Guest Post – A Glimpse into my World: Iowa by Tammy Maas

Honoured to be joined by Tammy Maas this week, who needs no introduction as she has prepared a wonderful one herself!

Much like babies, books sometimes are ready to be delivered before their due date. The new release date for “An Unfamiliar Murder” was much to the delight of Jane’s friends and family who have been anticipating this newcomer for some time now. It weighs 14.9 ounces, is 8.5” long, and is Jane’s pride and joy. Go to Rainstorm Press or Amazon and get a peek of this amazing creation. Congratulations to Jane on her new bundle of joy!

Let me begin by introducing myself, my name is Tammy Maas. Jane and I met thought Rainstorm Press as we are both author’s there. Even though I live across the pond, we still communicate frequently. I was honored that Jane asked me to do a guest blog on the state of Iowa. Sit back and relax while I take you on a short tour. 


People in surrounding states will tell you that Iowa stands for “idiots out wondering around” or “I owe the world an apology.” But those people are just saying that because they’re jealous that they don’t live here. The state of Iowa is often confused with Idaho, the potato state. 

American Gothic

 Some of you may be familiar with famous artist; Grant Wood’s painting, American Gothic. Grant Wood is from Iowa, and actually was born not far from my town of Monticello, Iowa. Many people are surprised to learn that the subjects in the painting are Grant’s Wood’s sister and his dentist. The house and each person were painted separately, never standing before him as they are in the picture.

In his painting titled “Stone City,” you can see a building near a bridge. This building still stands in Stone City, Iowa. It has been converted into a bar/restaurant and on Sunday’s local musicians play and sing. My husband and daughter often attend.



Many people have visions of the scary “Children of the Corn” movie or the classic “Field of Dreams” when they hear the word Iowa. The landscape is very much the same as shown in the movies, flat and covered with corn, however our children are much less evil and most people do not have baseball diamonds in their corn fields. But growing corn is one thing that Iowa farmers are good at. Last year we were expected to grow 2187.7 million bushels. That makes Iowa the biggest corn producer in the world!


Things move at a slower pace here. The speed limit through my downtown and through many other towns in Iowa is a mere 20 miles per hour. We also have stores that are not open on Sunday’s. Iowa is a friendly state where it’s not uncommon for people to leave their front doors unlocked. A handshake over a deal still means something here and old-fashioned values are plentiful. We don’t have the pollution or the crime that the bigger states have.

Fun Facts

Iowa is home to Quaker Oats, the largest cereal company in the world.

We have the world’s largest strawberry statue in Strawberry Point, Iowa.

John Wayne was born in Winterset, Iowa in 1907.

Herbert Hoover, the 31st president of the United States was born in Westbranch, Iowa.

And there is one more interesting fact about Iowa that I would like to share: I wrote a book titled, A Complicated Life in a Small Town.

And the story takes place in Iowa. My book is scheduled for release on 2-27, and is available to pre-order now on at

Stop by my blog to say hello sometime.

A special thanks to Jane for inviting me to guest blog, it has been a pleasure.

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