Sunday, September 6, 2015

Author Interview: R.L Andrew

Today I am interviewing R.L Andrew, who reviews horror films and an author in the anthology 'Anything Goes'.

Natasha: Tell me a bit about yourself.

R.L Andrew: I’m Australian, and have been chronically ill for a few years now. I used to have a legal career as a Legal Executive, but when I became unwell I had to find a new focus. I also love cooking and reading, and I review horror films as well for a leading New York Website, and love all things horror.

I also have a herb garden, three grown daughters, and two granddaughters.

Natasha: How long have you been writing?

R.L Andrew: I have been writing my whole life on and off, but when I became ill, and was looking for something to occupy my eager brain, I began writing again. About two years ago I started writing my first book, which involves another planet so its been a long but fun process. Around a year ago I got my first short story published. I currently have 8 in print and another 6 being published within the next two months. And more in the works.
Natasha: When you are not writing, how do you like to spend your spare time?
R.L Andrew: Watching movies, reading, learning more about writing, and spending time with friends and family. All of which, as well as my writing depends on how well I am each day, and what I am capable of doing.

Natasha: Tell us a little about your anthology.

R.L Andrew: It was a long nine month process, working alongside a number of talented writers. We all critiqued each others works, so we got to see our stories grow as well as our skills. I made life long friends out of it, and learnt an incredible amount about the story writing process, and getting yourself out of your comfort zone. It’s amazing what you can achieve. The first story I have in there is called The Guardian: When the War was Over. That is about Arch Angel Gabriel and what happened after Lucifer caused the rebellion in Heaven. Its quite deep and powerful. From Gabriel’s point of view during the events. It was quite a big story to undertake in terms of emotion and writing style, but I got the most out of it.

The second story I have in there is called Teacups & Tansy, and it could not be more different than The Guardian. Teacups is about two little old ladies Edna and Millie that quietly and happily kill people. It is a crime story, with a great deal of humour. Quite quirky and unusual but fun in its own right.

Natasha: What was your favorite scene to write?

For The Guardian story I loved the scene around the table where Lucifer thuds down his fist and the table splits in two. Gives me chills, and I loved the scene at the start between Gabriel and Lucifer, before it all goes to hell, literally.

R.L Andrew: For Teacups, I love the scene where Edna and Millie have to dispose of their latest body. Lots of fun.

Natasha: What was your least favorite scene?

R.L Andrew: My least favourite scene in the Guardian would probably be when Gabriel discovers there is nothing he can do to stop what is going to happen. His whole world gets destroyed. That always makes me feel sad.

In Teacups, the scene where one of the characters gets killed is my least favourite only because she was nice and it wasn’t her fault.

Natasha: Do you have any other exciting projects coming out?

R.L Andrew: Yes, a few. My first book, and six other short stories coming out that cross a number of genres. I also have a few more projects coming up.

Natasha: Do you have any advice for other writers trying to get published?

R.L Andrew: Keep writing, and learning about writing. It’s really important to share your work at some point and get it critiqued by the right person or people, and learn from that. Stop talking about writing and wanting to get published and just do it. You have nothing to lose. Also, don’t think you are ever too good to learn from someone else, or that you don’t need anyone else to beta read your work before you submit it somewhere. Big mistake.

Natasha: What is the best way for readers to reach you?

R.L Andrew: Through my Facebook and Amazon Pages. Despite avoiding it for as long as possible I have just joined Twitter, Good Reads and Tsu. Once I figure those out, then they can contact me there too.

RL has a number of short stories published which can be found on her Amazon Author Page:

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