Thursday, February 12, 2009

Interview with Author Anita Higman & Book Giveaway!

A Dreamy Interview
with
Anita Higman



How did you dream up Love Finds You in Humble, Texas?

Well, the creative process is a mystery to me. Characters like Wiley and Kat and Cyrus start showing up in my head and talking. Sometimes I’m not sure where they come from. As far as plot for Love Finds You in Humble Texas, I started with a premise, like two very different sisters—one an image coach and the other in desperate need of an image coach. But I thought, “What if both sisters fall in love with the same man?” I wrote an opening scene, and then my fingers began to fly. Even though I generally know where the novel is going, many times the story reveals itself to me as I go along. So, the process of creating a novel is part mystery, but I still have to put in my time. Lots and lots of time.


What’s the biggest dream-come-true in your life so far?

Well, having a family has been the finest dream-come-true. But beyond that, my latest novel, Love Finds You in Humble Texas has brought me a lot of joy. Even though this is my 24th book, I’ve been more pleased with this work than with anything else I’ve written. The reviews have been very positive, and so I’m grateful and happy. Yes, you could definitely call this a dream-come-true.


What are you striving for…the dream of your heart that is yet to be fulfilled?

I would love to have one of my books made into a movie. In the process, I’d like for these stories to entertain as well as inspire people to see that God cares for then deeply and that His gift of grace is a present just waiting to be opened. That is my finest dream.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Award-winning author, Anita Higman, has twenty-four books published (several co-authored) for adults and children, and has two novels coming out in the next two years. She has been honored in the past as a Barnes & Noble “Author of the Month” for Houston. Some of Ms. Higman’s publishers are Bethany House, Barbour Publishing, McGraw-Hill, Lillenas Drama, Howard Publishing, and Summerside Press.

A few of Anita’s books are Another Stab at Life, Another Hour to Kill, The Celestial Helix, Pokeweed and Mrs. Gasp, and Big Book of Holidays and Holy Days. She also has contributions in ten nonfiction compilations.

One of Ms. Higman’s co-authored books entitled, A Tribute to Early Texas, has a foreword by Elmer Kelton and has won a San Antonio Conservation Society Citation as well as a Westerners International Book Award. She was also named a Favorite New Author in the 15th Annual Heartsong Presents Awards and her co-authored novel, Castles in the Air, was a Favorite Contemporary Romance in the 16th Annual Heartsong Presents Awards.

In addition, Anita has won two awards for her contribution to literacy and has raised thousands of dollars for literacy with her book, I Can Be Anything, while serving on the board of directors of Literacy Advance of Houston.

Anita Higman has also written for radio, television, ezine, and advertising. She has a B.A. degree combining speech communication, psychology, and art from SNU, and she is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Anita lives with her husband near Houston, Texas.


ABOUT THE BOOK - Love Finds You in Humble, Texas

Trudie Abernathy is a little inelegant, and she’s never had much luck in love. To makes matters worse, her thirtieth birthday is fast approaching and her sister, Lane, has decided to “treat” her to a makeover and a blind date. Trudie is about to protest, but then she meets the kind and devastatingly handsome Mason Wimberley. In spite of Trudie’s humble manner, Mason finds her attractive, funny, and smart. But there’s one obstacle in the way of the budding romance: Lane suddenly decides that she’s in love with Mason! Trudie has never been one to compete with her glamorous sister, even when it means giving up the things she wants. Will she be able to stay true to her humble self and find her heart’s desire in the process?

Check out the Book Trailer: http://video.yahoo.com/watch/4269149/11475177

Visit Anita's blog at www.anitahigman.com


THOUGHTS FROM JEN

Years of guilt have convinced Trudie Abernathy that she is not worthy of anything special. But then Mason Wimberley walks into her life and treats her like the most special woman on earth. She starts to think that maybe, just maybe, she does deserve to be happy. But then Trudie has to make a choice: Put her sister's feelings first, or grab her own chance at love.

Anita Higman has written a wonderfully sweet book about the many sides of love. With warmth and humor, her characters tackle the complications of life, relying on faith to get them through.

The publisher, Summerside Press has created something unique with its relatively new "Love Finds You" line. By setting these stories in real towns across the United States, the location almost becomes another character. I truly enjoyed my visit to Humble, Texas, and think you will, too!


WIN THE BOOK

If you’d like to be entered to win a copy of Love Finds You in Humble, Texas, just leave a reply to this blog. I’ll pick a winner at random on February 19th. Please leave an email address so I can contact you if you're the winner. (To prevent spammers from trolling for your email, please use this format with the brackets--you [at] yourmail [dot] com--or something similar.) Good luck!

11 comments:

Jo said...

Pick me, Pick me! I would love to win a copy of this book. I really enjoyed the interview and look forward to reading the book.

Blessings,
Jo
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Donna said...

Please don't enter me but I just finished reading this book today. I thought it was a sweet romance.

Donna

sherrinda said...

This book sounds great! A makeover, a blind date, and sister rivalry! I love it!
Put my name in for a chance to win, please.

Sherrinda
sherrinda(at)gmail(dot)com

windycindy said...

I love that the sisters fall in love with the same man! Please count me in. Many thanks, Cindi
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mez said...

I would love to win this book it sounds like a very warm, touching story. Thanks!
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traveler said...

I am captivated with this lovely story. Thanks for this unique giveaway.
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Mary said...

The book sounds fabulous. Please enter me in the draw. Thanks.

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ladybug said...

I love a chance to win this book. I've read reviews that it's really good.

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sherrinda said...

Well, I just won Anita's book on another blog, so please take me out of the draw so another can get a chance to read what sounds to be a super book!

Can't wait for more great interviews! :)

Charla said...

This book sounds really interesting!
I love reading and especially romance and historical fiction. :D
Please enter me into the draw.

My email is:

c-krause[at]hotmail[dot]com

Jennifer AlLee said...

Yikes... I haven't picked a winner yet! Life got in the way. So here we go...

The winner is Mary! Congrats, and big thanks to everyone who stopped by :+}