So without further ado, my interview with Andrea Buginisky.
Why did you start writing?
I've loved writing since I was a kid. Anytime I had a paper due, I had fun with the assignment. Then, when I was in college, I had to change majors because the career I intended on going into (medical) ended up not being for me. When I was trying to decide what to do, my sister said, "You love writing. Why don't you do that?" I realized she was right and earned my B.A. in journalism. Then I wanted to try to write a book, and the rest is history.What were some of your earliest influences on your writing?
At first, Danielle Steel. Then, J. K. Rowling and Rick Riordan.Why did you choose to write YA?
I tried my hand at a romance, but it was quickly going nowhere. Then I started reading "Harry Potter" and watching a lot of fantasy movies. I realized while I was watching "The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising" one day that that's what I wanted to write: YA fantasy. I chose YA because I wanted to write characters that YA readers could relate to. I had some trouble making friends and dealing with things growing up because of my health, and I wanted to have characters that kids who are dealing with difficulties in life could look at and see that dreams can be accomplished.
I love the make-believe world. I can create any creature I want and just go with it.Have you ever thought about branching off into a sub-genre (i.e. western, contemporary) of the YA field?
Once I tried writing books for younger kids about a group of ten-year-olds and their adventures growing up together, but again, they never went anywhere. I'm much better at fantasy.
What has been the most difficult part of your writing journey?
Finding the right niche for me, and then finding a publisher who thought so too.Final question: When you're not writing for work or pleasure, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I love to watch TV and movies, visit with family and friends, and relax.
Andrea Buginsky is a freelance writer and author."The Chosen" was her first book, and was followed by "My Open Heart," an autobiography about growing up with heart disease. "Nature's Unbalanced" is the second story in THE CHOSEN series. Andrea plans to write more in the series. She's already done with the first draft of book 3 and has a concept for book 4. You can find Andrea on her website, Andi's Realm. Her books are available at Amazon and B&N.