SUNDAY 30th SEPTEMBER 2012
I am delighted and honoured to be hosting an Author Interview with the fabulous Andrea Buginsky! So grab a cuppa and we will catch up with the amazing author…
Andrea Buginsky is a freelance writer and author. “The Chosen” was her first book, and was followed by “My Open Heart,” an autobiography about growing up with heart disease. “Nature’s Unbalance” is the second story in THE CHOSEN series. Andrea plans to write more in the series. She’s already done with the first draft of book 3 and has a concept for book 4. You can find Andrea on her website, Andi’s Realm. Her books are available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Synopsis for books:
Halli is a shy, young dwarf who has no idea of her true calling. When the evil Prince Gastle sets out to detroy the world of Phantasma, Queen Laurali of the Elves comes to tell Halli she’s a Holy Paladin with the power to heal, and will join The Chosen, a group of brave warriors being sent to defeat the evil beast and save Phantasma. Will Halli be accepted by her group, and be able to keep them alive through their adventures? Will the evil Prince Gastle be defeated, freeing Phantasma from his destruction? Only time will tell.
NATURE’S UNBALANCE: THE CHOSEN BOOK 2
During a time of celebration for The Chosen, a mysterious force appears on Phantasma, threatening to destroy Nature and all of her creatures.
Will The Chosen find and defeat this force, and save Nature before it’s too late?
MY OPEN HEART
Growing up with heart disease can be difficult, but it does not always have to alter your life course. MY OPEN HEART is written for young adults growing up with heart disease. It’s meant to inspire them to chase their dreams, to show that they are not alone, and, perhaps, to help guide them through the maze of life with heart disease. Parents of children with heart disease and other chronic illnesses will find support and inspiration within this true story. We are not alone.
Now get that cuppa and wrap your hands firmly around it, take a sip and relax as we meet the lovely Andrea Buginsky!
Hi Andi and welcome today, thanks for stopping by.
First of all, congratulations on having published two Young Adult Novels; The Chosen and Nature’s Unbalance, two fantasy books in a trilogy that you have been working on. Where did the inspiration come from for these?
Thank you! The inspiration came from an online role-playing game I used to play with my family. When I first decided to try my hand at writing YA Fantasy, I came up with the idea to use our characters as my main characters, and write a story about them. I continued sharing their adventures in the second book, and have completed the first draft of the third book.
What progress have you made with the third book and when do you anticipate it to be published?
I’ve just started editing the third book. Right now, it’s a very sloppy mess, and I’m working my way through fixing the basic spelling and grammatical errors. If I come across anything I see needs changing, I’m working on that too. But most of the story structure changes will come with later edits. I’m hoping to have it done and submitted to my publisher by the end of October. Then, it just depends on how long it takes to go through the editing and publishing process. I hope to see the book available by early next year.
You have also published ‘My Open Heart’, an autobiography about growing up with heart disease. What did you find harder to write, this or your Young Adult Novels?
It was harder to write ‘My Open Heart.’ Normally when I write, I like to just sit back and type what comes to mind. We call this pantsing. But when I was writing my autobiography, I couldn’t just do that. I had to take it step-by-step, year-by-year, and figure out how to put everything that I went through growing up with heart disease in order. It was the first time I actually needed to use an outline while writing. But I enjoyed the process once I realized that’s what I needed to do.
I see you have a BA in Journalism; which area of writing would you say you prefer – creative writing or journalism?
I like them both equally. I’m not a newspaper journalist, I’m a magazine journalist. In this day and age, that means I can freelance write for a majority of genres, so I get to pick the ones I want to write about. I write web copy, so everything is done from home on my computer. I love writing the different articles.
But when I write my books, I love immersing myself into that world, too. It’s a great escape, and can be a lot of fun when I let myself really go.
How do you organise your writing time?
*laughing* I don’t. I’ve given up trying to come up with “a writing schedule.” I write when I feel up to it. And when I feel up to it, I write what I feel like writing at the time. When I have deadlines coming up, I make sure I get those assignments done. Then I can work on anything extra I feel up to doing.
Which Authors have influenced your writing?
J.K. Rowling and Rick Riordan have been the biggest influences on my writing fantasy. For writing in general, I have always loved Danielle Steel. And Nicholas Sparks writes in a similar story-telling way that I like to write in.
Where is your best ‘writing space’; the place where you feel comfortably locked away from the world and able to let your creative juices flow?
My desk. I have my computer, notes, files, everything I need right at my fingertips. It’s also quiet, and I have my music when I want to listen to it. There’s a window that allows sunlight in, which I love to have when I’m writing.
And finally, tell us an interesting fact about yourself that not many people know
I’m very shy. Most people will laugh at this and say I’m outgoing because I like to be in the middle of things. But get me around a crowd of people I don’t know, and I’ll usually hide in the corner watching and waiting for something to feel inviting.
Thanks again for your time today Andi, I have really enjoyed having you here.
Thank you, Gemma! I had a wonderful time chatting with you today, and visiting Missuswolf’s Storyland.
Love Missuswolf xxx