Provided By; Brummet Media Group
Lillian and her husband Dave are the team behind Brummet Media Group, high-fiving cheerfully as they pass each other on the way from checking off one item or other from their long to-do list. After moving to their dream location (in the Kootenay Region of BC, Canada), they have been methodically converting the abused lot over to the little park it has become – and in doing so have gained certification with bee, pollinator and wildlife organizations. Their home, too, has become energy efficient via the many upgrades they have done. Their business includes Dave’s music studio and percussion accessory products and graphic design work as well as numerous award-winning non-fiction books and popular blogs. Today we help them celebrate their latest book release – From One Small Garden, with over 300 delicious, nutritious recipes!
Q: How many books or short stories have you written?
L: I’ve only written a couple non-fiction short stories, numerous non-fiction
articles, both product and book reviews, and a total of 7 published books, if you
count an e-book (Jump Start For Writers) that no longer exists. Currently we
have a 2-book series on green living (Trash Talk), 2 books of poetry (Towards
Understanding; Rhythm & Rhyme) and there’s marketing advice for writers
(Purple Snowflake Marketing). Our most recent release is a cookbook: From One
Small Garden that, as you might derive from the name, focuses on recipes that
help people take advantage of garden harvests and reduce food waste.
Q: Where did you find all the sources for your research?
D: I do most of my learning online, for instance when it comes to understanding
a new program for vector graphics I will comb YouTube for tutorial videos.
Somewhere online there is a video explaining everything you need – and more
usually. I would never have attempted repairs to household appliances or
automobiles if I didn’t have access to tutorial videos. Learning how to do things
yourself can save you a bunch of money as an entrepreneur too. However it also
means that you have to be able to learn, have the patience and then actually
apply that new skill. Not as easy as it sounds, believe me.
Q: What do you do when you are not writing?
D: I play drums in a rock band when ever possible. I also teach both drum kit
and hand drum lessons. I have an active repair shop in which I build, fix and tune
djembe drums (among others) and manufacture a few percussion accessories as
well. I enjoy doing the graphic design work for all our marketing and that is a
never-ending learning journey in itself, but certainly an enjoyable one.
Q: Who, or what, inspired you to pursue a career in writing?
L: The first writer I ever knew was my mother, who dabbled at the craft for a
short time. Later, teachers would comment about my writing, truly moved by
what I wrote. These were the earliest influences, slowly pointing me in this
direction. Some of my poetry was published, then I won some writing awards…
later I took some career evaluation tests and writing kept coming up as a career
option. Dave’s emotional support and strategic skills have been of great value;
having that strength, someone to mull over challenges with, split the work with, and just share the experience in general.
Q: What have you learned about while working with your spouse?
D: We do some of our best creative work when we are just discussing stuff
together over a cup of coffee during a break. And, we always have a note pad to
jot down the ideas that come bursting out because, sure enough, the best ideas
are the ones that slip your memory if you don’t.
Q: Describe a typical writing day.
L: There is no real typical day for us; 2-3 days per month are dedicated to
managing the blogs, about 16 hours are spent networking, advertising, sending
out queries to media and following up on marketing opportunities every week, a
few hours per week are spent managing social media. Any one day can also
involve cleaning the office, workshop, studio… assisting Dave where I can.
However, I’ll share an example of a ‘behind the scenes’ look at one day: upon
waking, we have breakfast and coffee and deal with the fur kids, get some house
duties done, check emails/messenger/text messages for any important
communications, and after a brief discussion about what each other’s goals are
for that day, split off in our different directions. I’m in the office responding to
interview questions while Dave is in his office working on images and ad
creations for our cookbook (From One Small Garden). After this interview, I plan
to complete a few touchups to some articles we wrote last week. We always take
a break to make lunch and clean up after. Depending on what Dave might need
from me, I may take on the task of going through the emails etc. one more time,
responding and dealing with what I can… or I might start some seeds for the
garden and do some laundry. Perhaps I’ll be dealing with garden harvests or taking an online course during the afternoon hours.
Q: How do you manage social media, what social media have you used, which do
you like to use the most and why?
D: I personally use Facebook for networking with specific groups and for general
announcements, YouTube for posting video content and blogging for building a
presence and sharing information with followers. Lillian is the one that handles
the blogs and a majority of the social media and I am happy for that as she is
very good at it and knows the ins and outs. She has a lot of relevant connections
already from over 20 years experience of promoting our business and books.
Q: How do you go about choosing a book title?
D: For me the title almost always comes near or at the end of the writing
process. If ever I have had an idea of the title first it was usually changed by the
time the book was done. A title for me has to explain the book’s purpose or
intent in some way. I like it to be catchy and not too wordy. Like a good melody
that you can easily whistle, a good title should be memorable, appropriate and
roll off the tongue easily.
Q: What is your contribution to society?
D: As a drum teacher I hope to help the next generation of drummers by passing
on the knowledge of drums and percussion I have accumulated in my career. I
run a program called Drum it Forward that I was inspired to create years ago. I
go to the schools and offer my services as a drum doctor armed with all the spare
parts I have amassed along the way and fix their gear. The schools don’t have
the budget to pay for this and the poor teachers don’t necessarily have the time
or knowledge, so I do it as a donation. All I ask is that if they have any spare
parts or pieces laying around that they consider donating it to the cause to perpetuate the program.
Q: Tell us the process of creating the cover for your book.
D: From One Small Garden’s cover was a process that evolved over the years. By
the time the final title was decided on the concept of what we wanted to portray
was clear – How to cook with fresh produce. If you look at the front cover closely,
in the background is an image of our actual garden ghosted out with dishes of
prepared food in the foreground – from the garden to plate in a sense. The back
cover concept is similar but with images of our freshly harvested produce in place
of the food dishes. All from one small garden – is what we have lived for the past
30+ years as a life style and a health choice and we know it saves a bunch of money while having you eat like royalty.