It’s Friday, so that means another fun Meet the Bookstagrammer post! Today I’m chatting with bookstagrammer and author extraordinaire, Andrea from @andreanourse!
Andrea is not only an amazing bookstagrammer and author, but she’s also a very cool mom (seriously her looks into her mom life on her stories are both hilarious and heart-warming!) I’m super excited (and honored) that she agreed to talk to me so without further ado, here’s our chat!
Why did you decide to start a bookstagram?
I used to be an avid reader, then life and work and parenthood distracted me. In 2018, I was starting to get back into writing and was looking for a way to incorporate daily self care and “mom time.” I don’t know how I discovered bookstagram, but I think it was around the time I released my second self-published book, Happily Ever Never. As soon as I started following and interacting with people, I knew that the bookstagram community was where I wanted to be.
You’re a published author (y’all seriously, check out her books)!!! What inspired you to write?!
I’ve always loved telling stories. When I was little, I’d rewrite the words to the songs I heard on the radio and sing about what I saw outside the window. For the longest time, I wanted to be a songwriter. Sometime in 2007, I’d started reading more and found myself inspired to write a story that went beyond a few dozen lines and a chorus. That book, along with a few others, will forever live in a box under my bed. Once I realized I could do it, I was hooked.
Speaking of writing, is there a place where you love to pen your prose? What would your ideal writing day look like?
My ideal place is in our Florida room (it’s like a sun room, but different—don’t ask me how, I have no idea) at dawn before my kids wake up. I also love getting out to a Starbucks or coffee shop and writing.
What is your first book-related memory, and/or your favorite books as a kid?
I’m told the first book I read was Green Eggs & Ham, though I don’t remember.
The first book I really remember having an impact on me was To Kill a Mockingbird. I read it over and over until the pages were worn and frayed. I still have that copy somewhere, I think. Of course, I also loved The Babysitter’s Club and Sweet Valley High. R.L. Stein and Fear Street will always hold a special place in my heart. Sometime in middle school, my mom finally let me read her Stephen King books and I fell in love with his writing too.
What is your favorite bookstore or book-related place?
Parnassus and McKay’s here in Nashville, without a doubt. Parnassus is so warm and inviting, where McKay’s is somewhat of an organized chaos.
In addition to being an incredible bookstagrammer and amazing author, you have also had some tremendous partnerships during this time! What have been your favorite book-ish opportunities you’ve had so far?
That’s a tough one. I’ve loved working with Brit and Book in a Sweater. She’s amazing!
Book-wise, I’d have to say The Scent Keeper. It was the first time a publisher reached out to me and I remember thinking “I’ve made it!” (I’m now laughing at myself over that one.)
If you could read any book again for the first time, what would it be?
Ohh good question. I’m going to say Green Eggs and Ham because I want to remember what it felt like to read an entire book by myself. As a mom, nothing brings me more joy than watching my kids learn or do something for the first time.
[blogger note: this answer is cute as heck!]
I imagine my life as being accompanied by a pretty cool movie soundtrack so I gotta ask: if your life was a movie and had a soundtrack, what would your entrance song be?
Right now? “The Man” by Taylor Swift.
Okay, back to bookstagram! I don’t know about you, but I’ve found some pretty great books through my fellow bookstagrammers! What are your favorite books that you’ve found through bookstagram?
Definitely A Woman is No Man.
I know in my short time that I’ve gotten some bookstagram pet peeves- do you have any pet peeves and if so, what are they?
When I read reviews that start with “I can’t believe this is a debut!” Probably because I’m a writer too, but reading this hurts. As writers, we pour every ounce of ourselves into our books. Often times, a “debut” is not their first book. Most authors write several books before they get their book deal. And, it’s HARD to get a book deal. It’s hard to get an agent. It’s hard to write a book. So, dismissing a book as a “debut” is hurtful, even if it’s meant as a compliment.
[another blogger note: I never even thought about this or realized this- seriously such a great point!]
While obviously there’s some negatives of bookstagram, it’s also an amazing community of people. What is/are your favorite thing(s) about bookstagram?
The people. Hands down. I’ve made some amazing friends that I talk to daily. I’ve found writing partners and am able to connect with readers.
What advice do you have for bookstagram newbies, or those looking to write and publish someday?
For bookstagram, remember it’s about connection. Likes, follows, and the rest are a bonus. We’re here for the books and the community.
For writers, keep writing. I’m a fan of writing or working on craft every day, but that doesn’t work for everyone. It’s important to find what works for you and go that. Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. But my biggest piece of advice is this: Don’t ever give up. Keep pushing.
I know this is probably an impossible question BUT I’m still going to ask you: (to you), what makes a great book/read?
I love books about characters. Give me a good, flawed character that overcomes the impossible and I’ll fall in love.
[yet another blogger note: ugh SAME!]
And finally, what are you currently reading?!
You Were There Too by Colleen Oakley and Meet Me on Love Lane by Nina Bocci.
Y’all, Andrea is such a fun person with so much talent, and it was such a treat to chat with her! Please follow her on Instagram here, check out her website here, and her linktree here to discover where else you can find her! You seriously won’t regret it.
Until next time!