Author Interview: Rick & Wylie’s Fantastical, Magical Adventures by And Katsina (plus giveaway)

Welcome to Author Andi Katsina

Hello my friends

I’m English, of rich Irish, African descent. Born in the sound of bow bells, an orphan, I grew up in Manchester, England. Quite a_ bit more than forty, I‘m a vegan, though occasionally lapse into vegetarianism.

Throughout my school years I was a champion athlete and swimmer, going on to become an athletics coach, swimming teacher and youth leader. After which time I was trained as a Chartered Accountant. Interrupting my training, I branched out, working freelance as a trouble shooter in the

field of accountancy. Six years of adding and subtracting, was followed by two years of trading as an international commodities broker. This led me to the sedentary position of ‘trader in antique, oriental carpets’.

It was at this juncture that I became completely inspired to become a writer.

As a ‘school kid’ I very much enjoyed writing plays in English, Latin and French. Fortunately, for me, writing _came naturally. I so, so like writing stories that give people, especially young people, and _people young at heart, the chance to exercise their own imagination.

I love taking my readers on fantastic journeys. The enjoyment and taste of adventure my stories give to my readers, warms me greatly.

Best wishes  from Andi Katsina

Interview:
What is one book everyone should read?

Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.
This is a story that demonstrates the hardships people, and families can endure and still maintain hope, dignity, kindness and compassion. It also exemplifies a part of my philosophy; Never give up.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?

If I could have any superpower, I would choose the ability to make people feel good about themselves.
If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?

My Father
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

My book takes the reader on a wonderful adventure wherein they have a bright and colourful canvas on which to exercise their own imaginations, allowing the reader to completely enhance their own reading experience, it’s a great journey.
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?

My book, Gurk & Whale [The Rose Mane Arrows] is currently at the editing stage, it will be released at the end of this year.
My goals regarding future projects include releasing Rick & Wylie’s Fantastical, Magical Adventures book 2 [Hot pursuit on the Road to Discovery] by Spring 2013, and sealing a film deal for book 1 of the trilogy, by Summer 2013.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
I love meeting people, so receiving feedback, messages and comments, and even encouragement from my readers is totally rewarding, and at times overwhelming.
What is your dream cast for your book?

Wylie Quinn Anderson in the role of Wylie
What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?

Call of the wild/ White Fang by Jack London
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

California. I love California. It has mountains, beaches, fruit orchards, amazing forests, national parks with absolutely breathtaking views, great people…
How did you know you should become an author?

When I was a child I used to write plays. Writing has always been easy for me, and as I have an extremely vivid imagination and am able to create amazing stories, and very much enjoy writing stories for readers, it seemed a natural progression to become a writer. It also suits me a lot : )
Favorite Food?

Fresh fruit
What was your favorite children’s book?

The weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner
Nickname?

Andi. My full name is Andrea, my friends call me Andi. I write under the name And (short for Andi), something my friends used to call me when I was a child.
You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?

If I won a million dollars, the first thing I would buy, do, is help my friend Sally build an animal sanctuary on the island of Eleuthera, in the Bahamas.
Who or what inspired you to become an author?

I was inspired to become an author by Richard Dean Anderson.
Print or Ebook?

Ebook. Trees are the lungs of the Earth. A shared technology that will help to preserve them is a wonderful thing.
Beach or Pool?

Beach. I love swimming in the ocean.

Rick & Wylie’s Fantastical, Magical Adventures by And Katsina

Rick & Wylie’s Fantastical, Magical Adventures [Journey to the Kingdom], tells the story of a father and his daughter, Rick and Wylie, who, due to the actions of an evil wizard, become separated, whilst on holiday in Hawaii.

Wylie has to work her way across a huge and dangerous mystical forest. Rick, along with some of his friends, enters the mystical forest to go in search of his daughter.

Both Rick and Wylie endure trials and tribulations, and are finally reunited in the forest. Together, they succeed in awakening the sleeping kingdom,  a place that has been hidden from the evil wizard for more than half a millennium.

Giveaway Details
3 Ebook Copies of Rick & Wylie’s Fantastical Magic Adventures
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Ends 10/15/12

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