Local author shares passions in new book

Published 5:00am 1 January 2024

Local author shares passions in new book
Words by Nadia Chapman

New Redcliffe author Samantha Homer will share her love of cooking, craft and sustainability in her first book titled Single, Savvy & Sustainable.

Based at Scarborough, Samantha moved to the Peninsula at the beginning of 2020 and says living there has inspired her to be creative.

“I moved to the Redcliffe Peninsula at the start of 2020. I used to own a health food business and I was a travel agent, then thanks to COVID I had to find other work,” Samantha says.

“Living on the peninsula definitely inspired me to be more creative, to explore more and to take advantage of all the events the council would hold.”

Samantha’s book will explore a myriad of topics, including budgeting and saving, growing an edible garden, being sustainable in your home, cooking for humans and dogs, craft ideas, travelling solo on a budget and more.

“With the current financial crisis and daily cost of living increasing, I wanted to share my tips and tricks with my community and readers. I wanted to give them hope that you can still live a great life without breaking the bank,” Samantha explains.

“The book also includes tasks and a notes section at the end of each chapter so you can use it as a workbook.”

Sam first had the idea to write a book six years ago but didn’t know where to start.

“I thought it was best to stick to what I know and started writing the book in November 2022,” Sam says.

“It took me a few months to write, but I also needed to photograph all the images. I was on a tight budget and could only afford a photographer for the cover and a few professional shots.

“I learnt how to style the food and products using props from around my home and made my own backdrop board. I took more than 100 images, which are featured in the book. This process probably took me five months.”

When asked what her favourite chapter was to write, Samantha says she always wanted to create budget-friendly recipes.

“I love food! So definitely the 'Cooking on a Budget' chapter was my favourite to write. I am a home-cook that cooks rustic, tasty, budget-friendly food.

“I am no MasterChef and felt like I needed to give people quick and easy meals to cook, whether you are single, a couple or a family. I have even worked out a per serve cost, which is featured in all the recipes.

“I have tried to incorporate some of the fresh herbs and veggies I grow into most of the meals, and I have also included tips, facts and the nutrition info for all meals.”

Samantha is hosting a book launch on Wednesday, January 10 at the Masonic Centre at Scarborough, from 5.30-6.30pm, with a free drink and cheese platter upon arrival.

She is also hosting a giveaway, giving five lucky readers the opportunity to win a copy of Single, Savvy & Sustainable.

Simply follow Samantha on Instagram and keep your eyes peeled for competition details.

You can pre-order Single, Savvy & Sustainable as an eBook or paperback through Amazon.

The Masonic Centre is at 70 Seaville Ave, Scarborough.

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