Welcome back, Anita. As an author, I know it takes a lot of people to birth each book. Who were the people involved in the birthing of this book, and what were their contributions?
Most of the time when I write a novel I do interview people who can help with my research, but I didn’t find that to be true with my novel, A Question of Destiny. It was a different kind of story, in that a great deal of the book came from my imagination. I think my facts are right, but I guess you could say that this book is more dream-born than the others.
If you teach or speak, what’s coming up on your calendar?
I gave a speech this year at the ACFW conference, along with two author friends of mine, but I don’t have anything scheduled now. And that’s okay, since writing and promoting take up a lot of my time. It’s hard to do everything and do it well.
If you had to completely start over in another place, where would you move?
Actually, my husband and are doing that very thing right now. We’re building our retirement home on some acreage in the country, and we’ll be starting over out there. The trees and ravine and creek are beautiful. Our new home is going to be a small fairytale house hidden in the woods. I have been told that my novels read like modern fairytales, so maybe this house will help to inspire me.
If you could only tell aspiring novelists one thing what would it be?
Sorry, this is more than one thing, but my advice would be, “Don’t rush the process. Take your time. Read and learn about the craft, network, and attend conferences. Start a blog, and find your own unique voice. Be faithful to your stories and write every day. If you really have a passion for writing, you won’t find my suggestions to be a chore—but a pleasure!”
You’ve been asked to be in charge of a celebrity cruise. Who would you ask to take part, and why?
I would hire Josh Groban to sing. He has a memorable, moving, and glorious voice. His singing would make a great backdrop for a Mediterranean cruise, don’t you think?
Yes. Sign me up. Tell us about your featured book.
I’d be happy to. It’s basically a rags-to-riches story with a few surprises along the way.
Here’s a short blurb to give you a few more details.
Lucy O’Brien is about to be given ten millions dollars and a chance to live a life she never imagined. Will this new found wealth be Lucy’s undoing, or can she rise above the temptations within high society and choose to become a nobler version of herself? And will the solitary Andrew Whitfield—a man who watches over Lucy as she adapts to her new lifestyle—cause her to close the door on her dreams or be the key that opens the rest of Lucy’s destiny?
Sounds intriguing. Please give us the first page of your book.
Multi-millionaire Ian Chalmers leaned closer to the TV screen. What was this? A
reporter gripped his mike—his jaw
quaking with emotion—as he narrated the blow-by-blow heroics of a young woman
who’d come to the aid of an elderly widow by chasing down a thief. And then
she’d boldly made a citizen’s arrest, even though the thief pointed a loaded
pistol in her face. How extraordinary! Houston
When the news switched over to a commercial, Ian clicked off the TV, but the woman’s face lingered in his mind. Her passion for goodwill was so remarkable, her impromptu speech so compelling, the scene branded itself onto his heart. The young woman beguiled him.
The grandfather clock chimed the late hour as Ian toyed with a diamond-encrusted oil derrick in his hand.
Then a smile teased the corners of his mouth as an epiphany found him. In that twinkling of a moment, he resolved that, because this young woman exhibited such a rare and noble spirit, he would reward her with a share of his wealth. In addition, the woman might make an excellent match for his workaholic assistant, Andrew Whitfield. The plan had to be inspired. He could already see it playing out.
Yes, the beneficiary of a portion of his great wealth would be the brave young woman on the news—Miss Lucy O’Brien.
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Thank you, Anita, for sharing this new book with me and my readers.
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A Question of Destiny
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