Sunday, October 19, 2014

Anna June is cooking up a storm!

Anna June Johnson is cooking up a storm in my latest book-Cooking up Trouble at the Peabody Palace so today I'm giving you her simple beef stew recipe.

But first a big hello and thank you to the ladies of Alpha Delta Kappa who were so gracious and supportive of me yesterday. I gave a short presentation about my writing journey and met some great gals. Thank you, it was fun.

 Anna June's Easy Beef Stew

2 pounds lean beef cut in bite size pieces
2 cups beef stock
1/2 pound sliced carrots
1 onion sliced
1 stalk celery sliced
4 large potatoes peeled and cubed

flour for dredging
2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil
salt and pepper

Heat oil in heavy pot. Dredge beef in flour seasoned with salt and pepper. Cook the beef in the oil until all sides are browned. Add the beef broth at medium heat until broth comes to a boil. Then reduce heat, cover and simmer until beef is tender ( about 90 min.). Add vegetables to pot and simmer again until tender ( about 45 minutes). Add more water if necessary.
Serve with green salad and crusty rolls.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Cooking up Trouble at the Peabody Palace is now available!

Cooking up Trouble at the Peabody Palace is now available in e-reader and paperback versions from Amazon. It is the sequel to Gold in my Pocket and takes place in Black Gulch, California in 1851. It is the diary of AJ Johnson, a quirky chef who finds herself in the midst of a rough mining camp. Please take a look-it's fun and flavorful.

Kindle Edition

Paperback

Sunday, September 28, 2014

School Daze!

The last few weeks have raced by as I juggle  the demands of full time teaching and trying to finish up and promote not one but two new books. My self-published book Cooking up Trouble at the Peabody Palace is the humorous sequel to Gold in My Pocket and deals with zany AJ Johnson who's heart is in the right place but her mouth gets her in trouble. Watch for it mid-October.

Prism Book Group is publishing my A Bride for the Sheriff and it releases November 5th. 

Thanks to friends and family for their support during this busy time.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

A New school year has launched!

A new year has launched and I'll be busy juggling my author and  teacher hats. I am super excited to announce I've been offered a contract for my second book Still Faithful to be reworked and retitled.

Also in the works is the new book Cooking up Trouble at the Peabody Palace. I hope to publish that in the next three weeks. Stay tuned and here's hoping for cooler weather.

Jewell 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Teachers as Writers



Teachers as Writers-Why They’re a Good Fit
 by Jewell Tweedt
Exactly 30 years ago I was a disillusioned young teacher looking to make a career change. Searching through help wanted ads I came across a job listing for a Merchandising Assistant. Now I didn’t know what that was but I did have some retail experience and a lot of chutzpah. I applied for the job, was interviewed by the president of the discount chain, and got the position. I spent fifteen years with the organization and received several promotions. Why was I successful? Because as a teacher I had skills that transferred: I was organized, I was creative and most importantly, I could follow through.
The skills that are useful as a teacher also help in business and writing is a business. It’s creative and fluid but also a business. Writers produce a product and market it, if they finish the darn book.
Organization- Teachers juggle curriculum, meetings, parents, discipline and instruction. Most of them are trying to get better at their profession. Writers juggle their stories, interviews, signings, self-discipline (sometimes I’d rather go outdoors), writing and re-writing. They are always trying to improve their product and themselves.
Creativity-Teachers are always looking for new methods to interest their students and themselves. They research new sources, and collaborate with others. Writers are always looking for new ways to tell a story, write it better and collaborate with writers through local groups and national organizations.
                Inspiration can come at any time and any place. This year as I was teaching a unit on American westward expansion I told my students about how women made money during the California Gold Rush by cooking and sewing for miners. Some women became quite wealthy. As I looked out over my group of teenagers I asked, “What if a teenage girl got stranded in a rough camp. How would she survive?”  The ensuing discussion led to my latest book, Gold in My Pocket-A Gold Rush Diary. Laura Webb is a fifteen year old who is stranded in Black Gulch, California with no family, few friends and gold in her pocket. Over a three year period she defends her honor, supports herself and finds her own way (and some romance).   
This book was easy to write and to finish: I had the background knowledge, primary sources and about 75 female students to pull character traits from. Plus I’ve written a series called The Back to Omaha Adventures so I had some experience to draw from.
Follow-through- Not only do teachers plan, they instruct and assess. That takes preparation and time. Then assessments are given, work is evaluated and recorded. That takes follow-through. This past year I had 140 students under my tutelage. How did I manage that AND write a book? By having a plan and setting a time to write. Each afternoon after school and before I started chores and dinner I’d write. For 45 minutes I’d write as much as I could in the diary. After dinner I’d edit and rewrite. Then I put it away. Life balance is important otherwise it’s too easy to get overwhelmed.
Effective writers know that too. Everything takes longer than it should. Work needs to be edited and the darn book must get finished! Changes occur with titles, covers, even agents and publishers. But isn’t that true in most endeavors? It doesn’t matter if you’ve never earned an educator license, everyone teaches someone or something and can develop these qualifications.  Take a look at your organization, creativity, and follow-through and you’ll see why you as a teacher and a writer are a good fit.


Jewell Tweedt is the author of the fictional series, The Back to Omaha Adventures, and the newly published diary, Gold in My Pocket. She is a field editor for Our Iowa magazine, teaches American History and loves reading, old movies and anything Okoboji.      

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Release date announcement!

As many of you know I have contracted with Prism Book Group to rewrite and publish Faith of the Heart. Well, I now know the release date is November 4th. It will have a new title, cover and maybe even a new pen name for me. Anyway it's been a long process and I am excited to see it nearing completion.

More information will be relayed as it becomes available.

Meanwhile I am finishing up the companion diary to Gold in my Pocket. Cooking up Trouble at the Peabody Palace is the fun diary of Anna June who is always sticking her foot in her mouth as she stirs up delicious meals as the Palace's new cook. Watch for this latest creation in September.