Recently I had the pleasure of meeting a new author! Today I want to share her and her latest book with you … and maybe even a giveaway.
About the Book
Texas Wildflowers comes from Barbour Publishing, released just last November. A four-in-one set of novellas, it follows four sisters — Rosy, Lily, Violet and Heather — as they pursue romance in light of their unique gifts, passions and, of course, God’s plan for their lives. Set in the islands, canyons, mountains and bayous of Texas, this book is part of the “Romancing America” series.
One back cover endorsement describes it perfectly:
“A romance assortment of petits fours, and as dreamy sweet.”
I couldn’t say it any better myself! These short romances follow four distinct women united by gene pools and affection. I appreciated how each was so individual and yet connected … just like sisters should be.
Author Anita Higman graciously answered some questions about the book and herself.
Which of the four novellas was the most fun to write?
They were each fun to write in their own way, but my favorite character was Lily, the counselor, in Forget Me Not Lily. She was quirky and fun, relatable and loveable. At least that’s what I hope readers will feel.
All these novellas are set in Texas. I’ve never been there. Are the towns and parks real?
Yes, in fact one of the novellas is set in Big Bend National Park, where my husband and I went on vacation. So, when you read about the characters on certain trails, they’re real, and we hiked them!
Nice! Did you have a favorite book when you were a child?
I loved fairy tales. Cinderella was my favorite.
Do you have a vacation spot you’d love to visit?
I’m dreaming of Ireland. My husband and I plan to travel there next summer. Can’t
wait! Then I’m going to use the emerald isle as a setting in one of my novels.
Oh, I love books set in Ireland. That’s a spot on my Bucket List, too.
What are 5 things that your readers might not know about you?
1. While I was in college I tried working in a pillow factory. I was terrible at it. I
got so weary with the repetition I started yakking with the woman next to me.
We got reprimanded over and over until I quit. I discovered one thing from that
college job—talking is something I excel at.
2. I once won a hog-calling contest at a banquet. I was not embarrassed, but I
should have been.
3. I have a bird phobia, and yet I love birds! (That is, from a distance.) My house is
filled with the fake kind—prints on the walls, statues, and general bird doodads.
4. I keep some interesting treasures near me when I write—a wooden jewelry box
my son made me when he was in school, a candle from the 1960s, a hat once
owned by a famous mystery writer, the inner parts of a music box, a birthday
card that plays The Twilight Zone theme song, and an old family toy helicopter
that says, “Going up.”
5. Thirty-four years ago I rappelled off a cliff alongside the man I was dating. We
kissed in mid-air while dangling off that cliff. I ended up marrying that man, and
we’ve celebrated our 33rd wedding anniversary!
Really? No wonder the romance in your books is so picture perfect! I might have to buy you coffee just so I can hear more of your adventures.
Have you won any awards?
I’ve won two book awards. One of my co-authored books entitled, A Tribute to Early
Texas, won a San Antonio Conservation Society Citation as well as a Westerners
International Book Award. Also, I was given three honors by readers: I was a Favorite
New Author in the 15th Annual Heartsong Presents Awards, and my co-authored novel,
Castles in the Air, was a Favorite Contemporary Romance in the 16th Annual Heartsong
Presents Awards. My most recent award is a 2011 RWA Readers Choice Award (first
place) for my novella, Once Upon a Christmas Eve.
When readers finish the last page of Texas Wildflowers, what do you want them
to come away with?
I would love for them to be inspired, challenged, and entertained. If I accomplished
even one of those things I would feel my writing time wasn’t wasted.
Thank you, Anita!
Did I mention a giveaway?
Yes! If this post gets at least 10 different commenters (besides the author and the blog tour host) Anita will offer a free book to one of the commenters. Be sure to tell your friends to come read this blog and leave a comment! Share on facebook, twitter, linked-in or wherever you hang out!
Your Turn: Anita shared some fun, unexpected facts about herself. So, what’s something about YOU that most people don’t know?