S.M.R. Saia is a gardener, a writer, and an aspiring suburban homesteader. She began gardening in 2007 as an alternative to hoarding number ten cans of freeze-dried food in her cellar. From mid-spring until late fall, she now eats produce primarily from her own garden. She prefers vegetables that grow like weeds, and weeds that can’t outpace them. Her yields are always less than she hopes that they will be, but once she did grow a sweet potato the size of a football.S.M.R. Saia received her B.A. in English from the University of Maryland, and her M.A.L.A. from St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland. Her first two novels, Big Work and The Best Laid Plans, were both published in 2012.Her book of humorous essays, Confessions of a Vegetable Lover, chronicle her triumph and heartbreak in her own work-in-progress garden. To learn about her garden and her suburban homesteading aspirations, visit her blog for Grit magazine called A Long Time Coming (grit.com/blogs.com).