Hi and thanks for visiting with me @ Penny’s Tales.
- Tell us all about Andrea.
I’m a writer, a dreamer, and a fighter. I grew up with heart disease, which I think has made me stronger. I’ve loved writing all my life, and turned it into a career in college. I’ve been freelance writing for several years now. A few years ago, when I decided to try my hand at writing stories for children, I came up with the idea for “The Chosen,” and now I have three books published.
- Give us the low-down on your story.
The Chosen is comprised of a group of six warriors who each have a roll in their group. They are sent on quests by the Queen of their land to save their world, Phantasma, from evil-doers. In the second book, “Nature’s Unbalance,” there’s a foe attacking Nature herself, and The Chosen must defend her before their world is destroyed.
- How did you come up with the idea for your story?
I don’t really remember. I knew I wanted to write more in the series after the first book, so I just started writing the beginning with an event I wanted to write about. At this event, things started happening that alerted The Chosen, and everyone else, that something was truly wrong on their world. I kept writing the scenes, and the idea to make it all about Nature came about.
- How long have you been writing?
Since I was a kid. I wasn’t one of those writers you hear about writing all over their journals and in diaries and such as a child, but I loved my English classes, and always loved the writing assignments.
- Tell the world the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? Now if you hate that question, tell us something that scared the wits out of you!
I can’t think of an embarrassing moment, so we’ll go with the scary one. It’s actually a dream I had when I was a kid. There was a really big, evil dragon-like creature chasing me, and I woke up in a panic. Perhaps he was a future creature from one of my stories J
- What was your favorite, all time, movie?
Oh, that’s easy! “Dirty Dancing.” I drive my family nuts with the number of times I watch it. I was twelve when I first saw it in the theatres, and I just can’t get enough of it. The music, the dancing, the storyline, the actors…all of it. I’m a HUGE Patrick Swayze fan, and was devastated by his death. It’s hard to watch the movie now, but I still love it.
- Do you have a special go-to person you send your stories to, just to see what they think?
My mom. She’s the first one I share them with, to see how she likes them. Then some friends, my sister, and to test them on my intended audience, my niece and nephew.
- Can you give us a hint of what your next story is about?
In book 3, which I’m calling “Striker’s Apprentice,” Striker, the leader of The Chosen and a hunter, will be taking on a young hunter to help train.
- With all the promoting that is just as important as writing the story, do you have a schedule you try to stick with when trying to get a story finished?
Not really. I write when I feel up to it. Sometimes it’s only a couple of sentences, sometimes it’s a few pages. Then there are days or even weeks that go by where I haven’t done any writing at all.
- Have you ever thought of just hanging it up because of rejections or a too demanding schedule?
Nope. I love to write, and now I love these stories and characters. Even though I take the breaks I just mentioned from them, I know I couldn’t take a permanent one from them. They (the characters) are too important to me.
- What is your favorite thing to do when not writing?
Watch TV or movies.
- And, of course, the most important question, where can we find you and your books?
My website is called Andi’s Realm
I’m on Twitter @andreabuginsky
I’m on Google+
Thank you so much for inviting me today, Penny! I had a great time talking with you and saying hello to your readers again.