Just like the four New England TOH workmen who weekly charm you with their expertise and clear delight for the history of the homes they restore, so Reed walks readers through the various restorations that symbolize the stages of her life, culminating in the expansion and remodel of an authentic Santa Fe adobe. And like Frances Maye's Under the Tuscan Sun or Cottage for Sale, Must Be Moved: A Woman Moves a House to Make a Home by Kate Whouley, Reed weaves her tale of mishap and success with the love and adventure she found along the way.
I know Reed, who falls into the category of local-author-made-good. I have to assume she'd be delighted to share her journey to self-publication with other authors, along with any tidbits for those writing in the same genre: memoirs that focus on the restoration of special places as a metaphor for life. If you have questions, check out her website, which includes a contact page.
I'm a writing junkie looking for other writing junkies who are in this gig for the cool of it. People striving to be better writers because that's where their minds fly. I've accrued any number of writing credentials: author of "Growing Great Characters From the Ground Up: A Thorough Primer for the Writers of Fiction and Nonfiction"; writer of short stories published in Watchword, the Berkeley Fiction Review, Iconoclast and other literary journals; journalist of hundreds of articles for such publications as the Chicago Tribune and Inside Karate Magazine; playwright of a play produced in Hollywood. But what I'm looking to create now is a safe haven for writers where they can forget the brutality of the publishing world for awhile and help one another jump literature to a new level. If you're that person, or would like to be, welcome.