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I am very happy to welcome JA Andrews to my blog today and thank him for kindly answering my questions!
Read on to find out more about him and his latest book, Glimmer of Hope . . .
Q: Where did you get the inspiration for the book?
Way back in 1996, I started writing a story about a female embroiled in a cult. I had read Rosemary’s Baby, and thought about writing my own sequel. However, 20 years later I had lost that original manuscript and thought about revisiting parts of the story only with more adult content. Glimmer of Hope was my first ever attempt at writing a novel before I had a publishing contract with Hera.
Q: What is your writing process?
Being disciplined enough to commit to weekends and the odd weekday evening writing. When I have the idea for a novel I aim to write a minimum of 4,000 to 5,000 words per week. My first draft is always a rough version of the story unleashed before I will then spend a month tidying it up, then after that I will set an editing schedule with my publisher. Once I’ve submitted my novel, then it’s only the beginning. Structural edits, line edits, proof-reading and final rewrites can take a number of weeks prior to release.
Q: Do you write using pen and paper or on a computer?
My handwriting is so terrible that I can’t even understand it when I read it back. I use a computer for all my writing. I have fallen in love with Microsoft Surface Pro’s. I take it everywhere with me because it’s as thin as a tablet, but a very powerful laptop too. I type each chapter into separate files as my first draft. I then edit each chapter separately before merging them all into one big document for submission to my publisher.
Q: Who is your favourite character out of your stories and why?
I really like a character I referred to as ‘The Watcher’ from my thriller debut, Mummy’s Boy. I got to play with the idea of revenge with that character and really portray some hard hitting anger scenes. The Watcher is a person who thought she’d never ever get her payback, but at the same time she tortured herself with refuelling her hatred for other characters in the book. I loved writing about her, and she’s very complex. I would love to revisit that character one day.
Q: If you were a character in your story, which would you like to be?
Although I enjoyed writing about The Watcher as previously mentioned, but if I were a character in my own story then I’d have to be Jenny the lead from my novel You Let Him In. She’s naïve, wants a settled happy lifestyle and was suddenly thrown into difficult times with very little scope to react to danger at short notice. The way she thought and reacted was more akin to my own character. When I was writing her ending, I was literally shaking because it was so intense.
Q: How and why did you choose the names for your main characters?
In my novels some of the names are very similar to places or people near me. For instance, Jenny Cliff is a location in Devon, but Jenny Clifton is a character from You Let Him In. Other times I think about the age of my characters and I’ll search online for popular names around the year they could have been born.
Thank you again for answering my questions!
Read on to find out more about Glimmer of Hope and its author, JA Andrews.
Sometimes chasing a dream can become a nightmare…
Alecia Preen is living in poverty and desperate to make a better life for herself. Having moved to a new area for new beginnings after being disowned by her family, money was fast running out. She is struggling to make ends meet.
With the intention of charging lonely men online for her services, Alecia realises she can supplement her income by being unscrupulous. In meeting Jake Parker he requests that she role-plays as a psychiatrist, but he makes her aware of an underground millionaires playground called Sordida. He warns her to stay away.
As Alecia’s curiosity gets the better of her, she is amazed by the wealth and decadence on offer. Sordida is not the club she had anticipated because behind the legendary name lurks a very dark secret. A secret that could cost her everything.
He pays by the hour and Alecia pays in ways she had never imagined.
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08L9JR183/
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08L9JR183/
Author Bio –
JA Andrews is the author of gripping twisty psychological thrillers. Mummy’s Boy, and You Let Him In, are his full length novels, while Glimmer of Hope is a shorter story as a Kindle exclusive. As well as writing fiction, JA Andrews enjoys reading a mix of genres, watching various reality TV and spending time with family and friends.
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