Award winning, bestselling author, Anita Higman has published forty books, both fiction and non-fiction, over the course of the past thirty years. Her book, A Tribute to Early Texas, with a foreword by Elmer Kelton, won a San Antonio Conservation Society Citation as well as a Westerners International Book Award. She is a two-time finalist for a Selah Award; she’s won a Cascade Award and an Inspirational Readers Choice Award; and she has been honored as a Barnes & Noble Houston area “Author of the Month.”
Anita and her husband are currently building a “storybook” home in the woods in Texas.
You write fiction and non-fiction. Which started you on your writing journey and which was the “detour”?
At the very beginning of my career — about thirty years ago — I wanted to write fiction, but almost no one was buying my stories. So, I got the idea to write nonfiction, and then publication became much easier for me. So, the nonfiction writing was a detour, but it was a good one. I discovered that I love nonfiction writing now as much fiction.
Let’s talk about your new novel, Summer’s List (Moody Publishers, June 2015). Please tell us about it.
Here’s is one of the blurbs surrounding the novel, Summer’s List:
Life hadn’t been easy for Summer Snow. In acts of selflessness — caring for her ailing parents and running her grandmother’s bookstore — she had forfeited her youth and dreams for the needs of others. And the only tries she had at love … didn’t turn out. She had the bookstore, she had her beloved granny, but she was missing something — or someone. Opportunity strikes when Granny sends Summer on an unexpected adventure with one Martin Langtree, a kind but gangly young man from Summer’s past. A childhood friendship is rekindled, a romance is sparked, and mysteries are solved in one magical Texas summer. Will Summer strike out on love again, or will things finally go her way?
God often uses our stories to teach us something. What did you learn (about life, faith, and/or even yourself) in the process of writing this book?
That I had to have faith to finish this story as well as anything in my life. Sometimes the story starts well and strong, but then it’s hard to keep the momentum going. But God is good, and when I felt my creativity running as slow as molasses, He intervened. And He does the same concerning all aspects of my life. I just need to remember to always have the faith.
A few fun questions…
You’ve said you love “exotic teas.” How would you describe the perfect tea party?
All my old friends would be there and maybe a sprinkling of new ones too. And there would be lots of hot Earl Grey. There would be mountains of sweets and savories. We’d all be dressed in our best finery and we’d talk only of pleasant things. And then each woman would go home feeling a little lighter in spirit than when she arrived. Doesn’t that sound lovely?
What Bible passage or story best describes your journey of faith?
Perhaps Ruth, because she surely felt battered by this life, which I have felt keenly too. But God is good, and just as He brought Ruth joy, He has brought me joy as well.
If you knew you couldn’t fail, what dream would you pursue?
That’s a very good question. No one has ever asked me that before. Without a doubt I’d be a screenplay writer.
Thank you, Anita! It’s a pleasure to have you back again at DivineDetour.
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Even this long-time coffee lover can appreciate this wonderful interview of Anita. I had no idea Anita has been writing for as long as she has, nor that she also writes nonfiction.
Thanks for a fine blog feature, Kathy.
Thanks for visiting, Elaine! I’m always blessed by your encouragement.