Guest: Sarah M. Anderson

Hi everyone! As you can see we’ve got author Sarah M. Anderson visiting with us today! She just had her very first book come out, so congratulations and happy new release to her! You might also “know” her from the lovely charity drive for the Pine Ridge Reservation she started here – remember that? Um also, if you read her bio, it says “I got … a Master’s of Arts in English from The Ohio State University.” Which basically means she’s awesome. Because she’s a Buckeye. (And if she doesn’t love being a Buckeye and/or Buckeye football *she’s not welcome here anymore.)

So, my debut novel, A Man of His Word, came out last week. Chances are, you can find it just about anywhere you look (unless you’re looking in a town where my grandmother shops, because she keeps buying them en masse and then telling me she doesn’t know what she’ll do with all these extra books). I had two signings in two days, which felt like a lot.

My very first book is out! And people bought it! This meant I needed to have a party!

Except there’s a problem: I don’t ‘have’ parties. I’m not even a huge fan of going to parties, because parties usually mean pressure—pressure to be witty and charming and look good in my clothes while being witty and charming and not getting the spinach dip stuck in my teeth. Especially not that.

In other words, I usually freeze up any social gathering that’s anything other than casual.

But this was different! This is my debut! I had to have a party! Or else!

Oh, that ‘or else.’ A lot of people wanted to celebrate with me. I had mom friends come with their kids because my kid was at this party and I wanted other people there to entertain him. I had family come, some from over five hours away. Retired neighbors, one of my bosses, and don’t forget my 96 ¾ year old Gram. I had local friends come, and I had one of my oldest friends come—all the way from Texas. She brought me a quilt—that had my book cover on it! Isn’t that the most cool thing ever?

In other words, I had a fairly schizophrenic guest list. Which lead to an immediate problem: what do you feed this wide swath of humanity?

The answer? Dessert.  God blessed me with a husband who views baking as a form of relaxation, so he made cookies, brownies, and cupcakes. We had gift cards to TCBY, so we got an ice cream cake. And, because this was my party, I decided to go big (because the party was already in my home): I ordered a book cake. A cake that looked like my book.

Cake made by Cakes by Kimberly

Oh, yeah! You know how ‘they’ say everyone has a book inside of them? Even more true when you party with me!

Totally awesome. And even better? It was a tasty cake. I got a layer of strawberry cake between two layers of French vanilla. My son insisted he get to eat the part with the horse’s head on it. I tried not to think about how weird that could be. He’s never even seen The Godfather, after all.

Of course, I ordered a cake that would have fed a small village, so we’re going to be eating this cake for most of the rest of the winter. But that’s okay.

Each bite of publishing tastiness will be just as sweet.

I’m giving away one signed copy of A Man of His Word to a commenter who tells me what the neatest/weirdest/ugliest cake they ever ate was. I want all of your cake glory and heartbreak!

This post is brought to you as part of the A Man of His Word Blog Tour. U.S. residents only. For a complete tour schedule and rules, visit Comments on this blog will be entered to win a signed copy of A Man of His Word. All blog comments are added to the Jewelry Grand Prize list. Jewelry Grand Prize announced on January 1st, 2012 to one randomly drawn name on the list.

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Bio: Award-winning author Sarah M. Anderson may live east of the Mississippi River, but her heart lies out west on the Great Plains. With a lifelong love of horses and two history teachers for parents, it wasn’t long before her characters found themselves out in South Dakota among the Lakota Sioux. She loves to put people from two different worlds into new situations and to see how their backgrounds and cultures take them someplace they never thought they’d go.

When not helping out at school or walking her rescue dog, Sarah spends her days having conversations with imaginary cowboys and American Indians, all of which is surprisingly well-tolerated by her wonderful husband and son.

*I was just joking about the her not being welcome bit. Maybe. >.> (And yes, I know some of you are fans of other schools, even M*ch*g*n … and you’re welcome here too. Remember when I even [let] someone say “Go Bl*e” in the comments? 😉 But Sarah went to The Ohio State University. So that changes things.

0 thoughts on “Guest: Sarah M. Anderson

  1. Bella@BeguileThySorrow

    I LOVE that quilt it’s so cool! I love quilts in general but one with a picture of your book on it? That’s just too awesome:)
    I havent had any weird or ugly cakes but a friend had some cupcakes made that were werewolves howling! All made out of the icing and they looked great! I took a picture but cant find the flash drive I stored it on lol

    1. Sarah M. Anderson

      Thanks, Bella! I knew my friend made quilts, but I wasn’t expecting her to break that out on me! It’s so awesome!

      Werewolf cupcakes? Wow . . . you just kind of blew my mind a little. Wow.

  2. Mary Dieterich

    The party was great. That was my first book cake. It was tasty! My favorite cake was my Grandma’s homemade angel food cake.

  3. Liz

    It’s so nice that your family and friends shared your good news like that! I haven’t had any awful or weird cakes, either, but my favorite cake is the cannoli cake from my local bakery. The book sounds wonderful, I’m putting it on my TBR. I love the idea of a cowboy and a businessman rolled up into one. Best wishes on your future success!

  4. Ivy Garmon

    It was a great party! Here’s to many, many, more “book release” parties (or, at least the occasion for them). I was thinking early that your “schizophrenic guest list” helped make it such an “entertaining” one. My favorite cake is one made by someone else. Anyone else.

  5. Amy Short

    The ugliest cake I have ever eaten was created by none other than myself. I didn’t realize that our oven was tilted until I baked a cake in it and it came out 4″ tall on one side and 3/4″ on the other. I made another to match it, and decorated it to look like an open book so I could feel better about it. HA! At least it tasted good. My favorite cake is dreamsickle cake from The Pasta House. YUM!

  6. Sarah M. Anderson

    Amy, was it a little crispy on the end? That’s one heck of a tilt!

    And Lime, thanks so much for having me! Did I tell you I had one of the basketball players who went to the Final Four in my class back in 1999? Yes, I am that old!

    Darn it, now I want cake for lunch. Hmmm. Cake….

  7. Jennifer A

    Not sure if this constitutes as gross but embarrassing. Went to boy’s birthday party and the mom offered ice blue and red cupcakes to the parents. Being a foodie I couldn’t resist. I think I used the excuse I hadn’t eaten lunch or some BS. Anyway, I took the blue. Let’s just say it looked like I had my way with a Smurf when I was done. My teeth, my lips and my tongue were all blue! Forget about the spinach in your teeth. I had Smurf juice everywhere. Yeah, that won’t happen again!

    It was great seeing you on Sunday!

  8. Sarah M. Anderson

    Hi Jennifer! I had a Cookie Monster cake when I turned three. Shared it with my sisters, who were 1 1/2. My father is still emotionally scarred by this experience. Blue icing is . . . potent!

  9. Karen C

    Many years ago, I was given a cake decorated to look like a basket of flowers for a bridal shower. You could see the weave of the basket and the whole thing was just gorgeous! Your book cake is truly splendid ….

  10. Christina L.

    Hi Sarah! The worst cake I’ve ever had was, unfortunately, at a wedding. We couldn’t say anything, of course, but it had the taste and texture of cornbread! Extremely dry! I would have gotten a refund! Anyway, can’t wait to read your book. Best wishes!

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