As my guest today I have an man who is not only an author and a family man, but he has also started his own publishing company. Please welcome Andrew Toy!
Q: To begin with, can you tell me a little bit about your background before you became a published author?
Stories. I was always in love with the notion of creating stories, and I tried every medium I had at my disposal. When I was little I sat in my room for hours and recorded myself on my little red tape recorder stories about these group of anthropomorphic animals that had adventures with Disney soundtracks in the background. Then I learned to draw and I’d sit in class all day long drawing 300-page comic books. When I got to high school I got my hands on my parents’ video camera and rounded up all of my friends to make movies. And now, I write. I’m always asked why I didn’t go to film school. And my answer is because it’s a lot less expensive to write.
Q: Have you always known you wanted to be an author? If not, when did you begin writing, and why?
See the above answer. I always knew I wanted to tell stories.
Q: Your YA debut, These Great Affects, was released in October. On the cover it says it is a “loved story.” Can you tell me more about the novel, and what a ‘loved’ story is?
In short, it’s a love story that happened too late. The beauty of the story deals with something most of us have gone through: Love that never came through. And it takes place in the most pivotal time in this young girl’s life: high school. The poor girl, Adelle, goes through a world of hurt and hell to find any semblance of happiness. Anyone who’s suffered loss or dealt with divorced parents or rape or depression will gain a lot from this book. But that’s not to say it’s a downer! There are some very fun and funny parts that everyone will enjoy.
Q: You aren’t just an author, but you have also started your own publishing company. What motivated you to take such a daring risk?
Everyone always saying no me. I decided it’s time to call my own shots. It’s my life, not theirs. And if I can help others along the way, then all the better. People need to hear more yes’s in their lives.
Q: In addition to being an author and an entrepreneur you are also a husband and a father. Can you tell me how you balance family and work?
I have no idea! I was hoping someone could answer that for me!
Q: Assuming you have the time to relax, what do you like to do for fun?
Netflix and old DVD’s. And driving far to new restaurants. I love eating out. But if anyone has spare tickets to a Disney theme park, I’ll take those as well.
Q: Do you have any advice for writers who are wanting to break into the publishing world themselves?
Yes. You must strike that balance between being original while being mainstream. Also, write like you. Not like Stephen King. The world is looking for the next YOU, after all.
Q: Where can we learn more about you, your work and any upcoming releases?
EndeverPublishing.com, but there’s no better place to read about an author than to read his/her books.
Thank you so much Andrew! You can read my review of Andrew’s novel, These Great Affects HERE. All book reviews and author interviews can also be found by clicking the tabs at the top of the page. Happy Reading!