Texas Wildflowers is a 4-in-1 novella collection through Barbour Publishing. Each novella is set in an exotic location in
They are lighthearted romances, and they’re all tied together with the four
McBride sisters. Texas
Which of the four novellas was the most fun to write?
They were each fun to write in their own way, but my favorite character was Lily, the counselor, in Forget Me Not Lily. She was quirky and fun, relatable and loveable. At least that’s what I hope readers will feel.
Was it hard to write four separate stories and keep them fresh?
That task was very hard, because it is so easy to repeat plot elements and character traits and bits of dialogue. I had to constantly check myself to make sure the stories and characters were as unique as they could be.
All these novellas are set in
Are the towns and parks real? Texas
Yes, in fact one of the novellas is set in
where my husband and I went on vacation. So, when you read about the characters
on certain trails, they’re real, and we hiked them! Big Bend National Park
Did you have a favorite book when you were a child?
I loved fairytales. Cinderella was my favorite.
I loved fairytales. Cinderella was my favorite.
Do you have a vacation spot you’d love to visit?
I’m dreaming of
. My husband and I plan to
travel there next summer. Can’t wait! Then I’m going to use the emerald isle as
a setting in one of my novels. Ireland
How long have you known you wanted to be a writer?
When I was very young (I don’t remember my age) I started working on a novel about a man from Mars who wanted to go to college in
. I never finished that novel, but
it left an impression on me. I knew deep down that telling stories was my
dream, even though I didn’t get around to fulfilling it until I was in my
thirties. New York
When readers finish the last page of Texas Wildflowers, what do you want them to come away with?
I would love for them to be inspired, challenged, and entertained. If I accomplished even one of those things I would feel my writing time wasn’t wasted.
What are 5 things that your readers might not know about you?
- While I was in college I tried working in a pillow factory. I was terrible at it. I got so weary with the repetition I started yakking with the woman next to me. We got reprimanded over and over until I quit. I discovered one thing from that college job—talking is something I excel at.
- I once won a hog-calling contest at a banquet. I was not embarrassed, but I should have been.
- I have a bird phobia, and yet I love birds! (That is, from a distance.) My house is filled with the fake kind—prints on the walls, statues, and general bird doodads. Go figure.
- I keep some interesting treasures near me when I write—a wooden jewelry box my son made me when he was in school, a candle from the 1960s, a hat once owned by a famous mystery writer, the inner parts of a music box, a birthday card that plays “The Twilight Zone” theme song, and an old family toy helicopter that says, “Going up.”
- Thirty-four years ago I rappelled off a cliff alongside the man I was dating. We kissed in mid-air while dangling off that cliff. I ended up marrying that man, and we've celebrated our 33rd wedding anniversary!
Sounds like fun, but I’m glad my romantic adventures weren’t that dangerous. Where do all your ideas come from?
Ideas flood in from everywhere—while I’m running errands, or chatting with a friend, or drifting off to sleep. I have pieces of paper all over the place with scribbles about book ideas and characters and titles. Sometimes I can’t read my notes later. I need a full-time assistant to help me stay organized. Any volunteers?
I know what you mean. I need one, too. Wish I could afford one. Where can your readers connect with you online?Please drop by my website at www.anitahigman.com, or visit my Reader Page on Facebook and chat with me there at http://www.facebook.com/#!/AuthorAnitaHigman.
Thank you, Anita, for spending this fun time with us.
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