Andrea Buginsky is a freelance writer and author. “The Chosen” was her first book, and was followed by “My Open Heart,” an autobiography about growing up with heart disease. “Nature’s Unbalance” is the second story in THE CHOSEN series.
Andrea's books teach readers to always believe in themselves and find the hero inside. She teaches her readers to "Reach for the stars, and make your dreams come true."
Today, I welcome author Sands Hetherington to the Realm. Sands' latest children book, Night Buddies, Imposters, and One Far-Out Flying Machine, was featured on the Realm on January 11. Welcome Sands! When did you start writing?
In absolute terms, I suppose when I
was about sixteen.Little poem-like
things and cutesy sketches when I was in high school.This really foxy student teacher named Ellen
gushed over one of these, and that definitely piqued my interest!
I didn't get serious, though, until I
was late twenty-something and sent some stories off to the major
magazines.They nearly took three of them,
but backed off for various reasons and said for me to hang in there.When I was thirty I went back and got an MFA
in writing and an MA in English and published a couple of stories in small
Then, like Roy Hobbs says in The Natural, "I sorta got
sidetracked."I didn't hit a lick
writing for ten years—until my six-year-old son gave me the idea of trying a
kids' story.He presented me with the
main character (a red crocodile named Crosley) and I've been hooked ever since.
What is your favorite writing style?
I don't like to
read hard-to-read material.It can be
rewarding, for sure, but so can other things.I prefer clear, down-to-earth, plain styles like Twain, Hemingway and
Kurt Vonnegut.And if it comes down to
that, I like first-person narrative best.It provides the most immediacy, and it's what I use in my Night Buddies stories.
Where do you get your ideas?
really.I just keep my story antennae up.I've gotten ideas from interesting
experiences, dull experiences like seeing someone trying to catch a rubber ball
and missing, even someone crossing the street with nothing else happening.My six-year-old son gave me the basis of the Night Buddies stories and didn't charge
me a nickel. I like taking something ordinary and turning it inside out and
making it crazy.And if I get stuck, I stick
a note pad in my pocket and take a long walk.
What’s the best thing about writing?
Really getting it
going, and knowing for a fact that you've got it going, and letting it run like
that for a good long while, and finally coming to a good stopping place and
looking over what you've done and seeing that you got it right.
What’s the worst thing about writing?
Not quite knowing
what to say, and trying one thing after another, and banging your head against
the wall knowing that last bit didn't work either, and finally getting up in
disgust and walking away.
What do you do when you’re not
Everything else is the complete
answer, but I suspect you want a few particulars.I live with my Saint Bernards Dudley and
Maggie and keep house and work out at a gym most weekdays.I manage a number of securities portfolios
and travel a lot.I have three very fast
cars that I probably shouldn't have.I
read all sorts of things, grouse about American politics, and watch basketball.
Do you like reading?
Of course.More and more non-fiction these days, but not
What are you reading right now?
Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns
Goodwin-----About Lincoln and the War and the men in his cabinet who contested
with him for the Republican nomination.
Thanks for joining us at the Realm today, Sands! For more information on Sands, check out the following links: