Author Interview and Giveaway with Andrea Barbosa (Ends 5/15)

Hello All,

Today we would like to welcome author Andrea Barbosa to the blog. She is going to chat with us today about herself and her books. Hope you enjoy the interview:

1. What made you want to be an author?

I've loved reading and writing from a very young age. I'd spend hours writing novels and stories when I was a teenager. I guess it's a childhood dream! 

2. What inspires your to write your stories?

I'm very motivated by challenges, so oftentimes an idea comes as the result of a challenge, a topic for a submission, or just an idea I may have when I'm driving or daydreaming. 

3. Do you have a favorite author?

Definitely not only one but several. Steinbeck, Hemingway, Anais Nin... Joyce Carol Oates, Anne Rice, Umberto Eco. The list can go on and on and it's pretty eclectic! 

4. Besides hobbies do you enjoy?

I love to travel and I also enjoy scrapbooking. But with all the reading and writing I have to do, I'm not having a lot of time to do scrapbooks. I love setting up the pages and decorating with mementos from trips. 

5. What's the last book you read?

Silence, by Shusaku Endo. It was recently made into a movie by Martin Scorsese. I read it before watching the movie, and I can tell you that, although books are usually better than movies, this one comes pretty close to being the most faithful movie to a book I've ever watched. Scorsese did a fabulous job and it also comes from a promise he made to the author before he died. Brilliant cinematography to a profound, deep novel. 

6. What would you like your readers to know about you?

I'm a voracious reader, and I love to collect books signed by my favorite authors!

7. What's your favorite line from any of your books?

Can't say it's my absolute favorite line, but I like this one from my novel Massive Black Hole:
"Life was not a choice. Life was a gift and she would treasure it, no matter what challenges were being thrown her way."

8. What's your favorite coffee or tea?

Do I really have to choose? I love both!

9. What do you prefer cookies or cakes?

Depends on the occasion!

10. Out of all of your books which one did you enjoy writing the most?

Another tough question! I write fiction, short stories, poetry and flash fiction but I also write romance under the pen name Andrya Bailey. So, I'll go for the latest book I wrote, which is coming out in May. It's the second book in my romance trilogy, Olympian Heartbreak. Most of the action takes place in Greece and I had to do a lot of research about the locations and mythology, so it was fun and culturally enriching!

About the Author

Award-winning author and poet Andrea Barbosa is an avid reader, soccerfanatic, and a tourist at heart who studied Creative Writing at TexasTech University.

In addition to her work as a writer for YahooContributor Network, she has worked in public relations for aninternational jewelry company in Brazil, as a tour guide for SpaceCenter Houston, and as a medical interpreter for major hospitals beforejoining the corporate world. These fine places introduced her to newpeople, big ideas, and global concepts that helped shape the writer sheis today. When not writing or working her full-time job, she travels insearch of history, museums, and tourist attractions.

She hasbeen as a guest speaker at Houston Writers Guild's Indiepalooza, Houston Baptist University's Writers' Conference, Lone Star College's BayouCity Book Festival, and has been a regular guest author atComicpalooza's (Texas' largest pop culture event) Literary Track.

Her short stories have appeared in several anthologies and in the Southern Pacific Review.
Andrea's 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 VP and Press Director for the Houston WritersGuild, as Flash Fiction Editor for The Ocotillo Review literary journal, and also writes award-winning romance as Andrya Bailey.

2015 Readers' Favorite Silver Medal for Poetry: Holes in Space - A Poetry Collection.
2015 Honorable Mention Award for the Spider's Web Flash Fiction Contest from Spider Road Press.
2015 Honorable Mention Award for the Houston Writers Guild Contest from Houston Writers Guild Press' Mystery Short Stories.
2016 First Prize Award for the Spider's Web Flash Fiction Contest from Spider Road Press.

For more of her writing, follow her:
Follow her on twitter at @andyb0810

I would like to thank Andrea for stopping in and chatting with us today you can find her social media contacts below. Continuing reading for a look at Massive Black Hole which Andrea is  graciously going to give away a signed copy to the winner.

To connect with me: 

How far will they go to get what they want? A meeting of chance brings three young women together and they begin an unlikely friendship that will alter the course of their lives forever. Hell, like you've never imagined it before.

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