INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR ANDREA MURRAY BY AOIFE MARIE SHERIDAN


 Question: What have you published recently?

My latest novel, Omni, is set to release November 1, 2013.  It is a YA dystopian based on the story of Paris and Helen. 

The blurb:

Pierce only wants a shot, a real shot, and not just the excuses he’s been handed his whole life.  Harmony wants to escape her future, the future she fears will be chosen for her.  After their chance meeting, they might get exactly what they want.

Since taking over the US government years earlier, the Omni party has created a perfect existence.  From consorts to job assignments, every choice, every facet of life is under their control.  Each citizen has a specific role in one of the four strata.  Seventeen-year-old Pierce is a Drudge, the lowest social stratum in society.  For over two years, he’s hoped—prayed—that his upcoming aptitude test will finally free him from his virtual slavery and give him a chance at a better existence.  When he rescues Harmony, an Artist and member of the most successful stratum, at a publicity event for her latest movie, his life takes an unbelievable twist.  With his gallant act and good looks, he becomes a media sensation.  Every stratum in society seeks his membership for their publicity, but as he becomes closer to Harmony, Pierce realizes what fame in the all-seeing eye of Omni is truly like. His choices will not only affect him but Harmony as well. The life Pierce thought he wanted may not be worth the cost to either of them.

 

Question: How, and when, did you decide to become a writer?

I’ve always been a storyteller, but I seldom wrote anything.  Characters just rattled around in my brain. However, several years ago, I was teaching a class made up almost exclusively of eighth grade girls.  These young ladies were voracious readers, and I was reading one to two books a week just to keep up with them so that I would be able to recommend novels.  Predominately, these girls preferred paranormal romance, which is also one of my favourites, so reading for them was no great hardship.  However, as I book talked these novels, I noticed one similarity--female dependency.  In nearly all of these books, the female protagonist relied upon the male character (endowed with some supernatural ability, of course) to rescue her.  Though the POV was female, the true hero was not.  That really bothered me.  How could I recommend these novels where women were often victims while telling these girls that they could be anything and do anything they set their minds to?  Why couldn't a female character tell the story AND save the day?  Thus, Vivian was born.  I wanted a strong, quirky girl with real-world problems, like bullying and self-esteem issues, who could finish her English homework and rescue the love of her life all in one night. 

Question: Where can we find your published writing?

My novels are ebooks available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords. 

Question: What is a typical day like for you as a writer?

I’m not sure I’ve ever had one of those! I am an educator, so writing takes a backseat to that (unfortunately).  My writing is usually done before dawn.  I like to read or write for a couple of hours then begin my day as usual.  Sometimes, I squeeze in an hour at night, but typically, my nights are spent doing homework with my children, cooking, and sending emails.

Question: What are your favorite characters that you have created? Tell us about them

In my first series, The Vivid Trilogy, my initial favorite was Vivian, the protagonist.  She is a dichotomy, like so many teenage girls.  She’s powerful and insecure, courageous and scared.  She doesn’t realize her own strength until she’s forced to see it.  However, as the series progressed, I developed another love, Wyck. He’s that delicious bad boy we females love, pretending to be tough but needing love as badly as the rest of us.  He’s irreverent and just a little corrupt.

My new book crush is Pierce, the protagonist in Omni. He’s my knight in tarnished armor.  Pierce is a Drudge, the lowest level in Omni society, and he has spent the past three years paying his dues, looking forward to the day he will escape his slavery.  He’s fiercely loyal and honorable to a fault. 

Question: do you find you “mentally edit” other writers’ works as you read them? Does doing this help you or bother you?

Oh my gosh, YES!  I do mentally edit, and since I’ve been reviewing for Chick Lit Plus, I find that I do this even more.  I constantly catch myself questioning why an author did this or didn’t do that.  I definitely think all my mental cringing helps me with my own writing, but it does cut the enjoyment factor significantly. 

Question: What music do you listen to, while writing?

I don’t write well with music.  I get inspiration from music, but I like quiet time when I write.  The musical muse for my latest novel is “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons.

 

Question: What do you eat while writing?

I like to eat uncooked macaroni.  Weird, I know!

 

Five for Fun:

What is your favourite non-alcoholic drink?  Coke

What is your favourite cartoon character? Dexter (from Dexter’s Laboratory)

What is your favourite movie of all time? I don’t think I have ONE favourite, but I LOVE anything with superheroes, especially the X-Men.

What do you like to do for fun or just to relax? I’m a tv watcher. I DVR all week then veg out!

Question: Where can we find you on the web? I have a blog on Goodreads, and I review for Chick Lit Plus. Please check me out!

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5418176.Andrea_Murray/blog?format=rss

http://chicklitplus.com/

 

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