Sunday, 19 May 2013

Andrea Goodson Author Interview And Review

I have know Andrea through facebook for quite a while and have wanted to do a author interview, so here it is enjoy lovelies.

Q. If you could work with any author who would it be?
Oh boy, I'm not really sure about that one. There are many other authors I currently work with on our Author to Author Facebook page and I love them all! We run giveaways and sneak peeks for our readers! Theyare a wonderful group of people. If I had to pick one author it would have to be Jane Austin. Of course, I realize that would be impossible. But I love her work so much that a conversation with her would be amazing!

Q. Who is your favourite author and is you writing style similar to theirs?

I have dozens of favorite authors! My absolute all time is Luvy Maud Montgomery. f anyone ever compared my writing to hers would be so ecstatic I might have a heart attack! I can only aspire to be as good as the many authors I adore.

Q. What's your favorite part of a book?

The beginning. It's so full of mystery and the story is still completely unknown, I like that.

Q. When naming your characters, do you give any thought to the actual meaning?

Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. Lena is named after the Lenape Tribe. Her father had such a love of their culture hat he named his daughter after them and the Lenape Tribe serves a very important purpose in The Riverbend Trilogy.

Q. Who Are your target readers

Pretty much everyone! Though I believe those who have gone through tremendous loss in their lives will closely relate to Lena.

Q. What are the major themes of your work

Simply put, grief, hope, and love.

Q. Any recent works that you admire

I am currently reading Eire's Captive Moon by Sandi Layne and I absolutely love it!

Q. What do you think people search for in a book?

A way to escape the real world and let their imaginations take over. At least that's what I look for!

Q. How have your personal experiences affected your writing?

Yes, very much so. I lost my father at a young age and used those feelings of loss to commuicate what my main character in The Rierbend Trilogy is going through.

Q. What genre of books do you like to read? do you limit yourself to only the genre that you write yourself?

No, I love all genres except for horror!

Q. Were you always good at writing?

Not that I know of. I beleive I am still improving as a writer and probably will forever! I have always loved to write, but I don't know that I have always been good at it. I believe it takes practice and dedication to become good at anything.

Q. How do you get started with writing a story (as in, how do you start developing the story, how do you get inspired for it)

I just think and think about it for weeks, sometimes months! Once the basics are outlined in my mind I can begin the writing process. Once starte, the story tends to change as I continue on wih the book.

Q. What advice would you give to people who "run out of creativity" when writing?

To just keep writing, even if it doesn't make sense. Eventually, the next idea will come on its own.

Q. If you had to compare yourself to a Character in any of your books, who would it be?

Probably the male lead, Will Sundback. The reason being his loyalty. I am a very dedicated and loyal person to those that are close to me. Well, to anyone really. I always keep my word and try to remain true to myself and others. I believe in trying daily to be the best person I can be, and I think Will is much like that.

Review Of Riverbend

I found this book very emotional and was constantly reaching for the tisues, from the very start you have a lump in your throat,  Lena is broken,  after dealing with a traumatic accident she has avoided going home for two years, when the time comes to go back she has mixed feelings,  she will have to tell her mother the truth about her life and she will also have to see her best friend Will,  what follows is a rebuilding of a friendship that she thought was lost,  with some drama thrown in.

The author is very descriptive in her writing which did make the story hard to get into however i stuck with it,  im so glad i did because the pace picked up and the story developed well and left you hungry for book two.


She could no longer pretend the world was a warm, fuzzy place full of happiness and wonder. No, the world was most definitely a dark, cold, and deceptive place. The world, life, or whatever one would call it had a way of drawing people in, making them feel comfortable, and then striking when they least expected it. Lena thought of herself as a realist and she knew that there would be no way for anything with Will to ever work out. That, if she gave in to him, it would end terribly. It just wasn’t something she was going to let happen. This was not why she came home and it would never work anyway. She was heading back to Georgia in a few weeks and there was no way that she would allow herself to change her mind.

So to continue, i would reccomend this book and i give it 4**** im sure you will all enjoy it as much as i did

Natalie xx

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About The Author

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Andrea Goodson was born in the United States in 1982 and had a love of and fascination with writing since she was very young. Always imagining ways in which the world could be different, she began to write short stories when she was very young. It wasn't until many years later that she put pen to paper and began to work on what has become her first novel, Riverbend, part one in a trilogy. Upon completion of that work she found that writing was something she felt meant to do and would never be able to give up. Using her own experiences with hardship and tragedy Andrea uses her writing to reach others in an effort to show the world that we need not be victims of circumstance. Her main characters endure many conflicts yet find the courage and strength to better themselves. Andrea spends long days in the forests of Northwest Pennsylvania dreaming up her next novels.

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  1. Natalie, thank you so much for the review. I am so glad you enjoyed the first book and I can't wait to hear your thoughts on the rest of the trilogy!

  2. Exciting giveawsy!!! Looking forward to reading this series!!

  3. Wow thanks for the giveaway. I love to read series !!

  4. I hope you both enjoy the books!

  5. I can't wait to read these books. Thank you for this great giveaway >^.^<