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Today I have local author T Anderson, author of Monad 12. 21. 12: The Awakening of Stella Steinar, here to answer a few interview questions for me.
What’s the hardest part of writing a book?

The most difficult part, for me, is finding the time to write. I’m an optician in a busy optometric practice and I also assist my husband with his sales agency. I’m an amateur potter, spending a few hours each week at the studio, and I’m also a devoted dog-parent. My dog takes priority over writing! Every waking moment I have outside of those things, I am either writing or doing book-related activities. If I could find a way to invent or create more time, I would spend it on writing!

What’s your favourite part of writing a book? 

I really enjoy the creative process of writing; using words to fulfill a visual concept in my mind. I also love sharing my writing with others. I find it exciting when readers want to discuss the story as they’re reading it, and I adore their comments and speculation about how the story might end. It’s very gratifying. But I must say–the best things I’ve just begun to experience that are quickly becoming a favourite part of the bigger picture with my writing, are the connections I’m making. Not only are my existing relationships becoming stronger, but I’ve met many new, interesting and kind people. This is a surprise gift I wasn’t expecting, and it feels amazing!

What inspired you to become a writer? 

My grade five teacher introduced me to journaling as a compulsory, daily regiment. Most of the kids in my class detested this part of the day. But I embraced it with open arms. It was how I explored and unlocked my own creativity. This was when I first declared that I wanted to be a writer. But, like so many of us do, I dismissed these childish dreams to pursue a more practical career that would guarantee me an income. I had many regrets about that decision, so to fulfill this goal years later is like a dream come true. Now I know I will never stop writing.

What kind of research did you do to write this book? 

Thank goodness for the internet! I had many topics to research for this book. On top of metaphysical terminology, there was medical and astronomical research as well as Norse mythology. And although I’ve been to California several times, I needed Google for some details about Berkeley. This barely touches the amount of studying I did, but if I say too much, I might give the story away!

What are your thoughts on ebooks? (i.e. love them, hate them, wave of the future) 

I have Kindle on my iPad and have only loaded a few books on it. I have mixed feelings about it. I like the ease of buying/downloading ebooks, but on the other hand I love bookstores–being in them, browsing through books, holding them in my hands. At first, I found reading an ebook to be strange, but within minutes it seemed normal. I do, however, find myself constantly checking the battery level, which is distracting. I’m hoping I’ll get over this. I love paper books very much, but I see ebooks as the vessel of the future for the written word. I could be wrong, but I don’t think I’ll need to worry about being forced in the ebook direction in this lifetime, so I appreciate the opportunity to enjoy both for now.

Do you read reviews written about your book? 

This is my first published book and it’s only been available for about a month. There aren’t many reviews yet, but I have read the ones that have surfaced already. At this stage, for me, I am curious to know how my writing is being received. I don’t think a negative review will affect me in a negative way. As a new author, I know I have much to learn and I expect criticism. But I will say that I jump for joy when a reader praises my story!

Do you keep track or write reviews for books you read? 

Recently, I joined Goodreads. I wish I’d found it sooner. It’s nice to have a record of books I’ve read and it’s fun to see what my friends think about the same books. I’m also getting many good recommendations from seeing other readers reviews there. I always rate the book, but rarely review it–only when I have a very strong opinion of it. I think I’ll leave the reviewing to the professionals!

Anything else you would like to add? 

Sarah, I would like to thank you for taking the time to interview me. But I also want to thank you for having such passion about reading, writing, and caring about books the way you do. You have such respect for it, and this really shows. It’s people like you who inspire authors to keep writing.

Aww, thanks for the sweet compliments. I think getting to know authors on a more personal level and not just as “the wizards behind the words” is definitely one of the best parts of book blogging.

About T Anderson:
T. Anderson hails from northern Minnesota and draws much inspiration from her Scandinavian roots. With paternal ties to Norway and maternal ties to Sweden, details such as character names and story settings hold great meaning for the author. Diving deeply into metaphysical and global religious symbolism, Anderson considers herself to be a seeker of the truth—where have we come from and where are we going? While luring readers into a mysterious science fiction thriller, at the same time she asks them to open their minds to new spiritual possibilities. An artist of many mediums including clay, photography, and paint, T. Anderson is grateful for the opportunity to finally realize her passion for writing as well. She lives outside of Toronto, Canada with her soul mate, Kevan and her adopted canine son, Chico. Anderson is currently writing the second book in the Stella Steinar series and cannot wait for you to read what happens next!

Connect online: Website, Twitter, Goodreads
Buy the book: Amazon, Barnes and Noble

Monad 12. 21. 12: The Awakening of Stella Steinar 

Stella Steinar isn’t concerned with the rumored menacing date of December 21, 2012 looming just around the corner. The adopted but privileged daughter of two renowned scientists is embarking on a new chapter in her life. Ignoring her steadily increasing headaches and visions, Stella is anxious to leave everything in Minnesota behind and anonymously begin again. Headed for Berkeley, fate has other plans for her. What’s about to happen in California will change everything she knows about herself and the world–forever.

MONAD, the largest scientific research firm in the world, seems to be hiding a top-secret project. And who is in charge? Stella’s adoptive father and Berkeley alumni , Dr. Erling Steinar. On her quest for the truth, Stella finds herself deeply entwined in the project–but is it too late? Will she have time to change the future and escape her inevitable destiny?

From meeting the family she’s always wished for, to exploring her spiritual beliefs surrounding life and death–follow Stella’s story as it takes mysterious loops through time and reality.

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