Interview with Andrea N Carr

Why do you write? What got you to tell your story?
I wanted to write and have written things for a long time. But, was insecure to let others read it. I had struggled with ADD all my life and didn't feel capable. I still have to make adjustments because, it doesn't go away. It was quite challenging, to write a novel I thought. I knew, I was smart, there were things I wanted to share but, I did not know how to write, very well grammatically a lot to concentrate on at once. I took a risk one day, I did the best I could and gave what I had written to someone whose opinion, I valued. It never stopped bothering me to try, though I had long given up on the idea of writing a book. I would write poems at first, some children’s books because they are not lengthy. As it turns out the person I gave my work to read, loved the poems; wanted to make them songs. My trusted friend is in the music business but, I had no desire to do music. That experience taught me something to follow your heart or gut instincts because it's meant for you. Find the way.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
"Sharing the same feeling is total understanding" I like to say. I think, books connect us to each other, making us more compassionate toward one another. I certainly, would like to think that my writing does this for my readers. Creating a place that is familiar, not uncommon,; how it feels to the reader regardless of what I'm writing about - I have done my job only, then. I strive for it every time I write something, it's possible. We all share the same thoughts and feelings for different reasons. Through reading thus, recognizing emotions we understand each other better making us human together, not weak but collected.
What do your fans mean to you?
I'm writing the sequel to my first book, for my fans. They asked, things I can only explain through another book. How the family relationships turned out etc. They want to know, so I'm going to tell them. My book is so realistic, I pride myself on that fact.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My sister committed suicide, my 13 year old son found her while she was babysitting him.
He was asleep and woke up.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I don't always get out of bed when, I wake up I like to write in bed. Sometimes, I can't wait to get up and out of the house because, I have everything delivered when I feel inspired to write. It can be days before, I set foot outside the house. I have a lot of fun whenever, I do go out. Taking long walks - I used to walk everywhere; I hate driving. I like dancing to Deep House music in warehouses, underground parties. I spend most of my time alone.
What is your writing process?
I am inspired by a feeling, I feel compelled to get out what is inside. My inspired writing is much better than when writing to practice. I won't publish uninspired writing. The entire story comes to me at once, I don't make drafts or do rewrites. I wrote Family Tree one time. The story tells itself actually, I'm only the vessel. I go back and read at what I've written because, sometimes, I don't know.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Well, I don't remember the first one. I do remember reading Sidney Sheldon, the name of the book escapes me at the moment. However, I remember feeling such satisfaction on this great adventure because I wanted to keep reading. I was amazed I finished 1100 pages, it was the longest book I had ever read. I read the bible after that. I think that was the most interesting book to date. I was empowered by the experience. I gave that book to every person I know with ADD. Lol! It worked for most to keep reading. I am so grateful for that because it opened up a vast wealth of knowledge. I hope I can do the same. I kept my book short purposely to help anyone who has trouble reading. The sequel is much longer.
What do you read for pleasure?
I do research on different topics, I'm into quantum physics right now. Every now and again, I see something that sends me a vibe to read it. If it keeps my attention after two or three chapters I read it. If I just want to sooth my soul Neruda and Baldwin calm the savage beast. Alice Walker and Munro are role models. They seem to feel things deeply as I do, they are masters at expressing how they feel. I want to be them when I grow up.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I don't know. I have tried to the best of my knowledge everything I know to do that seemed logical and instinctive at times. If I had to choose, showing up at places and giving my book out. It's a process, to be known. I was unrealistic in the beginning. I thought writing a really good book was enough, it's not. I have many other things written but, they are all so different. I'm not certain what to do with them.
Published 2015-01-08.
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Books by This Author

Family Tree the Novel: Family Tree
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 30,000. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction, Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Family relationships
“Family Tree” by novelist Andrea N. Carr with a family saga where an incarcerated woman gains a four-day release to attend the funeral after her sister’s suicide. This powerful story uncovers dark secrets with suspense and pacing that is in comparison to Raymond Carver.