Saturday, January 14, 2017

Interview & Review with Author Joan Wester Anderson


 It is my pleasure to welcome Author Joan Wester Anderson! 
I read her book Where Angels Walk from NetGalley and I have falling in love with her writing. 
Her writing is that one that when you read, you will need a box of Kleenex and a good cup of coffee, her writing is filled with grace, inspiration and the true stories will touch your life in this strange, but miracle way!

 My Interview with Joan: 

---Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I began writing when my youngest (of five) children was a baby.  I
tried to set aside an hour a day to focus on topics of interest to
moms like me---and eventually built up relationships with a few
magazine editors who started assigning work to me. My main "claim to
fame" today is my angel/miracle series, which has sold more than two
million copies.
---Where do you get your ideas?
During the early years I followed the advice of professional writers
and wrote about what I knew--baby and kid-raising, spiritual topics,
family humor. Later I branched out to research pieces.
---What is your writing process like?
When the children were all home, I attempted to stay with the routine
(daily hour).  I figured that I was an athlete in training, and there
would be days when I didn't accomplish much, but being consistent
would eventually pay off.  As the kids grew, I added more work--giving
speeches, writing books, a lot of traveling and media. I hadn't
anticipated any of this during my "early days" but looking back, I can
see that God was preparing me..
---What advice do you have for writers?
Probably the hardest part of publishing remains the dreaded rejection slip.
New writers usually interpret them as a personal rejection, i.e. "this
is terrible etc" but actually they can be very helpful, especially if
a kind editor takes a minute to offer a suggestion. Always appreciate
an editor!
---Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
My series on angels came about because readers kept asking for more,
so I followed their lead.
---What are the most important magazines for writers to subscribe to?
Your favorite magazines are the most important, because you will
probably end up writing for them.
---Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?
 Writing is a major part of my life, not just a spiritual practice. My
Catholic faith has helped me to keep a sense of perspective through
both the successes and failures of life.  I am reminding every day
that God has me in the palm of His hand and there is no reason to
---Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both!  I am always thrilled when a project is completed.  So
thrilled that I completely forget the exhaustion that accompanied it.
That feeling lasts until the next assignment, when the cycle starts

Book Blurb:
We don't hear much about angels nowadays. When we do, they have often been secularized or commercialized. Instead of ministering angels who reveal God’s love and mercy, we hear about “angel investors” or we gobble up foil-wrapped chocolate angels at Christmas. But Joan Wester Anderson trusts that angels still walk among us.

On mountain slopes, on desolate rural highways, in airplane cockpits—these are just a few of the many places where ordinary people have felt the very real presence and power of God’s angels at work in their lives. In this twenty-fifth anniversary edition of her New York Times best-selling book Where Angels Walk, Joan Wester Anderson (the “Angel Lady”) offers dozens of reasons—stories, actually—for us to reconsider our rather limited view of angels. In addition to the original collection of angelic encounters, several new stories have been included.

Anderson, who holds traditional Christian beliefs about angels, was careful to select only those stories that had a ring of truth to them. But are they true? Do heavenly visitors really walk among us? Open this book—along with your heart—before you decide.

My Review:

 This book is so good! The stories are inspirational and filled with heart-touching subjects filled with grace. I am a believer of angels and I truly enjoyed this book by Joan. I would recommend this book to anyone. 

My Rating:
5 Stars