janet fisher

following strong women through history

A Feature and Feedback

woodland_magazine_cover“I gobbled the book in one sitting, shed some real tears with and for you and Martha along the way, and enjoyed it all tremendously. You are a fine storyteller, and Martha’s story is full of such rich detail . . .”

So said Kathy Westra, a writer for the American Forestry Foundation magazine, Woodland, after reading my book, A Place of Her Own.

An email recently came to me out of the blue from Kathy. She had been assigned to write a feature story for Woodland  (Photo of Autumn 2013 issue at left) about my family’s Oregon tree farm, and about A Place of Her Own, which tells the story of my great-great-grandmother Martha, who bought this farm almost 150 years ago. The foundation, headquartered in Washington, D.C., serves tree farmers across the US, and their magazine, an attractive full-color quarterly, has a nationwide circulation.

I was excited to hear from her, and we had a wonderful phone interview that lasted close to an hour and a half.

Due to her deadlines, my publisher, Globe Pequot, sent her an e-galley of the book. And the above quote is what she wrote to me after she read it. That feels a bit like my first review, and I’m smiling. 🙂

The feature story will appear in the summer issue of Woodland along with pictures. I’m a Certified Tree Farmer, like my father before me, through the American Tree Farm System of the foundation. In fact, to be recertified when I acquired the farm, I had to break away from writing the book about Martha to write a new Tree Farm Management Plan and have a qualified forester visit the property. My thanks to Rick Barnes, local timber specialist, for facilitating all that.

And now, my thanks to Kathy for her story and her positive words.



  1. Debbie Burke

    What a lovely pre-publication boost! And your Amazon author page looks wonderful. It can only get better when the book comes out. You’ve worked long and hard for this, my friend. Savor it 🙂

    • Savoring, thank you, Debbie. Have to catch my breath once in a while, but I’m thoroughly enjoying it.

  2. I heard your announcement at WW tonight. Congratulations! I hope to be at your signing at Tsunami in June. Your book sounds fascinating.

    • Thank you. Glad to hear from you. It’ll be great if you can come to the signing at Tsunami. Hope to see you there.