Because Everyone Needs A Little Fantasy

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With kids still out of school and no end in sight for our local teacher’s strike this seems a perfect time to share the work of a friend of mine and fellow writer who writes YA. Fantasy to be exact with her work sometimes compared to a young Tolkien.

Andrea’s first publication is The Chosen, a middle-grade fantasy she worked on for about three years. The second book in The Chosen series, Nature’s Unbalance, was released May 2014. Andrea is currently editing Book 3, Striker’s Apprentice.

Andrea’s second series, New Avalon, is YA fantasy. Book 1, Destiny, is available on Amazon. Fate: New Avalon, book 2 is releasing on September 30th. Readers of the first book will find Elena Baxter’s second year at New Avalon even more challenging, if possible, than her first.

Andrea has also published My Open Heart, an autobiography about growing up with heart disease. Her hope is that it will give encouragement to young adults growing up with heart disease, or other chronic illnesses, as well as parents of children growing up with heart disease.

Andrea lives in the Kansas City, KS area. She grew up in Florida, but is originally from NJ.

She has generously shared with me details of her writing career. The following are some questions and answers on what it means to be a writer for Andrea along with an excerpt of her work:

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How did you start writing?

 I had to change my major towards the end of my sophomore year of college. I didn’t know what field I wanted to go into. My sister said, “You like writing, why not do that?” So I chose journalism. When I graduated, I started writing freelance web copy from home. I then decided I wanted to try to write a book. After a few attempts at different genres and storylines, The Chosen was born.

What is the best part of writing?

Creating new worlds and shaping my characters to be who I want them to be…until they take over.

Why do you write?

Because I want to.

How do you come up with ideas?

*laughs* Another tough question. They usually pop into my head when I’m watching television and movies, or reading books. I’ll see something that sparks an idea, and take off with it from there.

 If you had one super-power what would it be and why?

Flying. I’ve always wanted the ability to take off and fly away, hovering above everything and everyone, and floating through the clouds.

 One wish?

This is a tough question, but if I had one wish, I would use it to heal my heart condition. I would love to be able to know the freedom of running up a hill.

 What would you say to someone wishing to become a writer?

Never give up your dream. Keep working hard, and persevere.

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34 thoughts on “Because Everyone Needs A Little Fantasy

  1. Nice interview and thanks for the introduction! I’ve always wanted to fly too…:) Maybe there is a little Peter Pan in us, yes? LOL Wishing you much success in your writing career.

  2. I have not checked any of her books but I will check it. All of us sometimes want to get rid of our busy life and go in a world of our own, where things work as we want.
    Creating such place and characters is really something … HARD.
    This is a short interview but she seems an influential and intelligent women.
    Creating new worlds is different and idea can come from anywhere.

    It was nice to know about Andrea M Buginsky.

  3. I think being able to fly your own plane is pretty incredible! But when I see an eagle flying overhead…yeah, that would be pretty sweet. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. What a nice interview. I’ve always wanted to fly. I dream about it some time but that is another story all together. I agree with Jacqueline, I do believe there is a bit of Peter Pan in all of us. I do wish you great success with your writing. :-)

  5. I love the comment about the best part of writing being “shaping my characters to be who I want them to be . . . until they take over”. When the characters become that real to the writer, they’re bound to feel real to the reader. Nice interview.

  6. Hi Pat: Really enjoyed this interview and wish your author Andrea great success. Growing up with a chronic condition makes it difficult for many to see past that – that Andrea did and is encouraging others to do the same is wonderful. The flying idea is also great – just imagine zooming out there not a care in the world. Lovely.

  7. Would love to fly not least because it would make my global life so much easier. Another wonderful idea is a flying carpet…

  8. Chronic conditions are difficult, particularly for children. But in this case that may be what inspired her to write fantasy, allowing us all to enjoy the world’s she creates! And flying definitely has it’s appeal. I hope you have a chance to enjoy her work Lenie!

  9. Pat- Years ago I purchased a silk carpet when I was in turkey. I had it framed and hung it on the wall. My daughter comes to visit and says, who sold you that magic carpet. I told her I only wish that I had a magic carpet that could fly anywhere. This post reminded me of that.

  10. That’s so important. My son loved Harry Potter when he was younger, along with many of his friends. When the books were released they’d spend days reading them. What more could an author ask for?

  11. It’s nice to know that flying is considered a super-power! ;)

    I’ve always wanted to be a bird, so I found this particularly interesting. Maybe this is something a lot of authors have in common?

    Nice interview, btw. Good to meet you both!

  12. How could flying not be a super power? It’s certainly not something we can do normally, unless by plane and I’m noticing it’s one many of us would like to experience. I’m certain that was the motivation for the Wright brothers and countless others who made flying, by plane of course, a reality.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  13. A great interview. As a new author myself, I like reading interviews by other authors. It is a wonderful way to learn about them, and to teach yourself how to respond to an interview like this.

  14. I’m glad you enjoyed the interview. It’s always interesting reading about other authors, and yes, you’re right, it’s a good way to prepare for interviews yourself.

  15. Wow! I am blown away by all the wonderful comments. Thank you so much! I’m sorry I didn’t reply to them individually; I’m busy preparing for the release of Fate: New Avalon, book 2 on Sept. 30! I hope you’ll all stop by the FB Launch party:

    https://www.facebook.com/events/796309873725351/?ref=2&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

    Jacqueline, Beth, Susan, Catarina and Lorraine, yes perhaps there’s something in all of us that makes us want to soar around the sky, up to the stars :)

    Donna, having the characters take over is the best part about writing to me! Especially when we start arguing about I want them to do and what they want to do ;)

    Thank you for your encouraging words, Lenie.

    Arlene, I would love to go on a Magic Carpet Ride!

    Ken, knowing that my books are encouraging a child to read is the best part of my job.

    Meredith, I’m glad to hear you understand the feeling, too :)

    William, best wishes to you and your writing. Enjoy every minute of it!

    Thank you all for your support!

  16. Thank you for sharing how you write with us Andrea and stopping by to answer some of the comments. It’s exciting having a book come out and I’m wishing you lots of success with your latest release, Fate. The cover is absolutely gorgeous.

  17. Interesting interview. Agree completely that everyone needs a little fantasy, but would call it dream instead. If you have a dream and focus on it you are on the way to make it come true.

  18. I think often fantasy can become a dream which can be turned into reality. I suspect this has been the case in your life and part of the reason you’re so successful. But I’m not so sure most of us can become time travellers or live in Arthurian England. I think that just has to be fantasy.

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