I'm happy to tell you that my next big thing is a story I wrote for New Hampshire Home. Children's book writer Joyce Ray invited me to tell about this project in her post about her next big thing, her new book, Feathers and Trumpets. I had no idea what I was going to write for New Hampshire Home. I was honored to be invited to write the closing back page essay, but hoped no one would attempt to photograph the writerly kind of home I keep. The theme, though, was sustainability. And that led me to gardens. And that led me to community gardens. And that led me to the stories I'd heard and read about refugees and immigrants recreating recipes from their homelands after they got a plot of land in a community garden in their urban American neighborhood. And that led me to Sycamore Community Garden in Concord, New Hampshire. And then to one gardener: Madhu Bhandari from Bhutan, and her daughter-in-law. I also met her granddaughter who may be old enough this spring to come to the garden and help. Madhu told me a story about mustard seeds. The story, "Madhu's Seeds" (p. 90) appears in the March/April issue of New Hampshire Home. It also planted a seed in my mind for the novel I am secretly working on this cold February night.
Please meet writer, Tammi Truax. Tammi Truax will be posting at www.aintiawriter.blogspot.com about her debut novel Holy Buckets.