I believe this is Yvonne Anderson's second time to appear on my blog, but I could be wrong. :) Please share with us how you developed a love of story, Yvonne.
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love books. Even before I could read, I loved the pleasure of snuggling with my dad while he read to my brother and me. Nobody read aloud like my dad did; he made a book come alive.
I was eager to learn to read when I started school, but I clearly remember falling in love with it. I was in first grade, maybe second, and home from school, sick. Measles, maybe? Chicken pox? I’m not sure what I had. I do know, though, that after reading all the “easy reader” books we had in the house, I went on a hunt for something new. I found a book titled Pierre, The Young Watchmaker by Jean Horton Berg. It looked boring; no pictures at all. But, desperate for something to do, I started reading.
I couldn’t put it down. That’s a cliché, I know, but it was the first time a book had ever transported me to a different world. I read and read, all day long, dying to know what was going to happen next. When I came to the end that evening, I cried because I didn’t want it to be over. I’ve been hooked on fiction ever after.
What a precious story. How does your faith and spirituality work in with your writing?
My writing is a response to my faith. The life purpose of every follower of Jesus Christ is to tell people about him, and one of the ways he has equipped me to do that is with the gift of writing. If not for telling his story, I’d have no reason to write, no story to tell.
Well said. What is the farthest place from home that you've traveled?
As I sit here and write this in mid-September, 2017, the answer is about 2500 miles/4000 km. When I was a teenager living in Cleveland, Ohio, I flew out to southern California with a friend. But that record is about to be broken! As you read this in October, I’ll be some 9800 miles (roughly 15,860 km) from home, visiting Tasmania. I have a friend there who has been after me to visit her, and now, I finally have the opportunity.
Wow! How exciting. Where did you get the inspiration for your latest book?
In the summer of 2016, some of my writer friends talked about putting together a collection of novellas with a tiny house theme. Because I write speculative fiction and they were talking about contemporary, my first thought was, “That’s not for me.” But after following their conversation for a while, I thought it sounded like fun, so I asked if I could play too. Being kind and gracious ladies, they agreed.
Great! Now, what to write? It didn’t take long before my mind went back to the days when I lived in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, and imagined putting a little house on the hill behind our house. I loved living in that valley, but our house was on a busy county road, and I’ve always preferred something a little more remote. Then when the kids were grown, we no longer needed a big place, so a little house tucked away up there on the hill would have been perfect.
We ended up selling the property in 2013, but this tiny house collection was my opportunity to put a little house up thereon the hill just as I’d always dreamed about. Or at least, I could put it there in a story.
I love the cover. What do you plan to work on next?
I have a new speculative series all ready to go except for the covers, and I hope to release the first title soon. I call it a three-book serial, rather than a series, because it is one story that spans three books, somewhat like The Lord of the Rings or the Mockingjay series. Here’s the blurb:
One of the most prominent names in the lore of the planet Umban, JS Freeman is as mysterious and controversial as the island of Freemansland from which she came.
How does one rise from the shrouds of obscurity to become one of the world’s most influential figures? In this series, Freeman breaks her long silence and tells the whole tale.
Come and see. The truth she tells is better than her fiction.
The Four Lives of JS Freeman
Book 1: Stillwaters
Book 2: Citizen
Book 3: Free
Praying you success with this new series. Thanks for being here today ... well, at least in thought since you're in Tasmania. :)