Saturday, December 13, 2014

Interview & #Book Giveaway with Anita Higman

Happy Saturday, y'all! Crystal, here, and I've got a fun interview all lined up for you. Best-selling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has forty books published. 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. And sweet lady that she is, she's also giving away 2 Kindle copies of her newest story A Question of Destiny as well as a little novel-related gift that her heroine would've enjoyed and I'm sure you would too. :) So let's get this party started. :)

Anita, can you tell us a little bit about your novel, A Question of Destiny?

I’d be happy to. It’s basically a rags-to-riches story with a few surprises along the way. Here’s a short blurb to give you a few more details.

Lucy O’Brien is about to be given ten millions dollars and a chance to live a life she never imagined. Will this new found wealth be Lucy’s undoing, or can she rise above the temptations within high society and choose to become a nobler version of herself? And will the solitary Andrew Whitfield—a man who watches over Lucy as she adapts to her new lifestyle—cause her to close the door on her dreams or be the key that opens the rest of Lucy’s destiny?

Sounds quite interesting. How did you come up with this story?

I’ve always thought the rags-to-riches concept was fascinating. There’s so much ready-made conflict. Even though we’ve been told by the world that to receive a windfall would be an idyllic situation, in reality, a lot can go wrong. You can truly lose your way. In life, love, faith. Everything. Since a writer needs a lot of conflict to keep those loverly readers turning the pages, I thought this would be a good plot element to add to a love story.

In A Question of Destiny you have the hero loving the city while the heroine loves the country, and it becomes a sticky point between them. Where did you get your inspiration for this conflict?

I suppose both of these viewpoints are inside me. I grew up on a farm, but I now live near Houston. I love the city and the country equally, and so does my husband. So, we are building our retirement home in the country, but because of a soon-to-be-built freeway nearby, we will have access to the city. But I won’t tell you how my heroine and hero work out this intense disagreement!

What is the farthest place from home you’ve ever been?

Melbourne, Australia. I loved it there. It’s such a beautiful and fascinating city. So much so, I set part of a novel there, which was entitled, Winter in Full Bloom. I’d love to go back to Australia someday, but it’s expensive, and it’s a very, very long flight!

Want to share one of your dreams?

I would love to have one of my books made into a movie. Right now two of my novels are optioned for movies, so I’m hoping something exciting will transpire from that. 

How very exciting! How long have you known that you wanted to be a writer?

Growing up I dreamed of telling stories. When I was very young I started working on a novel about a man from Mars who wanted to go to college in New York. I never finished that novel, but it left an impression on me. I knew deep down that writing was my dream, even though I didn’t get around to fulfilling it until I was in my thirties.

What do you hope your readers will come away with after reading one of your novels? 

I would love for them to be inspired, challenged, and entertained. If I accomplish even one of those things I would feel my writing time wasn’t wasted.

If you could have dinner with two well-known people, who would they be?

Josh Groban, because his music inspires me and Leif Enger, because I love the way he writes.

Is there something about you most people wouldn’t know?

I love licorice ice cream, but it’s a rare find.

I've never even heard of that one. Most definitely must be rare. Do you have any advice for new writers?

My advice would be, “Don’t rush the process. Take your time. Read and learn about the craft, network, and attend conferences. Start a blog, and find your own unique voice. Be faithful to your stories and write every day. If you really have a passion for writing, you won’t find my suggestions to be a punishment—but a pleasure.”

Thank you for the wonderful advice. How can your readers connect with you?

I would love for you to visit my website at and connect with me through the “Contact Me” button, or you can go to my Facebook Reader Page at

Thanks so much for visiting with us today, Anita. 

Okay, everyone, here's your chance to win one of 2 Kindle copies of Anita's story as well as a little novel-related goodie gift. :) Leave a comment answering any of the following questions to enter the contest. The winner will be announced in this week's Weekly Wind-up post. 

Have you read any of Anita's other stories? If so, which was your favorite? If not, since Anita brought up ice cream, what is your favorite flavor?


  1. It is an interesting concept.

    I'll take you up on the ice-cream thank you. Chocolate/chocolate chip thanks.

    1. I detect a chocolate lover among us. ;) I'm more of a nut---I prefer pecan pralines and cream. :)

      Thanks for dropping by, Mary! Glad to "see" you here.

  2. Love the chocolate chip!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

    1. Glad you enjoyed it, Melanie. I see you're another chocolate lover. I remember enjoying chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream as a kid. :)

      So glad you came by today!

  3. rags-to-riches concept is a fascinating idea, kind of like wining the lottery.
    I love Cherry Chip ice cream :)
    dkstevensne AT outlook DoT COm

    1. It is an interesting concept, isn't it, Deanna? Thanks so much for coming by today. :) I've never heard of cherry chip. Sounds interesting though. :)

  4. I've enjoyed and reviewed Anita Higman's books and she's been my blog guest. Among those are Love Finds You in Humble, Texas; Under the Mistletoe; and Ozark Weddings that she wrote with Janice Thompson.

    I'd love to have this new book--and if you are curious, my favorite ice cream is homemade and cranked banana.

    1. Hi Ada! Thanks so much for stopping by and telling us the stories you've enjoyed by Anita. I love homemade ice cream too, but I like it as vanilla. :) I'm sure the banana is good though. :)

  5. I've read quite a few of Anita's books. Not sure I can pick a favorite. All very good. Ice cream: Rocky Road! Yummy!

    1. Hi Janetta! Thanks so much for dropping by today and for sharing your experience with Anita's books.

      Rocky Road - haven't had that one in quite a while. :)

  6. I've read several of Anita's books! And I like anything with caramel in it.

    1. Hi Pat! So glad to "see" you. :) I agree caramel does make ice cream yummo. :)