Mandy Eve-Barnett is a multi-genre author writing children’s, young adult and adult books. Every story has a basis of love, magic, and mystery. Mandy currently lives in Alberta, Canada but is originally from England. Her background is diverse and gives her rich experience to utilize in her writing. She has been a nursing professional, a business owner, and a sort after administration expert. She has traveled throughout Europe, parts of America and Canada and was born in Africa.
Mandy joined a writers group about 10 years ago and has not looked back. She shares about reading her first piece of writing to the group “I thought okay, I have to write something. So I write this very short piece and it had a twist at the end. So, you know, I was really nervous, but I read it and the room went quiet. I’m thinking, “NO OH!?” I’m never coming back again, it was obviously dreadful and they absolutely hated it. Then everyone went, Wow! They just loved it and that was the hook for me to have a reaction to something I’d written just was absolutely thrilling. I’m just thinking I have to do it again.”
Mandy is passionate about writing to the point of obsession and she succeeded in becoming a published author in record time. With eight books published since 2011 and one more launching in September 2020, she indulges her Muse in creative as well as freelance writing. Her venture into freelance writing has been successful in creating projects as diverse as social media posts, promotional literature, and professional biographies, to ghostwriting a marketing book. She also regularly contributes to the Never Been Better page in the Sherwood Park newspaper, has been published in several anthologies and collaborated in creating a ‘how to begin writing your memoir’s’ guide book for seniors.
Mandy regularly blogs and she encourages support and networking of all writers as a writing community advocate. She is also prolific on social media in a multitude of platforms. As the current Secretary of The Writers Foundation of Strathcona County and past President of the Arts & Culture Council of Strathcona County, she lives her creative life to the fullest.
May I introduce you to G.G. Anderson, a YA author. As you will find out today’s word describes her stories well…Trove – definition: 1) a discovery, find 2) a valuable collection : treasure : haul
a) Of the characters you have created or envisioned, which is your favorite & why?
My favorite character is Elliot from The Guardians of Feral Mountain. He is a deep and difficult to read ghost with lots of emotional hang ups. He was truly fun to work with.
b) Do you favor one type of genre or do you dabble in more than one?
I prefer Young Adult/ New Adult, but am currently working on two chick lit pieces. I guess that makes me a bit of a dabbler.
c) What do you enjoy most about writing?
For me, I love opening up what I call the Pandora’s Box and allowing the characters to come out and play. I never really know where they are going to go, so it is an adventure for me as well! Having a stranger like your works is always amazing, too. It helps you know you are not alone!
d) Have you got a favorite place to write?
Not really. I can write literally anywhere. I can write in crowded places, even loud spaces. When the characters start playing, they are hard to ignore.
e) Do you plan your stories, or are you a seat of the pants style writer?
Both. Sometimes, I see the entire story line before I start; sometimes they lead me where I am to go. I have never been a formal outline person that is for sure.
f) What inspires your stories?
Inspires? The voices in my head isn’t the right answer is it? (laughing) No, really the thoughts and ideas just come to me. I know I glean a few things from stories and books I read, movies I see and people I meet, but few of them are ever spot on. Names on the other hand, those totally are stolen. I have been to known to use descriptions of people I know in works too.
g) What are you currently reading?
I am reading a couple of different books at the same time. I always am reading pieces for a critique group I am in. Pleasure reading, I am reading Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon and I just finished the Beautiful Creatures series.
h) Do you have any odd habits or childhood stories?
Not really. I was such a boring kid. I didn’t do sports, wasn’t talented in music. Couldn’t do anything really spectacular. My life was pretty normal. Odd habits? Hmmm, I think I will plead the fifth!
i) Do you have any pets?
Well maybe this is my odd habit! I have many pets. I adore dogs. My poor husband didn’t marry the crazy cat lady, he married the crazy dog lady. We have 4 dogs, 2 cats and fish. I love my animals. They are part of our family.
j) Do you belong to a writing group? If so which one?
I belong to the Idaho Writer’s Guild. Plus I am involved in a local critique group and I partake in online critiques through Authonomy, a Harper Collins site.
k) What age did you start writing stories/poems?
I started writing poems- really, really bad poems in junior high. It was very shortly after that I headed straight into actual novels.
l) Do you have a book published? If so what is it called & where can readers purchase it?
Oh a plug! I love it. I have one book available on Kindle only. It is called The Guardians of Feral Mountain. It’s a coming of age ghost story. Feral, a 14 year old girl chooses to run into the woods to live on her own to escape her situation. She moves into an abandoned cabin only to find out it is inhabited by ghosts.
m) If you could meet one favorite author who would it be and why?
Oh this is so difficult. There are a few. Sorry I can’t pick just one. I would start with Charles Dickens simply because I think his story telling is amazing. Edgar Allen Poe because he was crazy, which would definitely be an interesting evening lastly Robert Frost. His poems still move me like very few ever have.
n) If you could live anywhere in the world – where would it be?
Honestly, right where I am. I traveled quite a bit when I was young, stateside mostly, but I wouldn’t choose any place over Idaho. I love it here.
I have a few Works in Progress. Currently I am editing The Reluctant Witch, New Adult genre. Plus I have two Chick Lit pieces that are simply fun works- who knows where they will go. I have another one I am working on edits for called The Elemental Souls and the Crystal Prophecy. So I guess the answer is yes, I have a LOT of plans!
r) Who is your best supporter/mentor/encourager?
I am fortunate to belong to a wolf pack of women! They are tenacious and incredibly loyal. They are a huge support. My husband is always there for me, but honestly, my older sister is really the one who has kept me writing when I didn’t know if I could keep going. She’s always a huge cheerleader for my work.
As you can see G.G. is full of ideas and inspiration, what a fun guest.