Andrea Goyan

Tell us who you are, a little about your work and what you enjoy other than writing.

My name is Andrea Goyan. I began my writing journey as an actress. When I joined a theatre group that produced new works, I started writing for them. After the company shuttered its doors, I leaned into prose writing, which is where I’ve focused for well over a decade. I write fiction and I have a special love for Science-Fiction. I also dabble as a self-taught painter, love to garden, cook, and spend time outside or with my friends, family, and as many animals as I can find.

What is your story about in On loss (don’t give us any spoilers)!

As I wrote my story, “Outside the Lines,” I wanted to grapple with the humanity of a character who society sees as unredeemable.

Where did you learn of the On Loss anthology. Did you have a story in mind or write your story specifically for the anthology? 

A friend mentioned On Loss to me. She and I help each other as beta readers and keep an eye out for interesting looking submission opportunities that might fit some of our stories. She has a poem in On Loss. My story was already written.

What else have you written or are you most proud of?

That’s a tough question. I think I’m always most excited about works in progress. I’m also very proud of two short stories. Here are the links:


Fiction: Andrea Goyan

What is your current work in progress?

I have several projects. I’m finishing up a screenplay and revising a few short stories. Then I am going back to a novel that needs to be completed.

What’s your specialty: short stories, novels, poetry?

Hmm. I like so many different things. I’ve spent a lot of time in the past few years writing short stories, so right now, I’d say that’s a specialty. But I’m never one who likes to pigeon-hole myself.

Do you self-publish, traditionally publish or both?

I have been traditionally published, though what are we calling online publications these days? I plan to self-publish my novel whenever it’s finished!

What’s your favorite genre of books to read?

I’m pretty eclectic. I love good literary fiction, Sci-Fi, some fantasy, short stories, and memoires.

What advice would you offer new writers

Keep writing, reading, and find a group of writers (on or off line) to work with. I become a stronger writer every time I work with others. Listening to their stories and learning how to give constructive feedback has taught me more about how to write a good story than anything else. 

Leave us with a favorite quote! 

My mentor Claudette Sutherland always says this, “Your work is more important than how you feel about it.”

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