Welcome to another Round Table Chat. It’s a beautiful day and I’m thrilled to have here with me Andrea Buginsky the author of the just released book Destiny.
Good morning Andrea and welcome to my little world. Can I offer you a cappuccino, coffee, tea? I’m not sure what you drink in the morning.
Andrea – Hi Annamaria! Beautiful place you have here. I would love a cup of coffee with White Chocolate Raspberry Coffee Cream, please. Yum!
Annamaria – For your enjoyment, I also baked fresh cannoli and a pineapple upside down cake.
Andrea – Ooh, cannoli! More yum. Thank you J Do you have chocolate?
Annamaria – I love it when my guests enjoy my food. Oh, do you need sugar?
Andrea – No, thank you. Is there any orange juice?
Annamaria – I’m never without chocolate, and you’re luck I still have a bit of orange juice.
I’ve known you for a while, but have never had the opportunity to sit and chat with you. I’ve always wanted to ask, how many books and series have you published already, and what are they?
Andrea – I have four books and two series now:
Nature’s Unbalance: The Chosen, Book 2
My Open Heart
Destiny: New Avalon, Book 1
I’m currently working on the second book in the New Avalon series. And I’ve recently received my rights back to my other books, so more stories in The Chosen saga will be coming soon, too!
Oh, are there any sausage links?
Annamaria – Sorry, I’m allergic to pork so I don’t keep any sausage around. That’s great news for the readers of The Chosen, but let me ask, what’s your process for deciding when a story is going to be a series?
Andrea – I don’t think I have a process. As I’m writing a story, if I suddenly see that there is so much I could say in the story, and several characters that start telling me their own story, then I know I have to make it a series. It’s only fair to all of my characters. None of them want to be left out.
Annamaria – You’re another author whose characters appear out of nowhere and scream to tell their story? How long does it take you to throw your hands up in the air and let them take over?
Andrea – Well, they don’t always come out and scream at me. Sometimes I have to coax them. But I actually love it when they start taking over. After all, it’s their story; I’m just the narrator.
Hey, do you have any more of those yummy cannoli? And I could use more coffee please. Thanks!
Annamaria – You’re very welcome. Tell me, as a character takes over his/her story are you ever shocked at the direction the events take?
Andrea – Sometimes. Just when I think I know my character, boom! They tell me something completely shocking. After that, I have to figure out how to tell my readers. You can’t always just come out and tell them things right away… Know what I mean?
Annamaria – I know what you mean. You have to ease them into the new circumstance not to shock them completely. As it ever happened that something like this changes the ending of your novel and you need to figure out a completely different one?
Andrea – Oh, yes, I’ve had that happen. But I find that it makes the novel a lot more interesting. I find it surprising that I can be completely surprised by something that happens in my own stories. But that’s what I love about writing: you never know where it’s going to take you. And if you’re pleasantly surprised, or even not so pleasantly surprised, by your own words, imagine what that will be like for your readers…
Annamaria – I imagine and hope it would leave them with a feeling of wanting to read another of your books. But sometimes, I know, I make my reader angry because something unexpected and unspeakably terrible happens to one of the character, like possibly, death. Have you ever thrown such a devastating curve ball to your readers?
Andrea – No. I haven’t been able to stomach the idea of killing one of my characters off. I’ve had people around me suggest it, and I always yell at them for it. I love my characters! I don’t want to lose any of them. That’s the way I feel now. I guess we’ll have to see where the story lines take us…and them.
Annamaria – I can tell you that it is pretty painful. My characters turned events in a way that left me with no choice. I asked several of my friends what they thought and one of them said something like, if the death of the character helps in the growth and development of the main character then I can live with it. The most important of all our character is the MC, so I made peace with the death of the lesser character. Well, what’s the worst thing you’ve ever done to one of your characters?
Andrea – I did actually kill the hero of the book (the heroine is the MC), but the MC is a healer who can also resurrect the dead. It was a highly emotional scene because she completely broke down and couldn’t calm herself enough to do the spell. It was very touch and go, but she finally composed herself enough to do the spell, and he survived. I think I was actually crying when I wrote it…
Annamaria – And here I thought I was the only one who cries while writing touchy scenes. Did you have any teary moments while writing Destiny?
Andrea – A couple…but I can’t reveal where just yet. I wouldn’t want to ruin it for anyone who hasn’t read it yet.
Are there any more of those cannoli left? I’m a bit hungry again. Oh, and more coffee, too please. Thanks!
Annamaria – I’m so glad you’re enjoying my tidbits. Here’s some fresh coffee and another cannoli. I think I’ll have another one too.
Now that Destiny is out, what will you be working on?
Andrea – I’m already working on the second book in the New Avalon series. It’s called ‘Fate,’ and focuses on Elena’s roommate, Izzy. She has a big event from her past she’s been dealing with, and in the book, something happens that brings it front and center into her life, and she must deal with it once and for all. The second book will also find Elena dealing with a new power. A new character is also introduced. There’s a lot going on in book two!
I’ll also be working on the next book in The Chosen series. A lot of my fans have been asking me about it, and I’ve told them that I had to put it on the back burner. Well, I’m happy to say that I can move it back to the front! Book three is written and going through its first editing stage. I hope to have it released in time for the holidays. This book will focus on Striker, the leader of the group. Striker is an elf hunter, and he’ll be taking on an apprentice.
Annamaria – Sounds like you have your near future all planned out. Good for you. I think it’s great that you know exactly where you’re going with your work. Is it safe to say that for the time being you’ll be concentrating on these two series, or do you have more surprises in your sleeves?
Andrea – *laughs* Well, I might have something else cooking in the back of my mind… But I have to wait to see where it leads me before I’m ready to say anything about it yet. But the idea is definitely…fluttering around my head.
Annamaria – That’s what I like about creative people, we always have mist expanding in our brains, transforming into solid ideas.
I’m curious, where do you do your best thinking?
Andrea – Usually when I’m watching TV or a movie. I’ll see something I like, and my mind will start to drift off into its own little world, creating things. Also when I’m drifting off to sleep, or just daydreaming and listening to music.
I do get little tidbits here and there from out of the blue, too. I’ve always heard other writers talk about keeping pen and paper nearby to grab these, but I have yet to remember to do that… So, if I’m home, I’ll run to my desk to jot something down. I do carry a small notebook and pen in my purse so I have somewhere to jot these random thoughts down if I’m out and about.
Annamaria – I keep pen and paper in my purse, and I keep a small notebook with pencil on my night table. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night with interesting ideas. I guess it’s a trademark of authors.
Andrea, I’ve enjoyed chatting with you and I do hope you’ll come back and chat some more.
Andrea – I would love to! Thank you so much for having me over, Annamaria. I enjoyed our chat.
Andrea Buginsky is a freelance writer and author. “The Chosen,” a middle-grade fantasy novelette 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 is currently working NEW AVALON, a YA fantasy series. Book 1, “Destiny,” is available on Amazon. To learn more about Andrea, visit her on her website.
Constantly teased and taunted by the popular girls, Elena Baxter desperately wants to fit in. On her sweet sixteenth, she receives two shocking gifts: telekinesis and the surprising truth about her heritage. With high hopes that things will be different now, Elena returns to school to find that nothing has changed. Only this time her hurt feelings and frustration boil into something even she cannot understand.
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