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 winners from last week’s Author Spotlight double feature with Becky Wade and Beth K. Vogt are SHANNON STOCKTON (Becky Wade’s Book) and VALRI WESTERN (Beth K. Vogt’s Book)! Please email with your mailing address!

This week we are featuring Anita Higman!  To win a copy of her new book, Winter in Bloom (River North, 2013) leave a comment on this post.

Tell us a little about your new book . . .

Winter in Full Bloom is about a woman who travels to Australia to find her sister, but in the end finds much more than she ever imagined or hoped for.

How can readers find you and your books?

My novels are sold in bookstores as well as the usual online shops.
You may interact with me online in these places:!/AuthorAnitaHigman

Anything new for you on the book horizon?

I am happy to say that on November 5th of this year I have another novel coming out. It’s entitled A Marriage in Middlebury, and it’s a romantic comedy set in a small town in Texas.

What is the smartest writing advice you ever got?

A famous writer once told me, “Write what you know about and keep at it.” It’s proven to be good advice for me.

Why do you write?

I have a real need to tell you a story. I guess God made me that way.

I’m inspired by…

The music of Josh Groban and Eric Whitacre

My great adventure has been…

Traveling to Australia and then writing Winter in Full Bloom, which is set there.

If I could go anywhere, it would be…

New Zealand

If you have only an hour…

I would chat with Jesus, since I would be seeing Him in person in that next hour, and I’d tell my family I loved them one more time.

Describe yourself in one word.


Best Saturday Afternoon Read

Anything by B.J. Hoff.

Best Indulgence

A really great bowl of chicken and dumplings.

If you could give your ten-year-old self one piece of advice, what would it be?

Lighten up. Love people more. Worry less.


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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. Melanie Backus says:

    Winter in Full Bloom sounds like a wonderful book and I am keeping my fingers crossed for the win!

  2. Kathleen Berman says:

    My late sister loved Australia and very much enjoyed traveling there and staying with her Australian friends. It is a good setting for a novel.

    I would enjoy winning a copy!

  3. Susan H. says:

    Thanks for sharing this author with us. Would love to win. Thanks.

  4. Teresa Young says:

    I like being introduced to new-to-me authors. I look forward to reading Winter in Full Bloom and A Marriage in Middlebury.

  5. Katie Johnson says:

    I would love to win Winter in Full Bloom. I’ve seen some excellent reviews for Anita’s new book and I hope to read this one soon. I love the cover and it looks like such an excellent story.

  6. Patty H says:

    Winter in Full Bloom sounds like an interesting story. I also read something recently about A Marriage in Middlebury and it sounds like a fun read!

  7. Sharyl B. says:

    Sounds like a good book. Would love to win! Thanks for sharing with us.

  8. I would love to visit Australia! Winter in Full Bloom sounds like a beautiful book, inside and out. Thank you for another great spotlight!

  9. MS Barb says:

    Anita sounds like a very interesting woman! Where does she live reside?
    Her books sounds like an enjoyable, and a “there’s more to learn about life” read! Even if I don’t win, I plan on requesting it from my local county Bookmobile!
    THANKS for a nice giveaway!

    • Anita Higman says:

      I live in Houston, which is where the other half of the story takes place. Thanks so much for your interest in my work!

      Bless you!

      Anita Higman

  10. Cheryl Hart says:

    Winter in Full Bloom has beautiful cover art and an intriguing title. I can’t wait to see (and read) A Marriage in Middlebury as well. Thank you for the chance to win WIFB!!

  11. Merry says:

    An Australian adventure would be a dream vacation! I’m looking forward to reading Winter in Full Bloom. Please include me in the drawing.

  12. Ladonna Winnegan says:

    Anita’s book sounds very interesting and I would love to win it. 🙂

  13. Lisa O. says:

    Winter is my favorite time of year!

  14. angela chesnut says:

    would love to win.

  15. Linda Landreth says:

    I can’t wait to read it! I hope I win! Thank you.

  16. Carmee Ross says:

    Love the cover of your book! I would love to win, also. Thank you for this giveaway!

  17. vickie Jones says:

    Sounds like a great book, would love to read it and pass it to others

  18. Jodi D says:

    Sounds like a great book, and the cover is fabulous~

  19. Jackie Tessnair says:

    I love this post.This sounds like it is going be a great book,looking forward to reading it.I also love chicken and dumplings.Thanks for shating.

  20. Jean Smith says:

    Sounds like a great book, hoping to win!

  21. Connie Kiers says:

    This sounds like a good read. Please enter me

  22. beckie says:

    I just love this cover! This book looks interesting.

  23. Susan Johnson says:

    This looks like a really good book. I would love to win it.

  24. Sharon Timmer says:

    Would love to win a copy of Anita’s book – thanks for the opportunity!

  25. Suzanne G. says:

    The beautiful cover makes me want to read this book:)

  26. Barbara says:

    This sounds like a great read!! Would love to win!!!!

  27. a. albinger says:

    Thanks for the introduction to a new book and even better, the opportunity to win a copy!

  28. Carl says:

    I could use a short trip to Australia, thanks for the generous giveaway.

  29. Joann Stewart says:

    I have always loved books about Australia. Would really love to win this one. Thanks for the opportuniaty.

  30. Margaret says:

    Love Anita’s answer to “If you only had one hour…” and would very much enjoy reading ‘Winter in Full Bloom’.

  31. Debra Smith says:

    I would love to win this book. 🙂

  32. millie says:

    Would love to have a copy of this book. I love the artwork on the front of the book and the premise of the plot. Looking forward to reading more by you.

  33. Sandy Barnes says:

    Such little time to accomplish so much, how do you do, what all you do? Would love to add this to my library.

    • Anita Higman says:

      Well, many days I feel as though I’m very behind. I have to get the most important things done each day. And then I pile the leftover stuff onto the next day. 🙂

      Thanks for your support!

      Anita Higman

  34. Donna Brookmyer says:

    This book sounds like it would be a great one. I would love to win!

  35. Sharon Holweger says:

    I would love to win winter in full bloom

  36. Michelle says:

    What a gorgeous cover ~ I’d love to receive a copy of Winter In Full Bloom!

  37. sharon says:

    Captivating and very special. Winter in Full Bloom is a treasure to be cherished.

  38. Mardell says:

    I am looking for a new author to add to my collection and I think this book sounds wonderful! I look forward to reading this book.

  39. Barbara Thompson says:

    I enjoyed the interview. “Winter in Full Bloom” sounds like a fantastic book. Please enter me in the giveaway.

  40. Looking forward to reading this book!! Hope I win!

  41. Brenda Ayers says:

    This sounds like a very good book. I would love to win.

  42. Joyce Johnson says:

    Would love to win this book, the one country I would love to go to would be Australia, and can only do that by reading, unless a wonderful opportunity came along, and reading about it would seem like being there.

  43. Sheri says:

    Very interesting interview… By the way the cover of this book is great and it sounds like a great read!! I can’t wait to read it!!

  44. Lisa says:

    Can’t wait to read Winter in Full Bloom and more of Anita’s book.

  45. Angie Carroll says:

    I enjoyed reading about an author that I have not read anything by! I also like knowing more about her life and what makes her who she is!

  46. Angie Carroll says:

    I like reading about authors that I am not familiar with and I like finding out different things about her that make her who she is!

  47. K. Finn says:

    1) It’s so fun to learn how an author is similar to me. 2) I Love the image on the cover 3) Looking forward also to your upcoming book about Texas, since that is where I am from.

  48. Christine says:

    Sounds like a good book! Would love to win the Giveaway!

  49. Hello Suzanne. Thanks for having Anita on the Spotlight. Her book sounds good. Anita, I live real close to you. I live in Pasadena. Do you ever have a signing in this area. We have several authors in Houston, and I’ve never seen where anyone was having one. I would really love to win your book. Thanks for the give-away. MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

  50. lori says:

    the book sound really great

  51. Lyn Desmond says:

    I have found new authors by this activity. Love it. Can’t wait to add Anita Higman to my list of books to read.

  52. Marguerite B says:

    Like the cover very much. It would be great to win.

  53. Loretta says:

    that is a pretty cover, hope to win

  54. Robin D says:

    Sounds like a great book

  55. Elaine Ellen says:

    Winter in Full Bloom is a very enticing title and the cover of the book is even more so! I love winter. I could use some right now. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  56. Linda D. McFarland says:

    Interesting post…love to meet new-to-me authors. Would love to win…thanks for the opportunity…Linda

  57. katherine j cross says:

    I love the setting and the story line. Can’t wait to read it!

  58. Bonnie says:

    Enjoyed your interview, Anita. Love the storyline of your book – mystery, love, dysfunction, travel to another country – would love to read it! Thanks for the opportunity to win your book!


  59. Barbara R. says:

    The setting in Australia and a chance to find Love…. Oh I can not wait to read this book. Thank you

  60. Jan Hall says:

    I loved the interview. I look forward to reading this book

  61. Ola Norman says:

    Loved learning about a new to me author. Would love to win her book!

  62. Ola Norman says:

    Great interview! Sounds like a great book.

  63. Sonja says:

    Suzanne, thanks for introducing Anita. Her book sounds intriquing and I think Australia is wonderful and a great place for a back-drop! Wow, it is a place I dream of going. It would be great to have a book carry you away without the cost of airfare! Ha! Ha!

  64. Kathy Jacob says:

    Beautiful cover! I would love to win!

  65. Kaye says:

    Love the synopsis of this book. Stories set in Australia fascinate me. Thanks for the chance.

  66. Naomi Shores says:

    This sounds like a great book!

  67. margaret boehm says:

    The cover of this book screams….READ ME NOW

  68. Bonnie Traher says:

    Would really love to win.

  69. Chelsea B. says:

    I greatly enjoyed the interview! 🙂

  70. Sue Morris says:

    I love reading about adventures in Australia. That is one of the places I would like to visit someday. Thank you for the opporunity to win this book.

  71. Kristie D. says:

    The book sounds great!!! I would love to go to Australia! I have never read any of Anita’s books but I would love to. I’m always looking for new authors. Thanks for the giveaway! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  72. Donna D says:

    I would love to go to Australia; doubt we’ll ever make it there tho.

    I believe I am going to have to become more acquainted with Anita — I liked her answers to the interview questions, and think she’s a ‘down-home’ kinda girl.