I can’t say that I’ve met anyone ‘famous’ per se, but I have met a silver medal winning poet, which is as close as I might ever get.
And that’s totally okay with me.
Andrea Barbosa is a throughly talented author and I’m so very proud to have my own work included alongside hers. We’ve even entered many of the same contests and the only way I’m able to accept the loss of first place, is because she won it.
It’s not only amazing that Andrea is award-winning poet and author; but English is her second language, and yet she strings together prose that is pure magic. The Brazilian born, high powered business woman never lets anything get in the way of her beloved son; not even her fictional characters. Every time I see her she tells me about the latest in his life, and is always an internal part of his life.
So yeah, she’s a great mom too.
I’m so happy to bring author Andrea Barbosa to you, and to have her answer my 20 questions.
Twenty Questions With…Andrea Barbosa
- Every writer has that one book that made him or her want to be a writer, what’s yours? I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was a child, so it’s hard to remember what book exactly incited that desire within me, for I loved all fairy tales. One tale that I particularly recall is Oscar Wilde’s The Nightingale and the Rose.
- How old were you when you started writing? 12, 13, maybe earlier.
- Name four authors that you’d love to have lunch with. Shakespeare, Hemingway, Henry Miller, Anais Nin. Of course, they’re all dead but it would be a fantastic gathering.
- What would you eat? Anything vegetarian.
- How do you plot out your work? The characters take control and I plot as we go, usually.
- Do you write in the morning or evening? Evening.
- Is there music on? It depends. I like the silence but sometimes I need the music for inspiration for a particular scene or for a particular mood.
- What inspired your last story? My love for Greece and Greek history.
- Name three books so good you wish you wrote them. The Colossus of Maroussi (Henry Miller), The Name of the Rose (Umberto Eco), The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde).
- What television shows, movies, or albums do you believe are written well? One movie that comes to mind as being well written is Arrival, as it conveyed a poignant story.
- Which actor would you cast in the protagonist role of your most recent piece? To be Nikos, my Greek character in Olympian Passion, I always look at British model David Gandy. But since Gandy’s not an actor and wouldn’t have a Greek accent that Nikos needs to have, I’d choose Greek actor Apostolis Totsikas.
- Which of your pieces was the hardest to write? The romance novels are the hardest to write because I find the steamy scenes hard to describe.
- Which was the easiest? Poems are the easiest pieces that I write.
- Which of your pieces did readers ‘get’ when they told you their thoughts on it? The romance novels usually. In the second novel in the Olympian Love trilogy, Olympian Heartbreak, I did a lot of research about Greece. Several readers wrote to me praising the way I described the country, one even daring to say she felt that Greece was like it’s own character in the book, that I did such a good job that she felt she was in Greece while reading the book.
- What are you working on now? The final and last book in the Olympian Love trilogy.
- What story do you have to write before you die? Haven’t thought about that… ideas come and go but the one I had to write was my psychological thriller Massive Black Hole and I’m glad I was able to have it published.
- What sentence have you written that you feel encapsulates your style? Since I write poetry, short stories, fiction, and romance novels, it’s hard to find a particular sentence for my style. So I’m giving you a verse that I really like from one of my poems: “and the images vanish like soft clouds up high, transforming the colors of my rainbow into the dark loneliness of my night.”
- Have you ever based characters off of real people? Not entirely but I believe there’s a little bit of people I know in every character.
- Who’s your favorite character? From the ones I’ve written, Nikos, the protagonist of the Olympian Love trilogy. I love writing him. He’s complex, enigmatic, a little mysterious, and of course, extremely handsome, a typical alpha male, and a Greek archaeologist.
You can find out more about the author on their blog http://massiveblackholenovel.blogspot.com/ , and purchase their work from Amazon. Andrya Bailey (romance): https://www.amazon.com/Andrya-Bailey/e/B01667R2D8.
Andrea Barbosa (fiction, short stories, poetry): https://www.amazon.com/Andrea-Barbosa/e/B00DGXPK6W