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AB: Good morning, Thomas. Thanks so much for having me.
TR: Let’s get this rolling. How old were you when you wrote your first piece?
AB: I was 12. It was an assignment for my sixth grade English class, and it was published in an anthology at the end of the year. Now that I think about it, that’s probably what sparked my interest in writing; but it took years for that spark to flame.
TR: Twelve? Man…what was it, and in what genre?
AB: It was an autobiographical piece about the time I fell of my bike and broke my arm. I was six-years-old, my bike was small, and I fell on the grass. But I still managed to break my arm!
TR: Very cute :) What have you written since then?
AB: Many school papers, articles for a magazine I created in high school called “Campus Woman,” aimed at young college girls, articles for my college’s newspaper, articles for a local paper, and then my first attempt at a novel, an adult romance, never finished first draft. I moved on to write “The Chosen,” which was published by Solstice Publishing earlier this year, “My Open Heart,” and “Nature’s Unbalance (The Chosen),”both also published by Solstice. I’m now working on editing “The Chosen: Book 3”, and the first draft of another YA novel.
TR: Ye gods, I’m suddenly tired. So, what was the inspiration for “The Chosen 2″?
AB: It’s the second in my YA series. I wanted to continue telling stories about The Chosen, and I came up with the idea to use natural elements (Nature herself) as the cause of the problem that needed to be solved.
TR: That sounds cool. Tell us a little about it, and where it’s available.
AB: “Nature’s Unbalance” is about Nature being affected by an evil being, which is causing her to not be able to perform the Winter Solstice. She’s trapped, and it’s causing havoc on Phantasma. The Chosen must seek out Nature and what’s causing her chaotic behavior, then save her.
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TR: Very good…thank you. Is there a particular place or setting where you get your writing ideas?
AB: I get most of my ideas from other fantasy movies and books.
TR: Okay, so what made you choose either traditional or independent publishing?
I had the opportunity to pitch “The Chosen” to Solstice Publishing at the Muse Online Writers Conference two years ago. They liked it and offered me a contract. At first, I wasn’t sure what to expect from signing with a small, independent publisher, or having my book in electronic format only (at first). It turned out, I jumped on both bandwagons (independent publishing and eBooks) just as they were taking off, and I couldn’t be happier!
TR: The best of both worlds, eh? If you had to choose the most important element in an author’s platform, what would it be?
AB: A website. There’s nothing cooler than logging on to your favorite author’s website and seeing everything they’re involved in: their books, their upcoming events, recent activities, their blog…you get the picture.
TR: Absolutely, and I couldn’t agree more :) Now, what mistakes have you made in regards to publishing and marketing your work, and what will you do differently in the future?
AB: I didn’t get the word out enough about my books. Over the last couple of months, I’ve started to advertise it more across my social networking boards. In the future, I will do this starting before the book is published.
TR: Timing is everything, isn’t it? Do you have an idea for your next book?
AB: *laughing* I’m already editing book 3, have a concept for book 4, and am working on the first draft of another YA fantasy, not related to “The Chosen.”
TR: Okay, okay. I’m ready for a nap. Andrea, I really enjoyed having you. Thanks so much.
AB: I had fun! Thanks, Thomas…
TR: There you be, folks. Just a little bit about a very busy Andrea Buginsky and her books. Do yourself a favor – go out and get one or three today!
Tune in tomorrow, when I interview Hunter S. Jones, author of “Fables of the Reconstruction“. Be there!