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Interview with G.G. Anderson…

February 4, 2013

May I introduce you to G.G. Anderson, a YA author. As you will find out today’s word describes her stories well…Trove – definition: 1) a discovery, find 2) a valuable collection : treasure : haul


a)      Of the characters you have created or envisioned, which is your favorite & why?

My favorite character is Elliot from The Guardians of Feral Mountain.  He is a deep and difficult to read ghost with lots of emotional hang ups.  He was truly fun to work with.

b)      Do you favor one type of genre or do you dabble in more than one? 

I prefer Young Adult/ New Adult, but am currently working on two chick lit pieces.  I guess that makes me a bit of a dabbler.

c)      What do you enjoy most about writing? 

For me, I love opening up what I call the Pandora’s Box and allowing the characters to come out and play.  I never really know where they are going to go, so it is an adventure for me as well!  Having a stranger like your works is always amazing, too.  It helps you know you are not alone!

d)     Have you got a favorite place to write? 

Not really.  I can write literally anywhere.  I can write in crowded places, even loud spaces.  When the characters start playing, they are hard to ignore.

e)      Do you plan your stories, or are you a seat of the pants style writer? 

Both.  Sometimes, I see the entire story line before I start; sometimes they lead me where I am to go.  I have never been a formal outline person that is for sure.

f)       What inspires your stories? 

Inspires?  The voices in my head isn’t the right answer is it?  (laughing)  No, really the thoughts and ideas just come to me.  I know I glean a few things from stories and books I read, movies I see and people I meet, but few of them are ever spot on.  Names on the other hand, those totally are stolen.  I have been to known to use descriptions of people I know in works too.

g)      What are you currently reading? 

I am reading a couple of different books at the same time.  I always am reading pieces for a critique group I am in.  Pleasure reading, I am reading Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon and I just finished the Beautiful Creatures series.

h)      Do you have any odd habits or childhood stories? 

Not really.  I was such a boring kid.  I didn’t do sports, wasn’t talented in music.  Couldn’t do anything really spectacular.  My life was pretty normal.  Odd habits?  Hmmm, I think I will plead the fifth!

i)        Do you have any pets?

Well maybe this is my odd habit!  I have many pets.  I adore dogs.  My poor husband didn’t marry the crazy cat lady, he married the crazy dog lady.  We have 4 dogs, 2 cats and fish.  I love my animals.  They are part of our family.

j)        Do you belong to a writing group? If so which one?

I belong to the Idaho Writer’s Guild.  Plus I am involved in a local critique group and I partake in online critiques through Authonomy, a Harper Collins site.


k)      What age did you start writing stories/poems? 

I started writing poems- really, really bad poems in junior high.  It was very shortly after that I headed straight into actual novels.

l)        Do you have a book published? If so what is it called & where can readers purchase it? 

Feral Mountain

Oh a plug!  I love it.  I have one book available on Kindle only.  It is called The Guardians of Feral Mountain.  It’s a coming of age ghost story.  Feral, a 14 year old girl chooses to run into the woods to live on her own to escape her situation.  She moves into an abandoned cabin only to find out it is inhabited by ghosts.

m)    If you could meet one favorite author who would it be and why?

Oh this is so difficult.  There are a few. Sorry I can’t pick just one.  I would start with Charles Dickens simply because I think his story telling is amazing.  Edgar Allen Poe because he was crazy, which would definitely be an interesting evening lastly Robert Frost.  His poems still move me like very few ever have.

n)      If you could live anywhere in the world – where would it be? 

Honestly, right where I am.  I traveled quite a bit when I was young, stateside mostly, but I wouldn’t choose any place over Idaho.  I love it here.

o)      What’s your favorite movie of all time?

Of all time?  Gone With the Wind.


p)      Where can readers find you and your blog?  and they can read a piece of my next book The Reluctant Witch on Authonomy.

q)      Do you have plans or ideas for your next book?

I have a few Works in Progress.  Currently I am editing The Reluctant Witch, New Adult genre.  Plus I have two Chick Lit pieces that are simply fun works- who knows where they will go.  I have another one I am working on edits for called The Elemental Souls and the Crystal Prophecy.  So I guess the answer is yes, I have a LOT of plans!

r)       Who is your best supporter/mentor/encourager? 

I am fortunate to belong to a wolf pack of women!  They are tenacious and incredibly loyal.  They are a huge support.  My husband is always there for me, but honestly, my older sister is really the one who has kept me writing when I didn’t know if I could keep going.  She’s always a huge cheerleader for my work.

As you can see G.G. is full of ideas and inspiration, what a fun guest.

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