Introducing Tricia Andersen, author | In the Spotlight Interview

Posted on March 3, 2017 «
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In the Spotlight with Tricia Andersen

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Welcome to Second Run Reviews, Tricia! Thank you for being In the Spotlight. I appreciate you stopping by and answering a few questions. So let’s get things started.

In a tweet (140 characters or less), tell us a bit about yourself.


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I’m a little wacky, a little scary, a lot of fun and I like to write big, bad guys who fall in love.



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Ah! That’s sweet. Big guys often just teddy bears. 🙂

Please tell a bit about your journey to becoming a published author. What’s been the best things about it and the worst?


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I actually started my journey years ago when I was a young mom and wife in college. I had just written my first kid’s book. There was no such thing as self publishing unless it was vanity publishing. My husband tried so hard to find a way to get it published until I told him to stop. Fast forward when my oldest was in college. One of his friends told him about CreateSpace. I thought I’d try to publish my children’s book until I couldn’t do it anymore. Before I knew it I had a published book!

The best thing about being a published author is getting to share my stories with others. I think the worst is waiting – for edits, for uploads, for seeing the first sales numbers.

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There are so many great tools out there, like Createspace, that let you publish your books and get them to fans.

Tell us a bit about your latest release. What inspired you to write it? Why should fans of Second Run Reviews consider reading it.


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My latest release is Breaking the Violence, Book Three of the Hard Drive Series. It comes out in March 2017. I was inspired by a troubled time in my past that I’ve been trying to write about for years. I love my hero—he’s a huge teddy bear. It’s a romance anyone can read (not too spicy) and everyone who has read it to this point loves it.

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The 3rd book in a series! Awesome. I hope fans of Second Run Reviews check out all three books!

What types of books do you enjoy reading the most? What three books to you find yourself recommending to your fans over and over?


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I love reading paranormal books which is crazy since I just started writing it. I frequently recommend the Fever Series and the Highlander Series by Karen Marie Moning. I also love Harry Potter. And without a doubt I recommend Murder at the Roosevelt Hotel by Diane Langton if you’re into non-fiction. It’s amazing!


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Your mom’s an author, too?! Wow! Has she signed up to be In the Spotlight yet? 😉

What is your current obsession? Any secret obsessions you would like to share?


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My biggest obsessions are probably coffee and jiu jitsu. Get me Starbucks or Caribou and I’ll love you forever.

Oh yeah, and I am also obsessed with episodes of Roswell on Netflix. I watch all the time. Quietly. By myself. Shh…


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Roswell? Sounds like some intense, much need research for your next book.

And coffee is NOT an obsession. It is a necessity.

What is one question you wish I would have asked, that I haven’t?


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Do you have any projects in the works?

Yes, I’m finishing the first book in what hopefully will be a paranormal series about MMA fighting werewolves. I’m working on the last (maybe) book of the Black Irish Series and I’ll be starting on the next book of the Hard Drive Series.

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Any last thoughts or wise words you want to pass along?




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Never give up on your dreams. And keep reading. Always read. Having a imagination is priceless and knowledge is power.



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All great words of wisdom, Tricia. I have to keep reading or my TBR pile will topple over and kill me while I sleep.

Good luck with your upcoming projects, Tricia. I hope you’ll return to In the Spotlight soon to give us an update on your next release!



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The Overview

Synopsis: Finding the woman of his dreams in a burning car, Mark Jacobsen figures he’ll never see her again. As consolation, he buries himself in preparing for his first professional MMA fight. When she shows up in his ER with bruises, he discovers that her ex-husband is abusing her. He helps her find courage as he falls in love with not only her but her son. But how far will her ex go to keep her? Is Mark’s love great enough to put his life in danger?

Lexi Mills isn’t sure how much she can trust Mark Jacobsen. Years of torture from her ex-husband makes her wary of all relationships. But the gentle teddy bear of a man begins to break down her walls. Can she find love with the full time doctor and part time MMA fighter? Or will her ex end her life before she finds out?

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About Tricia Andersen

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Tricia Andersen lives in Iowa with her husband, Brian and her three children – her sons, Jake and Jon, and her daughter, Alex. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in English and from Kirkwood Community College with an Associate of Arts degree in Communications Media/Public Relations.

Along with writing (which she loves to do), Tricia practices mixed martial arts, coaches and participates in track and field, reads, sews and is involved in many of her children's activities.



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6 responses to “Introducing Tricia Andersen, author | In the Spotlight Interview

  1. Great interview! I love hearing how authors, particularly self-published ones, got their start. And coffee is absolutely a necessity. 😀 I’ll be sure to check out Anderson’s Hard Drive series. I hadn’t heard of it or her so thanks for introducing me!