Meet My Guest for Today, Brenda S. Anderson. Author of Gritty Fiction

Brenda S Anderson close up (446 x 600)

DVC: My fellow author Brenda S. Anderson is here to say hi and tell us about herself and her writing journey.

First of all, Brenda, thank you for visiting today. I am intrigued that you write what you describe as “gritty” fiction. It sounds a lot like the type of fiction I like to read and write. Tell us why you decided to write that type of fiction.

“When I sit down to write, the stories that come alive on my computer all tend to focus on broken people and messy lives. If you look at the majority of fiction released under the Christian fiction umbrella, you’ll see gritty fiction isn’t the norm, and the edgy books that are out there aren’t big sellers. So why write gritty fiction when the market doesn’t support it? Well, I have a number of reasons:

“It’s What I Enjoy Reading. When I look for books to read, I quickly skim past the sweet romances and cozy mysteries, not because they’re poor quality (which they aren’t), but because I prefer what I call meaty fiction. I want to read a book I can ‘sink my teeth into.’ I love stories that challenge me and make me think, not ones that merely provide entertainment. I want to read about God’s broken people because He can do such a mighty work through them.

“Out of Obedience. Most authors will tell you they’re called to write. They can’t not write.  And that’s true with me as well. Although my stories aren’t your typical Christian fiction fare, they are all stories God puts on my heart—I have to tell them, and then trust that He will get them to the right readers.

“Writing Allows Me to Speak Out. I’m normally a quiet person, one who doesn’t like to make waves, but I also know God doesn’t want us to sit on life’s sidelines when we live in a very fallen world. Writing stories allows me to speak out on those topics I’m passionate about. My first published work, Chain of Mercy, centered around a man going through post-abortion syndrome. Pieces of Granite is about a couple who struggles with their marriage after learning their unborn child has Down syndrome. My new release, Hungry for Home, is about a homeless teen. Stories touch people’s hearts in a deeper way than non-fiction, so my hope is that my stories will get someone to think beyond their cozy little world.

“It Helps Me See From Multiple Perspectives. In Hungry for Home, I tell the story from a homeless teen’s perspective and a wealthy couple’s perspective, along with some minor characters points of view. All are going to see the world through their own unique lens. Writing their stories helps me see people’s hearts, the heart God sees, not that the world sees.

DVC: I love the cover of your new release, Hungry for Home. Can you tell us more about it?

About Hungry for Home


After a troubling encounter with a pregnant teen, Sheila Peterson-Brooks hurries from the crisis pregnancy center into the frigid Minnesota winter where she is mugged and left for dead. After a frantic search, Richard, her husband, finds her, and the police quickly nab the mugger …

A hungry, homeless teen.
The brother of the pregnant girl Sheila had just counseled.

The girl pleads for her brother, and Sheila and Richard choose not to press charges. Instead, they open their home to the boy, a move that could cost them their possessions, and their hearts.And, in the process, teach them the true meaning of home.

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Brenda S. Anderson bio:

Brenda S. Anderson writes gritty and authentic, life-affirming fiction. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), and is currently President of the ACFW Minnesota chapter, MN-NICE. When not reading or writing, she enjoys music, theater, roller coasters, and baseball, and she loves watching movies with her family. She lives in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area with her husband of 28 years, their three children, and one sassy cat.

Readers can learn more about Brenda S. Anderson at

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3 responses

  1. Thank you, Dawn, for welcoming me to your blog! I love your name, Hot Topic Fiction–exactly what I’m drawn to.


  2. […] I’m also over at Dawn Cahill’s Hot Topic Fiction blog, talking about why I write gritty fiction:… […]


  3. […] had the pleasure of *meeting* Dawn Cahill when she took part in my blog tour for Hungry for Home. Dawn writes Hot Topic Fiction, so we’re kindred writing spirits. […]


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