Andrea Busfield is a British journalist who first traveled to Afghanistan to cover the fall of the Taliban in 2001 as a reporter for the News of the World. She is now a full-time writer living in Bad Ischl, Austria. She is the author of Born Under a Million Shadows.
Where are you from? England.
Who are your favorite writers?
Louis de Bernieres, Colin Bateman, Joseph Heller, Barbara Kingsolver, Isabel Allende. To be honest I'm a pick n mix kind of reader.
Which book/books have had the biggest influence on your writing?
Birds Without Wings (Louis de Bernieres)
Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
What are your hobbies and outside interests?
Music, friends, my family and my dog.
What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
"Don't read beauty magazines - they will make you feel ugly." Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen) by Baz Luhrmann.
What is your favorite quote?
"All right, I'm coming out. Any man I see out there, I'm gonna shoot him. Any sumbitch takes a shot at me, I'm not only gonna kill him, but I'm gonna kill his wife, all his friends, and burn his damn house down."-Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven.
What is the question most commonly asked by your readers? What is the answer?
Is this autobiographical?
What inspired you to write your first book?
Love - for my boyfriend, and for a country that deserves so much more.
Where do you write?
On my lap on a laptop. I don't have much furniture!
Born Under a Million Shadows
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
A moving tale of the triumph of the human spirit amidst heartbreaking tragedy, told through the eyes of a charming, impish, and wickedly observant Afghan boyThe Taliban have withdrawn...