Welcome Regina Andrews to Dark Glass Ponderings! Regina's In Good Faith was a semi-finalist in the 2009 National Ebook Contest. She has also written Destiny's Designs, Spotlight on Love, and The Perfect Proposal. Regina Andrews' s blog contains interviews with other authors with a focus on e-books.
First of all, I'd like to say, "thank you" very much, Julia, for inviting me to visit you today! I am thrilled to be here!
Its a pleasure to have you visit Dark Glass Ponderings today. Thank you for being here.
What do you most enjoy about the Christmas season?
Christmas in New England is filled with tradition, snow, sentimentality, sending Christmas cards and religious services. Many times families and friends will go door-to-door, singing Christmas carols. I love the celebratory nature of Christmas, the hope and the humility of the Lord’s beginnings.
(Oh, how fun! I love caroling! And hot chocolate afterwards!)
Does your family have any special holiday traditions?
We all get together for a buffet on Christmas Eve, and then attend Midnight Mass together. On Christmas morning, we wake up and race downstairs to put the turkey in the oven and see the gifts Santa has left for us all. Then we have a big breakfast and go for a walk to see our neighbors, particularly the ones who might not have a lot of family in the area. After that, it's back to my house! My family and I prepare a Christmas feast, and everyone starts arriving around 1pm. The visiting and feasting winds down around 9pm, and then we go next door to my sister's for dessert. She makes sugarplums and mince pie tarts, yum, and we toast with champagne. Then we go home and collapse!
(Yum, I've never had sugar plums, but it sounds delicious!)
When and how did your fiction writing journey begin?
Well, my wonderful mother read to me as far back as I can remember and I am sure that’s why I love reading so much. Loving reading, and being a natural talker, I think writing became the next logical step. It came in handy when I didn’t have an audience to tell my stories to, I could just keep going, and write everything down.
What have you learned along the way that you wish you’d known in the beginning of your publication journey?
I think the main thing is patience. My nature is quite impatient when it comes to me putting pressure on myself, and I have not been blessed with this gift! However, I have cultivated patience and I am very grateful.
(Oh, I can so relate to the struggle with patience! I'm in the trenches of learning this one myself and when it comes to my writing I think I have quite a ways to go until the publication goal is reached).
I notice you have a master’s degree in American Civilization. What is your favorite era in American history and why?
What a great question, thank you for asking! I would have to say the era of Nathaniel Hawthorne, in the 1850’s. This was a time of great artistic and literary enlightenment in the US, particularly in the Northeast.
(Note to readers: Regina mentioned that the heroine of In Good Faith is named Haley Hawthorne).
If you could spend a day in any museum in the world where would you go and why?
One of my favorite hobbies is museums, Julia! Most definitely I would go to The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. I have never been to Russia, but I am enthralled by its vast size, rich heritage and passionate approach to life.
(I love museums, too, and that one definitely sounds like a great trip).
Who are your favorite classical composers?
I love music so much! Mozart is my very favorite. Also, Handle, Chopin, Beethoven, Bach and Bizet and Scarlatti. I could go on and on!
You are involved with InSight, I see, which aids those who are visually impaired. What types of services do you provide and how were you led to become involved with this organization?
InSight is a great organization. It began in 1905 and the mission is to inspire confidence, build skills and empower people who are blind and visually impaired to become fully integrated, equally valued members of society by providing diverse services that produce opportunities and choices. In 1938 Helen Keller came to RI to cut the ribbon on the InSight building and open it. For the past thirteen years, my partner Andy and I have been doing a live radio show on Saturday mornings where we read the paper and banter back and forth. It’s really fun!
What country would you most like to visit?
It would be fascinating to visit Japan, I think, absolutely so high-tech – but getting there would be rough for me! But in the same breath I would love to see Africa, and I’ll probably go there.
What 3 items can always be found in your refrigerator?
Apples, cheese and half & half J
(I always have cheese in mine, too...probably part of why my cholesterol is borderline).
Are you a tosser or a saver?
Sentimental beyond words, I save save save because I don’t want the wonderful experience to be over! However, reality kicks in and I do have to purge items occasionally. I know I can keep wonderful memories, but it’s nice to have something tangible. I have every greeting card ever sent to me!
GIVEAWAY!! Regina has generously offered to give away TWO e-books to readers. Destiny's Design AND In Good Faith.
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The contest will end Tuesday, December 14th at midnight.
The contest will end Tuesday, December 14th at midnight.
My birthday is coming up this week. I would love to gift a reader with a big box of books...Be sure to stop by Thursday for Shawna K. Williams' interview AND my box of books giveaway!
This giveaway is only going to be offered for followers of my blog!!