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.
This week we are featuring Anita Higman! To enter to win a copy of her new book A Marriage In Middlebury (Abingdon Press), leave a comment on this post.
Tell us a little about your new book . . . A Marriage in Middlebury is lighter fare than my other new release, Winter in Full Bloom. This latest story is set in a small town in Texas, and it’s about the complex, quirky, and sometimes prickly interworkings of the folks who frequent the local tearoom in Middlebury. I hope readers find it to be a fun ride.
The idea for the heroine and the story, A Marriage in Middlebury, came from my absolute love of tearooms in Texas. More than a decade ago I met a woman named Linda Becker who opened a tearoom in the Houston burbs called Tea for Two. Her eatery and gift shop did so well she opened a second shop. Throughout the years I’ve enjoyed her wonderful tearoom fare as well as the quaint ambiance. Linda’s tearoom isn’t just a café—it’s a gathering place for friends, a place to eat home-cooked food and a place so cozy you don’t want to leave. As a writer I thought it might be fun to create a heroine who owns a tearoom similar to Linda’s.
Why do you write? I don’t seem to have a choice in the matter. I have to tell these stories in my head.
What are you best known for . . . writing or otherwise? I like to say that I write stories with a soft landing, because life is hard. That sort of summarizes what I do. Also, I’m known for my fancy teas and brunches. I have been collecting pretty tea dishes for many years, and I know how to put on a tea that would make Jane Austen envious.
If you could wish one thing for your future, what would it be? Two of my novels are optioned for movies, so my dream is to see one or more of my stories made into a film for TV or the silver screen.
Best author moment? When a reader said he wanted to try to reconcile with his family because of reading one of my novels.
Worst author moment? I’ve had sooo many, I’m really not sure where to begin or end.
If you weren’t able to write, what would you do? I’d be a decorator or a landscaper.
Right this moment, what does your office look like? Like a dust devil hit it and no one bothered to do any clean-up.
If you could write any book—on any topic—and be guaranteed a publishing contract, what topic would it be? (Or genre?) Edgy YA from a Christian world-view.
What’s one thing you learned about the publishing industry in last five years? Last year? Last six months? This industry is changing faster than I can keep up. But I’m trying!
How do you solve a grammar dilemma? I change the sentence so I don’t have to look up the rule.
Are you an introvert? Extrovert? In between? In Between. My mom was kind of a hermit and my dad never met a person he didn’t want to visit with. It was an interesting and complicated ride growing up. But I see both of those qualities in me.
Do you enjoy public speaking as an author? Why or why not? I do speak, but I can’t say I enjoy it all that much. I’d rather be home with my imaginary friends.
Describe your ideal circumstances to write. I imagine a tiny rustic cabin in the woods that overlooks a burbling stream. Every weekday morning I stroll along a fern-laden trail to the cabin, have a cup of French roast coffee by the stream, and then go to my loft (with a window that overlooks the stream) in the cabin and start dreaming. Okay, doesn’t that sound like a corner of heaven?