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You might have already seen that yesterday was “release day” for Brenda Anderson’s newest novel, Risking Love. I’m so excited to have her back to visit with us today! (If you missed my review, you can find it here: ‘Risking Love’ by Brenda Anderson: a Review.) And… She’s offering to give away a paperback copy, because y’all are awesome! 😉 Before we visit with Brenda, let’s take a quick look at Risking Love.
Bank employee Lissa Morgan likes all the columns of her life to add up. From her job to romance, every major decision is planned out. But before she can go out on a date with Mr. Perfect, she attends a charity auction with her meddling mom who wins Lissa a date with thrill-seeker Caleb Johnson.
Caleb lived for adventure until heart disease stole his wife’s life. Then debt closed his business and now threatens to take his home. With a toddler to raise, he vows that his risk-taking days are over. But then he meets the cautious yet curious Lissa Morgan and decides it’s time to take one more risk—this time on love.
When Lissa learns the extent of Caleb’s debt, she wonders if she can collect on his heart if she forecloses on his home. And why is she falling for the wrong man—one who challenges her to leap from her orderly life and into his waiting arms?
Trailer link: https://youtu.be/7_MdgPKUJto
Welcome back, Brenda! Let’s start with five (or six… or seven…!) fast favorites. What is your favorite:
Writing Snack: Peanut Butter M&M’s
Beverage: Chocolate Milk
Animal: Cat – especially our kitty, Kisses
Favorite Vacation Destination: Disney World. We have so many great family memories from there!
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Schwan’s Chocolate Ice Cream. None can compare.
Mmm — I haven’t had Schwan’s in a long time! Tell us about Risking Love. What inspired you to write this novel?
A couple of things were at the root of this story. I began writing it at a time when our country was mired in the depression, and I wanted to explore what it would be like for those who’d lost homes and businesses. Also, when choosing protagonists for stories, I like to veer away from the obvious heroes such as firefighters, police, and cowboys. The perfect antagonist to someone who’s losing their home is the mortgage collector. So I turned that around and made the collector the love interest. And in doing so, I learned the actual goal of a good collector is to keep the owner in their home, not to bully them into paying. It was eye-opening.
Yes! Foreclosures are costly for banks, so they want to avoid them as much as we do. Or so I’ve understood. Do you have a favorite character from this story? Why is this character your favorite?
Oh, I absolutely adore the hero, Caleb. Life has knocked him down, and he doesn’t want to get up again, but he always does. And even with all that life has handed him, he doesn’t lose his faith. He loves his toddler, Aimee, and she’s his first priority in life. He also sees the best in people even when they’re giving him their worst. Besides all that, he is roguishly-handsome. When developing his character, I pictured James Marsden as Cyclops in X-Men (see pic here). Not bad, right? ☺
Isn’t it interesting how we create our own pictures as we read? I read the way you described him and pictured something a little different, and yet I can totally see how James Marsden would fit Caleb… Fun to see what you had in mind! What are you reading right now?
I just began The Survivor, a Mitch Rapp Novel, by Kyle Mills. When Vince Flynn passed away, Kyle Mills was gifted the task of writing additional Mitch Rapp novels. So far, it’s very well done and is a fine homage to Vince Flynn.
Can you give any hints about what you’re working on now?
Like most authors, I’m working on three books at once. I’m marketing for Risking Love, editing Capturing Beauty (book #2 in the Where the Heart Is series), and I’m writing Planting Hope (working title for book #3 in the Where the Heart is series). Planting Hope is the final book in this series, then I plan to return to writing grittier stories like those in my Coming Home series. But plans can always change…
How fun! You are busy indeed… If you could offer a word of encouragement to an aspiring author, what would you say?
Keep pressing on. There will be failure and discouragement and long periods of waiting. Like Caleb in Risking Love, you will get knocked down and not want to get back up. But if this is where God has planted you, you will get back up, and you will persevere. Your version of success may not be—probably won’t be—the same as God’s. Trust that His idea of success is far better than you can imagine!
How often we fight for our own ideas, rather than trusting His! Great advice, Brenda. Thanks so much for taking the time to visit with us!
Your turn! We’ll make it easy today. Have you been to Disney World? Would you want to go (again)?
More about Brenda:
Brenda S. Anderson writes gritty and authentic, life-affirming fiction. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, and is currently President of the ACFW Minnesota chapter, MN-NICE. When not reading or writing, she enjoys music, theater, roller coasters, and baseball, and she loves watching movies with her family. She resides in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area with her husband of 29 years, their three children, and one sassy cat.
You can connect with Brenda online:
- Website: http://brendaandersonbooks.com/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrendaSAndersonAuthor/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrendaSAnders_n
- Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/brendabanderson/
- Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/BrendaSAnderson
- Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/M0ZZr
‘Risking Love’ Giveaway:
Brenda has generously offered to give away a paperback copy of Risking Love. Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.
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