Today I'm chatting with author Drica Armstrong about books and writing in general. Please make her feel welcome.
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Now, for this week's interview...
Q1) Can you tell us a little about yourself
I am an author who is trying to make a mark on the literary industry. I strive to give the readers a look into my imagination where all my books originate from.
Q2) Have you always wanted to be an author?
Actually, I wanted to be a Lawyer but writing became a hobby that I enjoyed so much.
Q3) Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?
Every author has a different style whether it is genre, writing, or their audience. I want to reach the people like Zane. No one has influenced my writing but my father’s work ethic inspired me to be a better writer.
Q4) Can you tell us what a typical writing day for you is like.
My typical writing day is spent with the television on mute, YouTube on reserve, and music in my ear. My son is bodyguard. When I’m writing he keeps everyone away from me so that I can focus.
Q5) Let’s talk about your new book. Can you tell us a little about it?
My new book, Trust No One, is about a woman, Monica, who loses her husband, Rodney, in a car accident. She begins to have feelings for her brother-in-law, Leon, and her best friend, Lynn. Soon after her husband dies Monica realizes that everyone close to her knew of her husband’s infidelities, except her. She deals with the drama of her husband’s secret life while being confronted by his mistress…..and MISTER!
Q6) How did you come up with the idea for this story?
I wanted to do a story based on my father’s death. When he died I realized that everyone around me knew of things that were kept secret from me. Due to the private nature in which my father died I couldn’t turn my experience into a book so I looked in my files and found this story idea. I tweaked the story line and used the name of my father’s stage play that he never saw make it to the stage due to his passing, Trust No One.
Q7) What is up next for you?
I am currently writing the script for the Trust No One stage play. I am also working on the production of a new novel being released in 2013 while writing two novels for release in 2014.
Q8) What is the best piece of advice you would give to a budding writer?
The best piece of advice to give to anyone is DO YOUR RESEARCH. I see so many authors get into situations because they didn’t either sign a contract or research the person they are doing business with. Another piece of advice is that not everyone you consider your friend is someone you can do business with. Either be friends with them first or just have a business relationship. Starting a new friendship and a business relationship at the same time could hinder what you are trying to accomplish.
Q9) What is the next book on your To Read Pile that you are dying to jump into?
The next book on my To Read list is Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol. I am a huge Dan Brown fan.
Q10) Is there anything else you would like to add?
I like to interact with my readers. Information about myself and novels can be found at www.dricaarmstrong.com, on Facebook @authordrica, and Twitter @dricaarmstrong
Favorite city: NYC
Favorite beverage: Wawa’s Orange Juice
Favorite place you’d like to visit: Paris
Favorite place to write: By the television
Favorite hobby: Mystery computer games
Favorite movie: Sister Act
Favorite book: Trust No One, by ME