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Author Interview with R.L Andrew

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  1. Where are you from? Shepparton, Victoria, Australia
  2. When did you first decide you wanted to be a writer? When I was a child.
  3. How long have you been writing? I’ve written short stories and poems since I was a kid but as only taken writing seriously for the last five years or so.
  4. What genre do you write? Science Fiction and horror. Occasionally others.
  5. What are you working on now? Editing the sequel to my first book ‘A Lunatic’s Guide to Interplanetary Relationships (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074YCZDK5) – ‘A Demigoddess’s Guide to Interplanetary Parenting’ before it goes to my Editor then Publisher in hopefully a couple of months and plotting/planning the third – ‘A Demigoddesses Guide to Inter dimensional InLaws’.
  6. What inspires you to write? Myself. I believe inspiration for me comes from planning, thinking, creating and hard work. I sit down everyday and write, always working towards a goal. I have to make sure I have what I’m going to write clear in my head before I do sit down. Then I put myself in the background of the scene and let it play out.
  7. Who is your biggest influence as a writer? It’s definitely been my Mentor/Editor and now Publisher Randall Andrews. He’s taught, encouraged, supported me and truly made the biggest difference to my writing life. He continues to do so.
  8. Do you have anything published? If so can you tell us a little about your latest publication? Aside from a number of short stories published in Anthologies internationally my first book ‘A Lunatic’s Guide to Interplanetary Relationships (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074YCZDK5) has been published by Ja-Col Publishing Inc.
  9. Where is your ideal writing spot? On my couch with a settee, my legs up and my macbook on my lap.
  10. Is there a routine you have to go through to get in the writing mood? I sit down, put myself in the scene and write. A lot of mental battle goes into that as I’m chronically ill. Everyday I wake up I do not want to get out of bed and have ever reason to feel that way. But I get nothing achieved with that state of mind. It doesn’t change my pain levels but it does change my mental health for the better – positively. Instead of wallowing while in pain, I’ve created – written books while in pain, something has come from it.
  11. As a writer, what is the biggest area you’ve struggled in? Commas. I totally suck at them, my editor will verify this lol. I work hard at figuring those out but I still seem to screw it up. I’ll get there eventually.
  12. Any advice for upcoming young writers? Be open to challenges, learning about the craft, and giving up any preconceived ideas you have about being a great writer right off the batt. Like most things it takes work, effort and learning. Don’t talk about doing it, don’t think about doing it, just do it.
  13. What has worked for you? Setting realistic goals for myself and working towards them. There’s always a million excuses for not finding time to write each day but you only need one reason to do it and you’ll achieve great things over time.
  14. Other than writing, what do you do? I love horror movies, gardening and cooking when I”m able to. Funnily enough I’ve created some of my most delicious meals while hunched over and shallow breathing. It’s amazing what you can do if you push yourself. Though i realise you probably shouldn’t always do that!
  15. Have you written anyone you know into your novels? If so, why were they important to that particular story? Oh heck yes. They might not be directly named but everyone I’ve ever known, met or encountered shows up somewhere in my books. Depending on what type of people they are is what type of characters they end up as.
  16. Do you have any upcoming events (release parties, giveaways, etc.) or book releases coming up? If so feel free to provide the links. My first book has been released as an ebook and should be released in paper back within the next couple of weeks. I am doing a few in person book launches where I live but it’s too far for you guys to come.
  17. Is there anything else you would like to share with us? The only person that stops you from doing something is you. And if you are dead set on achieving something nothing will stop you.

Some Fun Questions:

  1. What’s your favorite line from any movie? They’re here.
  2. If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film, or science fiction? A disaster movie with plenty of action and dark comedy.
  3. Who would you want to play you? Claudia Karvan – she’s an Australian Actress I’d also love to play my main character in a show or movie.
  4. What is your favorite quote? This too shall pass – because it does. It’s inevitable.
  5. Name 5 favorite movies. John Wick, Selfless, The Conjuring, Evil Dead (original) and thirteen ghosts.
  6. Why? There are too many reasons but I can watch them over and over and not get sick of them.
  7. Are you spring, summer, fall, or winter? Please share why.Spring and early summer. I hate the cold. Mostly because I have a small build and it’s impossible to get warm enough. And you can’t spend much time outdoors when it’s cold and wet.
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Hugs and Kisses Anthology Coming Soon

Last year I wrote a short story called “Blind Love” for Hugs and Kisses and today the authors received our promos. So I wanted to share all of the glorious pictures here, as well as our event that will be coming up next month. As our release grows closer I’ll post updates and keep everyone informed. But for now, here’s a sample of what’s to come.

Enjoy!

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Migraines Are no Fun

Suffering from a migraine can render you useless for the entire day. It can keep you in bed with something covering your eyes and ears to block out all light and sound. They prevent you from doing any and all daily activities because you can’t function because everything feels like it’s going to make your head explode. And if that’s not bad enough some migraines come with nausea and others come with the room spinning in circles.

And for a person that suffers from chronic migraines I know these pains all too well. Some months I can go a week a week and not have a migraine, but the next I have one every other day. Or the worse migraines that last for several days that require a trip to the ER because there’s nothing I can do to get rid of them, and I feel like my head is on the verge of exploding.

Now a headache you can typically take a pain reliever and it’ll clear up in an hour or two, or it’s typically bearable. But a migraine isn’t that simple. Sometimes a pain reliever won’t do the trick, and you have to use other methods to help the pain reliever actually work. Here’s a list of things I do in conjunction with taking a pain reliever to help get rid of a migraine.

Lavender Eye Pillow/Unscented Eye Pillow-

This eye pillow contains lavender buds that produce a lavender scent that a both calming and healing that helps relieve the pressure of a migraine. It doesn’t get rid of the migraine completely on it’s own, but it helps. There is also an unscented version of this eye pillow as well. What you do is heat it up in the microwave for 15 seconds and place on your forehead. The heat helps relieve the pain, much like that of a heating pad. It also applies a nice pressure to the forehead and temples, which I think is what helps in conjunction with the heat, because it keeps my head from feeling like it’s about to explode because something is holding it in place.

Lavender Eye Pillow

Unscented Eye Pillow

Migraine Relief Spray-

This spray contains essential oils that help with the relief of migraines. It contains magnesium oil which stimulates blood flow to reduce spasms, lavender to relieve tension headaches and reduce stress, sweet marjoram to ease the nervous system, peppermint to calm and rejuvenate the senses, and rosemary and basil to reduce pain and mental fatigue. You spray it on your forehead and the back of your neck and just relax, it also helps with anxiety.

Migraine Relief Spray

Peppermint Essential Oil-

This is one of the first things I started using with to help relieve migraines. And I find that it works well the majority of the time. I rub it in the middle of my forehead, then temples, and lastly all over my forehead. I do it this way so I know the whole area is covered. My forehead will start to tingle a little, much like when you use IcyHot for muscle aches, and usually I’ll lie down in the dark and cover my eyes and allow it to work before doing anything.

Peppermint Oil

Tiger Balm-

I use this a lot like I use the peppermint oil, I rub it on the center of my forehead, then my temples and lastly all over my forehead to ensure the whole area is covered. It also works much in the same way as the peppermint oil. However, I notice quicker relief with the Tiger Balm and I don’t have to lie down in order for it to really help. I keep this one in my drawer at work, just in case a nasty migraine springs on while I’m at work. It does have a reddish tint but I’ve never noticed it turning my forehead red, and it does have a strong scent as well, I think it smells like gingerbread so I don’t mind the smell since it helps.

Tiger Balm

These are a few things that help me when I have a migraine that just won’t go away. Of course if you have one that lasts for several days, please go see your doctor as it could be signs of something worse. Migraines are nothing to play around with and they should be treated properly. They aren’t a simple headache that you can just take something and get rid of, they really do put you out of commission. I hope some of the things I use may provide some relief to others that suffer from migraines out there and maybe this helps someone to know they aren’t alone in feeling like their head is going to explode every now and again when they have a migraine.

 

 

Ten Fun Facts

I’m a quirky person more and more I’ve realized. But I think my quirks make me a fun individual and I embrace my individuality. To be honest the world would be dull and boring if we were all the same, like that one episode of Spongebob where he turns normal and then Squidward turns normal and it ends up being this weird mess.

I thought it would be fun to give out ten fun facts about me as a person so you could all get to know me better as a person.

  1. I’m super accident prone. I’ve broken six bones in my body and have a slipped disk in my back all because of my clumsiness.
  2. I’m a super introvert. It’s like a regular introvert, just more so. I don’t like being in crowds, in fact, I’ll do whatever I can to avoid social situations. In fact I’d rather stay at home and read or write then be around people, except my husband.
  3. On Valentine’s Day this year I told my husband I wanted a giant caterpillar instead of the usual teddy bear that most girls want for Valentine’s Day. I now have a giant caterpillar that is a great reading buddy.
  4. I do a lot of creative stuff. We all already know that I’m a writer (and if you didn’t surprise). But I also do a lot of paintings, drawings, etchings, and a lot of other things. I’m in the process of opening my art store so I can sell the paintings, because they’re kind of stacking up with no place to go.
  5. I absolutely love Gir. If you not a 90’s kid there’s a good chance you don’t know who Gir even is. Gir is a robot from Invader Zim. He is supposed to help Zim conquer our planet, but he gets in the way more than he helps. But he’s a cute little robot that says the dumbest things and that is why I love him.
  6. I’m afraid of clowns. I’ve said this before, but it’s a big thing about me. Most people think it’s a silly fear, but it’s a legitimate fear for me. My fear has nothing to do with IT or any other scary clown movie, and everything to do with something that happened when I was a kid. So I will run screaming from a clown, and I have done it—even as an adult.
  7. Deadpool is my favorite superhero. What’s not to love about Deadpool though.
  8. Alice in Wonderland is the best thing EVER.
  9. White tigers are my favorite animal.

I have an abnormal love of frogs.

Childhood Memories

I have quite a few early memories of my childhood, even though studies show we forget things from before the age of three years old. I remember parts of my three year old childhood, but not enough coherently enough. And I have lots of early fond memories so it’s hard to choose just one. So rather I will pick a memory I love and go with it.

When I was about five I woke up on Christmas morning like every kid does- eager to see what Santa brought the night before. I darted to my parents room at around six in the morning because I was an early riser on Christmas. And I don’t know how I missed what was under the tree when I ran to my parents room but I missed it. I was a kid and didn’t pay much attention when I was half asleep.

My parents up sluggishly walked to the living room and sat down on the couch and I believe my dad may have sat in the floor. I flopped onto the floor and opened presents as my dad handed me them. Now in my family we have this tradition of getting gifts not only from Santa but sometimes Rudolph will leave something under the tree too. Because I didn’t just leave treats for Santa, I left treats for his reindeer too.

I’d opened all my presents, or at least the wrapped ones but my dad said I had one more. I’m not sure if he left the room and came back or if it was in the room the whole time, that I don’t recall. What I recall was next a black Labrador retriever puppy in my lap. I can only imagine me crying, because I can’t remember my reaction now, but I remember I was so happy to get a puppy and name her Playful.

That puppy was my best friend, and I didn’t have very many friends at the time either. So I finally had a puppy, and I was extremely happy. Though I’m not sure if I asked for a puppy or not for Christmas, I’m sure I did, I just don’t recall that bit of information now that I’m an adult.

I wish I could say Playful made it to my adult years but sadly she passed away when I was around about sixteen. My heart broke the day she died because I’d lost not only my best friend but also a dear family member. But getting her that Christmas day when I was five years old was probably one of the best days of my childhood life and I enjoyed being able to grow up with my dog.