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Who am I?
Howdy! My name’s Amanda, and I live in Seattle with the world’s most awesome boyfriend and my adorable and neurotic cat. I started writing about two and a half years ago, and I’ve had difficulty stepping away from the keyboard for any length of time since.
I write contemporary romance and urban fantasy with super strong romantic elements. I think it stems from my confusion when I first started reading the genre. I’d go looking for the newest Richelle Mead or Chloe Neill book, and I’d automatically head for the romance section, and I’d find them in the sci-fi/fantasy section. I’m a cubicle ninja by day, so I make time to write when I’m not at work (and sometimes when I am. Oops.) I have trouble with weak female characters-give me a strong woman who can kick a man’s ass any day. And it doesn’t have to be physically. One of my favorites is Reese Gilmore, the heroine of Nora Robert’s Angel Falls. Reese may be damaged from a horrifically traumatic attack, but she’s still standing and moving forward.
Where do you write?
On my couch. My cat, Demeter, aka The Noisy Shadow, is very needy. Whenever I sat on our old couch, her favorite spot used to be right next to my left arm. The new couch doesn’t allow for this. She’s since migrated to sitting on my legs.
Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see?
The dining room table and the boxes full of books I have yet to unpack (still no bookshelves!)
Favorite time to write?
Sunday mornings, as soon as I get up. I can’t sleep in, and the BF will usually sleep for a few more hours, so I can get a lot more done.
Drink of choice while writing?
Ghiradelli’s Hot Cocoa in Double Chocolate. Or if the BF is helping, wine. Preferably a malbec.
When writing , do you listen to music or do you need complete silence?
Usually, I can’t write while listening to music. I love music and it’s incredibly influential, but anything with lyrics is too distracting. Sometimes I can do it, if it’s mellow (like the Civil Wars) or classical (Arvo Part).
What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it?
I’d given a friend of mine a copy of Not About Love to read, just for fun. Once she finished it, she asked if I was planning to write “the hipster’s story” (she was referring to two of the tertiary characters who kinda sorta get together at the very end). I hadn’t actually intended to write anything more using this cast I’d created, but I figured I’d give it a shot. Nice Guys Finish Last is actually about two of the other characters from Love. What happens when the girl who goes after the bad boys lands a nice guy? Will she keep him? (And yes, the title is taken from the Green Day song of the same name.)
What’s your most valuable writing tip?
Everyone always says write, write, and write some more. Yes. Do this. But more importantly, attend a class. Or a workshop. Or a conference. Something where you have to meet other writers in person. I attended the Write on the Sound writer’s conference last October and met two amazing writers, Liv Rancourt and Shannon O’Brien. These two ladies have been wonderful. We beta read for each other, pass on information about contests and pitch opportunities, and give each other that shot in the arm when everything looks like it’s about to tank. So go. Meet other writers. Learn from them, and learn with them.