Interview with Eric Andrist

What do your fans mean to you?
Well, "fans" always sounds more to me like young, screaming girls at an American Idol concert. I know that I'm a loyal reader to several authors, and I would hope that readers like what I write enough to follow my career and want to read more from me.
What are you working on next?
I hope to continue the adventures in the Scarlet Oak Chronicles saga that I am co-writing with Adrea Gibbs.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King and Dean Koontz.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My dogs. Their cheerful faces begging to be fed insist that I get up every day!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Love to surf the internet reading topical articles. I also watch a lot of TV.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Probably not the first story, but I remember the first story that I thought was pretty good. It was called "The Blue Stones." It was a writing assignment in junior high.
What is your writing process?
I'm not sure I really have one yet. I co-wrote a book with each of us sending pages back and forth to each other and found that worked really well for us. It also forced me to stick with it and always do my next section of writing. When I write alone, it's far too easy to set it aside and not get back to it.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No.
How do you approach cover design?
I've not really had to do that yet.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Carrie, The Shining, 'salem's Lot, O Pioneers, Jaws.

On the first three, it was the first three Stephen King books I read, and they are awesome. It was because of his books that I became a fan of reading. I love Willa Cather's O Pioneers, even though I don't think she is technically a great writer. The story is great, though. Jaws is just one of those books that grips you while you read it.
What do you read for pleasure?
Horror.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
iPad.
Describe your desk
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Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Rialto, California, a very small town just outside of San Bernardino. As a child it was full of orange groves and I can remember the smell of the blossoms so well. In the winter, they'd put out smudge pots (I think that's what they were called) to keep the trees from freezing. The town nowadays is terrible and gang-ridden....it's very sad.

I don't know that it really influenced my writing living there.
When did you first start writing?
Junior High.
Published 2015-04-24.
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Lunch Money
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 1,230. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Social Issues / Bullying
Bullying continues to be an issue for many children. "Lunch Money," based on the real-life experience of the author, tells the story of how finally deciding to ask for guidance becomes a lesson in standing up for one's self. While told in simple language and artwork, the message will not be lost on anyone, child or adult, who reads it. A relevant tale for today about taking control and not lett