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  1. vlandaman January 3, 2015 / 9:05 AM

    Hello Andrea! You have a beautiful and very interesting blog! I enjoy it! All good in 2015! And Marry Christmas! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • Andrea N Carr January 3, 2015 / 5:08 PM

      Thank you, Lol I’m not sure interesting is the word I would use to describe this blog. But, I sincerely, appreciate your interest. I’m learning, about blogging still. ; )

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  2. Sherry Chen December 5, 2014 / 5:40 PM

    Hi Andrea, I think your siteโ€™s got beautiful design and such interesting pieces, so Iโ€™m following! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I really enjoy your posts and look forward to your next.
    Feel free to check out my writing about publishing: publishinginsights.org
    Sherry

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  3. brant waldeck November 11, 2014 / 1:26 PM

    So sorry about the loss of your sister. And I hope my questions weren’t too overwhelming. Thank you very much for taking the time to answer them. I know that you don’t normally compare yourself to other authors, but I do see themes of forgiveness, truth and acceptance coming through in the works of many other writers, from Toni Morrison to Saul Bellow. What role do you think writers can play when it comes to making our society more just and humane?

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    • Andrea Carr November 11, 2014 / 3:15 PM

      I’m good. Don’t be concerned with my being overwhelmed. Lol, I know there is a common denominator for comparison’s with an Author’s work. It would be impossible not to have that happen. Please, don’t misunderstand. I don’t mind comparison’s its an honor, in fact. I don’t like to do it because, I think its rather self serving. Not for me to decide really, my readers know best. I haven’t read every Author like myself. I’m terrible, I read the classics like Shakespeare and unknown Author’s like myself. I don’t even, like to review books because I suck at it. I can’t help but rewrite everyone’s story, who am I to do that. I like philosophy – foucault or eckert tolle, pulp fiction and books on quantum physics now. I mostly do research, when I read now.

      Opinion’s are so varied anyway, I read now off the Pulitzer Prize list because, I want to know what is considered exceptional. I agree with them. But before, I read everything Stephen King wrote when I started to read books, I love him for it. I didn’t like reading because I was made to read things, I wasn’t interested in reading at the time. Like the dictionary, everyday, after school.

      I remember being in the bathroom at work trying to finish “Misery.” I worked in a State Hospital, I was on the part where she was outside the bathroom door, trying to kill the writer. It was great with my co-workers wanting to use the bathroom, knocking on the door. Lol I will never forget it.

      Those days it was fun, for my entertainment. He kept me guessing, I didn’t predict a finish for King. When I started to do that I stopped reading him for awhile. This is why, I don’t like talking about Author’s, Lol. I watch a movie or TV occasionally, rewrite the story or predict the ending. So no one likes to do that with me. Rarely, am I ever wrong. Anyway, blah blah blah.

      The role writers play, is to speak in a way that they are heard. They have to appeal to readers with their writing. Telling a good story or writing so well you just like reading it. Hopefully, their market reaches them. We need more than one type of writer to appeal to different markets. Every writer isn’t focusing on just or humane.

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  4. brant waldeck October 28, 2014 / 2:19 PM

    I found it interesting and ironic that Angel had worked for many years in mental health but had such trouble connecting with the therapists and mental health people in jail. I imagine I would feel the same way in her situation…I would want people to actually empathize with me rather than seeing me as someone to manage per their training, or would just not be ready for what they had to say. Can you speak to that aspect of her experience a bit? Did the work you did in that field influence your writing?

    I appreciated the chance to read – Family Tree. Insightful story that reminded me that people are not just the product of their past actions, positive or negative. Looking forward to your sequel! And I would love to hear you answer a few questions concerning the book.

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    • Andrea Carr October 30, 2014 / 2:15 PM

      Well, she didn’t feel the psychologist there could help her get the answers she needed. Therapists guide toward one’s own resolve of issues, that wasn’t going to come from anyone around her then. Angel is a mother first, so her first concern was to take care of her son not herself. Angel connected with the jail staff whom she felt could help her get what she needed. To see him, make arrangements for her son’s visit. Jail is a place to be housed, not get therapy. It isn’t prison with a lengthy stay her sentence was only, 45 days. But, still too long to wait to see her son under the circumstances.

      My work influenced my decision to write about it, because of my training I knew it could help process my own emotions. I based my story on my own life experience with my sister’s suicide. Also, it’s not so simple of a task to get through it, in jail. No one knows, including Angel, what are the circumstances are or any real particulars about it. Questions have to be asked and processed. A lot of questions about it were unanswered. Angel didn’t know what she needed yet, from anyone.

      I chose to tell the story from the perspective of the character Angel, because I felt most comfortable from there. I felt she was the only person, I could think for in the story. Also, to tell from one point of view as in life. Whoever, one identifies with in the story perhaps, can see themselves through Angel’s eyes and be influenced to purge some emotional baggage or have a clearer understanding of family problems. To use as a tool to identify, relatable misunderstandings of the reader if possible. When is it okay, to hold back the truth from someone you love? With the best intentions it can be devastating.

      I don’t think I know, enough about life yet to write from any other perspective. I have to like the character for now to be them in my writing. I need to understand them to convey the essence of who they are.

      Thank you, for visiting my blog

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    • Andrea Carr November 7, 2014 / 6:30 PM

      WELL, I HAD TO COPY AND PASTE YOUR QUESTIONS BECAUSE, I HAD TO THINK ABOUT SOME OF THEM. ALSO, I NEEDED MORE TIME TO FOCUS. PLEASE, DON’T BE OFFENDED. NO ONE HAS ASKED, THIS MANY QUESTIONS AT ONCE BEFORE. I’M THRILLED; TO ANSWER THEM FOR YOU. AT FIRST, I THOUGHT YOU WERE ONE OF MY FRIENDS PLAYING A JOKE, TO BE PERFECTLY HONEST; SORRY FOR THE DELAY. LOL
      THANK YOU, FOR YOUR INTEREST.

      What do you think distinguishes your novel from other family sagas? What unique insights into the human condition do you see coming through Angel and Lady’s story?

      I DON’T KNOW WHAT DISTINGUISHES MY NOVEL FROM OTHER FAMILY SAGAS. I FEEL THAT IS UP TO THE READER TO DECIDE. I DON’T LIKE COMPARING MYSELF TO OTHER AUTHOR’S OTHER THAN, GIVING A FLAVOR FOR MY WRITING. MY BOOK IS VERY REALISTIC, I WANTED TO MAKE SURE IT CAME ACROSS THAT WAY AFTER EDITING. MY BACKGROUND IS MENTAL HEALTH SO, I PURPOSELY ADDED SOME ISSUES TO EXPLORE AFTER, THE PURGE OF MY OWN EMOTIONS.

      When and how did you know that you were going to write a sequel? Did the family’s story compel you to keep writing?

      MY READERS COMPELLED ME TO WRITE A SEQUEL I NEVER REALLY PLANNED ON MAKING “FAMILY TREE” A BOOK FOR PUBLISHING. I HAD THOUGHT ABOUT IT, SURE. I DIDN’T THINK THE STORY PERHAPS, WOULD HAVE THE INTEREST OF MANY. I FELT IT WAS KIND OF LIKE, SAYING EVERYONE, IS A LITTLE CRAZY OR DYSFUNCTIONAL. AS I LET PEOPLE READ IT, I TRUST …WELL, THERE YOU GO THE IDEA WAS PLANTED. I STARTED WRITING POETRY FIRST AND EVERYONE THOUGHT, THEY SHOULD BE SONGS; LOL. I HAVE NO INTEREST IN THAT, REALLY. SOMEONE ELSE IS WELCOME TO USE THEM. I LOVE MUSIC BUT, DON’T LIKE THE PROCESS OF CREATING IT; TAKES TOO LONG. IN FACT MY BOOK WAS FULL OF POEMS BUT, I REMOVED THEM.

      Please feel free to share more about your writing process. How do you do your best work? How do ideas come to you and how do you develop them?

      A FEELING SPARKS MY VERSE. OR IF SOMETHING IS BOTHERING ME, I WRITE TO GET IT OFF MY CHEST. VERY RARELY DID I EVER SIT DOWN AND DECIDE TO WRITE. SINCE, I HAVE DISCIPLINED MYSELF, TO DO IT NOW; I’M STILL A BABY WHEN IT COMES TO WRITING. BECAUSE, IT IS NECESSARY NOW. SINCE OTHER PEOPLE WANT TO READ IT, PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT, YOU KNOW. I WANT TO DO WELL WITH IT. I DON’T THINK IT IS SO BAD TO DO ANYMORE; NOT NATURAL TO ME. I LEARNED I CAN CALL ON IT, I DIDN’T THINK I COULD BEFORE THOUGH, I DIDN’T TRY EITHER.

      What would you like readers to take away from your book? How do you think the book speaks to happiness and self-love?

      I HOPE FORGIVENESS, STICKS OUT MOST BECAUSE, NO ONE KNOWS HOW MUCH THEY HURT SOMEONE ELSE. REALIZING OUR FAMILY MEMBERS ARE PEOPLE LIKE ANYONE ELSE. WE DIDN’T CHOOSE THEM; A PRODUCT FROM A BIOLOGICAL FACT. YET THEY ARE UNIQUE AND SPECIAL WITH THE IMPORTANT ROLE OF “MEANING.” HOW THEY TREAT AND FEEL ABOUT US, MEANS MORE THAN ANYTHING. WHETHER REALIZED OR NOT, WANTED OR NOT, IT INFLUENCES THE SHAPE OF WHO WE BECOME; THE SAME OR OPPOSITE.

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