My book is based on the true story of me travelling to
Ecuador from the UK to work as a doctor. It recounts my
adventures, the challenges of a new culture and the
obstacles to be overcome. I tell the inspirational
stories of the people I met there and include a little
What are some of your favorite genres to read and to
I love to read biographies and Christian fiction,
detective fiction and historical fiction. I have written
memoir and children´s books.
When you sit down to write, do you do it the old-fashioned way with pen and paper or do you use a computer? Do you prefer one way or the other?
I make my notes using a notebook and pen, then tear out
the pages and rearrange my thoughts until they make some kind of sense. I then write the book on the computer.
What do you do when you are not writing? Do you pick up some from you to be read pile?
Yes I love to read. I always have a book on the go. I also homeschool my girls, work as a doctor, run a sewing project and a sponsorship scheme for local poor kids to be able to go to school. So I keep busy!
Did you get to quit your day job and become an author or do you still have a day job and writing is something you do for fun? If you still have a day job, what is it?
I write in my spare time. I am a family doctor in the day. I work for a charity, Project Ecuador, in Ecuador in
a village health centre.
Besides writing and reading, what is your most favorite thing to do?
I love to sew. My Granny was a seamstress and taught me. I love to do colourful embroideries and to sew cute clothes for my little girls.
On a typical weekend, what can we find you doing? Who are you with?
On a typical weekend I am with my husband and my little girls. We hang out on our farm, have a swim in the river and enjoy spotting the iguanas and the humming birds.
Who was your current novel dedicated to? Any particular reason?
It is dedicated to my 2 daughters because it is also their story.
Who are your favorite authors?
John Grisham, Francine Rivers, Dee Henderson, Philip Yancey and Maeve Binchey.
What 7 words would you use to describe yourself.
Adventurous, dedicated, hard-working, crazy, faithful,
Andrea Gardiner was born in Kent and educated at Headcorn Primary School, Underhill Preparatory School, Ashford School for Girls and Edinburgh Medical School. She pursued training as a General Practitioner in Aberdeen and Shetland before heading to Ecuador in 2005. She is founder of the Christian Charity Project Ecuador, a ministry that reaches out through health care,child sponsorship, building projects and a sewing project.
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