Wednesday, June 23, 2010
I don’t write fiction but I use a basic fiction structure for writing the anecdotes and stories that serve as examples in supporting my non-fiction themes.
What would you like for our readers to know about you personally?
That I’m just like them. I’m not exempt from the vagaries of life just because I’m an author and teacher. When I share the upshot of a story, you can be sure I was first the learner-student, and only secondly, am I the teacher-author. I write from my heart and experience, not from religious theory. A quote at the bottom of my author bio best describes my motivation for writing. “I delight in sharing the truths that are vital to my own life.”
Tell us about your family.
My husband is a retired manufacturing engineer. He now volunteers once weekly transporting veterans to their appointments at our nearby vet’s hospital. He builds craftsman furniture as a hobby (believe me, I’m blessed!), works part-time as a bike mechanic at REI (we both love bicycling), and rides a Harley-Davidson motorcycle in the summertime—with me on the backside if there’s a restaurant dinner at the end of the ride! Best of all, he loves me supremely; he’s the best prize a woman could win. Married 36 years in May, we have two married adult children, Jodie and J.J., and two granddaughters, ages three and seven.
My four books include three inspirational non-fiction cat story titles and a gardening book, which is also a devotional collection.
What other books have you written, and where can the readers of the blog find them?
My bestseller, What My Cat Has Taught Me About Life (300,000 sold), and a second collection, Ins-pur-r-rational Stories for Cat Lovers, are still available at Amazon, and in new and used editions from dozens of Amazon vendors. Whiskers, Wit, and Wisdom: True Cat Tales and the Lessons They Teach, my latest, was released in July 2009. It can be ordered from any bookstore (Barnes and Nobles, etc.), from www.christianbook.com and on Amazon. The gardening book, What I Learned from God While Gardening, is out-of-print but available online.
Do you have any other books in the works right now?
I’m taking a break due to bursitis in my shoulder which doesn’t resolve without a keyboard recess. But I’m currently blogging on the topic of lifestyle balance, a subject I love.
Where on the Internet can the readers find you?
My website is http://www.nikianderson.net/ and my blog page is listed on the home page, or go directly to the blog at www.nikianderson.net/apps/blog .
What kinds of hobbies and leisure activities do you enjoy?
Gardening, entertaining girlfriends and couples, antique collecting, and serving high tea in my home are all hobbies that renew me. Reading, of course, is like savoring chocolate; I love everything from poetry and Bible commentaries, to history, literary fiction, and how-to nonfiction. And believe it or not, I even love housecleaning! This year I’m also cooking and serving a once-monthly ethnic dinner for my son and daughter-in-law. Thus far, we’ve feasted on fare from Russia, France, and England. Next month we’ll sample classic Thai. The best part is the guarantee of an evening of fellowship around a wonderful meal.
Why did you write the featured book?
After two previous cat books, I supposed I would move on to a new subject. But I kept hearing cat stories that begged to be told. I filed the stories, and at last, I decided to write a third collection. And naturally, Myles my red tabby, and Claw-dia my husband’s Maine Coon, were quite pleased with the decision.
What do you want the reader to take away from the book?
All my books point to a warm and approachable God. I want readers to view Him as an accessible Father who is both all-loving and altogether practical. The cat stories are merely a bridge to the heart of the cat lover, helping the reader to identify with the great spiritual truths of the Bible through the storyline of a true cat tale. The book is effective, by the way, for people not yet acquainted with a personal God. I don’t use religious jargon in the crossover, and I present God as the irresistible Friend for whom everyone longs.
Thank you, Niki, for the interesting interview.
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