted and ready for hardware. And all the top cabinets got their first coat of blue. It’s coming together! #kitchenrefresh #diy
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You know something that’s fun to do after you launch a book? You know, something that takes your mind off all the stress and work of a book release?
Redoing your kitchen.
My wife and I use our kitchen a lot. We’ve been in our home for a little over 10 years, but other than a spot of paint and new appliances, we haven’t done much to the kitchen. This year we decided to fully repaint, put in a new counter and sink, and do some other sprucing up. We’re most of the way through it, and it’s been quite a project. We’ve pushed ourselves, learned lots, and done some pretty darn cool work. If I could move my office to the kitchen, I just might… Hmmm…
In other news
I’ll be doing another update with some additional items soon. There’s also been lots of articles and other content, plus a few other projects I’m working on—especially a marketing campaign for my books. Later this month my wife and I are taking the kids on a wee road trip to Portland and Seattle—lots of friends to catch up with.
Yoga once a week and walking over 10,000 steps (about 5 miles) each day, aiming for 13,000-15,000 steps (up to about 7 miles) at least a couple of days each week.
Reading 5 books:
- The Nature of the Beast: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Louise Penny
- How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Louise Penny
- Hexed (Iron Druid Chronicles), Kevin Hearne
- Duct Tape Marketing Revised and Updated: The World’s Most Practical Small Business Marketing Guide Paperback, John Jantsch
- The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A Lisbeth Salander novel, David Lagercrantz
Always intrigued by other people’s stories, so feel free to email me: firstname.lastname@example.org