Featured Interview With Andrea Byrd
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I am a Christian wife and mom in located in rural Kentucky, with a deep affinity for an old-fashioned, natural lifestyle. Often described as having been born outside my time, I love to spend time with my family in the great outdoors, one with nature.
With a degree in Equine Health & Rehabilitation gathering dust and a full-time job tethering me to a desk eight hours a day, I decided it was high time to invoke change in my life. To show my children it is truly possible to make your dreams come true, I dove into the role of Christian Romance author with my debut series, Smoky Mountain Romance.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t fascinated by books and loved to read. As soon as I learned to read, basically. My love of writing didn’t come quite as easily though. I quite disliked it until 7th or 8th grade. The English teacher I had those years helped me find my love for writing. I’ve been hooked ever since then.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
Romance and Christian Romances are my favorite genres to read. I love a happy ending. And beautiful descriptions within the text. That is one of the reasons Diana Palmer is hands down my favorite author and inspiration.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My latest work is titled Smoky Mountain Embers. It is inspired by the Chimney Tops II Fire that affected the Gatlinburg area in 2016. What started off as a miniscule fire turned into a full-blown firestorm with hurricane force winds. The disaster claimed thousands of structures in the area. After researching the disaster which had hit so close to home, I felt compelled to tell a story which would honor both the lives saved and the lives lost.
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