1) Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you get into writing?
I write contemporary romance, and I’m passionate about traveling, history, and languages. When I write, I try to incorporate elements of all of them into the stories. I’m currently learning how to speak modern Greek, and also speak Portuguese, Spanish (and have in the past also learned German, French, and Italian, although not fluent any more since I don’t use them much!). My romance trilogy has been translated to Spanish and is being also published in Greece. I’ve been involved for several years with the Houston Writers Guild, and I’m currently a Board member of The Ocotillo Review literary journal, which is published by Kallisto Gaia Press, and have also worked as a flash fiction editor for the journal. I also write other genres, poetry, flash fiction, and short stories under another pen-name. Since I was very young, I always wanted to be a writer.
2) What inspired you to write your book?
My most recent book was the third and final book in a romance trilogy, but the idea for the trilogy was born many years ago when I was visiting the museum of fine arts. I had the idea of a character visiting the museum and falling in love with a curator or archaeologist, then started to write about it and the trilogy came to life.
3) What theme or message do you hope readers will take away from your book?
Hope – hope to find love, even if it’s long distance and across cultures.
4) What drew you into this particular genre?
It was actually a challenge. Two friends of mine who are also writers challenged me to write a romance, and so the trilogy was born.
5) If you could sit down with any character in your book, what would you ask them and why?
It would be Nikos. I’d ask him what he felt when Sabrina left him in Athens and when he realized he was in love with her, because he didn’t go after her at the time and seemed to just have accepted that she didn’t want to be with him.
6) What social media site has been the most helpful in developing your readership?
My newsletter (it is the best way to get the latest news about my books, and I also hold giveaways frequently. Newsletters usually go out every two months or sometimes monthly if there are news worth sharing. To sign up for the newsletter: Newsletter sign up: http://eepurl.com/dgdaqD), followed by:
7) What advice would you give to aspiring or just starting authors out there?
Just start writing, write for yourself, write something you’d like to read.
8) What does the future hold in store for you? Any new books/projects on the horizon?
A new romance novel. I have the first chapter going on but it’s still in the very preliminary stage.
About the Author
Andrya Bailey is an award-winning contemporary romance writer. She enjoys traveling and visiting museums and historical landmarks where she can learn about art and history, which she usually incorporates into her stories. She loves to write love stories with strong alpha males and exotic scenarios – after all, what better romance fantasy is there?
Olympian Passion, the first book in the Olympian Love trilogy, has received the 5-star seal from Readers’ Favorite and is the 2016 New Apple Literary e-book Contemporary Romance – Solo Medalist winner. Olympian Heartbreak, the second book, is a 2018 New Apple Literary “official selection” in the romance category.
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