Author Interview: Andrea Lightfoot

Today I am happy to introduce writer Andrea Lightfoot, author of Fanastica – Surreal Prose and Poetry.
fatasticaTell us about your book. Is there one in particular you are promoting right now? What is it about?
The book is called ‘Fantastica – Surreal Prose & Poetry ‘ and is a guide to the “nearest place to Fairyland”, featuring short stories, poems, interviews and information by residents of Fantastica and it’s visitors.
What genre do you write in? Who is your audience?
The fantasy genre, which I love, as it really allows me to unleash my imagination. ‘Fantastica – Surreal Prose & Poetry ‘ is universal, meaning anyone any age can read it.

How do you come up with the ideas for your writing?
My ideas come from all sorts of places. I see the world like a child does, and I think imaginatively instead of logically (unless I need to think logically). I can see/imagine passageways, for instance, and music gives me ideas too. A cardboard box for me is never just a cardboard box. There’s always something else that it can become.

What’s the best part of being a writer?

Being a creative and imaginative person, and being able to share your imagination with others.

What would you like readers to take away from your book?

I’d like them to feel relaxed and inspired at the same time, and that they would like to visit Fantastica if it existed in real life.

What do you read? What are your favourite books and who are your favourite authors?

I enjoy reading books in the fantasy and science fiction genres – Terry Brooks is one of my favourite authors. I also like poetry, especially if it’s funny. I read other genres from time to time, even horror occasionally, and I like recommendations, as they open my mind to new things.

 Are you self published, traditionally published, or a hybrid? Why?
I’m self-published. Although I’m British, I went through an American self-publishing company called BookLocker. They had been recommended to me by a fellow author/writer on a writer’s forum. I’ve had to save up and pay a considerable amount of money, but it’s been worth it in the end.
Tell us about your book cover. Did somone design it for you or did you do it yourself?
Todd Engel from BookLocker worked with me to design the front cover. I told him what I was thinking of, and he emailed me a couple of ideas.

What do you do when you’re not writing?
I work for a national charity organisation, am part of a drama group, part of a dance group that does ballet and jazz, I’m in the church choir, and I like walking, listening to music, dancing, helping in the garden, and visiting places of interest.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
To be able to fly (without wings, of course) or I’d like to be able to harness the power of Fire, as that is my element.
Thanks so much for being here today, Andrea. Your book sounds amazing — I love looking at things through different eyes.
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