Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Interview: Andrea Speed



Welcome, welcome! Take a seat and come chat with us, Andrea! What do you like best about writing?

Creating the worlds and the characters. It 's so much fun to build a world from the bottom up.

How does writing make you feel?

Great! It's cheaper than therapy, and more fun too.

When did you start writing?

Kind of a hard question to answer, as I think I've been writing since seven, but not in a really serious way until I was a teen.

Are you a plotter, or do you fly by the seat of your pants?

I try to do both. I have a solid plot, but I like to leave room to free form and improve between hitting the beats. Much like life, you must factor in a bit of room for chaos. It will show up whether you prepare for it or not.

Do you like edits?

Yes and no. It's always hard to kill your darlings, and sometimes editors will fixate on weird things or, in my case, misunderstand your jokes.

If you had an ideal writing space, what would it be like?

An internet connected cave in Tibet, far from everybody.

Have you ever co-authored?

In a sense, yes. I do write from time to time for an internet prose soap opera Redemption Reef (  

If not, would you ever consider it?

Absolutely. I'll try anything once. Twice if I'm not sure.

What's your fave genre?

Don't really have one. I lean more towards horror and mystery, but I love science fiction, comedy, experimental fiction, graphic novels.

Are there any genres you'd love to try but haven't had a chance to tackle?

Not really. Again, I'll try anything.

What's your fave writing accompaniment? Tea? Coffee? Large slab of chocolate cake with pretty sprinkles?

Music. I'm constantly listening to music.

If you could go anywhere in the world, money no object, where would you go, who with, and why?

I'd love to just travel the world. But if I'm forced to choose just one place … the Seychelles, because it just seems beautiful. And I'd go with my friend Ruth, who could probably use the vacation. 

Here’s the blurb from my short story, Pretty Monsters, the first of the Josh of the Damned series:

Josh knew the night shift at the Quik-Mart would be full of freaks and geeks—and that was before the hell portal opened in the parking lot. Still, he likes to think he can roll with things. Sure, the zombies make a mess sometimes, but at least they never reach for anything more threatening than frozen burritos.
Besides, it’s not all lizard-monsters and the walking dead. There’s also the mysterious hottie with the sly red lips and a taste for sweets.
Josh has had the hots for Hot Guy since the moment he laid eyes on him, and it seems Hot Guy might be sweet on Josh too. Now if only Josh could figure out whether that’s a good thing, a bad thing, or something in between. After all, with a hell vortex just a stone’s throw away, Josh has learned to take nothing at face value—even if it’s a very, very pretty face.
This title is #1 of the Josh of the Damned series.

To read an excerpt and purchase Pretty Monsters, click here.
The second in the series, Peek-a-Boo is available for pre-sale.


Bookishly Awesome said...

Aww. You'd take your friend. That's really nice. :)

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joder said...

I LOVE your idea of the perfect writing locale. I too would want to be far enough away from people to not be bothered, but got to have that internet connection to keep in touch with everything. Love the sound of the new release.

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booklover0226 said...

I enjoyed the interview; it was a great read.

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Bookwyrm369 said...

Great post! I really enjoyed Pretty Monsters and can't wait for the next one :-)

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Loveless3173 said...

Really enjoyed the interview.

I really need to get Pretty Monsters. I wanna read it SO bad. lol...


Adara said...

Knowing only some of your geeky background (and imagining a lot while reading the Infected stories), I can only imagine some of the things editors have not understood. =)

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andys said...

I think my general jackassery may overwhelm them at times. I only have myself to blame really.

And I'll be choosing a winner at random and contacting you forthwith!

-Maria- said...

Thanks for the great interview.