Secondly, I'm thrilled to introduce author Yvonne Anderson to the blog today. Let's get this interview started!
Tell us a bit about yourself and your writing. (How did you get started? How many books have you written? Where are you on your writing journey?)
Though I’ve loved books since I was very young, I never had any desire be a writer until I was well into middle age, when I felt an unexpected urging by the Holy Spirit to write a book. I argued a bit, because it seemed a ridiculous suggestion. But God’s prompting continued, and so I embarked on my writing journey—constantly praying, “Please, God, stop me!” But instead of giving permission to quit, He kept encouraging me to keep going.
After several frustration-fraught years, He led me to write science fiction. Even though I never cared for sci-fi. But God always knows what He’s doing, and to my surprise, it was the most writing fun I’d ever had.
The Story in the Stars, that first foray into a new genre, also became my first published novel. And then it grew into a four-book series called Gateway to Gannah. All are now available on Amazon in both print and Kindle versions.
What is your favorite Bible verse?
With more than 31,000 verses in the Bible, how am I supposed to pick a favorite? But, if it will make you happy, I’ll go with Job 28:28: “And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.” This verse concludes a chapter in which Job discusses how all things have a source – man digs iron, gold, silver, and precious gems from the earth—he dives into the sea to pull up coral and pearls—but wisdom, more precious than any of these, isn’t found that way. If we want to mine wisdom, we must first obey what God has already revealed to us. Then, as we follow His commandments, He gives us deeper understanding.
What have you read lately that you would recommend?
Two of my critique partners have published top-notch books in the past year. I highly recommend them—not because they’re written by my friends, but because they’re really that good! Atonement for Emily Adams by Susan Lawrence is a contemporary fiction book that wrings your heart and then heals it with the kiss of God’s grace. Glenda Mathes published two titles in a young adult series called Matthew in the Middle. Book #1 is Matthew Muddles Through and #2 is Matthew Makes Strides. Both are excellent reads for young boys especially, but girls will enjoy them as well—as do I! I’m eagerly awaiting the release of the third book later this year.
What book are you featuring today?
The Story in the Stars, the first in the Gateway to Gannah series. Each of the titles can stand alone, so you don’t need to start with Book #1. But if you’ve never had the pleasure of visiting the planet of Gannah before, it makes sense to make this your first stop.
Here’s the back cover blurb:
American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award (Speculative Fiction) Finalist, 2012
Dassa skates toward the palace in completion of her Third Quest, unaware the Karkar Plague has returned to ravage Gannah.
On a medical starship not far away, Dr. Pik is ordered to find a cure for the plague – an unlikely assignment, given his inbred hatred of the whole Gannahan race. Duty trumps prejudice, however, and he succeeds… but that’s just the beginning of the story.
Dassa and Pik survive attack by space pirates, food poisoning, savage Gannahan beasts, and a plane crash. The hardest part, though, is enduring one another’s company.
The Creator who wrote the story of redemption in the stars has commanded her to share it with her reluctant savior. That’s not all He requires of her, but the rest is unthinkable.
Fly through the Gateway to Gannah for some serious sci-fi adventure!
Book #1, The Story in the Stars
Book #2, Words in the Wind
Book #3, Ransom in the Rock
Book #4, The Last Toqeph
If you could tell people who are going to read/have read your books one thing, what would it be?
I call it “serious sci-fi adventure” because it’s just that. You’ll find no shortage of action, but spiritual themes underlie it all. Several readers have commented that these stories really make them think.
About the author:
Yvonne Anderson writes fiction that takes you out of this world.
The Story in the Stars, the first in the Gateway to Gannah series, was a Carol Award finalist in 2012. The adventure continues with Words in the Wind and Ransom in the Rock, then comes to a powerful conclusion with The Last Toqeph.
She lives in Western Maryland with her husband of almost forty years and shares the occasional wise word on her personal site, YsWords. She also does freelance editing.