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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Looking Out the Window: Best-selling, Award-winning Author Anita Higman Talks about Summer's List and a Kinder, Gentler Time

A Warm Welcome to Anita Higman
Congratulations on your newest book, Summer's List

 Life and love keep going awry for Summer Snow, until her grandmother sends her on an unexpected adventure with one Martin Langtree—a kind and quirky young man from Summer's past. With Laney the Chihuahua along for the ride, a childhood friendship is rekindled, a romance is sparked, and mysteries are solved in one magical Texas summer. Will Summer strike out on love again, or will things finally go her way?
Anita talks about writing and shares her thoughts on a kinder, gentler way of life

You like fairytales. Tell us about that.
My mother read me fairytales when I was a kid, and I believe these stories had a profound effect on me. I have been told my stories read like modern-day fairytales, and I am hoping that Summer’s List will have that same fun feel to it.

Tell us a bit about your writing journey.
I have been writing for thirty years, and I have forty books published. To be honest, it’s been a rough journey. I have known a great deal of failure before I ever knew any success. But then that is a common tale among writers. As far as where my journey will go, only God knows the answer to that question.

Got any pet peeves?
Sure. I suppose one of them is that occasionally we’ve forgotten how to be polite and kind when it comes to social media posts and emails. I think it would be lovely to go back in time to a simpler, gentler era when people had a deeper sense of the preciousness of humanity. Harsh words spoken in haste can really hurt—sometimes for a lifetime. I say this from having experience on both sides of this issue, so I’m not holding myself up as perfect. I’m far from perfect. But wouldn’t it be wonderful to care about each other in the same way Christ loves us?

Do you have a Bible verse that is particularly meaningful to you?
“May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 (NIV)

What is the hardest part of writing?
All of it. I’m not kidding. Sometimes I still can’t believe I write books. Yes, it’s about fun creative stuff, but it’s also about keeping my bum in the chair and writing even when I’m not inspired. It’s about getting the job done. No. Matter. What. And sometimes that’s not easy to do.

Where do your ideas come from?
Everywhere. While I’m running errands. While I’m at church. While I’m talking to friends and family. With each story, colorful bits of life end up in my final piece of art—a little like the way a mosaic comes together, making a lovely picture.

What have you read recently?
Recently I read Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. It’s a masterwork—a true story about slavery in America—and a book that everyone should read.

Anything else you’d like to tell us about your new novel, Summer’s List?
One of my characters is taken from real life—a sweet Chihuahua named Laney. This little dog was considered a love-gift from God since she helped my daughter-in-law get through a painful passage in her life. It was a true joy for me to add this beloved dog, Laney, to my story.

How can your readers get in touch with you?
Here are two of my media links. I’d love to hear from you!

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Bio: Best-selling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has forty books published. She’s been a Barnes & Noble “Author of the Month” for Houston and has a BA in the combined fields of speech communication, psychology, and art. Anita loves good movies, traveling to exotic places, and brunch with her friends.


Linda Weaver Clarke said...

Wow! Another wonderful book by Anita! I bet it'll be great, just like her others. I like the idea of a friendship from Summer's past becoming something more.

Anita Higman said...

Thanks for stopping by, Linda!!!

Bless you!

Anita Higman

Laurean Brooks said...

Anita and Gail: This was an interesting interview. My mom read fairytales to us, also. She had a large book with various ones and also bought those "Little Golden Books." I loved to hear Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, and Rumplestiltskin, over and over. Mom made the voices of each character come alive.

Anita, you have been one busy lady! How in the world have you had time to write 40 books? I need your secret. Congratulations. I sit in awe.

I'd love to read this book, and will pass it on to Miss Pearl, a little lady in an assisted living home who devours books like I do chocolate. LOL.

Finbar said...

It is always good to see a firm commitment to writing. Writing is truly a labor of love for those who write endlessly, even with the occasional rejections. Keep it up!

Gina said...

Hello Anita and thank you for a wonderful interview. Your new book sounds terrific, I am looking forward to reading it. I agree with you, I wish we could all love one another as God loves us, too. Best of everything to you!

Gail, another beautiful post on your outstanding blog. Bless you for brightening my day and all of cyberspace with your perspective and friendship!

Gail Pallotta said...

Hi Gina,

Aww, thanks for those kind words.

Anita Higman said...

Hi again,

It took me about thirty years to be able to write all those forty books. I've been at it a long time.

Thanks for your interest and support!

Blessing to you all!

Anita Higman