Featured today is Andrea Goodson, and she is the one who actually came up with the idea for Author to Author. I don't know her personally, but she's been a great help to all of the authors involved in this blog hop. I hope you enjoy reading about her and learning about her books!
Andrea Goodson was born in 1982 and had a love of and fascination with writing since she was very young. Always imagining ways in which the world could be different, she began to write short stories when she was very young. It wasn't until many years later that she put pen to paper and began to work on what has become her first novel,Riverbend, part one in a trilogy. Upon completion of that work she found that writing was something she felt meant to do and would never be able to give up. Using her own experiences with hardship and tragedy, Andrea uses her writing to reach others in an effort to show the world that we need not be victims of circumstance. Her main characters endure many conflicts yet find the courage and strength to better themselves. Andrea spends long days walking in the forests of Northwest Pennsylvania dreaming up her next novels.
1. Who's your favorite author, and why?
This is almost impossible for me to answer. There are so many authors whose work I adore. From Romantic Suspense to Young Adult to Fantasy to Chrsitian Fiction, there are countless whose books have changed my outlook on life. If I had to choose an absolute favorite it would be the author who first inspired my soul to dream of life in another time and place. Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables was the first book that I lost myself in as a child. Without her work, I may have never aspired to be an author.
2. If you could have a conversation with one of the characters in your most-recently released novel, which one would it be and why?
Lena Woodruff from Riverbend. She is strong, bold, and unforgiving of herself. I would love the chance to tell her that life isn't supposed to be easy and she should just give herself a break!
3. Where do you get the ideas and inspiration for your characters personalities?
My characters personalities are a blend of traits from many people I have encountered throughout my life. A favorable character might get the traits that I most appreciated from a handful of people I have known, while the villians get the worst!
4. What is the best thing (in your opinion) about being a writer?
Daydreaming, imagining, and thinking up stories. Coming up with plots and characters functions as a great stress reliever from the everyday havoc of the real world.
5. How did you find your agent/publisher?
This is actually a long story. I will keep it short and sweet for you. I sent countless query letters out with little to no response. I almost gave up after weeks and weeks of frustration. My child, who has been battling Dyslexia, was having great difficulty with some homework one night. She had been crying and was ashamed and embarassed that she was having such a hard time completing her work. My exact words to her were, "You can accomplish anything you set your mind to as long as you have the motivation. Don't ever give up. Nothing is impossible. You are smart and you have ambition.You can do this!" She looked back at me and said, "Then why don't you just publish your book yourself?" I was speechless and instantly realized that to be an effective parent and successful in my own attempts, I needed to practice what I preached. After a few days of research and reading, I made the decision to self publish. I am very happy with my decision. It gives me control over my book's marketing and promotion while keeping me very involved with my readers. Also, it has impacted my daughter in an amazing way. She suddenly developed a love for reading that was not there before and has started an idea journal of thoughts for her own stories!
"Love it or leave it." Writing is fun for me and there is nothing I would rather do. Someone told me once that if it begins to feel like too much of a job that I shouldn't do it. I now see why. Although I absolutely love writing, editing and marketing are an entirely different story. I don't necessarily dislike them, but they are not exactly loads of fun. So, you must love writing enough to make the rest of the work involved worth it. For me the benefits always outweigh the downfalls.
7. Biggest mistake you've made as an author?
I published my first novel before attempting to build any kind of website, platform, or fan base. I didn't even have a Twitter at the time. A novel isn't going to get read very much if nobody knows that it was even published! I spent a great deal of time doing what I can only describe as "back up" posting.
At this point in the story (Riverbend is book one in a trilogy), all Lena would want is a one way ticket to Georgia!
9. Favorite Christmas music?
Anything instrumental, piano, or Trans-Siberian Orchestra!
10. What was the best gift you ever received?
My laptop. It was the first tool I used to begin research for my first book.
Thank you, Andrea!
You can view, sample, and purchase Riverbend on Kindle, paperback Amazon, and all eBook formats on Smashwords. The second book, Rapid Water is due for release on Dec. 15, 2012
The Author to Author Blog Hop is hosting a giveaway for a prize package of eBooks from our contributing authors. Enter below, and the winner will be notified by e-mail. You have a chance to enter every day on any of the participating author's blogs - so keep checking back. (Note: eBooks labeled 18+ will not be awarded to a winner under the age of 18.)
The Author to Author Blog Hop Giveaway Prize Package includes:
Legacy of a Dreamer by Allie Jean (16+)
Lessons Learned by Sydney Logan (16+)
Ghostwriter by Lissa Bryan (16+)
Behind Closed Doors by Sherri Hayes (16+)
Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever by L.V. Lewis (18+)
Riverbend by Andrea Goodson
Serial Summer by Angel Lawson (18+)
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