Interview with SPFBO Author JA Andrews

Write on: Tue, 13 Aug 2019 by  in Archive Read 3452

Welcome to! Can you tell us a few things about yourself?

I'm a mom of three and a huge homebody. I didn't really give this writing thing a chance until I was about 40, and it's been so much more fun that I expected. I love the indie community and have met so many other amazing people and authors. Before I set out to do this, I wanted the freedom of indie publishing, but I really thought it meant I'd be going at it completely alone. It's been great to find such a huge community of generous, good indie authors.

What book did you enter SPFBO with, and is it your debut?

Pursuit of Shadows, and it's not my debut. It's actually the second book in my Keeper Chronicles, but the three books in the trilogy are actually standalone stories that are related loosely by timeline and do share characters. Each book focuses on a different character, though, and their own individual journey.

Tell us a few things about it. What should the Judge you'll be allocated to, expect from it?

Pursuit of Shadows is listed as the second book in the Keeper Chronicles, but it's a story in its own right. The main character, Will, is a Keeper (storyteller/historian/magic worker) and while he knows most of the people involved in book 1, he's been in another country for a year on his own quest to track down his sister, who was abducted from their home when she was little. To find her he must disguise himself as merely a traveling storyteller to join with a clan of people who hate Keepers. He builds a tense friendship with--and a grudging respect for--the clan chief, only to discover the man has taken far more from Will than just his sister.

You'll compete against 299 other books. Do you believe your book will stand out against the competition, and if yes, why?

I believe it will stand out as well as Waldo in a crowded cartoon carnival scene. But every once in a while, someone does find Waldo. Fingers crossed.

Editor’s Note: What a lovely comparison!


I'd tell you, but then I'd have to write you as a character in my book and kill character-you off.

Editor’s Note: I’ll take my chances!

Why did you decide to enter SPFBO in the first place?

I think the contest is really fun to be a part of. I've met a lot of interesting authors and had fun getting to know some of the judges. In my opinion, the relationships made are more valuable than any other aspect. Although former winners might disagree with me.

Are you working on a book right now? What should we expect from you next?

I'm working on the next trilogy in the same world as the Keeper Chronicles. It'll take place a couple hundred years earlier and talk about the first queen of the country and the first Keepers.

Anything else you would like to add? A message to the other contestants, the Judges, or Mark Lawrence himself?

I'm so grateful to Mark Lawrence and the judges for all the time and energy they put into this contest! It's such a great way for Indies to expand their world. I know you guys aren't paid, and sometimes deal with undue drama, so I hope you know how much it's all appreciated!

What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?

African or European?

Editor's Note: Thanks for joining us, Mrs. Andrews! We wish you the very best of luck during the next few months of the competition, as well as with the new trilogy.

Last modified on Tuesday, 13 August 2019 22:31
Filip Magnus

Filip picked up his first fantasy novel when he was seven and hasn’t stopped reading since. A critical reader who judges novels on their technical use of language and plot alike, he has a soft spot for literary fiction and tragic, heroic tales.

In his free time, Filip writes fiction, makes gaming reviews on YouTube, and maintains a personal blog. All that when he’s not too busy going through piles of books in as short a time as possible.