Hi – my name is Andrea Grigg, and I live on Queensland's Gold Coast with my husband, Geoff, and Micky, our border collie. We have three adult children, two daughters, a son, and a son-in-law, who all live locally for which I'm very thankful. I moved to Australia from New Zealand when I was in my mid-twenties, and I have a foot firmly in both countries. As well as being a wife and mother, I was a primary school teacher for many years, but retired at the end of 2012 in order to concentrate on writing.
Andrea is the author of the upcoming Too Pretty due for release in August 2014.
Question 1: What was the first story you ever wrote and has it been published?
I wrote prolifically when I was a child but none of my stories were published. (A Day in the Life of a Coin – really?) Most of what I wrote was fan fiction. I remember writing extra chapters to 'The Secret Garden' and I re-wrote the ending to 'Little Women' because I was so annoyed when Beth died. (Apologies to Louisa May Alcott)
Question 2: What was your first book published?
My first book, A Simple Mistake, was published in 2012.
Question 3: What is your favourite part about being an author?
My favourite part (and it still thrills me when this happens) is when my characters take over my laptop and say or do things I haven't planned. Very addictive!
Question 4: What do you do for fun?
I love reading, listening to music and having coffee with friends. Most of all, I love it when my family is all together – there's a lot of hilarity!
Question 5: How do you test out your stories? Or who do you test them on?
I have a group of friends who read them for me. They are an eclectic bunch, and range in age from 20-something to 50-something. And then a fellow writer (sometimes two) critiques my manuscript. I appreciate these women so much - the feedback is invaluable.
Question 6: What was your favourite children's book when you were a kid?
I devoured the Famous Five series. When our family went on our annual holiday to Ngunguru (north of Whangarei in NZ) my dad posted a sheet of paper on the door of our little cabin, stating that it was 'Kirrin Cottage' and then named its inhabitants, ie. The characters from the books. I was in heaven.
Question 7: What writing genre do you like to do the most?
I've always enjoyed reading contemporary romance novels, so it was a natural progression to write it. I also prefer stand-alones, both to read and write, as they're bigger and I'm a very quick reader. I am not, however, a fast writer! Hopefully, that will change.
Question 8: What do you consider your biggest achievement?
My three children. They constantly amaze me.
Question 9: What is your favourite way/time to read?
I will read anytime and anywhere. I used to get reprimanded as a child for bringing a book to the dinner table. If it's only me at home, I still do it!
Question 10: What book are you reading right now?
I've just finished Nicholas Sparks' latest, The Longest Ride. I read it in a day.