Meeting Madison Woods, author of A DIY Ginseng Habitat & Site Assessment Guide

I’m really pleased to be introducing the one and only Madison Woods to the Thursday Throng today. I first ‘met’ Madison doing the original Friday Fictioneers about two years ago (now hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields). I’ve been asking her to join me ever since and I’m so pleased that she eventually said yes.

The Madison Woods Interview

madison woodsWhat is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?

The one thing no one usually would know is secret and I intend to keep it that way. Another thing most people probably don’t know is that I’m an obsessive worrier. Or maybe a better word for it is “perfectionist”. It disturbs me greatly to have to accept less than perfection in something I’m trying to do. Often it’s not feasible to keep working at it until it’s perfect so I have to force myself to let it go as is.

Are the names of your characters important to you?

Yes, they are and I get hung up trying to find the perfect names sometimes. It’s the last names that give me the most trouble and I guess if I didn’t think they were important it wouldn’t be such a problem!

Are there any occupational hazards to being an author?

If you consider encountering spiders and snakes in the course of research for my non-fiction, maybe so. I’m often on the ground in the forest taking pictures and looking at plants. I’ve actually only encountered on rattlesnake, but they do live out there and must just stay out of my way.

What is the single biggest challenge you faced when writing your book?

For the DIY Ginseng Habitat and & Site Assessment it was formatting/layout. I wanted to make a booklet others could print at home on their printer, but I also want it to have large colour photos – and attractive covers, but those features use a lot of ink on home printers. It was also just a challenge to keep all of it positioned where I wanted it to be whenever I made any edits or changes to the paragraphs between headers. In the end I settled on regular page size instead of a smaller book so it could easily be printed and put into a folder or binder, and easily printed, bound & shipped whenever we do the printing ourselves.

What is the book that you wished you had written?

Game of Thrones! I love this series of books and admire how successful it’s been as a television series even though the author isn’t even finished writing the series.

Do you have any favourite resources you would like to share with our readers?
What is your favourite TV moment of all time?

Are there any habits you wish you didn’t have?

Yes. I wish I cared less about what others think of me. It makes it hard to just let go and write what’s in my mind if I’m worried about how it’ll be received. This worrying is a bad habit I’d like to stop.

The other bad habit I have is that I allow myself to lose focus too easily. Some of that is because life encroaches on my writing time, making it easy to put off my writing goals, but mostly it’s because I get side-tracked.

If you could commit the perfect murder where would you hide the body?

There would be no body to hide in my perfect murder 😉


Where can you find out more about Madison and her book?

DIY Ginseng Assessment GuideYou can find A DIY GUIDE GINSENG HABITAT & SITE ASSESSMENT GUIDE in Kindle and paperback format here:

You can also meet her online:


Why ‘The Thursday Throng’?

These posts are called The Thursday Throng in honour of the throng that waits eagerly outside the book store when a new author is doing a book signing event or appearance. On this website it takes the form of a ‘Meet the Author‘ online event with some information about our author’s latest book and an interview. If you would like to take part in the Thursday Throng then why not visit Thursday Throng Author Interview Guidelines to find out more.

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