Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Welcome, Yvonne Anderson!

It's wonderful having you visit. Tell us, is there a story behind your book, Ransom in the Rock?
This is the 3rd book in the Gateway to Gannah series. Though the titles are connected and consecutive, a reader can jump in anywhere in the series and not feel lost. Each of the books has a theme, or a particular spiritual truth that the story illustrates. The title of this one describes the story line, but on a different level it points to the theme: the Christ’s payment to redeem our souls.

What started you on your writing journey? 
Some might say temporary insanity. The problem is, it’s been going on for quite a few years now, so it’s not looking all that temporary. Writing was never anything I wanted to do, but rather, something I felt compelled to do. I resisted at first, and I’ve tried to quit a few times. But God kept nudging me to keep going, and finally I gave up arguing with Him.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?
I hate to say it because it sounds like whining, but you brought it up, not me: The answer is, my husband. He’s been wonderfully supportive of me in this writing affliction of mine for many years, but… well, he’s retired. And always working on a project around the house he needs help with. The thing is, in his world, people are paid by the hour, time-and-a-half for overtime. He sees me putting in the hours but not making commensurate pay, and it doesn’t make sense to him. If he needs a hand with something, it doesn’t seem to him like a big deal to interrupt me to help because I’m not accomplishing anything anyway. It used to frustrate me no end, but I’ve finally gotten to the point that I can deal with it.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
A secondary character, a man named Faris (pronounced fah-REES), has some tough decisions to make. But despite his shaky history, his primary concern is doing the right thing no matter how much it hurts. And it hurts a lot—not just Faris, but several others as well. When I started this story, I knew I’d need someone to fill this role, but I had no idea what sort of man would show up for the job. Once I started writing, he became a more important character than I’d expected, and he soon gained my respect and affection.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Writing Christian science fiction despite the fact that I was never interested in either Christian fiction or sci-fi. Or writing, for that matter.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Cleaning house. I can’t stand clutter and keep things picked up and put away--compulsively, according to my family. But actual cleaning, like vacuuming, dusting, washing floors, moving things around to clean under and behind? I’ll often let those chores go undone for months on end. (Rest assured, however, I do clean the bathroom regularly.)

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
For me, there’s no point in writing fiction unless it illustrates a spiritual theme. After all, this writing thing was God’s idea from the beginning. The Story in the Stars, the first book in the Gateway to Gannah series, illustrates that God is the Creator of all things and sovereign over all peoples. Book #2, Words in the Wind, shows God’s word to be the only reliable source of truth. I’ve already mentioned the theme of Ransom in the Rock; and you’ll have to wait until the fourth book in the series is released to find out its theme.

Why didn’t you answer any of the previous questions involving your favorite something (favorite season, childhood memory, family meal, vacation destination, etc.)? 
Because I don’t have a favorite anything – no favorite color, food, movie, song, book, or anything else. I can’t decide if that means I’m wishy-washy or merely as easily entertained as a toddler. Did I just say, “I can’t decide…”? Perhaps that’s my problem: indecision. But really now, is it a bad thing to not have favorites? I don’t know. Honestly, this isn’t my favorite topic. Let’s move on.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I plan to release the fourth (and last) title in this series in the fall. I wanted to keep the pattern of alliteration in the titles and name it The Promise in the Prism, but Dassa, one of the characters in all four books, wouldn’t let me. She insisted I call it The Last Toqeph. She’s the ruler of all Gannah, after all, and accustomed to getting her own way. I did eventually go with the title she wanted, but only because I realized she was right. It was a rational decision on my part; I did not bow to the pressure.

So after that, what then? Is there life after Gannah? Yes, indeedy! Next on the drawing board is a short nonfiction book about working with venison from the field to the table titled Deer in the Dining Room: The Hillbilly’s Guide to DIY Bambi Butchering. I’ve been talking about doing this for years, but now that I see how doable self-publishing is, I’ve decided to go forward with it.

I have another speculative fiction story taking shape in my mind as well. All in God’s time…

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About Yvonne:

A resident of Western Maryland, Yvonne Anderson writes fiction that takes you out of this world.  She also does freelance editing; contributes to the writing blog The Borrowed Book; oversees Novel Rocket’s Launch Pad Contest; and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, International Thriller Writers, and the Independent Author Network.

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Yvonne is giving away a copy of Ransom in the Rock. 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.

Happy Reading!

Caroline Brown


Anonymous said...

This looks like a series my grandkids would be interested in. I will explore it more to consider gifting to them.
Sounds interesting - What were the first two books entitled.
Joyce Guard

Anonymous said...

See comment above.
Joyce Guard

Yvonne Anderson said...

Hi, Joyce. The first book in the series is The Story in the Stars; the second is Words in the Wind. How old are your grandkids? I didn't have Young Adults in mind when I wrote them, but I've known of teens who enjoyed them. My oldest granddaughter is 8, and she tried The Story in the Stars but said it was too difficult for her.

LoRee Peery said...

Yvonne, I ejoy being introduced to authors new to me. I love your titles and hope some day to visit Maryland.

Anonymous said...

I really am intrigued by this excerpt of your book...it really appeals to me! :)

Anonymous said...

OOps forgot my email...I am really Intriqued by your book still! :) mandn(at)wisper(dash)wireless(dotcom

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