Hi Amanda. Thanks for stopping over at Night Owl Reviews. We are all excited to have you on. What is "The Second Time Around" about?
It's an island romance about second chances. When Jasmine's best friend asks her to return to the island retreat where she had a whirlwind romance five years before, she has to come face to face with her past.
What should readers expect from you titles?
I hope a little adventure, some spice, yummy heroes and heroines you can get behind. And definitely some happily ever afters.
What's your writing process like?
I usually will get an idea and let it sit a while. I'll run it by my friends and see if it has legs, then I'll do whatever research I need to do in order to make it a fully realized idea, whether that is looking up werewolf legends, or life in the regency era, research is important to me and I actually love doing it. Then I go to the characters and I'll form them which includes sheets with enough information to draw from for everything (sometimes too much information) and then I get to starting a rough outline before I begin writing.
Which authors do you follow religiously?
Sherrilyn Kenyon, Sarah Maclean, Julia London, Lisa Kleypas, Jocie McKade, Sheila English.
What books have you analyzed to help grow yourself as an author?
Writer's Digest has a great number of books on characterization, Goal, Motivation and Conflict, and plotting that I currently have on my bookshelves.
What's next for you as an author?
I'm rewriting the third book in my shifter series. Once that is done I hope to start a new series while working on a spin off of my current book.
What is your favorite way to procrastinate?
Social Media is a time suck for me. I am always cycling through Facebook, Twitter and the biggest one for me, Pinterest. I can spend HOURS on Pinterest.
Getting a book to market often takes a village. Who has helped you on the way?
I have a core group of friends, some fellow writers, some not, but all are voracious readers. These are the people I go to for help with beta reading or editing and even for input on cover design.
Do you have a favorite or interesting reader meet moment?
I went to a meet and greet a few years ago after my first book was published. I got to meet a lot of readers and even managed to get an award. It was a lot of fun and special because it was my first.
If you could have dinner with an author, who would it be?
I think sitting with just some of my favorite authors like Sherrilyn Kenyon, Cherry Adair, Julia London and Lisa Kleypas would be a fun thing to do, because they're so different, but all wonderful.
If you could travel to another time, would you choose past or future or would you stick where you are at? And Why?
I would go to the past. I've always been interested in the Victorian era. I was a Civil War reenactor for several years so I think I wouldn't mind living in that era (even with the war and disease). I've also always been drawn to Regency and Victorian era romances, I think it's the romanticism of the time that I am most interested in.
What's a writing day like for you?
It's always different, some days I can sit and write for hours and others it's like pulling teeth. When it's good though everything around me disappears and I live in the world that I create.
Do you feel music has inspired your writing?
I use it to write, to set moods or characters. So in a way, I suppose it does.
What's your day job like?
It's pretty mundane like most day jobs are. I'm an Executive Assistant.
Are you an introvert or extrovert?
Oh so Introverted. I think like most introverts people who meet me think I am standoffish, but I swear once you get to know me I am not at all shy.
What is your favorite or most fun place to shop online?
Think Geek http://www.thinkgeek.com is always a fun site to look around in. It has everything a geek like me could ask for.
What's your best vacation experience?
So far, it's been a 7 day cruise I took a couple of years ago. I made the most of it and didn't deny myself anything that I wanted to do or see. It ended with me SCUBA diving for the first time and trying delicacies like frogs legs.
What technological advancement could you not live without?
Computers! It's what allows me to do what I do.
It's been a pleasure having you on.
I want to thank everyone for taking a few moments of their time to read my interview. I hope you enjoyed it.
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