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Podcast: Novel Concept Episode 11 – Ellen Stimson

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Authors often talk about creating setting in their stories, but sometimes that love of place goes beyond a simple backdrop. Years ago, Ellen Stimson and her family decided to move from St. Louis to Vermont, where suddenly their daily life changed from city streets to small towns and chickens. Now, she’s the author of three books, Mud Season, Good Grief and An Old Fashioned Christmas, which all examine her life in the country. In this episode, host Rachel Carter (also from Vermont) chats with Ellen about how place can inspire you – and just how much they both love living in the green mountain state.

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Live Interview with Ellen Stimson and An Old-Fashioned Christmas: Sweet Traditions for Hearth and Home

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Celebrate the beauty and charm of the holidays with recipes for traditional food and drink, decorating ideas, and heartwarming stories. With its trademark snow, piney forests, sleigh rides and woodsmoke curling out of village chimneys, New England was practically invented for the Christmas postcard. It’s got your Christmas goose and the maple syrup you are gonna use to glaze it. It’s most of the reason author Ellen Stimson made Vermont her home. Here she shares recipes that have been in her family for generations, mixes up a cocktail or two, and invites readers to make their own traditions. 75 color photographs Leave a comment below to enter to win a copy of the book! Meet the Author ELLEN STIMSON is…

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Author Ellen Stimson Shares the Tattoo that Healed Her Breast Cancer

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Welcome to Personal Ink, the monthly column where we showcase authors and their tattoos. A tattoo is more than just an image – from a message of love to an act of rebellion, there’s always some kind of meaning behind what we permanently etch into our skin. This month we’re featuring Ellen Stimson, whose tattoo commemorates her beating breast cancer. Stimson is the author of Mud Season and Good Grief, two memoirs about her family moving to Vermont and the chaos that ensues. She also has an upcoming book filled with recipes, decorations, and stories, called An Old Fashioned Christmas: Sweet Traditions for the Home and Hearth, available through Countryman Press in November. In her own words, here’s how Stimson…

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Being trendy during mud season requires more than a pair of boots

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After interviewing Ellen Stimson about her memoir Good Grief, a book detailing life in small town Vermont, we’re dying to throw on a pair of wellies and jump around in the mud. And now that it’s fall we’re even more drawn to backwoods style—there’s something about the bright leaves and crisp air that makes us want to live in cozy sweaters and awesome boots. Luckily, this fall’s fashions are all about stylish comfort, with a few sophisticated pieces thrown in. So whether you’re a city gal or more at home cleaning out a chicken coop, here are five must-have style trends this fall: Skater Dresses and Chunky Sweaters With its short flared skirt and fitted bodice, the skater dress is…

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From city dweller to Vermonter: Mud Season’s Ellen Stimson on love, humor and Good Grief

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After a family vacation to Vermont, Ellen Stimson and her family did what most of us only dream about – they packed up their lives and moved to the mountains, fantasizing about small town life, green trees and chicken coops. They certainly got the trees and the chicken coops, but they weren’t quite as prepared for the bears, massive snowstorms and the general disaster of buying a quaint country store. Luckily for the rest of us, Stimson describes all of these events and more in her two hilarious memoirs about small town life, Mud Season and Good Grief. Mud Season, released in 2013, is a fish-out-of-water tale describing what it’s actually like to move to a rural town in the…

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