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  Hi, my name is Garthia Anderson.  I was named after my dad--his name was Garth and they just made up my name.  Of course, as a child, I hated my unusual name.  But now I like that I have a unique name, and the fact that I’ve never met anybody else with the same name.

I’ve always loved books, ever since I taught myself to read when I was 5 years old.  My first writing attempts were in junior high school, and even then I loved romance.  I would write little stories about my girlfriends and I meeting our idols (I’ll date myself and admit it was the Beatles) and having them fall madly in love with us.  Since I was the author, I always got Paul!

Many, many years passed (during which time I moved several times, got married, moved some more, and had 4 children) before I tried my hand at writing again.  Like many other authors, I started writing fan-fiction.  But after finishing a STAR TREK novel, and realizing the options for getting it published were very slim, I decided to create my own fictional universe. 

Since at that time I read mostly science fiction, my first effort was a science fiction novel.  Or at least I thought it was.  Shortly after finishing it, I happened to read Johanna Lindsey’s WARRIOR’S WOMAN, and realized my story was really a romance set in outer space.

I began devouring all the romances I could find.  I wrote a couple Western historicals--which are truly awful and shall remain hidden in the bottom drawer of my file cabinet.  I discovered time travels and tried my hand at one of those.  But I was a little late and by the time I finished it, most publishers weren’t buying them anymore. 

SPELLBOUND IN SEATTLE was inspired by a group of wacky online friends.  We were all fans of the TV show, THE HIGHLANDER, but didn’t take it too seriously and would veer off on silly tangents only remotely related to the show and actors.  Someone (waving at Drax if he’s still out there!) posted a hysterical piece about the answering machine message of a company called Quicken Clean.  For those of you who don’t remember HIGHLANDER, it was about a bunch of immortals.  But “There can be only one!” was the whole premise, so they went around chasing each other with swords, trying to kill all the other immortals.  The only way to kill them was to cut off their heads, causing a Quickening where the victor absorbed the dead person’s essence, usually with lots of lightning and collateral damage.  So, Quicken Clean was the fictitious company that came in and cleaned up after these destructive Quickenings.  The Phone Call post took on a life of its own and we created a crazy little online universe that lasted over two fun-filled years.  Many of us still stay in touch, even though THE HIGHLANDER went off the air years ago.

A little side note here . . .for those of you who have seen the fourth HIGHLANDER movie, END GAME . . . remember when Duncan MacLeod fell out the window during a fight and landed with that big construction wire through his chest?  And remember the black van racing up, guys with huge electrical saw jumping out, and cutting him free?  Everybody from the old HIGHLANDER loop were all screaming, "Quicken Clean!  Quicken Clean!" when we saw that scene.

Garthia & Friends

That's me on the right.  This was taken at the Pike Place Market in Seattle with my good friend Paulette.

Once I had the idea to write a book based on this insanity, it became something I had to write.  There are a lot of personal touches in SPELLBOUND.  Like Petra, I collect pigs. Although I don't have a pair of pig slippers like she does, and I'm sure her collection is bigger than mine.
One of my favorite artists is James Christensen, and my favorite painting of his is, "Gerome Spent His Free Time Daydreaming of Being Reincarnated as a Snake."  I had so much fun writing this book, whether it ever got published or not.  “Not” seemed the mostly likely outcome since once again my timing was bad.  When I finished SPELLBOUND the majority of publishers had stopped buying paranormal romances.  

Not ready to give up, I began entering SPELLBOUND in writing contests. 
After a little fine-tuning, it started making the finals in many of those contests.  This was absolutely thrilling to me.  It meant that people I didn’t even know were reading SPELLBOUND and actually liked it!  The finalist entries would then be passed along to editors, the judges who picked the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.  I got some interesting comments back from the editors, but it seemed no one was quite sure how to market SPELLBOUND.

For two years in a row, I entered SPELLBOUND in The Golden Heart Contest, which is a national contest sponsored by Romance Writers of America.  This is a very prestigious contest among unpublished romance writers and many of the finalists go on to sell their manuscripts.  The entries are scored by five peer judges (other romance writers) and the top 10 percent go on to the finals.  For those two years, one low score kept SPELLBOUND out of the final round.  I decided to give it one more shot and entered for the third year.  And I made the finals!

I got “The Call” as a result.  Late one night in mid-June, 2002, I got an email from an online friend that Kate Seaver of Dorchester was trying to find me.  (No personal information is included with the entries, so Kate had no way of contacting me directly.)  Emails flew back and forth until I finally got one from Kate asking me to call her the next morning.  Afraid to get my hopes up, I called and was pleasantly surprised--to put it mildly--when she offered to buy SPELLBOUND.  So never underestimate the importance of entering contests.

Of course, along this bumpy road to publication, I’ve had the unwavering support of my family.  My husband and kids put up with a lot of fast food meals and a messy house while Mom spent her time hunched over her computer . . . always writing of course . . . never playing any games of Solitaire!

I’m also part of the best critique group ever--WITTS, Women Inspired To Tell Stories.  Many, many thanks to Susie Crandall, Esther Hedges, Brenda Hiatt, Pam Jones, Alicia Rasley, Laurie Sparks and Betty Ward.  Nor can I forget past WITTS members who have moved on--Emily Alward, Vicky Harden, and Deanna Sanders.  I couldn’t have done it without you, ladies!

I’m so grateful that Dorchester has published my weird little story.  I hope that you have as much fun reading it as I did writing it.

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