This week I would like to introduce you to Jennifer Roland. She is making the rounds on her Women on Writing Blog Tour. Take it away Jennifer…
What’s the Pacific Northwest really like?
First, everything you’ve seen on TV and movies about Seattle and Portland is probably true. But, Portlandia and Singles don’t tell the whole story of the Pacific Northwest.
The stereotypes that are true:
- It rains frequently.
- There is a laid-back vibe.
- Many of us are into the “buy local” movement.
But we also have hot weather with lots of sun most summers — this summer has been insanely warm, with long stretches of 90-degree-plus weather.
We have a large rural population, and our farmers produce a lot of the grass seed, cranberries, and hazelnuts you use. (Though we tend to call hazelnuts “filberts.”)
And, as Eric Witchey says in Pacific Northwest Writers, “you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a writer.” Many of the writers I spoke with for the book talked about the effects of the rain on their ability to stay inside and focus on their writing. Others also talked about the centering influence of the easy access we have to natural spaces.
Some of my favorites include:
- Willamette Falls. My current hometown is home to the second-largest waterfall in the country. It’s massive and loud, and the city is in the process of renovating the site after it spent many years as the centerpiece to a mill. You can get a great view of the falls from the Oregon City elevator, which is the only outdoor municipal elevator in the country.
- Ape Cave. This is a lava tube just south of Mt. St. Helens. It’s a fun outing with a group of friends, as long as no one I claustrophobic. When we visited, my brother-in-law explored some of the less accessible areas, ending his exploration when the cave narrowed so that he couldn’t fit his body through it. Caves are always interesting to me, with the rock formations they contain inside them and the palpable temperature drop when you head underground.
- Portland Underground. If the tour guides are to be believed, Portland’s underground tunnels were a true den of iniquity in the city’s early days. You can take ghost tours during the Halloween season, where they introduce you to the locations where prostitutes were taken and where men were Shanghaied and sent off to work for a slaver.
- Crater Lake. Oregon’s only national park doesn’t disappoint. It’s a beautiful lake housed in a volcanic crater, and it boasts cross-country skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer. The trip up is breathtaking, and the view doesn’t disappoint.
- Downtown Seattle. I grew up in Eugene, which is a decent-sized. But I was always drawn to the bigger cities. I visited Portland as much as possible, and my husband and I used to take a yearly trip to Seattle when we were dating. Seattle is the first place I found an all-vegetarian Chinese restaurant, and that was my best day ever. It took my forever to pick out something to eat because I could choose from the whole menu, not just the five or six vegetarian selections. (I’m not currently a strict vegetarian, but I was at the time.) And, if you’re a fan of 90s TV shows Twin Peaks and Northern Exposure, you can head east on I-90 to visit Snoqualmie Falls and Roslyn, where the shows’ exteriors were filmed. And yes, I am so excited to see the new Twin Peaks project David Lynch is working on!
What do you want to know about the northwest? Tell us in the comments below.
Book Summary: “Ten Takes on Writing” summary: From novelists to poets to playwrights, Jennifer Roland interviews a variety of authors who have one thing in common — they have all chosen to make the Pacific Northwest their home. Covering a diversity of disciplines — from comics, fantasy, and detective novels to long-form poetry and illustrated children’s series — 10 distinguished authors provide unique perspectives about their craft, provide helpful writing advice and tips for success, and share their passion for living and writing in the Pacific Northwest.
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About the Author: Jennifer Roland is a freelance and marketing writer with more than 20 years’ experience in newspaper, magazine, and marketing environments. Jennifer also works as a virtual assistant to writers, helping them build their online presence and connect with readers so they can focus on what they love — writing.
She loves fiction and writes that under the name Jennifer C. Rodland. She hopes to put all of the lessons she learned writing this book into getting more of that published.
Jennifer can be found online at:
Blog Tour Dates
Friday, August 14 @ Bring on Lemons
WOW! Blog Tour Manager Crystal Otto reviews “Ten Takes on Writing” by Jennifer Roland and offers one lucky blog reader a chance to own this book for themselves! Don’t miss today’s review and giveaway! http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/
Saturday, August 15 @ Hott Books
The lovely Gina Hott of Hott Books is hosting author Jennifer Roland who writes today’s guest post titled “Interviewing Tips and Lessons Learned”. Find out more about Jennifer, her thoughts, and her latest book “Ten Takes on Writing” and participate in the giveaway to win your very own copy of this unique book! http://www.hottbooks.com/
Tuesday, August 18 @ All Things Audry
Audry Fryer hosts today’s guest post “Writing Around a Day Job” by Jennifer Roland. Don’t miss this insightful post and opportunity to learn more about Roland’s latest book “Ten Takes on Writing”. In addition, a giveaway will also be offered. http://allthingsaudry.blogspot.com/
Wednesday, August 19 @ M.C.Simon Writes
M.C. Simon reviews “Ten Takes on Writing” by author Jennifer Roland. Read Simon’s thoughts and get in on the giveaway to win a copy of this book for your own library! http://www.mcsimonwrites.com/
Wednesday, August 19 @ I’d So Rather Be Reading
Jennifer Roland is today’s spotlight author at I’d So Rather Be Reading http://www.idsoratherbereading.com/
Thursday, August 20 @ Renee’s Pages
WOW! Blog Tour Manager Renee Roberson offers readers an opportunity to hear from Jennifer Roland on the topic of “Time Management for Writers”. Learn more about this invaluable topic and get in on the giveaway for a copy of Roland’s latest book “Ten Takes on Writing”. http://reneespages.blogspot.com/
Monday, August 24 @ Create Write Now
Jennifer Roland partners with Mari McCarthy of Create Write Now to offer readers a guest blog about “Making a Living Writing”. This is a great opportunity to learn from Roland as well as participating in a giveaway to win her latest book “Ten Takes on Writing”! http://www.createwritenow.com/
Thursday, August 27 @ Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews
Today on Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews blogs readers can learn more about Jennifer Roland and her latest book “Ten Takes on Writing” and participate in a giveaway where one lucky winner will take home this fabulous book for their own collection. Jennifer Roland also offers a guest blog post about “Writers Conferences” so don’t miss this great stop! http://lisahaseltonsreviewsandinterviews.blogspot.com/
Friday, August 28 @ Memoir Writers Journey with Kathleen Pooler
Jennifer Roland visits Memoir Writers Journey with Kathleen Pooler and writes today’s guest post titled “Lessons Learned from Authors I’ve Interviewed”. This is a great opportunity to learn from Roland and find out more about her latest work “Ten Takes on Writing”! http://krpooler.com/
Until next we meet on this Road to a Dream…be kind to each other…and to yourself!