Andrea Benson’s children story Where has my meow gone? will be making its debut sometime mid-July. It will be available on Amazon. She is currently working towards distributing the book in brick-and-motar booksellers. You can follow her on Facebook and Instagram.
Why did you decide to go indie?
I was sent a contract with a publisher. It was a UK leading vanity publisher. This wasn’t for me. I eventually want a traditional publishing contract.
I guess indie is a way forward for me, and I believe everyone should be able to publish their work, so this is a great option. So many indie publishers have had amazing success.
I’m a single parent. I work, as well as write. We had to escape domestic abuse 16 months ago and start again. My writing is helping me and my little boy heal as we build our new lives.
What inspired Where has my meow gone?
As a child, I loved reading the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson. I was fascinated with the lessons they weaved into their stories. These books helped me grow as a young person and unlocked a portal to my own imagination. I spent many afternoons sat in long grass in a local meadow just reading. After I had my first child, I would read to him every night; it was our special time together. I loved how he engaged and connected with the story asking questions, showing concern, relief and then utter joy as each character got their own happy ending. And so, I began to write incorporating little life lessons of confidence, knowing it’s ok and great to be different and stand out, to share and value family. It dawned on me that story books were a great way to change the world one child at a time. I am trying to encourage the traditional ways of storytelling between a parent or sibling as its a great bonding tool.
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What are you currently working on?
I’m currently writing my first novel I am Golem, an older children’s fantasy novel and trying to build my brand and social media platform to connect with others writers and illustrator as I find them so inspiring and motivating. We share the same struggles and its fantastic to watch others overcome and to follow their journey.
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