Best-selling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has over thirty books published (several coauthored) for adults and children. She's been a Barnes & Noble "Author of the Month" for
and has a BA degree, combining speech communication, psychology, and art. Anita
loves good movies, exotic teas, and brunch with her friends. Houston
Tell us about your salvation experience.I became a Christian when I was a little girl. I attended church all my years growing up, and then attended a Christian college. My life’s goal is to serve Christ in my writing and in all that I do. It’s not always easy to do that in this fallen world, but it’s the only way to live.
You’re planning a writing retreat where you can only have four other authors. Who would they be and why?
I’d love to invite authors B.J. Hoff, Tosca Lee, Lynn Austin and Allison Pittman. I’d really enjoy chatting with them about their wonderful writing.
Do you have a speaking ministry? If so, tell us about that.
I speak occasionally when I’m asked, but I don’t really have an ongoing speaking ministry.
What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you and how did you handle it?
Honestly, I have so many humiliating incidents in my life I don’t really know where to begin! I even thought of writing a book entitled, The Stupid Stuff I’ve Done. Perhaps there are enough stories for several volumes. Okay, I’ll give you one example. Some months ago I was waving to a neighborhood girl across the street, tripped, and fell. And then I just sort of flopped around in pain on the driveway, looking, I’m sure, like a beached whale. Later my face swelled up monster-huge (I had my husband take a photo, which I will not include here) and my skin turned a rather unflattering assortment of purplish hues. How did I handle it? I bawled like a baby when I entered the ER, but now I’ve been telling the story as a humorous tale of woe.
People are always telling me that they’d like to write a book someday. I’m sure they do to you, too. What would you tell someone who came up to you and said that?
In the past, I used to tell people how incredibly hard it is to write a book and get it published, but that was so discouraging that I gave up on that brutally honest angle. Since then, I’ve tried to find a balance between encouraging them to follow their dreams and facing the realities of the business.
Winter in Full Bloom is about a woman who travels to
to find her sister, but in the end finds much more than she ever imagined or
hoped for. Australia
But here’s the formal blurb:
Lily Winter’s wings are folded so tightly around her daughter that when empty nest arrives, she feels she can no longer fly. But Lily’s lonely, widowed life changes in a heartbeat when she goes to visit a woman who is almost a stranger to her—a woman who also happens to be her mother. During their fiery reunion, her mother reveals a dark family secret that she’d been hiding for decades—Lily has an identical twin sister who was put up for adoption when they were babies. Without looking back, Lily embarks on a quest to find her sister, which takes her all the way to
But her journey becomes a circle that leads her back home to reconciliation and
to the one dream she no longer imagined possible—the chance to fall in love
again. Melbourne, Australia
I’ve read the book, and it’s a wonderful read. Please give us the first page of the book for my readers.
I sat on a 747, trying to talk myself out of a panic attack.
The jet still sat on the tarmac, but already I could imagine—in electrifying detail—the fiery crash and then the watery pull into the briny depths of the
Ocean. Lord, have mercy.
What had I been thinking?
Fool that I was, I’d left the sanctuary of my own home, which was safe, and hygienically clean, I might add, to board this death trap. Too late now. I’d taken a leave of absence from work, stopped the mail, given all my indoor plants to my neighbor, and said a dozen goodbyes to my daughter, Julie. The trip was set in stone—the igneous kind that the geologists liked to talk about at work.
While I sat there sweating, my mind got out its magnifying glass to examine my inner motives. All in all, the journey had a grab bag full of miseries attached to it. For me, getting on the plane proved that the empty nest had driven me over the edge like the biblical herd of pigs. Since my Julie had left the house, was I trying to find a person to fill that void ... that vacant place at the table ... the perpetual silence of the house and the clocks, ticking away the rest of my tedious life? Probably. And yet finding my sister in
would be no less than
wonderful, whether Julie was at home or not. Australia
I looked out the small plane window at the heavens with my anxious puppy dog eyes and could almost hear the Almighty chuckling. Yes, I know, God. I must keep You entertained.
How can readers find you on the Internet?
Please drop by for a visit on my Facebook Reader Page. I’d be happy to hear from you!Anita Higman's latest novel, Winter in Full Bloom, has just released. She's teamed up with her publisher, River North Fiction, for a fun giveaway and a Facebook Author Chat Party on August 29th.
One grand prize winner will receive:
- A Kindle Fire HD
- Winter in Full Bloom by Anita Higman
So grab your copy of Winter in Full Bloom and join Anita on the evening of August 29th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)
DON’T MISS A MOMENT OF THE FUN; RSVP TODAY. HOPE TO SEE YOU ON THE 29th!
Thank you, Anita, for sharing this new book with us as well as the giveaway.
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