Monday, October 28, 2013

A Warm Welcome to Anita Higman

Winter in Full Bloom is set in Texas as well as Australia. What made you want to set the novel in these two places?
Well, I live in Texas, and so I wanted to make use of my home state. After living here for about thirty years I have a soft spot for Texas now. Also, I’d visited Melbourne, Australia for about three weeks and had taken notes, and since it was such an exotic place and I’d had such an amazing time there, I wanted to share some of my experiences with readers.

The cover is beautiful. Did you have any input in this cover?
Yes, actually, I did. The publisher sent me a few samples to look at, and I chose this one. But the cover you see now was tweaked a number of times. One of the changes was the addition of the red tulips all along the snowy path. I’m so glad the publisher was open to changes. I’m very happy with the final cover. It reflects the story even better than before, and I think that bit of unexpected intrigue along the road will be eye-catching to the bookstore browser.

That title is unique. How did you come up with Winter in Full Bloom?
Sometimes I brainstorm titles, and then sometimes I use a phrase I find within the manuscript that works well as a title. Winter in Full Bloom was created during one of my brainstorming sessions. As a side note, there are a couple of meanings to this tile. The heroine’s name is Lily Winter. Also, half of the book takes place in Houston at the advent of winter, but when she flies to Melbourne at the same time of the year, Australians are experiencing the beginning of spring. So, even though Lily has begun getting ready for winter, she suddenly enters into a season of springtime—literally and in her personal life.

Are the characters from your imagination, or do they come from real life?
My characters are a mixture of both. I’ll be watching someone at the airport or the mall or at church, and I’ll think, “Wow, that gesture or laugh or walk is perfect for my character.” Then some of my character’s traits will come straight from my imagination. Usually, it’s a fun brew of all the above.

Do you and your husband travel a lot?
We travel much more now that we have empty nest. Last year we went to Alaska, Hawaii, and Canada. This year we’ve been to Mexico, California, and right now as I type this answer, my husband and I are waiting at the airport to fly to Ireland. Can’t wait. I’m hoping to set one of my future novels in Ireland.

Why do you write?
I have a real need to express myself creatively—guess I was born that way—and writing and I fit well together.

Your heroine, Lily Winter, is experiencing empty nest. Why did you add that element to the story?
I was going through this same rough phase of motherhood, and I thought it would be good to add this to the story. I hope it added an element of authenticity to the tale. And too, forcing myself to write about the pain surely helped me deal with it better.

How long have you been writing?
I’ve been in this profession for about thirty years. It’s been a long, stumbly kind of journey. I’ve had some dark hours—those moments when I really didn’t know what I was doing or why I was doing it. Moments when rejection swept me under like a scary undertow. Moments when getting published seemed pretty much impossible. But I never gave up, and I’m glad I didn’t. I’ve had thirty-four books published in many genres, and even though it’s been a rough ride, it’s also been deeply satisfying.

This story is about twin sisters? Are you a twin and do you have a sister?
I’m afraid I have to say no to both of those questions, but I’ve always wanted to have a sister. And that desire I suppose fueled the dialogue and some of this story.

Winter in Full Bloom is a love story but also a story of family reconciliation. Have you experienced that last part in your own life?
Yes, I have known the miracle of family reconciliation, and it has brought me great joy!

Any final words for your readers?
If you have ever taken the time to read one of my novels, I thank you with all my heart. I sincerely hope that Winter in Full Bloom inspires you and makes you laugh, and when you come to the last page and close the book, I hope your heart and your step feels just a little lighter.


Back Cover Blurb

Lily Winter's wings are folded so tightly around her daughter that when empty nest arrives, she feels she can no longer fly. But Lily's lonely, widowed life changes in a heartbeat when she goes to visit a woman who is almost a stranger to her, a woman who also happens to be her mother. During their fiery reunion, her mother reveals a dark family secret that she'd been hiding for decades—Lily has an identical twin sister who was put up for adoption when they were just babies.
Without looking back, Lily—with her fear of flying—boards a jumbo jet and embarks on a quest to find her sister which leads half way around the world to Melbourne, Australia. Befriended by imprudent Aussie, he might prove to be the key to finding her sister. But her journey becomes a circle that leads her back home to attempt a family reunion and to find the one dream she no longer imagined possible—the chance to fall in love again.



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About Anita:
Best-selling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has thirty-six books published (several coauthored) for adults and children. She’s been a Barnes & Noble “Author of the Month” for Houston and has a BA in the combined fields of speech communication, psychology, and art. Anita loves good movies, exotic teas, and brunch with her friends.

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Anita is giving away two copies of Winter in Full Bloom. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.
To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice -- once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post.)



Off to read another great book!
Sandra M. Hart





9 comments:

squiresj said...

I cannot believe I am first to comment here. Anita Higman's books I know. But I have not read this one. So would like to win and review it.
jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

cjajsmommy said...

I am not familiar with the author but the back cover blurb definitely makes me want to read "Winter in Full Bloom." cjajsmommy@gmail.com

Jackie McNutt said...

Although I am not familiar with Anita's books, The title and description Of Winter In full Bloom and the story line sound great. It is interesting the way Anita has pulled the seasons together. I am looking forward to reading her books. Thank you
mcnuttjem0(at)gmail(dot)com

Patty said...

I love the cover, and the book sounds interesting! Thanks for the interview and giveaway ladies.

Anita - I'm jealous about your trip to Ireland!

pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

Merry said...

The cover of Winter in Full Bloom is beautiful and intriguing. I'd love to be entered for Anita's book, thanks.
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Linda Finn said...

I so fell in love with this cover when I saw it, cannot wait to read and review this books. Would love to win a copy .
Linda Finn
Faithful Acres Books
faithfulacresbooks@gmail.com

Patricia Bradley said...

I didn't know about Anita until this interview, but plan to remedy that! would love to win the book. pat at ptbradley dot com

Anonymous said...

Hi Anita. I'm glad you are visiting here at BDBL, one of my favorite blogs to visit. The book I have of yours is "A Merry Little Christmas" I love Christmas stories. So you have lived in Texas for a long time. hate you didn't get to experience having a sister. I had 4 sisters, so they are all with the Lord now. I also had 3 brothers and one of them has gone to the Lord also. But, I can't even imagine not being in a big family. I love the storyline in this book. Also the Title is neat with the main character 's name being both Lily and Winter. I would love to be a winner. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

apple blossom said...

thanks for the chance to win

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