Author Interview: Art of Change by Kelly Andria

About the Author:
Kelly Andria is the pen name of two very close friends who decided to write a story to make people laugh. The two authors, although different in many ways and viewpoints, have a lot in common. Both Greek Americans coming from conservative vibrant families, they learned to speak and act as they believe. Fair but always kind. Their passion for art, food and romance led them to become authors of a comedy that redefines the “boy meets girl” norm. The wacky one of the group knew that they had the stories in them. The other half quickly became convinced as their quirky characters took shape and form and gained a voice of their own.

Author Interview:

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future? 
As I believe we live many lives so we have lot of past lived, I would go to the future
If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose? 
Drumvalo Melchizedeck, Plato, Daffy duck, Paramahansa Yogananda, Mother Teresa
If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you? 
A pen and paper/  blanket/designer  reading sunglasses
What is one book everyone should read? 
The little prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery
If you were a superhero what would your name be? 
The flying coco loon!
If you could have any superpower what would you choose? 
Fly and be invisible
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? 
If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose? 
My father
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? 
Coffee and a hot chocolate croissant
Night owl, or early bird? 
Early bird
One food you would never eat? 
Fatty meats
Pet Peeves? 
People who claim to be modest.
Skittles or M&Ms? 
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. 
Because life is too short to be taken seriously
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? 
Book sequel
What inspired you to want to become a writer? 
My need to tell stories and make people feel good.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. 
Making people laugh with our book!
If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world.. which would it be? 
Tale of two cities.
What is your dream cast for your book? 
George Clooney, Edward Norton, Ethan Hawke, Julia Roberts, Penelope Cruz
What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?  
Pollyanna, E. H. Porter, and  Judy Blume
Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
 Don’t worry be happy
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors? 
Have fun with what you do!
If you could choose only one time period and place to live, when and where would you live and why? 
Pre world war II in Europe. Lot’s of changes in every aspect of life.
If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be and why? 
Zeus because he does whatever he wants and has fun!
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? 
New York City
What is your favorite Quote? 
Patience is the most overrated virtue
When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”? 
Secretary General of the UN
If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play the lead role and why? 
Julia Roberts because her smile reflects her kind soul
How did you know you should become an author? 
I still do not know
Who are your favorite authors of all time? 
Marguerite Yourcenar, Virginia Woolf, John Russo, Maya Angelou, John Updike, Simone de Beauvoir, P. Coelho
Can you see yourself in any of your characters? 
Yes, in all of them
What’s the craziest writing idea you’ve had? 
To write a book together!
What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you? 
You do not have to be good you have to be fair!
Hidden talent?
Favorite Food? 
Pasta and cheese and wine
Favorite Candy? 
Death by chocolate
What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year? 
Moonrise Kingdom by Ed Norton
What was your favorite children’s book? 
The King’s Stilts by Doc. Seuss
Dumb and Dumber
How do you react to a bad review? 
I do not know how.
If you were a bird, which one would you be? 
American Eagle
If you were a super hero what would your kryptonite be? 
If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why? 
The Bible, by Jesus
You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy? 
A good night’s sleep since my first would be peace of mine but this you cannot buy!
Which authors have influence you most how? 
Henry Miller, because he uses a mix of novel, biography, mysticism, social criticism and philosophical reflection in every day life.
What do you do in your free time? 
If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be? 
My friend the Wacko!
Give us a glimpse into a typical day in your day starting when you wake up till you lie down again. 
I take a shower, read the papers, take my pouch for a walk, open my fridge about twenty times and close it, do the mommy thing, the household chores, try to go to the gym and try to meditate while driving to the cleaners and the supermarket! I write at night when all are asleep.
What’s your favorite season/weather? 
Who or what inspired you to become an author? 
No one it just happened!
How did you celebrate the sale of your first book? 
I have not done that yet.
What is your guilty pleasure? 
Pigging out with nutela and bread.
What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
The Kardasians’
Finish the sentence- one book I wish I had written is….
The Catcher in the Rye
Favorite places to travel? Anywhere
Favorite music? 
In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?
Simone de Beauvoir

The Art of Change by Kelly Andria

When gallery owner Nellie, a giving yet neurotic New Yorker, brings together the mismatched cast of characters in the opening of Ryan Whittaker’s debut, a phallic show, little does she know that she is setting the scene for odd and unpredictable relationships, much like Shakespeare in Midsummer Night’s Dream. The frenzied, magical mix-up is an outrageous farce with a deep moral message: there is a RIGHT place for everyone in this world and love and friendship cement us in it. The Art of Change is a funny, smooth reading romance, which deals with bridging differences in gender, education, social milieu, in an insane but pragmatic, modern fairytale, set in New York City. The twists of the plot are written without an ounce of cynicism but simply acknowledging that life is neither here nor there, neither black or white and all can be dealt with in real friendship and love.