We LOVE Faith Andrews… not just as an author, but as a person too. I (Jenn) discovered her book, Keep Me, by accident and read it in one sitting. Faith just has this way of bringing her characters to life. You are just submerged in her words and vision. Today she releases her FIFTH book, FEEL AGAIN and we are just so excited for her. Thankfully, Faith had a few moments to answer our questions and share a bit more of herself and what drives her stories with our readers. Check it out!
20 QUESTIONS FOR FAITH ANDREWS
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I think part of me did. I always had a creative imagination and loved to write, but I never imagined I’d write actual books. I guess I didn’t want to know what I wanted to be when I grew up until I actually grew up.
What do you like about the freedom of being an indie author?
I don’t know the other side of the coin, but I love the freedom of writing what I want and when I want without a deadline looming over my head. My self-inflicted deadlines are stressful enough! But I enjoy doing this and I know that once I make it a JOB or force myself to WORK, it won’t be fun anymore. I write for the way it makes me feel and the fact that people care enough to read my words makes me so damn happy, that’s all I need to keep me going.
Where do your ideas come from?
Oh, God. You’d be surprised. Real life, a dream, a friend’s crazy relative drama, a stranger in the line at the supermarket, a song. Inspiration is all around you, you just have to pay attention. Your next best seller could come from the lunatic sitting next to you on the express bus.
I would think that writing is something that happens when inspiration strikes as opposed to a 9-5 job. Have you ever been in the middle of dinner with your family when an idea hits and you have to get to the computer stat?
YES! I find myself zoning out while at dinner with friends or family, in the car, in the shower. Inspiration strikes at very odd times and it’s those moments when I have to grab my iphone and jot something down in notes or fire up the laptop and get down a scene.
What do your kids think about your job?
My older daughter, Julia (8), loves to write. The first time she held my book in her hands she looked at me and said, “Wow. I’m so proud of you.” My little one, Leah (5), just thinks I waste time on the computer all day. But all in all, they know they’re lucky because I work from home and still get to be stay at home mommy WHILE I do what I love. I think Julia will follow in my footsteps, although the idea of her writing smut makes me cringe.
Do you find it difficult to balance family and writing?
You read my mind. YES. This is very difficult. Unless you’re in this you don’t understand all it entails. I often say that writing the book is the easy part. It’s everything else that sucks the time out of you. Preparing the book for release, promoting, networking, researching…Facebook alone has taken over my life. But I’m working on being more balanced, all around. I bit off more than I could chew by releasing 4 books in 2014–it was mayhem in my household–so this year I’m going to take it down a notch and enjoy it at a slower pace. It’s not a race and although I enjoy the thrill that comes with each new release, I don’t want to turn around and wonder where my children’s baby years went.
What are your biggest distractions?
Really? If I told you you’d think I have ADD. The tiniest thing distracts me…the running of the refrigerator can screw up my whole train of thought. But if I had to pick one it would be Facebook. I sign on and suddenly four hours of my time has been spent “liking” “commenting” “messaging” and “stalking”.
What is your least favorite part of the writing or publishing process?
I can’t say I have a least favorite part, honestly. So I guess I would say I fear the unknown of it all. It’s very scary putting your work out there for people to read and critique. We can’t please everyone, I’ve learned that and I’m okay with it, but I can’t say it doesn’t hurt to read a negative review. I’m a people pleaser, I want everyone to like me and therefore everyone to like my books, so trying to wrap my head around the fact that that simply can’t happen…let’s just say, I’m working on it.
What is your favorite kind of book to curl up with?
I write romance so obviously I’m a big romance fan. Where I used to be a big chick lit gal, Fifty changed that all for me. I love my smut, but there has to be an underlying amazing plot to go with all the down and dirty. But more recently, even though I love my fluff and happy endings, I am a huge angst fan! My favorite author is Colleen Hoover, that’s a given and I’d read ANYTHING she puts out. But give me a good mess with your head Tarryn Fisher book and I’m lost in the pages for hours.
What activities do you enjoy outside of writing?
I wear so many hats these days…class mom, dance mom, Girl Scout leader. I don’t have many hobbies outside my writing and my daughters’ busy recreational activities, but I love getting together with my husband and our friends for a good old fashioned night of dinner and drinks.
Do you have a favorite author?
Colleen Hoover. Hands down. I don’t even have to think about that one.
Ever think you have a great idea for a book, only to find out someone released the same story line already?
No, thank God. But when you really think about it, everything has been done at least a million times over. That’s the beauty of this art of writing…we all have different, unique voices. I may tell a story completely different than Elisabeth Grace or Livia Jamerlan will. So while some things are very been there done that, I think there’s a way around it.
Do you have multiple stories swimming in your head at once and can you quiet them down to focus on your current project, or do you work on more than one at a time?
It’s called multiple personality disorder to the psychologists LOL. I used to worry that I’d run out of ideas, but it seems that each time write a new book I get a whole new spin off idea or another character that pops up and needs his/her own book. My mental cup of storylines runneth over, so don’t worry. I’m not going anywhere. But I can only work on one thing at a time. Same when I read, I can only read one book at a time.
Do you have a favorite scene from any of your books?
It’s like asking me to pick my favorite child! I love the reunion scene in Man of My Dreams–I had chills of nostalgia writing those moments. The concert scene in Keep Me was such a fun fantasy that I got to bring to the page–and I’m a big Airborne Toxic Event fan so it was fun being there without really being there. Geez, this is hard! There are so many I loved getting to write and “experience”.
What does your writing workspace look like?
Hahahaha. It looks like my kitchen because it IS my kitchen. I have a tiny office space in my laundry room but it’s cold down there and the clutter makes me batty. There are pros and cons to writing in the kitchen. Pro–closest to the coffee pot. Con–your kid sitting on your lap while you’re writing a sex scene. Yeah, it’s often a shit show in the Andrews house.
Sharing your baby with the public has to be scary. How do you respond to negative reviews?
I crawl up in a ball and cry. LOL No. My creative editor gave me the BEST advice when I whine about a crappy review. She told me to go to Goodreads or Amazon and look up my favorite book and then look at all that book’s negative reviews. I do this and it seems absurd that a book I ADORED can be one starred or DNF’d. So it always puts things in perspective. Also, negative reviews can always be learned from. Sometimes I take the advice given in one of those reviews and make sure not to make the same mistakes going forward.
Do you ever picture well known people as your characters? Can you tell us who?
Always. I need a muse to keep going otherwise I can’t relate. Most of the male characters are models found on pinterest (Marcus is Micah Truitt, Beck is Marlon Texiera) but the women are usually famous tv or movie characters that catch my eye. Reese Witherspoon made a great Mia Murphy, Jessica Stoup made the perfect Riley Grayson, Nathan Parsons (True Blood and General Hospital) screamed Caleb Waters, Kate Beckinsale is Gabriella Edwards. It always makes the book play out like a movie to me, picturing a famous star walking around reciting my script.
Can you tell us what you are working on next?
I have so many things I want to work on…a story for Noah, Griffin’s story, a trilogy that might put me in the insane asylum if I go through with it, but after wrapping up Feel Again, I needed to write what I’m working on now. It’s Jack and Stella’s story and I’m LOVING how it’s turning out.
What is in your purse right now?
My purse? LOL. My wallet and lots of gum and lollipop wrappers. The kids consider my bag the garbage pail.
Where do you hope your writing career is in 10 years?
I just hope I’m still insane enough to keep doing this craziness for another 10 years. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit I’d love to see my books on the shelves in B&N and Target or that I wouldn’t die if one of the books turned into a movie, but honestly, I’m happy right where I am–doing what I love and meeting new people and having a ball.
Books by Faith Andrews
A dare. A dying wish. Fate… After years of loneliness, widowed Gabriella is ready to fill the void—as long as she doesn’t have to give her heart to another man. Caleb’s screwed himself right into a dead-end existence. Faced with an ultimatum, he’s hell-bound on changing his reckless ways. A chance meeting has these two instantly attracted to one another, but when their paths cross again—this time as professor and student—the roles reverse on Professor Edwards as Caleb teaches her how to feel again.
Sexy, tatted up, underwear model Marcus Grayson is every girl’s dream—or more likely worst nightmare. He’s a player, a self-proclaimed bachelor for life, and he’s got no problem living up to his man-whore status. But when his older sister’s friend comes back from the past, he may just have the chance to turn some of his adolescent fantasies into reality.
Tessa Bradley is a self-sufficient, take-no-bull, single mother—well, now she is. Finally rid of her abusive, alcoholic ex, she’s making a new life for herself and catching up with old friends; the ones she was forced to break ties with because of her controlling husband. When she runs into Marcus, her friend Riley’s once-adorable turned smoking-hot little brother, she has no idea how he’s about to rock her world.
The Grayson siblings are at it again—guilty of keeping secrets from each other when it comes to who they fall in love with. This time little brother’s best friend is the object of Riley’s affection and their intimate connection is impossible to resist.
Riley Grayson—snarky, successful, lonely. She’s looking for Mr. Right, especially now that her younger, reformed man-whore of a brother is living out his happily ever after with her best friend. If Marcus can find true love, why the hell can’t she?
Enter Beck Matthews, Marcus’s childhood best friend. He’s lovable, sexy, and oh, yeah—not single. But one night of drunken partying and wild sex with Riley and Beck may be rethinking his future. Has he been planning it with the wrong girl?
Although these two can’t stay away from each other, it seems the ghosts of their pasts are holding them back from what they really want. Can Riley and Beck overcome the threat of shocking coincidences and unexpected events that will test their trust in one another?
Find out if Beck’s love is strong enough to Keep Her.
Mia Murphy may be married to the man of her dreams. But the man in her dreams is the one that got away—her high school crush.
Mia’s stuck in a rut, just like every other stay-at-home mom, and the only thing saving her from her monotonous routine is her perfect husband, Declan. He’s gorgeous, he adores her, and the man stole her heart with his sexy singing voice. Mia feels like the luckiest girl in the world, until she discovers that Mr. Perfect is not Mr. Faithful. Mia is devastated. Everything she once believed about Declan and their marriage is now covered in a big cloud of doubt and regret. On impulse, she kicks the cheating bastard out, pushing them into a separation that could mean the end of the picture-perfect couple.
But when Mia receives an invitation to her high school reunion, she finds herself abandoning the present for the oh-so alluring pull of the past. Although her heart still belongs to her husband, inescapable thoughts of her crush, Noah, resurface. And ten years later, Noah isn’t afraid to make his move. When the build-up of fantasies and ‘what ifs’ comes to a head, sparks fly and it’s Mia’s turn to question if her marriage is everything she wants out of life. Searching for answers, Mia dives head first into dating Noah, falling further away from her husband and closer to her old flame.
But Declan’s not giving up so easily. Mia is his one and only and he’s not about to let another man win her heart.
Sometimes dreams aren’t meant to be chased. Sometimes forevers change with one regret. But when it’s worth the fight—we always wind up back where we belong. Mia and Declan have struggled through infidelity, guilt, and betrayal. Declan wasn’t too proud to lay his heart on the line and show Mia that she is his everything, but can these two find a way to get past all the hurt, to heal old wounds, and get back to good?
I’ll do all I have to do to find my way back to you…