Meet the Author: Andi Buchanan

Meet the Author: Andi Buchanan 1Andi Buchanan is the editor of three anthologies about motherhood, the author of MotherShock: Loving Every (Other) Minute of It (2003), and the co-author of The Daring Book for Girls (2007).

She was gracious enough to participate in an exclusive interview for my readers here at Metropolitan Mama...

ME: Is writing your full time job...and has it always been that way?

ANDI: Well, mothering is my real full-time job! When you work from home and you have small kids, that always seems to be the case! Writing is now my full-time job; when my kids were younger I worked as an editor and also did freelance writing and graphic design.

ME: What is a "book tour" like? (How long does it last? How much do you travel? Do you bring your family along? Etc.)

ANDI: It depends on the book and the publisher! I've done weekend trips and 10-day excursions, with and without kids.

ME: How many children do you have and how do you find time to write?

ANDI: I have two kids. Now that they're both in all-day school, finding time is no longer the problem it once was, but when they were younger I wrote basically whenever I could -- during naptime, late at night after a feeding or diaper wake-up call, in the snips and snatches of time when I had a moment to myself. My fear when the kids were little and I had to squeeze all my work into unpredictable and intermittent amounts of time was that without regular "practice," I'd forget how to do it -- that when I finally had the uninterrupted time I craved, I'd discover my writing muscle to be atrophied beyond repair. I also found it hard to imagine a time when I would have more time (or any time).

ME: What tips would you share with would-be writers?

ANDI: If I could go back in time to those years and tell myself anything, it would be to be patient. Because as interminable as it seems, that time really does pass!

WIN IT! One lucky winner will receive a copy of the acclaimed book, "The Daring Book for Girls" (read my full review here). To enter, leave a comment and your e-mail address on this post prior to Wednesday, November 28th, at midnight. The winner will be announced and contacted on Thursday, November 29th. * Winner must provide a U.S. mailing address.

* UPDATED * The winner is #3 Brooke. Congratulations!

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63 comments on “Meet the Author: Andi Buchanan”

  1. This was on my list for my niece this year for Christmas! What a treat it would be to win! Thanks for the awesome chance!
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  2. I would love to give this to my daughters for Christmas. There's so much we could get out of it together! Thanks!

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  3. I'd love to win this book for my daughters. :)

    Great interview - as a writer and a mama, I needed the reminder to be patient. :)

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  4. My daughter needs this! I'm sure it would remind me of times when I was a child that I could relate to her as well.
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    Thanks for this opportunity!!

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    Thanks.

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  6. What a great way to reacquaint girls with activities girls have done for generations before them!

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  8. I am thinking about giving this book to my niece for Christmas. She is just the right age! My email address is in my profile! Thanks for the chance to win an awesome prize!!

  9. Darn, I missed the deadline! Good interview, though. I'm glad there's a Daring Book for Girls. My husband got the Daring Book for Boys (we have a boy).

    I love your new blog look, too!

  10. I've seen this book at the stores and it looks like so much fun for a young girl (makes me wish I had one when I was a girl!). Great giveaway, and just in time for Christmas! Sign me up!!!

  11. Hi, I have been wanting this book for awhile now. Please enter me in your contest. I appreciate it! Cindi
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  12. I fell in love with the Daring Book for Boys - it was perfect for my little boy. But let's face it - I'm a girl and I want this book for myself! Thanks!!

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