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April J Harris of Apriljharris.com

What led you to become a writer, recipe developer, and blogger?

I been a writer since I was very young, and I have continued to write after I married and had a son in 1993. I found myself writing more and more about what it was like to be a housewife and stay-at-home mom, particularly in view of the way these roles were being perceived by society and the press.

My husband suggested I collate the articles into a website (this was back before blogs even existed) and so, The 21st Century Housewife was launched back in 2002. It featured a collection of essays to encourage other housewives and stay-at-home moms like myself.

However, as blogging developed into a "thing," my readers began to get in touch asking for more, so the blog itself developed. After a couple of years, I added a "recipe of the week" feature, and from there The 21st Century Housewife evolved into a lifestyle website with a heavy emphasis on food and travel.

Then in 2014, as the new century kind of became old news, I decided to rebrand and write under my own name, April J Harris. The blog was redesigned and relaunched as AprilJHarris.com.

What is your favorite aspect of being a writer, recipe developer, & blogger?

I love the it allows me to continue to fulfill my role as a housewife whilst still travelling extensively and living our lives to the full. I can’t devote as much time to it as I would like to, but I enjoy what I do!

What have you learned the most from being a writer, recipe developer, & blogger?

I’ve learned how important it is to create community and reach out into the world. There is something so wonderful about connecting with your readers, and seeing them connect with each other. It makes me happy when people say they have made a recipe from my site and it has become a family favourite, that they have visited somewhere I have recommended and loved it, or that I’ve helped them in some way.

What tips and ideas do you have for other’s who would like to be writers, recipe developers, and/or bloggers?

Don’t be afraid to fail. I’ve learned so much from any mistakes I have made, and they have almost always led to better things. Just do what you love. Start the blog, write the book, experiment in the kitchen. If it brings you pleasure, it’s already a success on one level. If you can get your work out into the world and people enjoy it, so much the better.

What are your favorite features of being a writer, recipe developer, & blogger?

I’m able to be creative regardless of where I am. Obviously I need a kitchen to create recipes, but if I have my computer with me, I can write, edit photographs and indulge my creativity absolutely anywhere. I also love that it has really expanded my horizons, allowing me to meet and connect with other bloggers, learn new things and have experiences I might not otherwise have had.

What is at the heart of being a writer, recipe developer, & blogger that you want your readers to take home?

For me, it’s the ability to reach and affect other people, and hopefully benefit them. We are all here to help one another. I love what I do, and if something that brings me joy can be a help to someone else, so much the better!

I want to encourage my readers to try new things, look at things through fresh eyes and do things differently. Life is an adventure, and if you only live it in your comfort zone, you are bound to miss out on some amazing experiences.

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Photos 1 and 2 courtesy of April J. Harris via Tara Taylor Photography.

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