Yesterday, you read an interview with the hero of Risking Love. Today, we give you an interview with the author, Brenda S. Anderson.
Have you always been a writer? If not, what was your previous occupation? How long have you been writing? I’ve been writing ever since I can remember. Going back to grade school, I was encouraged to write by teachers and still have stories from that time. All through high school, I wrote stories, and then in college I majored in Literature / Communications. But as any artist knows, the job possibilities for writers are narrow so I spent the first years post-college doing administrative work. After my husband and I had children, I became a full-time mom. That was my job until eleven years ago when the kids were in school full time. It was then that God called me back to writing.
What does your family think of your writing? They are my loudest cheerleaders, led by my husband, Marvin. What’s especially fun is watching each of our three children explore their own creative side. Our daughter was a music / theater major, our oldest son is majoring in creative writing, and our youngest son is writing fan fiction and has a tremendous following that I’m envious of. J
Do you have a separate space set up in your home or a favorite place to write / be creative? I have an office at home which is where the majority of my writing takes place, but I also keep notepads and pens all around the house for when inspiration hits. When I need to have completely uninterrupted time, I’m fortunate to have a flexible timeshare that allows me to get away alone for three to seven days. I get more done in that time than I will in a month at home.
Where do you get constructive critiques and feedback? I’ve been blessed with fabulous critique partners, most of whom I met through the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). While we’re not afraid to be honest with each other about our works-in-progress, we’re also each other’s cheerleading squad.
What is your about about? Surrender. Both of my characters have a lot of “letting go” to do. The heroine, Lissa Morgan, is a play-it-safe control freak who believes she needs to do everything in a certain order. Caleb Johnson, the hero, is a thrill-seeker and single parent. His wife passed away a few years back, and he’s still clinging to her. Both Lissa and Caleb need to surrender control so God can work in their lives.
What was your favorite chapter or part to write and why? What was the hardest? My favorite part to write is the bachelor auction my hero participates in to raise funds for heart disease awareness. The heroine is there with her mom, bidding on the bachelors. I had so much fun writing the auctioneer’s dialogue and the hero and heroine’s reactions.
The most difficult parts to write deal with my heroine’s weakness. I really had to delve into the heart of something I was unfamiliar with and hopefully present it truthfully.
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Brenda S. Anderson writes gritty and authentic, life-affirming fiction. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, and is currently President of the ACFW Minnesota chapter, MN-NICE. When not reading or writing, she enjoys music, theater, roller coasters, and baseball, and she loves watching movies with her family. She resides in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area with her husband of 29 years, their three children, and one sassy cat.
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Bank employee Lissa Morgan likes all the columns of her life to add up. From her job to romance, every major decision is planned out. But before she can go out on a date with Mr. Perfect, she attends a charity auction with her meddling mom who wins Lissa a date with thrill-seeker Caleb Johnson.
Caleb lived for adventure until heart disease stole his wife’s life. Then debt closed his business and now threatens to take his home. With a toddler to raise, he vows that his risk-taking days are over. But then he meets the cautious yet curious Lissa Morgan and decides it’s time to take one more risk—this time on love.
When Lissa learns the extent of Caleb’s debt, she wonders if she can collect on his heart if she forecloses on his home. And why is she falling for the wrong man—one who challenges her to leap from her orderly life and into his waiting arms?
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More from Brenda S. Anderson:
Capturing Beauty – coming February 2017
Planting Hope – coming may 2017
Coming Home Series:
Pieces of Granite (Prequel)
Chain of Mercy (book #1)
Memory Box Secrets (book #2)
Hungry for Home (book #3)
Watch the trailer for Risking Love