About a year ago, I devoured Andrea Hurst’s debut novel, “The Guestbook”. Did you notice I used the word ‘devoured’? Not read, or perused, but DEVOURED. It’s just one of those books with all the elements: women’s empowerment, romance, starting over, an appealing locale, and even some yummy recipes. Combine these with Andrea’s writing style, and you’ve got yourself a memorable read. You can buy “The Guestbook” here. I’m happy to introduce you to today’s Writer Wednesday author, Andrea Hurst.
What is your name?
Describe your books/genre to our readers.
I write romance and women’s fiction books. My first book is a romance book called The Guestbook, which is about a woman who leaves her controlling husband and finds herself on a little island off of Washington called Madrona Island. Here she takes over her grandmother’s B&B and falls in love with the handsome artist, Ian. My second book which I am putting the finishing touches on is a women’s fiction novel called Always with You, which takes place in the 1970s on the Russian River in California. I describe it as Bridges of Madison County meets Nicholas Sparks. It is about two people who fall in love, but the man is married and he must decide if he can leave his family for love or if his family and duty come first.
How and why did you become an author? Do you write full time?
A few years ago, I was at the Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast on Whidbey Island with a good friend. Every spare moment she got, she was reading entries in their guestbook. Finally, I asked what was so fascinating, and she said that she loved hearing about other people’s lives, experiences, loves, and adventures. In that moment, the story just took hold of me and never let go and this was the idea for my first novel, The Guestbook. I don’t write full time. I am also an agent and an editor. I write whenever I can find the time, though I would love it if I could write full time.
What inspires you?
My latest book came from a dream. It inspired the characters, and with this novel, the main protagonist, Cathy, just started talking to me in first-person present tense and told me her story in 42,000 words. After that, I filled in the story through research, world-building, and some personal memories. And with my first book, I was inspired by that one day with my friend at the B&B, which led to me writing The Guestbook.
What are 3 fun things we should know about you?
I have two dachshunds named Basil and Ferdie who I love. I love chocolate. I also love to visit the local farmer’s market during the summer.
What advice would you give to new authors?
Write about what you love and learn as much as you can about writing.
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