Author Sally Trew has been kind enough to stop by and talk about her new book with us.
1) Sally, when did you first know you wanted to be a writer? Was there something else you were considering?
We would need an hour to talk about all the hats I have worn through my working years. I was a hairdresser, makeup artist, photographic makeup artist, and a photographic assistant, all before I started my own soap making business. Somewhere during all of that, I raised my children and was a wife and homemaker. For years, I taught classes on making soap and many of our favorite bath and body products. I also owned a yahoo group list, where I would help newbies make their first batch of soap. After doing this over and over, I decided it was time to write a book giving all my recipes and teaching those who want to know about how we can use herbs and essential oils. That was in 2008. Writing a book on this subject was simply the next natural step. I found writing these books to be a lot of fun and they gave me a great excuse to buy all the ingredients. I was in formulator’s heaven, locked in my workshop, creating new creams, lotions, eye shadow colors, and many other products to put in the books.
2) Tell us about your latest release. What genre does it fall under?
My latest book is ‘Idiot’s Guide to Making Natural Beauty Products.’ This is book #2 on this subject and it takes the reader further with more complicated formulations than the first beauty book took them. There are 300 step-by-step photos to help the reader understand just how to make the products. I have a couple of chapters for teenagers with easy and inexpensive recipes that they can make for themselves or for gifts. It makes for a wonderful mom and daughter afternoon, or in my case, grandmother and granddaughter afternoon. My granddaughter enjoys making her own nail polish and it is much safer than the commercial polishes that are sold in the store. The book is listed as hobby and in craft.
3) It sounds like you are quite the expert in creating soaps and beauty products. What got you interested in that line of work?
Thirteen years ago, my youngest daughter came back home with her then two-year old son, Shawn. He was out of control, pacing, shaking his hands, and throwing many temper tantrums daily. I was pulling my hair out, so I took him to the doctors to try and find out what was wrong. We found out that he was ADHD, Autism and MR. I started reading everything I could find about his conditions. One thing that stood out the most was that ADHD was mostly a food allergy problem. So I started with the foods we ate to find all the foods that set off his bad behavior. I also started seeing where the use of certain oils in cooking helped these kinds of conditions. I decided that all of us would benefit if I got as many chemicals out of our home as possible. That led me to create all natural soaps and cleaners. Today we live totally different than we did 13 years ago and we have Shawn to thank. I believe we are living much healthier lives. Shawn is doing great and has over come many problems he once had and this is all without the use of medications. His ADHD and autism are under control. He is like a different child. Many people I know and who knew Shawn when he was little, want me to write a book about him. Currently I am putting together a family cookbook that I may or may not publish. It is more a labor of love for our family.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself that people don’t know. Are there foods you like that you don’t tell anyone about, or maybe something you do in your spare time that might interest your readers?
Until recently I had to keep a big secret. I created a wonderful salve that helps the body heal cuts, burns and such unbelievably fast. It is going through clinical trials now and we are working on the FDA application. We also have financial backing that will bring this salve and 3 more of my salves to the general market. Hopefully by next year it will be in the stores all over Texas and near by states. I am really excited about this and keeping my mouth shut was very hard for me to do. For now, the working name is Trew Healing Ointment.
5) That sounds remarkable. Congratulations! I love the name. Do you have any writing rituals?
Oh yes! First off, I buy tons of the spiral notebooks when Walmart has them dirt cheap, just before school starts. I compile notes in the spirals on everything about oils, butters, herbs, and any new ingredient being used in the beauty industry. As I formulate new recipes, I write the recipe and results in these spirals. I can only write after everyone in the house has gone to bed. This includes but not limited to children and pets. When the house is quiet, I go to my computer with spirals and a big cup of coffee and I begin. When the house starts coming to life the following morning, I stop, feed the kids and critters, and then catch a few hours sleep.
6) What are you reading right now? Do you have any favorite authors?
I love true and fiction crime novels or biographies. One of my favorite authors is Patricia Cornwell.
Please tell our readers where they can find out more about your books.
Many of the local bookstores carry my books, but you can also find them (and for a savings) at many online bookstores such as Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.