Author Spotlight: Anita Higman

Welcome to Author Spotlight! Each week will feature a different author. We’ll get the scoop behind their writing life and dish a little. The authors will also be giving away a copy of their latest book. FUN.

The winner from last week’s Author Spotlight with Elizabeth is Nat Holmgren! Please email my assistant Christen with your mailing address. (

This week Anita Higman is in the spotlight! To win a copy of her A Merry Little Christmas, leave a comment on this post! 

Share a little bit about yourself. Married with kids? Empty nester? Do you work full-time and write when you can squeeze it in?

I’m an empty-nester now, so I write full-time. My husband and I travel some too. In fact, we just got back from cruising through the fjords of Alaska and spending time canoeing, zip-lining, atv-ing, and alpine-hiking in Whistler, Canada. It was a most amazing journey!

And share something about your writing. What’s your genre(s), your areas of interest…

I write mostly contemporary romance with a bit of humor, and I love to write with a slight fairytale feel. I’m hoping readers will be able to drift away from the stress of work and the daily grind to find a cozy place where they can be entertained and inspired.

How did you get started writing? Did you have a dream of being a published author?

I wanted to be a writer from a young age. I had a little manual typewriter, and so I tried pecking and hammering out a story. It was truly terrible. Those were the first stirrings of interest in writing, but unfortunately, I walked away from my dream for a long time. I had an appalling lack of confidence growing up. When I was thirty, though, I got my courage back. I was reading along on a novel and thought, “I can do this.” I think it was God gently nudging me again. This time I listened and kept going, and I have been writing ever since. I have forgotten the name of the novel I was reading when I had that epiphany, but I will never forget that decision to write—to finally allow myself to follow my dream.

After you started writing seriously–how long was it before you were published?

I don’t remember how many years, but it felt like forever.

Aside from a cup of good, strong coffee, what helps you get all of your “brain cylinders” firing so you can write well? Do you have any favorite places and routines when you write? How many hours a day do you spend writing?

I get up at five-thirty every weekday morning, and I write for as many hours as it takes to get my word count done. My writing time varies from day to day. It can be anywhere from five to ten hours. I used to go to a café to write a couple of times a week, but I found I could get more work done at home in my office. In the afternoon, sometimes I work a power nap into my schedule.

What has been the biggest help to you in the journey to publication? Writers’ conferences? Writing groups? Your mom as your first draft reader?

Writers’ conferences—such as the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) conference—have been a big help in my career!

Is the “writer’s life” what you thought it would be? (Explain your answer)

There’s a lot more tedious work than I imagined, going over and over the manuscript until it’s just right. All of those polishing passes as I call them take loads of time.

What are your biggest distractions?

By far, email and social networking. I have to limit both or I simply won’t get my work done.

What do you least like about being a writer? Most like?

The many hours of editing can get tiresome, but it’s worth it. My favorite part is seeing the novel on the shelves in the bookstore. I never get tired of that moment.

What advice would you give to new writers?

For new writers, 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 punishment—but a pleasure.”

Pretend I’m a customer at a bookstore looking for a good book. Give me a one or two sentence promo to convince me to buy your book.

In A Merry Little Christmas, I enjoyed putting characters together who came from very different backgrounds. Add to the mix, a farm setting during the holidays, bits of humor, and the turbulent 60s, and I’m hoping readers will have a fun and interesting ride.

What’s on the book horizon for you?

A novel entitled, No Place Like Middlebury, which will be a story about the drama, comedy, and romance of small town life in Texas.

Last question, how can readers find you and your books?

A Merry Little Christmas will be in most bookstores as well as on Amazon. Here is my website as well as my reader page on Facebook, where I would love to connect with you.!/AuthorAnitaHigman

Thank you for sharing your writing life with my bleaders! (blog + readers = bleaders)

Thanks for having me here. It was a pleasure.

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. amy c says:

    A Merry Little Christmas sounds good. Love to see all these Christmas stories coming out.

  2. Stacie says:

    I would love to win your book Anita.Thank you for the chance!

  3. mary ellen ashenfelder says:

    Always anxious to try a new author — always nice to add to my collection of Christmas themed bookks — this one sounds wonderful. Please accept my entry.

  4. Tia Johnson says:

    I love Christmas stories!

  5. Loretta says:

    Enjoy reading the christmas storys, so please include me in the drawing 🙂

  6. Sheila says:

    For most of my life I’ve read non-fiction. A few years ago, however, I started reading novels. And I love them! I am grateful to be learning about various fiction writers! Thanks!

  7. Cheryl Baranski says:

    Sounds like a good book.
    Would love to win it!

  8. Carol Ellmore says:

    This sounds like a great book. A lot of would be writers have to give up their dreams for different reasons, but kudos to you for sticking to that dream.

  9. Jean Smith says:

    A Merry Little Christmas sounds like a great book. I would love to win it, thanks.

  10. Angie Adair says:

    A Merry Little Christmas sounds like a great Holiday read!

  11. Marcia Starbuck says:

    I cannot resist Christmas books! I would love to win this one.

  12. Tonya Baker says:

    This book looks warm and cozy! I love Christmas books!!!!

  13. Kristin says:

    This sounds like a fantastic book and definitely sounds like an author that should be on my “want to read” list!!!

  14. Nancee says:

    I can relate to Anita’s background since we both grew up in the ’60s. Her book sounds like a wonderful blend of different background characters, and with Christmas on the way, what perfect timing! Thank you for offering this contest and interview!
    Nancee in Michigan

  15. Karen Hansen says:

    A very inspiring author, I would love to win this book . I have a daughter who has always wanted to be a “published” author as she has been writing since very small but as a teacher now her writing has gone by the wayside for lack of time and probably fear of rejection. I hope that someday she will write again. I just loved reading her work.

  16. Joann Marner says:

    Pick me, pick me! 🙂 I love putting good books in our church library!

  17. Bob says:

    A Merry Little Christmas, sounds like a great book!

  18. I would love to win this christmas book! Thanks!

  19. Gwenda says:

    I would love this book, I love Christmas and reading a great book?

  20. Nat Holmgren says:

    Would love to win to read and share!

  21. Kd Brown says:

    What fun to feature a great new Christmas book just in time for the holidays! Suzanne, you are a marvel and a wonderful interviewer. Anita, thank you so much for sharing A Merry Little Christmas with us. I really look forward to reading it!

  22. Pamela Hargraves says:

    I love Christmas stories and give aways, what a great combination!

  23. Carolyn Jefferson says:

    Great review. I’d love to win A Merry Little Christmas.
    I’m getting in the mood for Christmas.
    Carolyn Jefferson

  24. Kathy S. says:

    I love your author-spotlight! Looking foward to reading this book 🙂

  25. angela chesnut says:


  26. Deb says:

    The cover of the book reminds me of one of my favorite Christmas card scenes. Warm, cozy, and inviting. Hope I win!

  27. Karen Wozniak says:

    I like to try new authors. I would love to win one of books.

  28. Judy Burgi says:

    I really enjoyed the interview with Anita. I smiled when she said she is working on No Place Like Middlebury. I live near a town called Middlebury here in Northeast Indiana. I’ve been there many times.

    I love the cover of A Merry Little Christmas. I love Christmas stories and I can’t wait to read it.

    I would be thrilled to win a copy.


  29. pat cowans says:

    would love to win. I also love the fact you put humor in your books.

  30. Sandi Ansell says:

    I can’t believe Christmas is coming so soon…but I would love to win this book…and get in the mood! God bless and thanks for the opportunity.

  31. Lenise says:

    I loved the interview! Sounds like a great book! It would be awesome to win a copy, thank you for the chance!

  32. Bobbe says:

    What a nice interview and “A Merry Little Christmas” sounds and looks like the perfect book to sit by the fire and have a cup of hot cocoa with. Thank you for sharing and given a chance to win.

  33. Brandy Ford says:

    Thank you for sharing and for giving people a chance to win a copy! Book looks great!!

  34. Connie Saunders says:

    I love Christmas stories and the cover is so inviting. Thanks for giving all of us a chance to read our own copy. Best wishes to both of you!

  35. Anita McIlveen says:

    I am always on the lookout for a new author to follow. And with my name being Anita, you caught my eye. I also write, but so far do more reporting type of writing. Maybe someday I will find a novel in my head!

  36. Megan Parsons says:

    I would love to win this book!! It’s sounds like a great one : )

  37. Terri Clark says:

    I would love to win a copy. Thank you.

  38. Pam taylor says:

    Can’t wait to read

  39. Alecia Ernst says:

    It would be an honor to win your book.

  40. Your book sounds great. Would love to win a copy. Thanks for your inspifing words.

  41. Cindi Laughlin says:

    Love this time of year when all the new Christmas Books start arriving! Would love to win this book! Thanks for a chance!

  42. Anne Flickinger says:

    Cannot wait to read this book! Thank you for the contest!

  43. Linda McFarland says:

    I love to read Christmas love stories…and look forward to reading Anita Higman’s new book…and possibly winning one too…’A Merry Little Christmas’………………………….

  44. Suzanne says:

    Wow! Anita…you have the makings of quite a book buzz here. Thanks, everyone, for leaving such encouraging comments for Anita, and for hoping to win her book!

  45. Patti Thiele says:

    Looking forward to reading this book!

  46. Pat Moore says:

    If Suzanne recommends an author then I usually try their book out and so far she hasn’t promoted a book that I didn’t enjoy. Would love to win a book but will be looking for it in the store. Thank you.

  47. karenk says:

    thanks for the chance to read this wonderful christmas story 😉

  48. I love the title. The author seems like a nice lady too. I’m glad someone other than me gets up early in the morning.

  49. Janice Myers says:

    The Christmas book sounds wonderful. I just love a good book during the holidays to bring down the stress.

  50. Terri Clark says:

    Please add my name to he drawing of this wonderful sounding book.

  51. felecia says:

    I love Christmas stories!

  52. Jes says:

    Your recent trips cruising the fjords in Alaska and canoeing, zip-lining, atv-ing, and alpine-hiking in Whistler, Canada sound fantastic! Thanks for this giveaway!