Real Life & Romance Blog
|Posted on 6 October, 2016 at 9:35|
A big welcome to Andrea! Thanks for joining me for coffee today!
Award-winning novelist and poet Andrea Barbosa is an avid reader, soccer fanatic and a tourist at heart who took Creative Writing classes at Texas Tech University and was a contributor writer for Yahoo Contributor Network. She made a few twists working as a public relations for an international jewelry company in Brazil, as a tour guide for Space Center Houston, and as a medical interpreter for major hospitals. These fine places introduced her to new people, big ideas and global concepts that helped shape the writer she is today. When not writing or working a full-time job, she will travel around in search of history, museums,and tourist attractions, or will be involved in scrapbook projects trying to tell the stories of her travel adventures through pictures.
Her poetry collection, "Holes in Space" is the recipient of the 2015 Silver Medal Award in Poetry from Readers' Favorite and is featured in the 50 BestBooks of 2014 at ReadFree.ly website, voted top 5 in poetry by readers. It has been rated as a #1 top seller poetry book in the UK and was ranked within the 5 top sellers in poetry in the US.
Her work has been influenced by contemporary authors Paulo Coelho, Fernando Sabino, Sylvia Plath, Erica Jong and Joyce Carol Oates, among others.
She currently serves as Author Events Director for the Houston Writers Guild.
For more of her writing, follow her: Blog: massiveblackholenovel.blogspot.com/ Follow her on twitter - @andyb0810
What authors have inspired you to write?
Joyce Carol Oates, Erica Jong, Paulo Coelho, Fernando Sabino, and Anne Rice, among others.
What advice has been the most helpful to you in your career?
"To write something, you have to risk making a fool of yourself", by Anne Rice. This quote is, for me, a great advice, because we need to be thick skinned, bold and courageous to write and to deliver our writing to the public.
Do you read reviews? How do you celebrate the good, get over the bad?
Yes, I read reviews. It is exciting to receive a good review and realize what you wrote made a good impact and pleased someone out there. Regarding bad reviews, no one likes to receive them, but I learned that this is part of the trade, and not everyone is going to enjoy or appreciate what you write. It's just that simple. If you look at any best-selling, award-winning, Nobel Prize winning authors books, there are always 1-star reviews. The first time I received a bad review I was upset. Then I looked to see if the reviewer had any hidden suggestions I could use to improve my writing or correct errors. That reviewer stated that they read every word of the book. And didn't like it. And I realized something important – this person read every word of my book. This person didn't stop reading the book half way through. This person was curious enough to read the story from beginning to end to find out what was going to happen. And this person didn't like the story. Fair enough. And for a writer, mission accomplished- what I want is for people to read the whole story and get caught in the plot till the end, whether they ultimately like it or not. And the bad reviews validate your work. After all, as I said above, every best-selling author has bad reviews. Everyone has different tastes.
What does your writing process look like?
It's all over the place. I don't make a plan, I go with the flow. I let the characters talk to me and lead the way.
What type of scene do you find hardest to write?
Sex scenes. When I'm writing romance, I can visualize what I want to write – it's like a movie going on in my mind, but to put the steamy scenes into paper is the hardest for me, as I try not to write in a vulgar language, and try not to be repetitive, which ends up being challenging, after all there are just so many ways to describe some body parts without being ridiculous.
What is one subject you'd never write about as an author?
Child abuse. There are, unfortunately, too many real stories about this subject, and it's too sad to make fiction out of it.
If you weren't a writer, what would you be?
If I had followed some of my other childhood dreams, I'd be either an astronaut or an archaeologist.
Now on to the Fun questions!
Do you have any scars? What are they from?
Yes, I have several scars, from falls and from surgeries, in several areas of my body.
Do you have a recurring nightmare?
I've only had it about 3 times, so maybe I can say it's recurring, but it's a weird one. Aliens come to Earth and install a massive laser gun that is shot at the moon and cuts it in half, so the moon is seen in 2 perfect halves in the sky and everyone is panicking because no one knows what the consequences will be relating to tides, etc. It never goes past this. I think it means I have to finish the story...
Thanks for being here today!! Congrats on the book release!
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