Monday, March 11, 2013

"What's In a Name?" Indie Author Spotlight: Andrea Colt

Surprise! The amazing Andrea Colt, author of Torched, found a slice of time in between wedding planning to talk about names! Woot! Perfect timing, since TODAY (March 11th, 2013) is the last day of the Indie Giveaway! Don't forget to enter for a chance to win 11 ebooks, or 3 print books and a $20 Amazon card!

Andrea Colt grew up reading and squabbling with her identical twin. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her fiancé, a fridge full of cheese, and two feline muses. Visit andreacolt.com to get to know her better.

Cheerleader Rose Whitfield's senior year goes up in smoke when she's framed for arson. Sure the culprit is her neighbor and nemesis Paxton, she sets out to clear her name and take Paxton down hard--not necessarily in that order.

Do you write under your actual name or a pen name, and is there any special meaning behind your name? 
My real last name is the same as a certain political writer, and my first name is pretty similar to hers too, so Andrea Colt is a pen name. I just shortened the last name.

Actually originally I went by the pen name Lynn Colt, using my middle name, but I found it too difficult to answer to a different first name under my writer persona, so I switched back to Andrea when publishing Torched. Note to writers thinking about a pen name: it's waaay easier when you just change your last name! 

What are the names of your main characters and what can you tell us about them? 
Rose Whitfield has it all at the beginning of Torched: she's a popular cheerleader dating the hottest guy in school. But then she loses everything, and has to find out who framed her and also why. That journey forces her to re-examine how she treats people, and what kind of person she wants to be, and by the end of the book she's a pretty different girl!

Paxton Callaway is Rose's next-door neighbor, and since he and Rose have been locked in a war of practical jokes for years, she assumes he's the one behind her downfall. He's hot, a football player, and more than a match for Rose's wit and drive :) 

Do their names have special significance to your story or were they just names that you liked? 
Naming things is the hardest part of writing, for me! I just liked the names, and felt they fit the characters. Same with settings - I like to have fictional settings, so that I have more creative freedom with places and layouts, so I have to name everything!

I modeled Rose's town, Petalina, after Petaluma, California. My next book, Wavecrossed, is about selkies in Maine (and stars another smart, determined protagonist I had a lot of fun writing), and I modeled that town on the area south of Portland, Maine. It's not exact, as I took a lot of creative license, but I tried to evoke the feel of the area :)

Thanks for stopping by! 
Thanks so much for having me! For more on Torched or Wavecrossed, see the My Books section of my website. Have a great day, everyone!

Hope you have all enjoyed this series of interviews!
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what kind of questions you'd like to ask your favorite authors!

You can find Andrea all across the interwebs...


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