Welcome to my MINI VIEWS, short interviews with authors of all genres.
Please meet Andrea Lewis. I won her e – book on Kathy Pooler’s blog.
Andrea Lewis lives in Ontario, Canada. She is the author of Dramaville is a not a place; it’s a state of mind. Her memoir promises to be filled with drama, emotional turmoil and an inspiration to never give up! Connect with Andrea here.
Dramaville is a memoir about relationships and struggle. Lewis explores the world of childhood abuse and triumph. With Trinidadian cultural roots, she looks at codependency, dysfunctional families, work and the journey of self – understanding.
Sue: Do you journal as a way to record your thoughts?
Andrea: I journal each morning to release any anxieties that I may have and to check in with my thoughts. I’m able to perceive clearly what’s going on in my life and confidently make decisions because I believe in myself.
Sue: What got you started in writing?
Andrea: Three years ago I started a personal blog to write about the happenings in my life. I was writing for pure joy and I had no real plan at all. But my friends kept encouraging me to write and some even told me that they thought I had found my niche. Months later, I was called to write my story and I’ve never looked back.
Sue: How did you decide to do an e-book?
Andrea: I chose to self-publish my memoir in an e-book format to keep my costs down. My intention is to build my author platform and then have my memoir traditionally published in a paperback format.
Sue: I notice you don’t indent your paragraphs and that you write in an almost journal-type style. Do you prefer a certain format style?
The reason the paragraphs are not indented is actually a standard imposed by Smashwords and Amazon. All text and formatting is stripped of styles in order for the aggregator to convert the text to an electronic format.
As for writing in an almost journal style, I did not plan to write this way. When I initially put pen to paper to write my story, the words flowed out of me more on an intuitive level which resulted in a journal style.
Sue: What are you working on now?
Andrea: I am currently writing a sequel to Dramaville. The working title is: Happy Town. It’s about pursuing the life of my dreams. I’m also writing guest blogs and jotting musings for an adult fantasy fiction novel idea I am marinating on.
Thanks, Andrea! I’m looking forward to reading more of your work.