Anita Higman on the Harvest Show

September 2, 2009

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Recently I went to South Bend, Indiana and was interviewed on The Harvest Show. I couldn’t have had a better time. The staff was gracious and kind, giving me a tour of the facilities and making me feel welcome, and the hosts, Kelly and Stefan offered poignant as well entertaining questions. Since the Harvest Show is live television with eight million regular viewers it was impossible not to be a little nervous. But I still had a wonderful time. I talked about my beginnings as a writer, Summerside Press, Love Finds You in Humble Texas, God’s way of redeeming impossible situations, and why you should never give up on your dreams. To see the interview please click on www.anitahigman.com. I’d love to know what you think. I’m at ahigman@msn.com.

Blessings!

Anita Higman

Love Finds You in Humble Texas

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My Book Launch Party

March 12, 2009

 After twenty-five years of writing, I had my first book launch party. It was an amazing evening. On March 7th, two wonderful sponsors, Brenda Jackson with Morgan Stanley, and Pat Durham, an image coach in Houston, sponsored a party to celebrate the release of my 24th book, Love Finds You in Humble Texas.

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We had food and chocolate truffles and live music provided by my daughter who happens to be a talented guitarist.

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There was a beautiful crowd of people, who all appeared to have a marvelous time.  Here are my dear friends, Randy and Andrea Ricks. In fact, it was Randy who took some of these photos!

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And guests brought me gifts! Jim Reitz gave me this photograph he’d taken of me that he’d hand painted. What a surprise! Thank you, Jim.

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I wish everyone could have shared the launch party with me. It was great to see old friends, and it was wonderful to make new ones. And I would especially like to thank Kathy Willis and her husband for attending, since they drove more than six hours to get to the party. Thanks so much! 

Even though it’s been five days since the party, I am still feeling kind of dreamy in my head. Thanks to everyone for making the launch party for Love Finds You in Humble Texas an evening I will never forget!

Blessings,

Anita Higman

www.anitahigman.com


Love Finds You in Humble Texas

February 6, 2009

I am happy to announce the release of my Summerside novel, Love Finds You in Humble Texas. I’ve had a book trailer created around the novel, so I’ll let the narrator tell you a bit more about the story. 

Click here. http://video.yahoo.com/watch/4269149/11475177     

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I’d love to know what you think of the trailer, so please drop me a note at ahigman@msn.com.  I hope to hear from you!   

Blessings,

Anita Higman


Like Coming Home

December 2, 2008

In doing the research for my novel, Love Finds You in Humble, Texas, I uncovered all sorts of gems in the wonderful village of Humble. Among the treasures that sparkled the brightest was a woman named Carolyn McCarty. She works for the Chamber of Commerce there, and when I told her I was writing a novel set in Humble, she was so excited she wanted to escort me all over the town. Which she did. We had a marvelous time together touring the city as she answered all my questions, shared many of the wonderful stories surrounding this Mayberry-like town, and generally befriended me. Her patience and humor and generosity of spirit was remarkable and memorable. Carolyn McCarty is the essence of all things gracious and all things Southern. My life is richer to have met her.

It’s been a wonderful experience getting to know small town America again—it’s like coming home. And I hope my novel, Love Finds You in Humble, Texas, encourages you to visit some of these quaint towns across our great land—towns that have warmth and color and heart—just like stepping into a Norman Rockwell painting. And if you do drop by for a visit or a vacation stay, I’m sure you too will be embraced by the folks who live there, and perhaps you’ll even make a new friend as fine as Carolyn McCarty.

Blessings and happy Thanksgiving!

Anita Higman

www.anitahigman.com


The Breath of Life

August 3, 2008

God created the heavens and earth, and we’re made in His image, so it is only natural that we too would want to make things of beauty. And one of the many things we humans feel stirred to create are stories—wonderfully entertaining, challenging, funny, and inspiring stories.

Ever since I was a girl I’ve wanted to express myself artistically, but more so in writing than with any other medium. To form characters in my imagination and then read about them on the printed page is like giving them the breath of life. And just as the Almighty loves to commune with his beloved creatures, how many of us would love to have lunch with our favorite characters?

As I’m writing Love Finds You in Humble, Texas, I’ve enjoyed the creation of my heroine, Trudie Abernathy, and I’ve been fascinated to watch her grow as she struggles and thrives and falls in love in this charming Texas town.

Also, characters can show up unexpectedly without the writer’s invitation, such as the amusing and adorable Wiley Flat or Cyrus who suddenly showed up at Trudie’s doorstep with something important to say. So, sometimes my stories have surprises even for me. And I’ve discovered that a small character can play a vital role, or what seems to be a chance encounter can have life-changing consequences. Just like in real life.

I hope someday you get a chance to travel to Humble, Texas. It’s in the southeastern part of Texas very close to Houston. And if you’re having coffee in the little café on Main Street, and you happen to run into Trudie Abernathy, please tell her I said hello.

I’d love to know what fictional character has stayed with you through the years. Who is your most favorite? Mine is Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird.

Until next time, read, write, and enjoy this entertaining, challenging, funny, and inspiring creation called fiction!

Blessings,
Anita Higman


Your Lifelong Friends

July 14, 2008

I’d love to introduce myself. I’m Anita Higman, and my novel with Summerside Press will be Love Finds You in Humble, Texas. Humble is a small town near Houston, and when I visited there recently to do some research for my novel I was amazed at how the atmosphere transported me back to my childhood in Oklahoma. I grew up on a farm in the western part of Oklahoma, near Custer, so I’m not only familiar with cows and chickens and hogs, but I also have an understanding of the inner workings and dramas within small-town life.

There is an uncomplicated charm, a closeness, and a beauty to small towns that isn’t like anyplace else in America. There, people wave at you. People know your father’s name is Edwin. They know your favorite fishing hole. They bring you a basket of pears when the trees get too heavy. They attend your christenings, your weddings, and your funerals. They become your lifelong friends. So, as you read Love Finds You in Humble, Texas know that I have some of that small-town air still in my lungs and the memories of small-town life forever woven in my heart.

I’m looking forward to sharing my story with you, and I hope you’ll leave a comment. What do you love most about small towns?

Anita Higman
www.anitahigman.com