Thursday Thoughts on Reading and Writing
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Callie's Mountain by Katt Anderson
Katt Anderson lives in Western Kentucky with her husband. They have two grown children and four active grandchildren. Katt enjoys being close to her family. She enjoys sewing, reading, and researching for her books. Katt is a native Tennessean, growing up in the small historical town of Rogersville. She attended Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tennessee.
She writes a blog, www.forchristiangirls.org. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and KenTen Writers. Visit her on her blog www.kattscribbles.blogspot.com and website www.kattanderson.com.
Q: When did you first know you were a writer?
Probably in elementary school. I’ve always had an imagination. Definitely in high school.
Q. Why did you want to write this particular story?
It all boils down to family. My daughter was researching our family tree and couldn’t find a husband for our great-great-grandmother McGinnis. She had five children and a husband was never listed on the Census. Our cousin’s husband was searching also. He found out she didn’t have a husband, but the children were all fathered by the same man, a Melungeon. When I found out I had Melungeon blood, I wanted to write the good side of the Melungeons. There is a stigma around them as being drunks, thieves, and no good. I wanted to tell the good side.
Q: How do your roles of mother, wife, hobbyist, daughter of Christ, resident of TN, etc. play into your writing?
Everything I do spills into my writing. In Callie’s Mountain, I have a death scene. I took so much of it from my daughter’s death. I had to dig deep into my soul and remember the way I felt when they told us she had passed away. I knew I had to do it for therapy and for the book. Christianity plays a big role in this book. I don’t think I could write a book and not show Christ’s love for mankind. This book is about a lot of difficulties of a different race, and how people treated them because they were different.
My hobbies are so widespread. I knit, sew, paint, and read. I’ve narrowed it down a lot lately. One thing my husband and I love to do is go back to the old ways, the way our forefather’s did something. We make apple butter every year like our grandparents did. Outside in a brass kettle. It takes all day, but it is so much fun. We have several couples who help us, and it is so good when it’s finished. My grandchildren have all participated in it.
One thing my husband and I enjoy since we moved to Kentucky is eagle watching. Eagles nest close to Kentucky Lake and we have seen several, and even a baby. They are beautiful, magnificent creatures.
I also teach a class of 5th and 6th graders on Wednesday nights at church. This year it is a class of all girls. When they move up, it will be all boys. I love teaching children of that age. They ask so many questions. It keeps me on my toes. I’ve put a picture and description on my blog, www.kattscribbles.blogspot.com.
Q: You love history and literature. If you could sit down and interview any author from any time, who would that be and what is the first question you would ask?
I would have to interview the Apostle Paul. My first question, “What is your thorn in the flesh?”
Q: Who have been your mentors, and how did they help you most?
Several authors have inspired and encouraged me. Back when I first started, DiAnn Mills and Mindy Starns Clark encouraged me to tell my story, because it needed to be told. Right now, I depend on Sandi Rog and Susan Paige Davis. They have helped me so much during the writing process. Not only have they encouraged me with my story, but taught me writing skills. They are both wonderful authors and wonderful friends.
Q: What do you hope your readers will take away from your book(s)?
I like to write about the person who is looked down upon. The person who has faults and failures, but doesn’t understand why they can’t be treated equal. I want people to realize that God made us all different, but we all have a purpose. The next book in the Melungeon Series will be more about the Melungeon people and their problems. It’s pronounced Me-lung-eon. The third one includes the Melungeons and the Trail of Tears. I wept when I visited the Trail of Tears monuments in Hopkinsville, KY. It is a very moving experience and the Cherokee Indians were treated so unfairly.
Q: Do you have a question you would like our blog readers to answer?
Of course, my first question would be: Have you bought my book? The second would be: Did you like it? I would like to invite your readers to ask me questions about the Melungeons or any other question they might have. I love talking to people, or writing to them.
Thanks Jo for inviting me to be a guest on your blog. I will be giving away a book, and I wish everyone could receive one. It’s been a pleasure.
Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, December 9, 2012 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of Callie's Mountain by Katt Anderson. 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. I’ll announce the winner in Monday’s blog.
Till next time ... keep on smiling.