Interview with Anna Raddon

What's the story behind your latest book?
I had friends who were interested in the prophecies of different faiths. I wanted to help them understand that prophecy is not something that comes out of thin air. It has history and consequences. To trust prophecy, you need to know if it has proven trustworthy. So I started researching the prophecies myself. I was shocked to discover that the apparent convergence which so many people claim exists was only the beginning of the story. This was instantly obvious to me and I couldn't shake the need to write this book.
How do you approach cover design?
I have an amazing, award-winning, cover designer! I gave him a sketch of my thoughts (I can't draw) and we hunted together for the stock art that seemed to fit. What we found was not what I had originally envisioned, but with his creative work, it turned out way better than I could have hoped for! (booker.wesley@gmail.com)
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Doing laundry, baking bread, and doing more kitchen-related stuff. I spend most of my time in the kitchen. In summer I get outside and feed the critters, plant the garden, mow the lawn. On weekends I often lead worship or teach a Bible class.
Who are your favorite authors?
C.S.Lewis,
Dr. Suess,
Gail Carson Levine,
Joel Richardson,
John, Jesus' disciple,
Kate DiCamillo
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
It used to be the sound of a small person(s) crying. Of course, that was usually before 6am. Not sure if that qualifies as morning. These days, it's a chance to get a few minutes alone with my Bible and my laptop.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the country, on a wooded hill. I often walked the trails behind my parents' place. That environment doesn't show up much in this book, but in my upcoming novel, "After Miigaadiwin," the setting is totally pulled from my upbringing. I loved being able to put myself back in that place and bring it to life for my readers.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote a story in Grade 1 about a little red ball that rolled away from its owner and got lost in the woods. My teacher was surprised that I could imagine first-person perspective in an inanimate object at that age.
When did you first start writing?
Very young. I can't remember when. Several years ago a much older author looked at some of my work. Then she asked me a hard question, "Do you have to write to be happy?" I said I didn't think so. Then she said, "Then you should save it for a different season in life. You are a good writer, but this season is very busy. If you don't have to write to be happy, then save it for later." So I stopped writing. She was right. I didn't need to write, but I really struggled without it. Now that I am writing again, I am so relieved!
What is your writing process?
Laundry, dishes, sweeping, baking... Eventually I get to the computer...
On "12 Clues" I spent a couple years studying the prophecies themselves before I started reading what other people were saying on the subject. Then things got really exciting when I realized that other people were discovering the same connections that I was. I am so glad that I'm not out on a limb! In 2009 I completed a different version of the book which I gave up on, then I decided the book needed a complete rewrite, twice.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The work in this particular manuscript is very current. It can take years to get published through a traditional publisher and I knew my book would be out of date by then. My other option was a co-publishing venture. I was approached by a company ready to take this manuscript and print it, but I wanted to keep my options open. It seemed best to get this book into people's hands earlier than later, and then see what doors of opportunity God opens next.
Published 2015-11-12.
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Books by This Author

12 Clues: The Prophetic Collision
Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 42,360. Language: Canadian English. Published: September 11, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Eschatology, Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Current affairs
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The prophecies of ancient faiths agree: the end is near! Uncover the incredible parallels in the apocalyptic prophecies of Paganism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. All agree that great change is already beginning; but do the prophecies actually converge or collide? Discover how today's headlines were written thousands of years ago and are preserved today. Find hope to face an uncertain future.