What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR ANDREEA PRYDE!
My name is Andreea Pryde (very nice to meet you), and I am the author of Beyond Dreams, the first book in the Wilde Love series. This book is a Contemporary Paranormal Young Adult Romance ( you can add to the list a little bit of suspense and some action, but not enough to be part of that genre)
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
Well, it was released on January 10, 2018, and is the story of a girl, Ariana, who has a strange dream that keeps repeating from time to time, and a boy, Michael, who was forced to live in the jungle for the most of his childhood.
If you ask me how I came up with the idea, I don’t have a clue. Like all the others book ideas I had, it just hit me, and quite hard I might add because I couldn’t stop thinking about it until I wrote it down.
You know, when I start writing it, it didn’t even cross my mind that it will get published. I was doing it for me, and because of that I just wrote whatever I felt it was right at that moment, inclusive the point of view( hers).
Can you tell me about your Series?
It wasn’t meant to be a series, in the beginning, just a stand-alone novel, but a little before publishing it I thought what if, at some point, I will write a story about one of the aid characters, like Ella( Ariana’s best friend) for example. So I decided to make it an open series.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
Since there is only one at the moment, I’ll go with this one.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I used to read a lot of YA/fantasy books, but I wouldn’t call it research because I didn’t do it for the sole purpose of writing Beyond Dreams.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
My typical working day starts with my day job, early in the morning. By the time I finish, I am usually too tired to write. I can only do it on my days off, or when I have my annual leave, so daily writing goals are out of the question. There are more like weekly goals for me.
When I get the chance, I just sit at my desk and write for as long as I can. That can be the whole day, or until my back starts to hurt. I always prefer quiet places, and if it’s summer, I just grab my laptop and go to the park next to my house.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
Yes, I am working on a book now, is called The Curse of Time; a Contemporary/Historical Paranormal Romance and is the first one in The Cursed Watches series; followed by The Blood Watch(#2) and The Ancestors Prophecy(#3). Of course, the titles might slightly change until I finish the whole series.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
When I chose a name, I try to make sure it goes well with the character personality, or it contradicts it. For example, Ariana means strong and independent, yet sensitive and vulnerable, and Tomas( Ariana’s father), his name means a person with a high sense of duty, yet he left his family for money.
All of the names mean something, but there is one with a very special meaning, and that is Ella, which is my mother’s nickname.
Where do your ideas come from?
That is something I would also like to know. I have no clue. I always imagined there is a little box in my brain filled with ideas and from time to time one turns wild and escapes.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Proofreading. After you read the manuscript a dozen times is next to impossible to notice any mistakes.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Finishing my first book and updating my status from hobby writer to published author.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
The fact that you can take all those who harmed you, make them characters in your books and kill them slowly without getting arrested.
I’m joking, or not.
Seriously now, for me is all the amazing feelings I get when I see people reading my book and writing heartwarming reviews. There was this one girl; she contacted me on my facebook page just to tell me how much she loved the book and that she is waiting for the next one.
This kind of things makes all the hard work worth it.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully writing fulltime and with a bunch of books out there.
Have you always liked to write?
I think I was about 8 or 9 when I discovered my liking for writing. Had a “ little” notebook where I used to write all kind of stories. To bad is long gone, it would’ve made a nice children’s book.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Read a lot!
Write about everything!
Live your life! You will need all those life experiences for your books.
If you didn’t like writing books or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I would have liked to work with children, creativity development. I used to do that for a little while in a day center a few years ago but as a volunteer.
Do you read reviews of your book? How do you deal with the bad?
Yes, I do read my reviews, and I don’t know how I will deal with the bad ones just yet because I didn’t get any so far.
What is your least favorite part of the writing/publishing process?
Marketing; that is all I need to say.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
I was never the type to believe in angels and demons, heaven and hell, spells and curses, lucky charms and evil spirits, or any other fiction meant to influence weak minds, yet, despite all that I got the job.
How and why?
I said all those things to the Director; loud and clear. The result? I was utterly ignored, but then again, why did I accept the offer? Maybe because on the paper the salary, the bonuses, and the benefits were extremely attractive. I am not superficial, but I like to live comfortably.
It was official. I was employed in the History Museum of Occultism, Witchcraft and Magic Artefacts. What a fancy name for a place full of lies and charades.
For the first time in forever, I could breathe. He was gone, and I wasn’t sorry.
I was already used to wake up in a different time, but this was a moment I truly wished to avoid… Lady Jubilee, once a brilliant beauty seemed now more dead than alive.
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I always wrote stories I would have liked to read. I didn’t give much thought to what genre they were, or if there were more genres in one story. If you ask me how I balance genres, I don’t. I just write, rewrite for a few more times until I am pleased with the result and then that’s it.
Where did your love of books come from?
I can’t remember. I recall my grandmother reading me fairytales; then in school, I started to hate books because of the mandatory reading list, but I started enjoying it again when I started choosing what I wanted to read, by myself.
My mother was quite the bookworm, but that was before she had me. Maybe it runs in the family.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favorite and why?
Could you ask a mother to chose her favorite child? I believe the same goes for authors and their characters. We put a lot of effort, love, and tears into developing them so, in the end, is like they have a life of their own.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Depends a lot on the scene I am writing at that point, but mostly I find it relaxing.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Exhaustion and very loud noises, it makes my muses run away.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
“To wise for her age” , that is what I used to hear a lot from those around me so I might as well use it as a title. Who knows, maybe one day it will be a real book.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
The easiest place to be found is on FB so… here is my page link:
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️
Thank you, I had fun.