What inspired you to write your memoir?
I was inspired to write my memoirette as I gathered essays that I had written over the years on the farm – from a non-farmer perspective. Each story centers around a farm animal that was either raised from birth on my farm or was fostered by me for a time. Many of the stories are funny, some are gut-wrenching, but all of them provide some sort of entertainment to the reader.
About your Book:
Have you ever wanted to ditch the nine-to-five job and move as far away as possible from the rat race?
Have you ever just wanted peace and quiet in a rural setting away from the sprawl of suburbia?
Have you found yourself daydreaming about pasture lands and farm animals on a daily basis?
That’s exactly what the author found herself contemplating – more often then not – while working at a high tech job in Seattle.
With her husband 3,000 miles away in Florida and the passing of her father, she knew it was time to make some serious changes in her life. She was ready for an adventure, but little did she know what lay in store for her at the ‘fixer upper’ farmhouse she and her husband would soon become the owners of.
S.A. Molteni has spent over thirty years in the Information Technology field working for various Fortune 500 companies. During those years, she and her husband had always dreamed of living on a farm once they became retired from the rat race.
Once the author’s father unexpectedly passes away and her husband moves over three thousand miles to live in another state, her life becomes subject to a complete overhaul to weed out what is working and what is not in her day to day existence. In the midst of dealing with an elderly, newly widowed mother and in-laws who also have health challenges, she leaves Corporate America to find greener pastures on a “fixer upper” fifteen acre farm located on a long dirt road in a rural part of northern Florida.
This collection of essays follows the author in her sometimes humorous transition from “I.T. Geek to Farm Girl Freak” and depicts the lessons that are learned along the way once farm animals become a large part of her life.
How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
After mulling over the last five years of my life, as I left Corporate America and transitioned to a rural life, I thought that the experience was worth sharing with others who might want to consider doing the same thing. I am an indie author and have self-published exclusively through Amazon.
How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
Writing a memoir or in my case, a memoirette was much easier for me to write than fiction. I can vividly recall the highs and lows of the last few years of living on a hobby farm. From this experience, I have a fountain of stories to tell – some humorous and some heart-breaking.
S.A. Molteni is a retired systems engineer. She is also currently a hobby farmer, avid traveler and an author of several award-winning short stories. She lives on a small homestead with her husband and a menagerie of farm animals.