Amy Kirk is a rancher from Pringle, S.D., who has made a name for herself with her humorous columns about living and working on a ranch with her family. After several years of writing her columns, she has penned her first book titled, “A Ranchwive’s Slant – Cowboys, Kids & Ranch Life.” Kirk described her inspiration behind the book and what’s next for her in the book promoting circuit.

“Doing an anthology of past columns has been on my list of long-term goals, but I was waiting for the time when I felt I had reached that point in my column-writing career that my work was ready and worthy of book publishing,” she said. “In 2011, Tom Moates, the publisher at Spinning Sevens Press emailed me about putting a book together. He had been searching for another author to publish under his press in addition to his own horsemanship book series and discovered my writing through my blog which he found on Linda Hasselstrom’s blog roll.”

For fans of Kirk’s column, they can expect to read the best of the best of her past writings.

“This book is a compilation of what I consider my best columns,” she added. “Many of the essays I chose to include were based on responses I received from column readers. I’ve added new content–more of my ranch wife slant–introducing the different sections of the book that elaborate on our lifestyle. I have also included some great ranch photos of my family and our livestock. For non-farm or ranch readers, the book has a special ranch terminology section with my humorous twist, located in the front of the book to aid in understanding some of the things I talk about and lingo I use in the essays. I also spent a great deal of time selecting numerous kid quotes from my personal collection of my kids’ witticisms spoken over the course of their childhood that fit in well with my essays.”

Readers can purchase the book at Amazon and Barnes and Noble, but if they want a signed copy, check out and look under the “Buy My Book” tab in the top right-hand corner of the site. All orders are personally signed and shipped from Kirk at the ranch, so buyers can get a special message from the author herself.

“I consider my book a feel-good book that’s entertaining for anyone,” she explained. “It’s a collection of humorous essays that men, women, parents, people in agriculture, and people unfamiliar with farm and ranch life can all relate to on some level. The content includes topics about marriage, the gender gap, parenting, being a wife or husband – all under the over-arching theme of daily life with animals. My writing goal has always been to be the best part of my readers’ day, and that has also been the focus of my book regarding the essays, photos, and kid quotes.”

Readers will get a kick out of the kid quotes and the family photos that accompany the humorous essays Kirk writes about ranch marriages, working cows and dealing with sometimes chaotic but always fun life around livestock.

“A Ranchwive’s Slant – Cowboys, Kids & Ranch Life,” would make the perfect thank-you gift to someone special or an after-Christmas gift for someone who was disappointed in Santa’s delivery. Meet the author on Jan. 8, 2014 at the Custer County Library at 447 Crook Street Suite 4 in Custer, S.D., where Kirk will be signing books from 4-7 p.m. Fans can also follow Kirk’s writing at “A Ranchwife’s Slant” on Facebook or on Twitter at @RanchwifesSlant.




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