In my efforts to increase my posting frequency, I am adding author interviews randomly to my line-up. I would like to welcome DeEtte Anderton to my blog today.
What is your genre of choice? Why did you choose this genre?
I write Christian fiction/ Inspirational. Because I have angels and demons in my stories, that also put them in the Paranormal category. I didn't deliberately start out writing for this genre, it just sort of happened. I was writing from my heart and that's what came out! I do enjoy writing it, though. I believe I have a message I want to get out: God loves you. Period.
What are you working on now?
I just had both The Christmas Visitors and Victory published in November and December 2012. I just finished writing a short children's story for Kourageous Kids Storybooks and sent it back. I hope to write more for them. I also have some other books in the works. One is about a puppy mill rescue I adopted in 2000. It is basically her story, but I am including information about what puppy mills are, and to encourage people to adopt and not buy puppies from pet stores. Another is a fictional story in which I share stories from my real family.
If you have published something, tell us about it.
My first published work is a short story called The Christmas Visitors. It's about a young family traveling home on Christmas Eve. They have a paranormal (demonic) sighting, which causes them to have an automobile accident. They walk to a nearby farmhouse where they meet an older couple who lives there. What they experience with them changes their lives.
My novel, Victory was published in December 2012. It's the story of a town where the people love their country and their neighbors, but something happens when two visitors come to town. One comes with fear and control, slowly taking away the freedoms the people love. The other comes with faith. As darkness overtakes the town and the people take sides, a showdown becomes inevitable. An 8 year old orphan has a gift that the Overseer wants to take away. He goes so far as to kidnap the child and attempt to kill her. The question is: when the showdown on the mountain comes, who will have the Victory?
Who is your favorite author in your genre? Why?
My stories are similar to Frank Peretti's books, but only somewhat. I have read several different authors, but my favorites are CS Lewis, and JRR Tolkein. Their stories come alive to me. I enjoy the thought-provoking way they wrote.
How did you get started writing?
I have loved to read and tell stories for most of my life. I took workshops on storytelling and learned a lot. Even though they were designed for oral storytelling, the same principles apply. When my older son talked me into trying NaNoWriMo in 2007, I still wasn't convinced I could write anything worth publishing, but decided to give it a try. After November was over, my story just sat on my hard drive with those I wrote in 2008 and 2009. Finally, in January 2012, I was chatting with my long-time friend Kim Emerson and decided I should try to get it published. I had to search for it, but finally found it, all dusty and covered with cyber cobwebs in one of the folders I had saved. The rest is history. Victory was written before The Christmas Visitors, but followed its publication.
Do you have a quote that keeps you going?
There are many quotes I have read that have meaning for me. One I recently read that is particularly meaningful at this point in my life is: All the masterpieces of art contain both light and shadow. A happy life is not one filled with only sunshine, but one which uses both light and shadow to produce beauty.
What is the message you want people to get from your current work or work-in-progress?
I want people to know that, no matter what they have done, or what was done to them, that God loves them unconditionally. There is no need to be ashamed or try to hide from Him.
Do your stories come more from your own experiences or from observation of others?
My stories come from both my own experiences and observations. I love to people watch, and I use what I see to create stories. I see someone who is scowling. I don't assume he or she is angry. Perhaps the person is in pain or has just received bad news, and I create a story around that.
Anything you would like to share with us about you and/or your writing?
I was encouraged to try NaNoWriMo by my older son in 2007. I decided to give it a try. I didn't think I would ever be able to write 50 thousand words in just one month; but I did. After I finished that month, I left my story, which was unnamed at the time, sitting on my hard drive. I didn't even think about publishing it. The next year, and the next, I wrote during NaNo again. Finally, in January of 2012, my good friend, Kim Emerson encouraged me to publish. The rest is history. My short story, The Christmas Visitors, came from my 2008 NaNo project, and was published in November 2012. Victory was published in December of 2012.
I have six children, including a set of twins, and twelve grandchildren, half of whom live in Utah, and half in Connecticut. I have been involved in dog rescue for years, and have been privileged to be owned by four senior dogs, three of whom came from puppy mills.I also crochet and have an etsy shop where I sell several items. Most of the things I crochet end up as gifts, though!
In your best dream, where would you like to be? This doesn't have to be related to your writing.
I would love to own and live in a log home in the mountains. I love to camp and was a Girl Scout camp counselor for seven years, and even used to teach winter survival! I now prefer not to live in a snow cave, but a log home would be wonderful! Being from Utah, “my” mountains are important to me, and are a comfort. I would love to have large windows in it so I could see outside. I would make sure I had a comfortable “reading and rocking” chair and a writing table situated so I could stare out that window! Of course, there would be a large rock fireplace! It would be a place where my children and grandchildren could come often. There would be a large kitchen with plenty of room to work, making cookies and other treats with my grandkids. I actually have a similar home in one of my NaNo projects that may eventually end up published, too!
DeEtte Anderton’s Facebook page is www.facebook.com/DeEtteBecksteadAuthor
Amazon page is http://amzn.com/e/B00ADDW94Y
The Christmas Visitors is at http://amzn.com/B00ACNOXOY
Victory is at http://amzn.com/B00AJ9QEKM
Blog link is http://deetteanderton.wordpress.com