Being Green Interview with Lillian Brummet April 3, 2011Posted by Jaidis in Being Green.
Tags: Authors, Featured, Interviews
Welcome to the first day of my Being Green Week on Juniper Grove! Today I am pleased to have Lillian Brummet as a guest! Lillian dropped by to tell us about her book Trash Talk – It’s Easy to Be Green, different ways that we can all help the environment and her thoughts about being an author! I’m so excited so let’s get to it!
Can you tell us what your book, Trash Talk – It’s Easy to Be Green, is about?
I would love to! (She smiles) A 2-part series that allows you to green your life and save money at the same time, helping readers helping lead a more proactive life and leave a positive legacy. Book One discusses the 4-R’s of waste management and the proper order for them. This series offers an average of 129-pages per book packed with ways to reuse, repurpose waste, inspires through education about recycling, offers tips on reducing, refusing and rethinking “waste” issues.
How long did it take to write Trash Talk – It’s Easy to Be Green?
Well, this series is based on the original paperback edition, which was based on the bi-weekly column that was published internationally from 1999-2007. So I guess you could say this book has been years in the making.
What was your inspiration to write this book?
Initially we were seeing that people were feeling overwhelmed about the environmental and fiscal issues facing society, and their general feeling was: “How could one little person have any kind of impact against all of this?” Though personal experience we knew how much money we were saving by what is now known as ‘reuse’ and ‘repurposing’. Studying the subject helped us realize how much of an impact recycling even one glass bottle can have. Being passionate gardeners we relish in the benefits of composting, which can reduce waste by 30%. When we learned that psychology studies showed that 60% of us would do more if we knew it had a measurable impact – well, what else could we do but write about it?
I understand a second book in the Trash Talk series is coming out soon. Can you tell us a little bit of what we can expect in book two of the Trash Talk – It’s Easy to Be Green series?
The 2nd book discusses more advanced information from energy awareness to indoor/outdoor gardening alternatives, and water conservation. This series contains very little white space with an average 45,000 word count per book, with fantastic resources in the final pages.
Can you explain to us what the four R’s of waste management are and how they are beneficial?
Actually we find there are 5 R’s now considered in the Zero Waste community – Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle. ‘Refuse’ simply put can mean that we do not accept manufacturers standards, and petition them for change. ‘Reduce’ implies bringing less stuff home. ‘Reuse’ can be, for instance, decorating a soup can and using it as a penholder. ‘Repurpose’ is a relatively new term that identifies manipulating of an item, for instance: taking a clean empty plastic cleaning bottle, cutting off the bottom at an angle and creating a handy plastic scoop with a handle that can be used for things like dispensing dog food. And of course recycling involves participating in the local recycling system as much as possible by staying informed as to what is being accepted in your area.
What would you say are the most common things people can do to Be Green?
Just by recycling alone we can reduce the amount of waste that we send to the landfill by 30%… add composting to this and you can reduce it by another 30%. Imagine 60% less waste just from readily available options.
There are several ways that most people do not normally think about or do not consider as being ‘Green.’ What are some uncommon yet easy ways that people can do their part?
Well, I could go on and on about this part – but the first thing I would say is to be very careful of the amount of chemicals we are allowing in our lives – from the food we eat and how it is processed, shipped or stored, to the choice of fertilizers we use on our landscaping.
Where can we buy the Trash Talk – It’s Easy to Be Green books?
Our books are currently available at three places: BookLocker.com, ClickBank.com and via our site: Brummet.ca
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve always been drawn to writing, but did not consider it as a career or a serious endeavor until after a life-changing vehicle accident that left me questioning the value of my life, why I existed and if I mattered. Writing is a tool for me to leave a positive, lasting legacy – not in having my name in print, but rather through the topics I focus on, the resources I share, and the issues I bring to light.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love to spend time in the garden or in nature. My dogs bring a lot of joy in my life, for which I am grateful. When I can peel myself away from reading, I like to get in some exercise, which seems to be ever more necessary as the years go by. (She laughs)
What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a published author?
First – don’t be deterred from your dream. There are a lot of options out there for anyone wanting to publish a book, pick one that suits you best. Clearly define why releasing this book is so important to you, and what you hope to do with it.
Are you self-published and if so, do you think it’s better/easier than trying to find a publisher?
We have worked with two traditional publishers in the past and now, with a self-publishing outlet. We are experimenting with releasing all our books, as their contracts expire, in e-book formats – totally revised and updated. I love the fact that there are so very many options to consider when it comes to publishing
Night owl or Early bird?
Early bird, usually.
How many books do you read per month?
Anywhere between 3 and 8 books, depending on the books.
What does the word success mean to you?
Success means feeling like getting up in the morning – like the fact that I live and breathe has some kind of positive impact on the world, this is success.
If you had to have one word or phrase written on your forehead for an entire week, what would it be?
Handle every stressful situation like a dog – If you can’t eat it or play with it, pee on it and walk away!
Thank you Lillian for allowing me to interview you! Be sure to check out my Being Green Giveaway for a chance to win a digital copy of Lillian’s book – Trash Talk: It’s Easy to Be Green!
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