Andrea Speed Interview

Hello Andrea Speed and welcome to Fallen Angel Reviews. It is good to have you with us this morning. We are anxious to hear about Andrea and her books.

Andrea let me begin by saying I love the soft color tone of your webpage.

Thank you, but I had little to do with that. I have a web site guy, Craig Reade, who basically set that up for me. If I designed my own web page, I fear it would be awful.

I believe that Infected: Freefall will be out soon in E-Book and paperback? Why don't we begin by giving the readers some insight to this story?
Although the Infected series is often thrown into the urban fantasy/shifter category - which I understand - I've always felt like Roan's story is kind of a superhero story, although an odd one. The more he realizes he's more than a normal person, the more of a price he has to pay for it. Infected: Freefall just continues that story, as Roan begins to struggle with what he is and what it costs him. Also, the Church of Divine Transformation becomes a more sinister presence, as they're fed up with Roan, and the new leader of the Church decides to take a more hostile stance against him. If he won't play ball with them, then he's an enemy. There's a great irony in that, though, along with the fact that you really don't want Roan as an enemy, ever. Some of them learn that the hard way. Also we delve more into Holden, his male escort/investigative assistant, who I think was a stand out character for many in Infected: Life After Death. He reveals how much he cares about Roan and how dark he can get, which seems to go hand in hand. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if some people are a bit upset over what Holden does in this book. Roan isn't the only dangerous person in this circle.

When you begin your stories, do you do an outline or just start writing as the mood strikes?
A little bit of both. I know what the story is going in, but I leave room for inspiration and improvisation. I know where I'm going, but I allow myself freedom in getting there.

Do you dive right into your characters and become a part of the story?
That's easy to do, but sometimes you have to keep some distance, especially in some of the more darker or emotionally intense areas.

When did you first think about writing and what prompted you to submit your first ms?
I've been writing for what seems like forever, but my grandmother was a writer, so I suppose that's the reason for that. As for finally submitting a manuscript, I got some direct encouragement from an online reader. To be perfectly honest, I didn't think I was good enough to submit a manuscript. I guess I was wrong.

Every author wants the idea working space to be creative. Describe to the readers your idea working space.
The one I actually have, or the one I want? The one I have is frankly a bit of a mess, but if it works I shouldn't knock it. My ideal one would be a remote cave in Nepal, with access to the internet and no one around to bug me. But I don't see that happening any time soon.

Do you have a least favorite part of writing?
Editing? It's so hard to edit your own work, especially if you have to say goodbye to something you really like. But it has to happen.

After you type, The End, do you miss your characters?
Sometimes, yes. But all good things end, so it's just part of life. Still, if they annoy me enough, they know they're coming back.

Do you have any unfinished projects sitting around?
A couple. I'm working on a fantasy novel for Riptide called Strange Angels, and another in the continuing Josh of the Damned series, as well as a prequel of sorts to the Infected series, Infected: Paris. All works in progress.

Can you share with us any of your sites where readers can learn more about Andrea, and your books, and exciting news?
I have a whole buttload of places for people to check out. My Website, Twitter, Google+, Facebook and Redemption Reef Blog. And, for my occasional reviews of comics, shows, and movies, try

If you had the chance to see your books in a movie, who would you like to play the leading roles?
This is consistently a hard one for me, because I have such definite ideas about what my characters look like, and I usually can't make a perfect match in the real world. Having said that, if forced, I'd pick Tom Hardy for Roan. The body type isn't correct, and he's probably too pretty, but he has the kind of masculine, feral quality someone playing Roan would have to have. Roan is charismatic without ever realizing he is charismatic, as well as ever so slightly dangerous. The one easy call to make is who should play Holden, and that role would totally belong to Dylan Vox. He's got the perfect mix of compelling/calculating/playful/menacing you'd need to capture him. I refuse to cast Paris because I can't, that's just too damn hard, and as for Dylan ... maybe Matthew Montgomery or Oscar Isaac. As for Josh, from the Josh of the Damned series, I want a guy who can pass for your average joe while still being handsomer than your average joe. Maybe Bobby Steggert or Hugh Dancy.

What would you say is your downright favorite craving in food or anything?
Ooh, that's a hard one, and pretty much depends on the day. But you can hardly go wrong with chocolate.

Finish the sentence "Life is short..."
Play hard, play to win. Or die trying.

In the story, The Secret Garden, the children entered a lovely garden, filled with complete beauty, almost a paradise. Describe your secret garden.
Other people's idea of a jungle. Overflowing with overgrown plants and trees, teeming with life, from bugs to mammals. Something almost inhospitable, filled with lush wonders and hidden dangers, a good place to go quietly insane.

Thank you so much for sharing time with us today, Andrea. I wish you the best with your writing.

Interviewed by: Linda L.

Linda L.