Wednesday, May 10, 2017

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Brenda S. Anderson

1        Tell me a about yourself. What got you started in writing?

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I even have stories I wrote back in grade school. But it wasn’t until twelve years ago that began writing my first novel. Thankfully, I have a husband who is 100% supportive!

How do you schedule your writing time? When do you write?

I write during the day when I have complete silence and no interruptions.

     How and where do you write? Do you prefer a lap top or some other method of getting your words down?

I usually write in our library / office, and usually at my desktop. I’m definitely old-school in that I need to sit and type how I was trained back in high school, way back when we used typewriters. 😊
     
What's your favorite part about writing? Your least favorite part about writing?

My favorite part is creating new people and discovering their personalities. Like many writers, my least favorite part is marketing.

How did you come up with your book idea? How long did it take you to write your book?

My recent release, Capturing Beauty, was inspired by a secondary character in the series’ first book, Risking Love. When writing his character, I discovered a deep wound that he needed to heal, and he needed his own story. The first draft took me about four months to write. The subsequent several drafts takes a lot longer!

    What types of marketing do you do to promote your writing?

My first line of marketing is a book booster team who helps get the word out in whatever ways they can. I do some social media sharing, but I’ve found it isn’t terribly effective. What helps sales the most for me are ebook-marketing sites such as BookBub and Ereader News Today (ENT). Through them I reach a much broader audience.

     What are you currently working on? Do you have a new book out?

I’m currently working on Planting Hope, book three in my Where the Heart Is series. The heroine is a model and the hero is a candy store owner.

Capturing Beauty is my latest release—it came out on February 7. It’s about a photographer who falls for a camera-leery woman.

     Do you have a project on the back burner? Tell me about it.

Yes, I do! Once Planting Hope (the third and final book in my Where the Heart Is series) is written, I’m going back to the family drama stories I love to tell. The book that’s burning in my head is temporarily titled Innocence Restored, and it’s about a woman who fights to free her husband from prison, claiming he’s wrongly incarcerated, and when he is freed, they have to learn to not only love, but to like each other again as each as changed dramatically over the years.

 What would you tell a beginning writer who wants to publish but doesn't believe he/she has enough talent?

That’s about every writer out there, I think! I would tell them a) they’re not alone. b) Learn! Go to conferences. Take classes. The talent will blossom as they learn. c) Pray! When God gives you a gift, He wants you to use it, and He will open the doors He knows are best.

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