Sunday, August 19, 2012

Andrea Buginsky Comes Calling

Hi and thanks for visiting with me @ Penny’s Tales. 
  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. What is your favorite thing to do when not writing?
Watch TV or movies.

  1. 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 Facebook under Andrea Buginsky and Andrea Buginsky Author
I’m on Twitter @andreabuginsky
I’m on Google+
My books are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords.

Thank you so much for inviting me today, Penny! I had a great time talking with you and saying hello to your readers again.


  1. Now I really have to read Nature's Unbalance, and I can't wait for the 3rd book.

  2. I like this type book and am excited to read it. Nice cover also! Good luck.


    1. Thanks Cheryl! I hope you enjoy the book :)