Winter Book Festival and Giveaway: Estar Holmes and The Truth About Simple Unhooked Living

Avatar Gaye Levy  |  Updated: December 16, 2020
Winter Book Festival and Giveaway: Estar Holmes and The Truth About Simple Unhooked Living

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books library (Custom)Today I share the next author interview in the Backdoor Survival Winter Book Festival.  Estar Holmes, the author of The Truth About Simple Unhooked Living shares her answers to my questions and is also providing one of my readers with a free copy of her e-book.

Before we begin, I would like to announce the winner of last two week’s giveaways.


“Catherine” has won a copy of Barbed Wire, Barricades, and Bunkers: The Free Citizen’s Guide to Fortifying the Home Retreat.  Here is her response to the question “What is your favorite survival or prepping book or e-book?”

Would love to have this book to add to my small collection. “Patriots”, “One Second After”, Survival handbooks, and the great free gardening books from Amazon are among my favorites. But I read a lot of things, and try to keep up to date on the world.

Now here is the cool thing.  The author, FJ Bohan, is also sending Catherine a copy of his book,Living on the Edge: A Family’s Journey to Self-Sufficiency.  Now how cool is that?

Living on the Edge – in case you are interested – describes why Bohan and his wife made the decision to pull their four sons from public school in the East and set off in a converted school bus to the American Southwest. On a very limited budget, the Bohan’s began their new life in a tent pitched in public campgrounds.  They later purchased remote ranchland and constructed a rustic cabin from the ground up.  They homeschooled their four boys and learned a lot about living off the land and off the grid, mostly through trial and error.

In addition, ‘Kristine’ has won a copy of The Prepper’s Pantry: Building and Thriving with Food Storage.  Here is her recipe request:

I’d like to know what is your favorite recipe that can not only be prepared from food storage but also cooked with more primitive cooking methods i.e. open campfire, rocket stove etc.

This is a great request and worthy of an article of its own.  Watch for something soon, Kristine.

Congratulations! I have contacted you both by email with instructions for claiming your prize.  Be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.


I found this book to be both insightful and charming.  Perhaps it is because I too am former a city girl that has abandoned the urban go-go lifestyle for the peace and serenity of a rural community.  Unlike Estar, however, I live totally on-grid with all of my creature comforts.  A bit of me, however, dreams of being a rugged pioneer lady of old – cooking with wood, fetching my own water, and yes, even heading outdoors to use the “out house” to do my business.

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I am blessed to have a very dear friend who lives almost totally off grid.  She often shares her thoughts in comments to my articles – you know her as “Young Homesteader”.  Both Estar and Eve have embraced a simpler, unhooked lifestyle and have done so with grace.  You are to be admired.


Tell me about your book, The Truth About Simple Unhooked Living. What is it about?

The Truth About Simple Unhooked Living is about what I learned while living simply and comfortably, without even electricity and running water, in rural USA during the 80s and 90s.

What type of research did you have to do while writing The Truth About Simple Unhooked Living? How long did it take to write?

The first version of the book was a spiral-bound self-published effort that came out in the mid-90s. It was entirely based on more than a decade of personal experience. I sold a handful of copies, then stashed the manuscript in a trunk and went on to other things.

A few years ago two cultural trends converged that caused me to dig it out of storage. I saw a wave of interest in both prepping and green living, so I did a major rewrite that involved some research. There is new information about products that aid simple self-reliance, and I added information about an ever-growing body of laws arrayed against natural survival close to the land.

It took about two years because I still had to run my business.

Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading The Truth About Simple Unhooked Living?

Occupy the right to survive simply on the land: When radical simplicity is approached in a thoughtful manner, it can result in a surprisingly comfortable and rewarding lifestyle that solves problems currently plaguing our culture.

People reject the idea for numerous reasons, but for me it’s a way to express a godly way of life. Unfortunately, this simple and elegant solution is quickly becoming illegal just when we need it most. People should reassert the liberty to survive simply without government permission.

We have the right to be left alone. Plus, we need the freedom to experiment and innovate, like people who live close to nature tend to do.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

There is no doubt in my mind that we are on the brink of big and powerful changes that will separate the sheep from the goats, the chaff from the wheat. All of humanity will soon be passing through the cleansing fire. I have known it was coming since grade school. I want to be surrounded with people of inspiration, vision, love, and ideas who have the wisdom to synthesize and the courage to act.

Everything that exists on this planet was created by thought. Every speck of the built world — man’s part of the equation — first gestated in people’s hearts, then manifested into reality through God-given will and vital energy. Look around to see what a mess those thoughts have created. It’s time to take responsibility.

If you don’t like what’s going on in your world, harness your mind and do something different. Get past the finger pointing. Listen and learn, and act your highest truth. Unite with people who get it. If you’re on the good side, don’t back down.

Do you have plans for another book?

The only book planned for this year is my annual bike trail guide, now in its sixth edition. As far as the thrival/survival genre, I’m staying busy compiling and contributing content to my Simple Unhooked Living sites.

Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?

I want to hear some ideas on how people can cooperate and keep things from falling apart in the long term without the tyrannical leaders and false premises we rely on to keep us all in check. I hear a lot of talk, but who is addressing that question?

If you see the two-headed corporate/government beast for what it is, act now. There is no longer any time to be idle. We need to be busy creating autonomous homesteads and communities, and forging grassroots-driven supply networks.

Oh, and did I mention bracing ourselves for the coming persecution? This all requires sharp skills in communication and cooperation, which are severely lacking in our dysfunctional culture. We’re going to have to figure it out quickly because the big shift will be here before we know it.


owl reading bookA copy of Estar’s book, The Truth About Simple Unhooked Living has been reserved for one lucky reader. 

This week I have a fun question for you.  In order to be entered in the giveaway, please share the name of your favorite Preparedness or Survival website in the comments section below.  Okay, second favorite since surely Backdoor Survival is #1.

The deadline is 6:00 AM Pacific next Friday. A winner will be selected next Friday at random using tools on the website.


Next week I have the final interview in the Winter Book Festival.  After that, I will have some encore book giveaways before launching into the Summer Book Festival. I hope you have been enjoying the books, the authors, the interviews and the giveaways.  I plan to keep this going for as long as I can.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


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Bargain Bin: Listed below are all of the books in the Backdoor Survival Winter Reading List. There are both fiction and non-fiction titles and a bit of something for everyone. Also, some of these books are Kindle e-books but you do not need a Kindle to read Kindle e-books. Simply download the free Kindle app from the Amazon site and you are good to go.

The Backdoor Survival Winter Reading List – Non-Fiction

The Prepper Next Door: A Practical Guide For Disaster And Emergency Planning (Author Charlie Palmer)

Rapid Fire!: Tactics for High Threat, Protection and Combat Operations (Author Max Velocity)

Lanterns, Lamps and Candles (Author Ron Brown)

An Operations Manual For Humankind – The Complete Compendium Of Natural Health: (Author: Paul Patrick Robinson)

Understanding the Use of Handguns for Self-Defense (Author David Nash)

Where There Is No Doctor (Authors David Werner, Jane Maxwell, Carol Thuman)

Making the Best of Basics – Family Preparedness Handbook: (Author James Talmadge Stevens)

How to Live on $10,000 a Year – Or Less – Newly Revised for 2013 (Author George Ure)

Barbed Wire, Barricades, and Bunkers: The Free Citizen’s Guide to Fortifying the Home Retreat (Author F.J. Bohan)

The Prepper’s Pantry: Building and Thriving with Food Storage (Author Anne Lang)

The Truth About Simple Unhooked Living (Author Estar Holmes)

The Backdoor Survival Winter Reading List – Fiction

Preppers Road March (Author Ron Foster)

BUG OUT! Preppers on the move! (Author Ron Foster)

The Light In The Lake: The Survival Lake Retreat (Author Ron Foster)

Patriot Dawn: The Resistance Rises: (Author Max Velocity)

Holding Their Own: A Story of Survival (Author Joe Nobody)

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17 Responses to “Winter Book Festival and Giveaway: Estar Holmes and The Truth About Simple Unhooked Living”

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