October 17, 2015 | Posted in: Author Interviews
Today’s author interview is with the talented R. L. Andrew, who has been featured in many anthologies.
Please welcome R. L. Andrew to XterraWeb ~Books & More~. We hope you enjoy this interview as much as we did.
Before we get started, we would like to thank R. L. for taking the time to give us this interview.
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Amor Libris: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
R. L. Andrew: I’m a chronically ill Australian writer. My illness is the reason I began taking writing seriously. I love writing, reading, and watching horror and science fiction. I also write movie reviews for a New York Website. I get the opportunity to watch some movies before they are released to the public. I aim to make my own horror movie somehow in the next few years.
Amor Libris: What is your favorite motivational phrase, and why?
R. L. Andrew: This too shall pass.
No matter what happens in your life, the struggles you face and the things you worry about will pass in their own time. There is no point worrying about them and getting caught up in the negativity around it. Let it take its course.
Amor Libris: What do you like to do when you are not writing?
R. L. Andrew: Watching horror movies, reading, and cooking when I’m able. I love baking and working in my herb garden.
Amor Libris: What books and/or authors have influenced you the most?
R. L. Andrew: In the past, I only read a limited array of writers, usually male and thrillers. A few years ago, I realised I was doing myself a great disservice so I widened my scope and opened my mind. There are so many books that have inspired me I can’t narrow it down. I am loving Lisa Gardener’s books. She has an amazing knack at writing in the first person. I enjoy Chelsea Cain’s books. She writes flawed characters that do unexpected things, and I can’t put her books down. Oh and Mary Janice Davidson, Karen Rose, and Danielle Trussoni.
Amor Libris: Are there any new authors who have caught your attention?
R. L. Andrew.: Almost everybody I know on Facebook! You could select any one of my writer friends, and they are outstanding and amazing. I can’t pick just one.
Amor Libris: Can you share the title and blurb of your latest book?
R. L. Andrew: I am writing my first book at the moment; however, I have several short stories in anthologies. My favourite would have to be the Anything Goes Volume 2 Anthology. I have two different stories in this anthology.
In the first story, Teacups and Tansy, murder and mayhem ensue when Sabine takes her first detective case. What she doesn’t expect is the geriatric Jerry Springer Show. In the second story, The Guardian: When the War was Over, Archangel Gabriel is facing the most difficult situation since existence began. The future of mankind hangs in the balance as he battles with a former friend in a war he isn’t sure is worth it.
Amor Libris: Who is your favorite character from your latest book, and why?
R. L. Andrew: My favourite characters would be Millie and Edna from Teacups and Tansy. They remind me of my best friend and I, in the broadest sense. We are yet to kill anyone, but I loved creating them, and I love the relationship between them.
Amor Libris: Are any of the characters and/or experiences in your books based upon yourself or someone you know?
R. L. Andrew: Yes, almost all of them! They are usually a combination of traits and personalities of a couple of people rather than being taken directly from one person.
Amor Libris: Can you share with us about what you are working on now or your next project?
R. L. Andrew: I am working on my first novel, A Lunatics Guide to Interplanetary Relations. I’m in the revising process and second/third draft stage, still peeling back layers and building structure. I hope to be finished early next year and then will look for a publisher. During that process, I will continue to write and publish short stories and work on the second book.
Amor Libris: Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
R. L. Andrew: Keep writing and don’t let anything stop you. Where there is a will, there is a way, and with technology the way it is these days, anyone can get out there. But most of all, write for you. Don’t stop learning, and don’t let knock-backs slow you down.
Amor Libris: How can we contact you and find out more about you and your books?
R. L. Andrew: