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A ‘Ranchwife’s’ dream come true

Carrie Moore
Published: Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Amy Kirk published her first book, “A Ranchwife’s Slant: Cowboys, Kids, and Ranch Life.” The book is a collection of essays and columns about living on her family ranch near Pringle.

 

The ranching life isn’t cut out for everyone. But thanks to Amy Kirk’s book, “A Ranchwife’s Slant: Cowboys, Kids and Ranch Life,” everyone can experience life on a ranch without having to leave the comfort of their own homes. 
“Writing a book has always been on my bucket list,” Kirk said. “I never thought I was ready for that, but when I was approached to do so, some of the pressure was taken off.”
In January 2011, Kirk was approached by Virginia-based publisher Tom Moates, owner of Spinning Sevens Press, which publishes horsemanship-oriented books, after stumbling across her blog. Kirk, who writes weekly columns about her life on the family ranch, was asked if she would be interested in putting her columns/essays in an anthology for publication.
“He felt my essays were a great fit for what he does with his press,” Kirk said. “I never felt like I was quite ready (to publish a book), but I felt like he had something for me.”
Kirk’s experience with ranching started in the early ’90s when she was introduced to her husband, Art. When they started dating, many of their first dates were attending neighborhood brandings.
“We met right around Easter, so that spring and pretty much all of May, we went to brandings together,” she said. “We would wrestle calves and move cows together on horseback, which I enjoyed since I had horses when I was younger.”

The ranching life isn’t cut out for everyone. But thanks to Amy Kirk’s book, “A Ranchwife’s Slant: Cowboys, Kids and Ranch Life,” everyone can experience life on a ranch without having to leave the comfort of their own homes. 

“Writing a book has always been on my bucket list,” Kirk said. “I never thought I was ready for that, but when I was approached to do so, some of the pressure was taken off.”

In January 2011, Kirk was approached by Virginia-based publisher Tom Moates, owner of Spinning Sevens Press, which publishes horsemanship-oriented books, after stumbling across her blog. Kirk, who writes weekly columns about her life on the family ranch, was asked if she would be interested in putting her columns/essays in an anthology for publication.

“He felt my essays were a great fit for what he does with his press,” Kirk said. “I never felt like I was quite ready (to publish a book), but I felt like he had something for me.”

Kirk’s experience with ranching started in the early ’90s when she was introduced to her husband, Art. When they started dating, many of their first dates were attending neighborhood brandings.

“We met right around Easter, so that spring and pretty much all of May, we went to brandings together,” she said. “We would wrestle calves and move cows together on horseback, which I enjoyed since I had horses when I was younger.”

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