Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Author Interview: Brenda S. Anderson and Hungry For Home

Today I'm interviewing Brenda S. Anderson. She just released Hungry for Home, which is Book 3 in her Coming Home series. We'll get to the book details in a minute. First, I have a few questions for Brenda...

Welcome back to my blog, Brenda! I always enjoy having you here. You've published several books in the past year or so, and I know your influence is growing. Tell us about your favorite reader encounter or piece of fan mail/email/FB message so far.

My favorite piece of mail from a reader came from someone who'd read my first release, Chain of Mercy. Like my hero in Chain of Mercy, the reader's brother had accidentally killed someone in an auto accident. Chain of Mercy helped her and her brother's girlfriend find peace in this tragedy, and they're praying for her brother.

Wow! It's wonderful how God used your story to help someone. So often He uses our stories to teach us. While writing Hungry for Home, how did God meet you on the page?

God is constantly challenging me to see beyond my narrow perspective. In my new release, Hungry for Home, I focus on a homeless teen who mugs a woman. Not exactly hero material for a story, but God showed me the heart of this teen, the heart He sees, and I believe God shines through that.

Where is your favorite place to people watch for inspiration?

Oh, I have so many places, but walking the sidewalks of Minneapolis provides some of the best inspiration. You see such a wide range of people from the outwardly successful to the wildly dressed to the homeless. Seeing them all as children of God paints them in an entirely different light than their appearances might otherwise show us.

If you wrote a letter to your younger self at whatever age you first dreamed of writing a book, what would the opening line say?
Just go ahead and write! You don't have to wait until you come up with the perfect story, you don't have to be afraid of what others are going to say. God's given you the gift and the passion, and He rejoices when you use your gifts.

Amen! All right,
by now you know I'm a fun-loving girl, so of course I have something a little quirky for you to try... Please give us the summary of your new book, Hungry for Home, in Haiku.
A homeless young man
Mugs a woman but mercy
Is what she returns
I'm blown away! Great Haiku and great premise! I can't wait to read Hungry for Home. Thanks for stopping by today, Brenda.
Here's a little about Brenda's new release Hungry for Home... 
After a troubling encounter with a pregnant teen, Sheila Peterson-Brooks hurries from the crisis pregnancy center into the frigid Minnesota winter where she is mugged and left for dead. After a frantic search, Richard, her husband, finds her, and the police quickly nab the mugger …A hungry, homeless teen. The brother of the pregnant girl Sheila had just counseled.

The girl pleads for her brother, and Sheila and Richard choose not to press charges. Instead, they open their home to the boy, a move that could cost them their possessions, and their hearts. And, in the process, teach them the true meaning of home.

Order Hungry for Home.


  1. Thank you for welcoming me, Keely! Always good to visit with you! :D

  2. Another wonderful interview with Brenda. I have also read and loved Hungry for Home.

  3. I loved the interview with Brenda. I fell love with the entire series but the last book Hungry for Home left me wanting more.

    1. I love Brenda's book too. Maybe we can talk her into writing a few more ;)