Saturday, May 18, 2013

(Interview) with author Andria Large

  • Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? My name is Andria Large, I love to read and have been writing as a hobby up until a few months ago.
  • What do you do when you are not writing? I like to read, possibly catch up on the tons of TV shows I have recorded.
  • Do you have a day job as well? I am a stay at home mom with two little girls.
  • When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book? I've probably been writing since 7th or 8th grade, I started writing Backstreet Boys fan fictions, lol. I stopped for a while in my late teens early twenties and then I started back up again maybe about 5 or 6 years ago, an idea popped into my head and I had to write it down. The first book I ever finished though was the first book I published, 'Henry' which is the first book of The Beck Brothers Series. 
  • How did you choose the genre you write in? I read A LOT of romance and that is what came most naturally to me, so...
  • Where do you get your ideas? My ideas come from many different things. A song, an event in my life, a picture, maybe a person I know or meet. 
  • Do you ever experience writer’s block? Oh yeah! I have so many stories started but not finished because I get stuck and can't figure out what to do next or how and when to finish it. 
  • Do you work with an outline, or just write? I usually have an idea of a few things I want to happen and I might write it down so I don't forget, but for the most part I just start writing and the book develops as I go. Most of the time I don't even know what's going to happen until I get there.
  • Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult? I love the way J.R. Ward and Abigail Roux write, it is just very easy to connect with their kind of style. When I read their books, I can see myself talking like their characters, I think that is what I love the most. 
  • How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre? It's been mostly social media. Facebook mostly, a few blogs and definitely word of mouth has gotten my book around. 
  • Can you tell us about your upcoming book? It is the third book in The Beck Brothers Series called 'Quinn'. I really can't say much because I don't want to give anything away, but Quinn is a very complicated man and everyone will understand why when they read the book. 
  • Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? A lot of it is my own imagination, but I have definitely pulled some stuff from real life experiences. 
  • What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why? Sex scenes are always fun, but I really love writing an argument or fight. The best way to explain it is that I kind of live through my characters and get some of my own frustrations out that way, if that makes sense.
  • How did you come up with the title? That is one thing I am horrendous at! That's why my books are each of the Beck brother's first names! I don't know what I'm going to do when I start my next series, I don't think I can continue on with using first names as titles, lol. 
  • Will you have a new book coming out soon? Yes, I am actually almost finished writing it and then it will go to the editor and then I will publish it myself on Amazon like the other two. 
  • What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment? That my book was like reading something written by a third grader was the worst. And obviously the best have been how much people love the series. 
  • Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers? Proof read, proof read, proof read and then have someone edit, the cranky people who apparently read books for the grammar will give you bad reviews and it will bring your rating average down. 
  • Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans? I love you all! Thank you so much for your support and uplifting words! Woo hoo!

  • Have you ever gone out in public with your shirt on backwards, or your slippers on, and when realizing it, just said screw it? Can't say that I have, but I am definitely the kind of person to say screw it and go on with whatever I'm doing.
  • Do you prefer fuzzy or tub socks? Fuzzy
  • Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point? God no, there is no point!
  • Be honest, how often do you wash your hair? If my hair is lucky, every other day, lol.
  • Do you get road rage? What pisses you off the most about other drivers? I've definitely had to tone it down now that I have kids in the car most of the time, but I can not stand when someone is driving slow in the passing lane! If you want to do the speed limit then get in the middle or right lane!
  • Do you go out of your way to kill bugs? Are there any that make you screech and hide? Depends on the bug...bees? I'm running. Spiders? *shivers* Yuck, I try to avoid them at all costs. Only problem is I don't want to make my girls scared of bugs, so I try to be brave for them.  
  • Coffee or Tea? Coffee, but I do love to have tea at little tea shops with my best friend. 
  • What is your biggest phobia? None of my phobia's are debilitating in any way, but I don't like heights unless I'm on a ride of some sort, I'm definitely a little claustrophobic, bugs (Yuck!), I'm afraid of drowning and burning (Two ways I DO NOT want to die), I'm not that fond of planes either. Geez, I feel like a big wuss now that I see it all written down! 
  • What’s your biggest pet peeve when it comes to social media? (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) Those stupid games! Do not send me Farmville requests or whatever else! I am not going to play no matter how many times you send it to me, dammit!
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    Link for my Facebook Fan page: https://www.facebook.com/AndriaLargeAuthor

    Link for my Author page on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7032815.Andria_Large

  • 1 comment:

    Amy S. said...

    Awesome interview. I have to say that my sister and I LOVE The Beck Brothers series. We can not wait for Quinn's book.
    Do you have a favorite brother out of all of them?

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