I'm thrilled to welcome Andrea - a fellow beach lover - as my first interview of 2012! And I love the one word that describes her: Sentimental. (The first step in creating your personal brand, no matter your business, is being able to describe yourself clearly. See Real You Incorporated, my business book, for more.) Anyway, here's Andrea: Besides writing, what are your other passions/hobbies? I’m an avid television and movie watcher. I have several shows I watch on a regular weekly basis, plus “General Hospital.” I don’t go to the theatre that often, but I love to watch new DVD or PPV releases. I also love to read.
What is your favorite season? Spring. The weather is warming up, the trees and flowers are beginning to grow back, and everything seems to have a beautiful, fresh start.
If you could live anyplace on earth, where would it be? Hawaii. I love the beach and the ocean. I would love to live right there on it every day of the year. I also like the idea of the climate: not cold, but not overly hot either, from my understanding. And it just looks beautiful!
Tell us about your writing: I’ve been writing since I was a kid. I loved writing papers for school, and making up stories. I even designed a magazine when I was in high school because I felt the ones available weren’t right for me. Writing became serious for me in college when I decided to make it my career. Now, it’s what I do every day, and I can’t imagine doing anything else. There are days when I feel I need a break from it, but I would never give it up. I don’t have a set schedule like I hear most writers do. I’m disabled, and can tire easily. I write when I feel like it, and up to it, as often as I can. Sometimes it will be daily. Other times, just a few days a week.
Do you listen to music or do you need a quiet place to write? Not usually. Sometimes I’ll put some on in the background. I like Adult Contemporary, or what I used to call Pop: Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Billy Joel, etc.
Tell us about your book: My first book is The Chosen. It’s the first in a series. I combined ideas from different areas, but mostly from a role-playing game I played with my family. I used our characters and created a world for them, and my own personalities and quests for them. I used ideas I had from other fantasy books and movies I’ve enjoyed over the years, and just made the book my own.
What is it about? A young dwarf named Halli who learns she’s a Holy Paladin with the power to heal. She is told that she’ll be joining a group of warriors called The Chosen on a quest to defeat an evil-doer who is set on destroying their world. Halli and the rest of The Chosen must stop him and save their world.
Your other work: The second book in The Chosen series has just gone under contract. I’m currently working on the edits, and am very excited to have the second one coming out this year! I’m working on the first draft of the third book, and I have a concept in mind for the fourth.
Where can readers connect with you?
My Website: http://www.andisrealm.webs.com/
WoMen’s Literary Café: http://womensliterarycafe.com/content/pull-chair-andrea-buginsky
Where can we buy your books?
Solstice Publishing: http://www.solsticepublishing.com/products/The-Chosen-%252d%252d%252d-PDF-EBOOK.html
Thank you for having me, Kaira! I enjoyed visiting with you and your followers today.
Thanks for being with us, Andrea! Keep writing!