January 13, 2013

Author Interview with Andrea Goodson

Hi Andrea, first of all, could you tell us a bit about yourself.
Well, I am a brand new author this year! I currently have two books available in the Romantic Suspense genre. They are the first two installments of The Riverbend Trilogy. I am also a nurse, wife, and mother who finds beauty in simple things, imagination, and nature.

What do you think makes your genre special?
Romantic Suspense is such a complex genre. On one hand you have the element of surprise, mystery, and danger. While one the other there is love and relationship conflicts. The blending of these two themes makes novels in this genre interesting, suspenseful, and heart-warming at the same time.

What do you think makes a great story?
Anything that is well written and thought provoking. As a reader, I like to figure things out on my own and imagine them as I see them, I don’t like everything spoon-fed to me. I love books that carry heavy symbolism and cause the reader to draw their own conclusions about the meaning.

What is your latest book called and could you explain to us in 20 words what it is about?
Rapid Water is the second book in The Riverbend Trilogy. The story begins with Lena’s continued journey to discover long lost artifacts while battling grief, love, and unknown danger. More can be read about Rapid Water here.

Which kind of reader do you think will enjoy your book?
All readers! Well, anyone who enjoys fast-paced, suspenseful mysteries, and contemporary love stories with accurate historical references related to Early American, British, and Native American legends.

Is it a Standalone, or part of the series? If it the latter, how long do you think will it go on?
The series is titled The Riverbend Trilogy and the last book, Waking Tide, will be released in Spring of 2013.

What influenced or inspired you writing it?
Many things.Mostly my imagination, but also elements of my own experience with grief, love, and loss as well as my love of history.

Why did you choose especially this title? Was it your first choice?
No. The first title was “The Creek”, though I found that lacked an element of intrigue that was vital to the story.

What was the hardest part for you working on your book?
Editing and revising. Sometimes I write pages that I am in love with and then realize they might not fit very well. Deleting them feels like I am deleting a part of myself, it makes me sad!

Was there a scene that you didn’t want to add or remove in your finished work?
Yes, I can’t discuss in detail because it will reveal too much of the ending. But, it was beautiful and carried a lot of meaning. It was just too much for the second book, but most likely will find its way into the final installment.

Do you already know what to do next?
Yes! Start going crazy editing the third volume!

Where can we find more about you and your books?
My website had lots of information and buy links to all of my books as well as their descriptions, www.andreagoodson.wordpress.com You can also connect with me on Facebook or Twitter

Any last words?
Happy Reading!

While on an extended visit to the quiet community of Kennerdell, Lena Woodruff continues to battle with the conflicts both around and within her. Will is recovering quickly from his injury and is unrelenting in his overwhelming attempts to win over Lena’s heart which quickly puts her on an emotional rollercoaster ride full of uncertainty and guilt. Still attempting to continue carl Woodruff’s work and discover more information regarding the mysterious items related to the historical Penn family of Early America, Lena and Will unknowingly place themselves in jeopardy as they dive deeper into the mysterious newfound connection between William Penn and the Lenape Indians, travelling to Canada together in search for clues possibly held by the Moravian First Nation. Striving to prove that she had been followed is more difficult than Lena could have imagined and her mind begins to rapidly bend with confusion. She realizes that safety is a luxury she no longer possesses. Grief darkens her thoughts while insecurity and self-doubt cause the lines between reality and imagination to blur. Assured that being home is the cause of her pain and disbelief, she is desperate to quickly leave Kennerdell and return to her secluded life in Georgia. A small glimmer of hope arises inside of Lena which begins a conflict between her own self-doubt and the promise of something better. Where strength is weakness and vulnerability is an asset, the greatest danger that threatens Lena in Kennerdell may just be herself.

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