Welcome to ERG’s weekly Author of the Week Interview! This will be a weekly feature, and I’ll be interviewing popular authors in different genres. If you have a favorite author that you’d like to see featured, make sure to tell them to contact me.
So let’s get started. I’d like to introduce you to Lori Loomis. She has written a cooking manual that can be found on Amazon in both a Kindle edition and a paperback. Let’s get to know Lori!
Tell us a little bit about yourself, your hobbies and interests.
I’m a stay-at-home mom to five kids, ages kindergarten to college, including an autistic little boy. My husband and I have been together since high school, and just celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. I am also a licensed nurse and blogger over at momsbyheart.net.
Presently, our family is planning a 15 month road trip to explore the country in an RV and homeschool the children. It’s a new phenomenon known as “roadschooling”. My job as an author and blogger allows me to take my work with me. With a little help from Dave Ramsey we have managed to pay off all of our debt, which is why this amazing trip is possible. We plan to hit the road in June 2014, but have started making preparations this year. We are very excited!
When and why did you decide to write your first book?
When I first started out as a wife and mom, I searched high and low for a book that would help me set up an efficient and healthy meal planning system. I found a few that gave me pre-selected menus, choosing all of my main dishes and sides for me. But with picky eaters, it just didn’t work to follow someone else’s list. I needed to learn how to do it myself. So after 20+ years of trial and error, I wanted to share what I’ve learned in hopes that I could help others who are in need of an easy DIY system.
Tell us about your blog.
A few years ago, my family went through some very hard financial times. This economy has a way of revealing ones financial weaknesses, and it did just that with us. During this time, I did everything I could to stretch or increasingly infrequent dollars. Eventually, I got pretty good at it, and decided to start sharing my deals on a blog. Today I have over 11,000 subscribers and several thousand daily visitors! I am humbled and excited to be able to share the best deals available, both in-store and online at MomsbyHeart.
What makes Operation Dinner different from other cookbooks?
Operation Dinner is more than a cookbook. It is a how-to book on meal planning, prepping, shopping and cooking. The first few chapters describe an easy meal planning system, including shopping tips and kitchen organization methods. There are several options for implementing them based on your family lifestyle and preferences. Then we have a brief one page lesson on different cuts of meat, how to interpret labels, and how to prep food in advance for easy and fast family meals. Finally, I include over 75 tried-and-true family friendly recipes that will make use of your prepped meat and vegetables.
Are you planning on writing any other books in the near future?
Yes. My passion is helping moms manage their households and enjoy their lives. So the subjects of future books will be toward this goal.
Who is your favorite author and book?
For my autistic son, I read everything written by Temple Grandin. For inspiration, I read Beth Moore and Max Lucado. For the kitchen, I have every James Peterson book in print. I am also addicted to Gordon Ramsay cookbooks.
What book are you reading right now?
I am presently reading Love Does by Bob Goff. I highly recommend it.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Presently, my spare time is occupied by learning all I can about full time RV travel and homeschooling in preparation for our upcoming adventure. Ordinarily, I love to read, knit and stalk Pinterest.