Andrea Carr is an accomplished author/storyteller. She has been writing emotionally driven, self exploratory stories since 1999 from her homes in Orange County. Growing up in Huntington Beach, she later moved to Los Angeles California after leaving a Mental Health Career, as a Psychiatric Technician for the State of CA.
Miss Carr has the uncanny ability to weave words so cleverly and simply that her literary works create thought provoking images both vivid and personal that the reader cannot help but be moved with “soul honesty.”
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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.
“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.