Spotlight on Author, Theresa Anderson: Port of Call, Bonaire with Sadie Graham

2015 February 18

Theresa AndersonToday’s spotlight is on Theresa Anderson, the author, who created heroine Sadie Graham and gave us Brent and Sadie’s adventure on Bonaire. Theresa is a chiropractor, writer, editor, and homeschool educator of her two children. Her writing has appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, the Christian Communicator magazine, ChristianDevotions.us, Relief Notes, and A Dozen Apologies. An active member of the Christian Authors Guild, Theresa has served as its newsletter editor and webmaster, and is an Apprentice graduate of Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild.

Theresa loves and rescues animals of all kinds. Injured birds and stray dogs can find help at her Atlanta area homestead. Even her cat Chloe found refuge in the chicken coop and now rules the roost inside the house.  That rescue heart translates to people too. Theresa has a passion for women to embrace the hope and healing that Jesus promises. As a member of the women’s ministry teaching team at Westridge Church, she speaks the truth of God’s Word to encourage and inspire women to live as devoted disciples.

Theresa resides in the Atlanta area and is a prolific creator of numerous to-do lists for her husband. You may contact her via email at traanderson@gmail.com.

Today, Theresa tells us how her character Sadie came to be:

Beyond prayer, my character created herself. I started like an accountant might open a ledger; I opened a new Word document for a character outline. Then, I thought about various elements of the story, like Brent’s character and my offshore location of Bonaire. Sadie started to take shape on paper, and soon her character lifted off the page and transformed into a tangible personality. As someone who is still new to fiction writing, this process of bringing a character to life amazes, surprises, and awes me all at the same time! My chapter’s storyline continued to develop, but my second-guessing and insecurity clouded my enthusiasm. But, God in his graciousness confirmed a couple things along the way.

Sadie’s name for instance, came to me out of the blue. I liked it immediately, and my name choice wasn’t inspired by any earthly thing. Sadie Robertson was popular at the time on “Dancing With The Stars” but that didn’t even occur to me until after I had already chosen her name. You know when you buy a red car, you start to notice how many red cars travel the road? That’s how it was for me with Sadie’s name. What I thought was a unique name, seemed not so special anymore. Also, I wanted Sadie to have French family roots, but a friend of mine from France told me Sadie wasn’t very French at all. So, I back peddled and tossed around other names for my character.

However, one day in the midst of indecision about Sadie’s name, my daughter announces from the backseat of my van, “Isn’t the name Sadie pretty Mommy?”

Baffled, I asked her, “Why are you asking about that name?” My daughter had no idea what I was writing or my character’s name.

She said, “I have to give my avatar a name, and I think Sadie is pretty.”

So Sadie’s name remained and her character deepened, though I still wavered on some of her qualities. Would she win readers’ hearts? Would she be the best match for Brent?

Again, God confirmed the direction of Sadie’s character when I met a woman who could have been Sadie. If a computer could take my character outline like a recipe and make a living, breathing, Sadie, this woman was it! I shook my new friend’s hand when we met and said, “It’s nice to meet you.” But my mind said, “Oh my goodness, you’re my character!”

So I resolved to keep Sadie the way she was. I think that also comes out in her character. She is sure of herself, confident, and bold. I like her and I hope Brent does too.

LOVE BOAT BACHELOR Cover

You can enjoy other author spotlights and the interviews with the heroines: Jerusha Agen, the author who started all the fun by putting Brent Teague on the ship, Julie Arduini and her heroine, Nora LaingBetty Thomason Owens and her heroine Eliana GraysonJoan Deneve and her heroine, Renee KesslerElizabeth Noyes and her heroine Alyssa LaRoche.

More About The Love Boat Bachelor:

Romance is a joke.

After the love of Brent Teague’s life came back into his world only to marry someone else, Brent is through with women. He might be through with being a pastor, too.

Brent was so sure that God brought Mara Adkins home to him so they could marry and live happily ever after. Six months after her wedding to another man, that theory is obviously a dud. If Brent could be so wrong about that, who’s to say he’s not mistaken about God calling him to pastoral ministry?

Tired of watching Brent flounder for direction, Brent’s feisty older sister boots him out of Spartanburg and onto a cruise ship. Brent’s old college buddy manages the ship’s staff, and he’s thrilled to finagle Brent into the role of chaplain for the two-week cruise.

As the ship sets sail, Brent starts to relax. Maybe a cruise wasn’t such a bad idea after all. But there’s just one little thing no one told him. He’s not on any ordinary cruise. He’s on The Love Boat.

What’s a sworn bachelor to do on a Caribbean cruise full of romance and love? He’ll either have to jump ship or embrace the unforgettable romantic comedy headed his way.

A DOZEN APOLOGIES FINAL FRONT COVER

Theresa was also one of the authors of A Dozen Apologies, the prequel to The Love Boat Bachelor

Mara Adkins, a promising fashion designer, has fallen off the ladder of success, and she can’t seem to get up. In college, Mara and her sorority sisters played an ugly game, and Mara was usually the winner. She’d date men she considered geeks, win their confidence, and then she’d dump them publicly. When Mara begins work for a prestigious clothing designer in New York, she gets her comeuppance. Her boyfriend steals her designs and wins a coveted position. He fires her, and she returns in shame to her home in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where life for others has changed for the better. Mara’s parents, always seemingly one step from a divorce, have rediscovered their love for each other, but more importantly they have placed Christ in the center of that love. The changes Mara sees in their lives cause her to seek Christ. Mara’s heart is pierced by her actions toward the twelve men she’d wronged in college, and she sets out to apologize to each of them. A girl with that many amends to make, though, needs money for travel, and Mara finds more ways to lose a job that she ever thought possible. Mara stumbles, bumbles, and humbles her way toward employment and toward possible reconciliation with the twelve men she humiliated to find that God truly does look upon the heart, and that He has chosen the heart of one of the men for her to have and to hold.

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