I enjoy interviewing myself. Call me crazy [because I am a little bit], but having a conversation with myself makes me giggle every time.
But I figured for the Bloom Book Club, I should actually have other people interview me. So I posted on my personal blog and on my facebook page and gave people permission to ask me anything. And I’m going to answer all of those questions, plus a few I threw in myself just for kicks.
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What is From Head To Foot about?
From Head to Foot is a candid, easy-to-read guide that uses real-life examples and faith-based instruction to equip Christian girls with the confidence, faith and moxie they’ll need to face their teen and college years.
[I love any opportunity to use the word “moxie”- try it sometime.]
What was your favorite book growing up?
Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself. I dropped my copy in the bathtub so many times growing up that the cover is almost unrecognizable and the pages are wavy.
What does the F. in Annie F. Downs stand for?
Frosting. My parents knew long ago that I would be addicted to buttercream.
How did you know when you were finished writing your book? How long did the whole process take you?
I knew I was finished when my editor told me so. 🙂 There are stories she cut and stories she asked me to add. Like any good piece of art, the artist never feels like it is totally done. You just have to stop. The process of writing From Head To Foot started in August 2007 and the book was available for purchase on December 7, 2010. [phew… that sounds longer than it felt...]
If you could do ONE thing differently in life, what would it be and why?
I would keep playing the french horn after 8th grade. I loved that instrument and I regret quitting band when I started high school because I thought the band was uncool. On a deeper level, I wish I would have been brave enough to be who I wanted to be.
What is your favorite thing to do in Nashville?
Sometimes, if the night is warm enough, the songwriting boys will pull out their guitars and we will sit on a front porch and they will sing the songs they have written that week. The creativity. The friendships. The music. The breeze. The pause between songs when I can still feel the new words in my belly and I breathe deep in expectation of the next musician? It makes my Nashville.
If you meant like, my favorite coffee shop? Frothy Monkey.
Waffles or pancakes?
Waffles with peanut butter, honey, and a cut-up banana.
What is something you wish someone would tell you every day?
I wish someone would tell me every day that they choose me above all others.
[Whoa… that got deep and serious really quick. My apologies.]
How did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve been a journaler my whole life, but there was a day in 2006 when I felt like if I didn’t write I would explode. That’s when I really knew.
What is one thing you would tell moms (or mentors) when dealing with their daughters image and/or teens years?
Be honest about your story. Listen closely. Remind her of her best qualities every single day. Fill her life with truth so that the lies are not welcome.
Do you like Swedish Fish?
The candy? Yes. Actual fish from the country of Sweden? I do not know, but I would bet so.
What is your favorite go-to movie? The one you put in just to make yourself smile.
You’ve Got Mail. “152 insights INTO MY SOUL!”
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Funny. Creative. Long-winded. [If you can’t admit it to yourself….]
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Do you have more questions? Leave them in the comments and I’ll answer them for ya!
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