Can you tell us your name and a bit about yourself
I’m Andie and I live in Sheffield, England. I’m in my forties and have a day job as a Medical Secretary/Research Administrator three days a week. I am mum to an eleven year old son and have been with my partner twenty-five years. All of these things make me sound ancient. I don’t feel in my forties! I can’t stand routine, so love annual leave and days off when I’m not against the clock. Like most other authors I’m an avid reader.
When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve always wanted to write but never actually put words down on paper, just imagined stories in my head like films and kept adding to them. I especially daydreamed on the bus going to work. I got to forty (three years ago) and thought write a book or forget about it. I was doing a degree with the Open University so I changed direction from the Health & Social Care I’d been doing and did the Creative Writing courses. At the same time I joined a novel writing group called Campnanowrimo and started to write. Six weeks later I drafted my first 80k novel. I have a picture of it. It then took me 9 months to edit it; that is to make it pretty and readable. That book is my NEXT book to be released, Underneath. The following year I wrote another one, this time 76k. Did I release this? No. Instead I got the idea for Alphabet in my head, wrote the first novella in Jan, publishing in April. Then I decided I’d write one a month, four in total. The last part came out on the 11 July. I must have been INSANE. But it’s been really well received, averaging 4.4 out of 5 in reviews and I’m really proud of it. I hope you’ll check it out. The complete book is out now.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I honestly don’t remember a pivotal moment that made me want to write. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to.
How did you come up with the title of your book or series?
For The Alphabet Game (out now) I’d been thinking of a hook for a book. I went through days of the week etc and then settled on the alphabet. Then I decided it would be fun to make a sexy game run throughout the novel. So you have Gabe and Stella working their way through a sexy alphabet whilst the main story occurs around it, the revenge plot.
With Underneath (out around September), it was easy to name as the book is about how you can’t know a person totally, ever. You can’t see into their minds. Plus a character may end up that way at the end …
For Journey to the Centre of Myself (out approx November), I thought of Journey to the centre of the earth and based it on that. It’s about a journey to different places and also two main characters journeys about themselves.
The books are all very different in genre, but they all twist and turn. I like to play with readers lol!
Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
My intended audience is anyone who likes a book that hooks them and leads them on a bit of a dance.
Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
People will HATE me for saying this but Arnie was such fun to write!! I’m a nice girl so writing a villain is interesting.
How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?
That has to be Mitch. He doesn’t have an appealing personality, but I’m sure he has his reasons …
What was the hardest part of writing your books?
Writing isn’t that hard. Editing is evil. Having to go through your words over and over again, changing them. Then the endless proofreading and still a typo gets in. I wouldn’t ever release the first part of a novella without having written the rest. I was lucky that the story worked out as if I’d written it all at once I could have changed things around. By publishing the parts as I did, I was stuck with them, but luckily it wasn’t a problem this time.
If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be? Why?
I wouldn’t change any of it. It’s exactly as I wanted it.
Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series
I know at least two readers have been playing along with the game!!
I really have got drunk on limoncello and sung the word operatically (well it was in my mind).
Whilst writing your book did you have much support from family and friends?
Tons. My family are hugely supportive and my work colleagues are awesome, they have always been ‘you can do it.’
Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
My friends call me Martin Moneysaver (a British moneysaving exepert) because I’m so good with managing my money. To me it’s just that the better I manage spending on the boring stuff, the more I have for good stuff like books!
I’m excellent at making cupcakes, though I’ve got bored of that now. I have little obsessions, like cardmaking etc, then I move on.
What can we expect from you in the future?
More books. I have a few things to work on. As long as readers don’t expect a full book every couple of months. These three are coming out in quick succession but it’s taken three years to write them.
What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Please leave reviews on Amazon and Goodreads if you liked it. It only has to be one line. You don’t have to do a great big review. Also please recommend to others and suggest my book on threads, share the trailer. You can help so much by doing these things.
Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get
There’s no point in worrying about getting published or the ins and outs of self publishing until you have a book. So write the book. Also it’s never too late.
Did you learn anything from writing your book?
I learned I have an inner evil mwah ha ha. Also I appear to be obsessed with coffee shops, they are in ALL my books. I defy anyone to not look for Gabe in Starbucks after they’ve read Alphabet!
Is there anything else you would like to say?
Dangerous question cos I like to chat lol! Firstly I’d like to thank anyone who has read this and most definitely anyone who has bought or helped promote the book. Publishing a book is not a solo pursuit and without bloggers like Lisa you wouldn’t be reading about me now, so a special ❤ to Lisa.
Also I am taking part in some UK author signings next year.
March – Orchard Book club event, Peterborough
April – Tattooed Bad Boys event , York
July – Dublin Author Event
August – Silver City Book Signing – Aberdeen
Keep an eye for my postings about ticket sales over at www.facebook.com/andiemlongwriter
THE ALPHABET GAME – THE COMPLETE SERIES: A TO X, Y, Z.
Stella Mulroney is playing a game. It’s taken her two years but she finally has an interview at Gregory & Sons, the top London law firm that looks after her stepfather’s interests. She plans to discover what her Multi-millionaire Stepdaddy really invests in and bring him down. Unwittingly, she’s caught the attention of Hot Alpha Gabriel ‘Gabe’ Gregory, son of her Stepfather’s top Lawyer. He wants to know why Stella has such a need for revenge and would prefer her to channel that fury into a game of his own, ‘The Alphabet Game’. After all, his is much more fun to play. With a thoroughly evil bad guy, secrets, lies, murder, twists, turns, hot sex and love, this is a game not to be missed …
Genre: Erotic Fiction
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WATCH THE HOT TRAILER!! – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7nWMNfp3l8 YOU WON’T REGRET IT!!
THANK YOU ANDREA FOR TAKING TIME OUT TO DO THIS INTERVIEW FOR US XXX