The Time I Wrote a Book in 5 Weeks

Let me preface this post by saying: Sometimes, I think I’m a crazy lunatic. And I know Mal thinks I’m a crazy lunatic. Actually, I know I am because I agree to stuff like this way too often.

After I wrote my first book, I vowed never to write another one. Writing books just wasn’t my thing.

But then, in late-December, I was approached by a small publishing house in Maine (a connection made through my first book editor) about writing a cookbook about smoothies and juice.

Smoothies and juice?!?

The topic definitely piqued my interest. I love freshly pressed juice, and, ever since I got pregnant (and especially in my first trimester when nothing was appetizing to me), smoothies have been one of my go-to meals and snacks.

After some initial email correspondence, I spoke with the owner of the publishing house about this project and everything sounded great: 100-125 recipes (half smoothies, half juice), an introduction, chapter headings, sidebars, and photos (through Shutterstock). BUT it all had to be finished by January 31, 2014, which was just 5 weeks away. (Holy crap!)

I really wanted to do this book, but I wasn’t sure if I could handle that much work, crammed into 5 weeks, especially while running CNC and writing for Health at the same time. I talked it over with Mal (I’m pretty sure he called me a ‘crazy lunatic’ at this point), and I eventually decided to go for it.

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And just 5 short weeks later… 140 recipes, 240 pages, and countless hours sitting in front of my computer, I submitted the first draft of my second book last Friday. It felt amazing, and it was the biggest relief ever. I don’t think I’ve ever been so consumed by a single project in my whole life, but, hopefully, the toughest part is over. For now. Editing is a whole different ball game!

My book is called The Part-Time Vegetarian (PTV) Smoothies and Juices: Boost Your Immune System and Increase Your Energy With a Flexitarian Diet. It will be released on June 10, 2014, but you can pre-order it now!


So that’s that: The time I wrote a book in 5 weeks and lived to tell about it. Crazy. I still can’t believe it.

I really hope you guys decide to check out my book. There are so many delicious recipes in it, and I am so excited to share them with everyone!


  1. WOW! I can’t wait for this to come out. That is such a short amount of time. I can’t believe you were able to get it done (well, at the same time I feel like I know you and know you can do anything you put your mind to!). I am not sure I could even come up with that many recipes in over a year!

  2. Looking forward to checking it out! Really goes to show that when you love what you do you just make it work to get it done. Congrats!!!

  3. Congratulations! I love the title! I’m looking forward to trying your recipes, especially when the Texas summer rolls around and I’m looking for a delicious and healthy way to cool off!

  4. I think it would be totally possible to write a book like that in 5 weeks! basically, just change the combos of juices/smoothies! apple and spinach one day, add ginger another, throw in a pear another, spice up with cayenne another, etc. I thought you meant an actual novel…now THAT would be crazy! lol.

  5. Congrats! That’s amazing! That probably explains why the blog has been less-than-stellar lately, which makes sense. Looking forward to more interesting content on here now that you have more free time. 🙂

  6. Thats the beauty of when you’re passionate about something, it can get done no matter the time frame… and i think that’s the actual definition of “Crazy lunatic” because if I were in your shoes I would have done the same thing. Congrats. Thats very exciting!!! 🙂

  7. congrats on such a huge accomplishment! You are truly amazing. I can’t wait to read it!!

    Ps. does Murphy like to lick the keyboard while you’re typing? When my puppy (loki) sits on my lap while I blog, he tries to lick/eat my laptop! I must have spilled something delicious on it once upon a time 😛

  8. Congrats! That is pretty cool feat to write a book in 5 weeks! I love making smoothies, but always feel like they end up tasting the same. I am excited for your book to come out because it will be nice to have some new ideas and combinations to try.

  9. Congratulations! This is such an accomplishment! I’m from Maine, I love your blog, and I love smoothies. So the fact that this incorporates all three of these things is fantastic haha! Congrats again!

  10. How awesome?!?!
    I actually made a juice/smoothie today and it’s super green! I love these things, great way to sneak nutrients into your diet!

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