SJD Peterson on Self-Sufficiency and her new release Going Off Grid (author guest blog)


Going Off Grid (States of Love) by S.J.D. Peterson

Dreamspinner Press
C0ver Art:  Reese Dante

Available for Purchase at Dreamspinner Press


Going Off Grid

According to several news articles, smartphones are rendering teenagers lonely and distressed. As a parent, I find myself questioning if I had done the right thing giving my kids cell phones in their early teens.

When I was young, the worst thing that could happen would be getting grounded to the house. We played outside until the street lights came on, used our imaginations, played kickball, tag, built forts and rarely did we sit in front of a TV. Now, admittedly we only had about six channels and the laptop hadn’t yet been available but still….

I can also easily admit that the cell phone has given our children access to a whole new big world we didn’t have available, but that too comes with a price. I’m curious how you would do if your cell phone was taken away. For those of you who are parents, how would your children react to be taken off line?

In my upcoming novel Elliott and Clay turn their backs on technology and move off grid. They are willing to give up many of lives convinces for what they deem is most important—time with each other. 

Could you do it? Could your kids?

Imagine, taking a vacation from technology. Where would you go? The mountains? The beach? Without cable and the internet what would you do to occupy your time? How long could you do it? A week? A month? Forever?

Inquiring minds want to know



Clay and Elliott are working toward a dream—working sixty-hour weeks for one of the oil companies that recently sprung up in North Dakota. The pay is good, but is it a fair trade for never seeing each other? The point becomes moot when the company folds, like so many others, and the couple is left with a difficult choice.


Should they find comparable work somewhere else, or is it time to throw caution to the wind and go after their goal—years earlier than they intended?


What they’ve always wanted is to be together and have time to enjoy it, so they follow their hearts. They’re going off the grid and fixing up an old cabin so they can be self-sufficient. But when they go from all the conveniences of the modern world to outhouses, solar power, a shoestring budget, and more mosquitos than they ever thought possible, will they find there’s such a thing as too much time together?

SJD Peterson, better known as Jo, hails from Michigan. Not the best place to live for someone who hates the cold and snow. When not reading or writing, Jo can be found close to the heater checking out NHL stats and watching the Red Wings kick a little butt. Can’t cook, misses the clothes hamper nine out of ten tries, but is handy with power tools.

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Twitter: @SJDPeterson




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