Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Kentucky Author Katt Anderson

Welcome Katt! What started you on your writing journey?

I’ve loved telling stories to my children when they were young. After my father died, I needed therapy and a friend told me I could write. I started writing and it helped me through my grief and I’ve continued.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?

Food, especially chocolate.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

I love romance. Suspense and historicals. My favorite authors are DiAnn Mills, Susan Page Davis, Sandra Robbins, Tim Downs and Stephen King. Any of their books, I’ll read in a heartbeat.

Which character in your new release, Susannah's Hope, most interested you while you wrote? 

Susannah. She was a spoiled brat and brought up in a wealthy home. She had never adjusted to the frontier until her father died and she saw the world through different eyes. I loved the way she changed into a caring and giving person.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?

Celtic. I have a Scottish heritage and family members in Scotland. Love the country and the music.

If you could paint or sculpt like a famous artist who would it be and why?

I would be an artist and I would paint beautiful mountains. Mountains show so much of God’s wonder. I lived in the mountains until recently and I miss them, especially the beauty in the changing seasons.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?

I was in labor 35 minutes with my last child.

What is your strangest habit? 

I have to make sure all the doors are locked. I’ve been known to get up in the middle of the night and check the doors.

What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?

Watching children, a summer rain, being with friends, my grandchildren. I am a people watcher, so I can sit in the mall and have a good time watching what people do when they think no one is watching.

What is your favorite season of the year? 

It’s a tie between spring and fall.

What do you like most about the area where you live and/or grew up?

The best thing is that I am close to family. Our children either live in the same town or an hour and a half away. I miss looking out my front door and seeing the mountains, but we’ve made so many good friends here that it doesn’t matter. Anywhere can be a good place.

What is a favorite memory from your childhood?

Sitting outside after supper with my parents, grandparents and sister and watching the fireflies, hearing my grandfather tell stories and watching the train go into town.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?

I’m not a big fan of housework, but after ti’s all done, I enjoy it. When the dust bunnies start hopping, I know it’s time to clean.

Where is your favorite place to travel/vacation in?

Two places are equally enjoyable and for different reasons. Scotland because I can be with family we don’t see much, and Tybee Island, Georgia because I can relax.

Has some place you have traveled inspired something in your writing?

I was very inspired by the Tobacco Kings in Scotland. They were wealthy men who owned plantations in the US and Caribbean. I haven’t written the story yet because I would have to find a way to go around the tobacco. I loved the story of these wealthy men and the streets they lived on. Maybe one day.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?

For years my family has enjoyed Hungry Boy Casserole. It’s ground beef, pork and beans, and bread. Who wouldn’t like it? Here it is.

Hungry Boy Casserole
Set oven to 425 degrees
1 lb. ground been, I use chuck
½ cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
Cook until vegetables are tender and drain
Add: 1 ¼ cup water
¾ cup tomato paste
¾ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon paprika
Simmer about 5 minutes, reserve 1 cup.
Add to the skillet 2 cans Pork and Beans (I’ve used baked beans and it works)
Mix well and pour into a 12’x9’ dish
In a bowl, add
1 ½ cup self-rising flour
Cut in ¼ cup shortening
Combine 1 egg and enough milk to make ½ cup
Mix and roll to 12”x8”.
Brush on 1 Tablespoon oil
Sprinkle with paprika
Add reserved meat and roll as for a jelly roll
Cut 6-8 slices and add them to top of the beans and meat.
Put butter on top of each pinwheel and sprinkle with more paprika.
Bake at 425 degrees for 23-30 minutes. The bread should be completely baked.

A salad will round out the meal.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about? 

I love to write about people who are mistreated and show someone loving them and helping them.  

Where do you escape for some quiet time to reflect, pray, read, etc?

Early in the mornings, I have my quiet time. That’s when I have no interruptions and can study the Bible and pray.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.   
Philippians 4:6  “Be anxious in nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made know to God;”
This tells me not to worry, but to take my worries to God in prayer. God wants to hear us pray. His answer may not be what we want it to be, but we will get an answer.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

Yes, there is another book. I haven’t started anything but the research right now. It is the third in the Melungeon Series and is called, Emily’s Faith. Emily is the youngest of Callie and Jacob McGinnis’s children. She is a school teacher like her mother. Because she was seen “walking” with a Melungeon man she grew up with, she is discharged from her duties in the school she taught in.
She finds a job in the area of Hopkinsville, KY. That is winter the Indians, who have been dispossessed of their land, spend their winter there. She helps them during the winter when they have no food or warm clothing. She will also fall in love with the Melungeon man who is in the army and is one of the guards for the Indians.

One reason I have not started writing this story is because it is so heart breaking. This is going to be difficult for me to write, but I feel I have to tell the story. I’m studying the Trail of Tears now and it is heartbreaking. 

Thanks for sharing with us today, Katt.

Katt Anderson is giving away a copy of Susannah's Hope. To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice—once on each Spotlight post for the author. Please note: The giveaway is for U.S. addresses only.


Patsy said...

I would to read Katt's book. (I have to make sure my doors are locked too !)

Jackie McNutt said...

Katt, Your Hungry Boy casserole sounds great I will have to try it. Love casseroles so easy to do.
Enjoyed learning of your books.
Thank you

Diana Flowers said...

Please do enter me! The casserole and the book both sound delish! lol Thanks for the interview and the opportunity to win!


Sharon A Lavy said...

Somehow we didn't manage to feature Katt's first book. Hope you can remedy that in the future.

Deirdre said...

I look forward to reading your book, Kat! :)

sm said...

Love to win and read Susannah's Hope!!
I also love Chocolate and it is a distraction for me if it's in the house. sharon, CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Cindi A said...

I would really like to read this story. Please enter my name in the drawing.

Nicola Furlong said...

Katt, congratulations. Your book sounds fascinating. Sadly, I'm in Canada so not eligible for the draw. Just have to buy one! Will look forward to reading it while munching chocolate fudge.

PriviesAndPrims said...

Count me in. I want to win!


Anonymous said...

I would love to read Susannahs story. She seems like quite a gal! Love the book cover too!
marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

Charity Lyman said...

I would love to read this one! Sounds like an interesting book. Thanks!


Library Lady said...

Hope I'm not to late to enter the giveaway for Kat's book.
Janet E.

Kara Fewlass said...

My teen daughters and I all look forward to reading more books in your series. They are something enjoyable that we have in share even on a bad day and reinforce our beliefs in Christ. Kara Fewlass

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