Saturday, September 21, 2013

Destiny: New Avalon, Book 1 by Andrea Buginsky: Character Interview and Excerpt


Interview with Elena, protagonist of Destiny

Where do you dream of traveling to and why?

I would love to go to Europe. I would love to see the places I study in History class in person. 

Who is your favorite author?

J.R.R. Tolkien. I love the Lord of the Rings series. 

What do you think makes a good story?

Characters I can care about, a storyline I can follow, an adventure I can go on, and a hero I can root for. 

What was the scariest moment of your life?

Learning about my heritage and my power on my Sweet 16.

What books have most influenced your life?

My King Arthur book Isabel gave me on my tenth birthday. 

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A teacher. 

What songs are most played on your Ipod?

A Thousand Years by Kristina Perri, Firework by Katy Perry, Hero by Mariah Carey, all of Celine Dion’s sogs. 

What are you passionate about these days?

Learning about my heritage and my powers.

What do you do to unwind and relax?


Morning Person? Or Night Person? How do you know?

I am definitely a morning person. I love to wake up with the sun streaming through my window. Every morning brings a chance of something new and exciting happening. 

Tell us about your favorite restaurant.

Red Lobster! I love their shrimp pasta and Cheddar Bay Biscuits. Yum!

What makes you happy?

Being with my new friends, reading a great book, lying in the sun, and learning new things.

What is the next big thing?

With the way things are going in my life, I can only guess… 

Is there a piece of advice that you have received that has really stuck with you? If so, what was it?

Isabel is always telling us to reach for the stars and make our dreams come true. I love that!

Constantly teased and taunted by the popular girls, Elena Baxter desperately wants to fit in. On her sweet sixteenth, she receives two shocking gifts: telekinesis and the surprising truth about her heritage. With high hopes that things will be different now, Elena returns to school to find that nothing has changed. Only this time her hurt feelings and frustration boil into something even she cannot understand.

When her powers explode, chaos ensues and she learns that her new ability is greater than she ever desired. As she learns to control her powers, Elena discovers there’s so much more to her heritage than she ever imagined.


As Elena bounded back up the stairs, her mom watched, smiling, thinking about the last 16 years, and of all this next one would bring.  She knew there would be a lot of changes, more so than Elena could possibly know, and she was looking forward to every one of them.  She could hardly wait for Isabel’s arrival the next day so they could finally tell Elena the truth about who she was, and help her to blossom and start to become whom she was meant to be.


Andrea Buginsky is a freelance writer and author. “The Chosen,” a middle-grade fantasy novelette was her first book, and was followed by “My Open Heart,” an autobiography about growing up with heart disease. “Nature’s Unbalance” is the second story in THE CHOSEN series. Andrea is currently working NEW AVALON, a YA fantasy series. Book 1, "Destiny," is available on Amazon. To learn more about Andrea, visit her on her website.

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1 comment:

Andrea Buginsky said...

What an amazing interview, Laurie! Elena told me she had spent a lovely afternoon with you. I'm happy to see the two of you were able to get together and chat about Destiny. Have a wonderful weekend.