Thursday, October 25, 2012

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Thursday Thoughts on Reading ‘N Writing

When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, October 28, 2012 you'll be entered in the DRAWING for a copy of Anita Higman’s A Merry Little Christmas. If you mention in your comment that you’re a new or old follower (see in the left column “Join This Site” and “Follow by Email”), I’ll add your name a second time in the drawing. You can read details about my book giveaways here.     


Today we have guest blogger Anita Higman talking to us about her new book, A Merry Little Christmas. Welcome, Anita.


Award-winning author, Anita Higman, has twenty-five books published (several coauthored) for adults and children, and she has been honored as a Barnes & Noble Author of the Month for Houston. Anita has a BA degree, combining communication, psychology, and art. Her favorite things include exotic teas, movies, and all things Jane Austen. To contact Anita or enter her monthly contest for a free signed book please visit her website at www.anitahigman.com. 


What inspired you to incorporate Jim Crow laws and segregation into your book?

Anita: Even though A Merry Little Christmas is really a love story, I felt it needed some additional conflict, and some of the racial struggles of the 60s seemed to be the right choice for this particular plot. I grew up in the 60s, and I was always interested in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. In some ways I feel I’ve waited my whole life to write this book. It came easily to me in that it’s been percolating in my imagination for a long time, but it was also hard to write because I had to consider more deeply the injustices of that era. Even though it sounds like a cliché, A Merry Little Christmas truly was the book of my heart.

The farm scenes seem pretty realistic. Did you grow up in the country?

Anita: I did. While the small towns in the book are totally fictitious I did grow up on a wheat, cattle, pig, and chicken farm in Western Oklahoma, and it was pretty much identical to the one in the novel. If the farm scenes seem realistic it’s because I got to know farm life quite well before I moved off to college at eighteen.

Franny and Charlie come from very different backgrounds, but are both looking for something very different from the way they've grown up. Do you think as humans, we all just have a "grass is always greener on the other side" mentality?

Anita: Yes, that is a human frailty that is easy to succumb to, and I’ve been guilty of it as well. But God is good about reminding me that he’s placed me on my own unique life-road, and it may have little to do with anyone else’s journey. Besides, in many cases when we get a closer look at someone else’s “lush green grass” it usually turns out to be turf.

Do you think that sometimes we don't pray for what we want because we are afraid of getting what we pray for?

Anita: Perhaps that’s true, which would explain why Franny is equally nervous and excited about the sudden answer to her prayers.

Was there a reason you added the themes of Christmas and music to the story?

Anita: My editor asked me to add those elements, and it was a blessing, since Christmas is my favorite time of year, and I love music. Also, female readers in general love novels that are set during the holidays, and I’m hoping the music adds a cozy feel to the overall Christmas theme.

What is your favorite Christmas song?

Anita: “The Holly and the Ivy.” The song has a melancholy feel to it, but it’s also beautifully sweet. I love the “Currier and Ives” style pictures my imagination conjures up when I’m listening to it.

What is your favorite Christmas tradition?

Anita: I love to have my gal friends over for brunch around Christmastime. I have been collecting tea dishes for many years, and so when I do a brunch, I go all out. Women are usually in a service mode most of their lives so when they come to my house I want them to feel wonderfully pampered. And by the time they leave, I hope their hearts are a little merrier and they feel we’ve celebrated Christmas well!

Is Franny's character based on any "real life" person?

Anita: Franny is like me in some ways, but she has a lot more courage than I have and more laughter in her heart. So, really, I want to be Franny when I grow up.

Does the song "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" have a special significance to you?

Anita: The song makes me swoon it’s so romantic and lovely. It makes me think of being snowed-in with the man I love. Of course, that scene also needs a mountain cabin with a crackling fire and two mugs of wassail.

You have written everything from romance to suspense/thrillers to nonfiction. What is your favorite genre to write?

Anita: I love inspirational romance. There’s just nothing else like it for writing and reading. It naturally makes you want to curl up on an overstuffed couch and read the day away.

Anita, thank you for being with us today and for the interesting interview. Anita has graciously offered a copy of A Merry Little Christmas for the winner of my drawing from commenters. The winner will  be announced in my Monday blog.

Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, October 28, 2012 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of A Merry Little Christmas by Anita Higman. You must be eighteen, have a U.S. mailing address, void where prohibited. Please, please remember to leave your email address so that should you be the winner I can get in touch with you for your mailing address.



Till next time … keep on smiling.

50 comments:

  1. I am a relatively follower becoming an old follower!

    Thank you for this giveaway.

    CaroNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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  2. I enjoyed your interview with Anita. I love inspirational romance too! For some reason I have been drawn to the cover of this book. I don't know, it is just fitting with the title A Merry Little Christmas. This book sounds like a great read and I would be thrilled to win a copy of it.

    I am a fairly new follower.

    Blessings!
    Judy
    sweetpea.judy(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Judy, I'm glad you feel a connection to Anita's book. Thanks for being a follower and stopping by to leave a comment.

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  3. Hi Carol and Judy,

    Thanks for stopping by and for taking an interest in my work. I love all things Christmas, so this novel was such a joy to write.

    Merry Christmas...a bit early.

    Anita Higman

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    1. Anita, I love the Christmas season so much. It doesn't last very long. I play Christmas music all year long especially when I'm in a down mood or something is troubling me. Never fails to lift my spirits. My favorite song is, Mary Did You Know. I am already in the spirit of Christmas!

      Merry Christmas to you too!

      Judy

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  4. Anita, I love all things Christmas. It is such a special day, and knowing the real reason for CHRISTmas. Lots of my friends who are my age, and especially widows don't even bother putting up a tree, but I love looking at it until Christmas and New year is over. But, I also miss my husband very much at that time because helping with the lights, he loved watching me decorate the tree and the room. I would so love to win this book. Thanks jo for this chance. I follow you on email and feel sure I already have joined your site.
    Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

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    1. Maxie, you're welcome. Thank you for coming by and for leaving a comment. I appreciate you being a follower and supporting my blog.

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  5. I love reading all things Christmas! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Blessings,
    Jo
    azladijo(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Jo, you're so welcome. We can all get into the Christmas mood today. Thanks for reading my blog and leaving a comment.

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  6. thanks for the chane to read this beautiful Christmas story

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  7. I would really like to win this and review it. I am a new follower. jrs362 at hotmail dot com

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  8. I am a follower. Thank you for the interview. I really enjoyed it.
    godblessamerica.jan(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. Greetings,

    Thanks again for stopping by Jo's blog. You all are a nice group of folks. I wish all of you could win a free book. And, Maxie, I was sorry to hear about your husband. But you have a lovely and inspiring attitude.

    Blessings to each of you!
    Anita Higman


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  10. Christmas stories are always fun to read, but especially as we come up to this very special time of the year. Please add my name to the drawing!

    Patty
    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  11. I grew up in the country and the cover brings back so many wonderful memories. I'd love to read this Christmas story.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  12. Wonderful interview with Anita! I look forward to reading her book. Thank you for offering this contest!
    Nancee
    quiltcat26[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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  13. With Jim Crow laws and segregation incorporated in the book, a farm setting during Christmas and the two main characters coming from very different backgrounds, "A Merry Little Christmas" sounds like it will be an interesting read! I follow by email.

    Jes
    jswaks at gmail dot com

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  14. I'd love to be included in the drawing. Thanks!

    ckbarker at gmail dot com

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  15. A Christmas book in time for Christmas!

    missionwife@hotmail.com

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  16. Jo and Anita--thanks for the interesting interview. I enjoyed reading it. I love Christmas books. Every year, I start reading my Christmas books right after Halloween. I read as many as possible during the holiday season, finishing up after New Year's Day. I'd love to add Anita's A Merry Little Christmas to my reading this year! I follow your blog, Jo.
    may_dayzee (AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  17. Thanks for the great interview.I would love to win this book.I love Christmas books.I am an old follower.Thanks so much.jackie_tessnair@yahoo.com

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  18. Ooh a Christmas book. Thanks for having the giveaway.

    harnessrose(at)yahoo(dot)

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  19. I love Christmas stories and this one sounds great! I'm a follower through Google. shopgirl152nykiki@yahoo.com

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  20. Always seeking new Christmas stories...
    cllyrics@gmail.com

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  21. I love Christmas stories so count me in! I am a new follower :). Email is kclark0637 @ yahoo . com

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  22. I would love this book. Christmas books are just soooo fun to read!

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  24. Great interview. The book sounds great, too. Thank you for the chance to win it.
    I'm an old follower of your blog.

    Karen Gervais
    kmgervais(at)nycap(dot)rr(dot)com

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  25. I love reading Christmas books and this looks like a good read. Would love to win it. Thank you.

    msbookwormlady(at)aol(dot)com

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