Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Welcome Back Max Anderson

Is there a story behind this book?
The roots of this book, “Legend of The White Wolf,” go back to a video production that fell through many years ago. I was to produce a video program for ranchers in Wyoming, who were opposed to the introduction of wolves into Yellowstone. Years later, that provided the seed of an idea. But, as I did my research into wolves, I was totally surprised at what I found. They are not at all the evil creatures they’ve been portrayed to be in stories like The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, and others. Based on those findings, my entire perspective about wolves changed.

What started you on your writing journey?
My life has always been surrounded by the production of films, video, and television commercial production. Then, after 9/11, economic conditions changed causing most of my production clients to pull back. It was at that time I had to make a decision as to what direction I should go creatively.  Writing action-adventures and mysteries for kids seemed to be a natural next step for me.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?
The only distraction I can think of is the amount of time necessary to help promote and market my published books. But when it comes to the actual writing process, I’m not distracted at all. I never begin a project I won’t finish, or a chapter I can’t complete in that writing session.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I like biographies, but I have to spend a lot of time reading galleys, manuscripts, and advanced reader copies of my books, in the publishing process, that it leaves little room for recreational reading. I also grew up as a struggling, reluctant reader. This adds additional barriers to reading enjoyment.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
It would have to be Brian, the main character.  Growing up, you could always find me outdoors, and I loved animals; any kind of animal. I even thought about becoming a forest ranger, but life took me in a different direction since I also grew up in a family that produced and distributed Christian films.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
That’s a hard one because I have an eclectic taste in music.  But this is an interesting question because music plays a big part in my writing. Again, because of my film production background, our productions have relied heavily on just the right music. Even today, as I’m writing, I play mood appropriate music, in the background, for each scene I write.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
That list would be far too long to add here, but I do have some strange writing habits that might fit. As I said earlier, I will only begin a chapter I intend to finish in that session. I always light a candle and place it next to my computer screen as I write. I also play the mood appropriate music we just covered, but I only write the scary scenes after dark, cold stories in winter, and hot ones in summer. I like to keep pictures and props around that help me to think about the story or setting. Once, while writing a manuscript called Forest of Fear,  I went out and caught a chipmunk two days in a row. I placed him in a clear, plastic cage, lined with cedar chips. The story took place in a logging operation, in the Pacific Northwest, and this prop helped a lot in setting the mood.

What is your favorite season of the year?
Spring and summer for sure.  Days are longer, plants come out,  and it’s warm outside. Even though I’ve lived my entire life in the Midwest, I’m not much of a snow lover.
What is a favorite (season) memory from your childhood?
There is one from a Christmas when I was maybe seven or eight. It’s a pretty amazing story that was first published in Chicken Soup for the Soul in 2010. It’s been republished a few times. This link will take you to No Presents This Year.  http://www.homeeducator.com/FamilyTimes/2011/104-6elliot.html

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
I don’t like confrontation, so if there is a difficult interpersonal issue, I’m not in a hurry to confront it.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends? Probably the favorite would be grilling steaks or chicken on the patio with our children and their spouses. Recipes I tend to make up as I go.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?  
Two of my stories contain an evangelistic message as a sub plot.  Most of my stories deal with moral, spiritual, ethical, or character development issues. My books are intended for readers 8 – 13, especially boys, and I attempt to teach some of life’s most important lessons in a way that will be enjoyed by these readers. Even secular reviewers say that my books aren’t “preachy.”

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
My life’s verse is 1st Corinthians 10:31 “Whether therefore you eat or drink, or whatsoever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”  It helps me to keep things centered in my life.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
There are two that are in final production at two publishers. The titles are:  

Terror at Wolf Lake
Eddy Thompson was known for one thing and one thing only. Eddy was a cheater. He cheated on anything , anytime, anywhere, until something happened at Wolf Lake. It wasn't the brutal cold. It wasn't when he fell through the ice. It wasn't when two scary men arrived at their remote cabin. What happened would change Eddy's life....forever.

River Rampage.
This is book #3 in the Sam Cooper Adventure Series. Book #1 is Lost Island Smugglers and Book #2 is Captain Jack’s Treasure.

Max Anderson is giving away a copy of Legend Of The White Wolf. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.
To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment and an email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Until Next time . . . Sharon A Lavy


cjajsmommy said...

Please enter me in this giveaway. djragno [at] hotmail {dot} com

ann said...

I would so love to win this book. Please enter me. Thanks
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Tom Blubaugh said...

Great interview. I learned a few things about setting the mood for when I'm writing. I've seen Max's name a lot, but never knew anything about him until now.


Tom Blubaugh, Author
Night of the Cossack

apple blossom said...

please enter me thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Nancee said...

I'd love an opportunity to win a copy of this book.

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