Carol Shields once said, “Write the book you want to read, the one you cannot find.” When does a writer’s story begin forming? How long does it take to write? What were the finishing touches? We’ve asked Anita Higman, author of A Marriage In Middlebury, to tell us the story behind the story. Keep reading to learn more about Anita, and don’t miss Anita’s double Kindle giveaway!
Tell us a little bit about the story behind your latest novel. Where did your inspiration spark from?
The idea for A Marriage in Middlebury came from my absolute love of tearooms in Texas. More than a decade ago I met a woman named Linda Becker who opened a tearoom in the Houston burbs called Tea for Two. Her eatery and gift shop did so well she opened a second shop. Throughout the years I’ve enjoyed her wonderful tearoom fare as well as the quaint ambiance. Linda’s tearoom isn’t just a café—it’s a gathering place for friends, a place to eat home-cooked food and a place so cozy you don’t want to leave. As a writer I thought it might be fun to create a heroine who owns a tearoom similar to Linda’s.
A Marriage in Middlebury is lighter fare than my other new release, Winter in Full Bloom. This latest story is set in a small town in Texas, and it’s about the complex, quirky, and sometimes prickly interworkings of the folks who frequent the local tearoom in Middlebury. I hope readers find it to be a fun ride.
What’s your go-to activity to get out of writer’s block?
I don’t suffer from writer’s block. I get more ideas coming at me than I can ever use.
When do your best ideas come to you? Early morning or late at night?
All day long. My mind has trouble shutting down, so I have to take lavender oil pills to calm myself.
What task do you dread doing each day (or week)?
Promoting my books. I’m a better writer than a promoter.