Featured Interview With Anneliese Rider
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
Born and raised in Colorado, moved to Indiana as a teenager—I have a deep love for mountains, and for the Great Lakes. Now I live in a rural town in northern Michigan, where I work at the middle school. I love doing things outdoors, reading books, and baking carbohydrate-ridden delights. We have two dogs and a cat, and a lot of wild squirrels.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I’ve always loved books. My dad used to read to us at night before we went to bed, and the thrill of story crept into my heart from the very beginning. I started writing intentionally in high school, when my mom enrolled me in all kinds of different writing workshops. I wrote my first book in college.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
Lately, for fiction, Harper Lee with To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s a beautiful masterpiece that both handles a gargantuan human theme with grace, and exhibits flawless character development. For non-fiction, I read The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron last year. It’s a study on the enneagram, and what I learned has helped me to grow as a person and a dedicated writer. Agatha Christie and Louis L’Amour both inspire me, because they both wrote so prolifically, and they never ran out of steam.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
Finley Pike and Sable’s Secret—it’s the sequel to Finley Pike and the SODD. It’s inspired by the charms and idiosyncrasies of small-town life and people, and by my work in a middle school with students. Finley Pike is a high school girl who always seems to be getting into dangerous situations. But she always makes it out of tight spots because she’s smart and savvy, and a little bit wild.
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