Thanks for joining me today on Night Owl Romance.
Tammie King of NOR: To get us started can you please start by telling us a little about what you are working on or have coming out?
Amanda McIntyre : I have been buisy juggling time between setting up promotions for my upcoming Dark Ages erotic historical romance, TORTURED (Harlequin Spice, Aug.'09) and my "25 Blogs in 25 days...the TORTURED tour." Aug 4-28. I'll be visiting the at NOR blog on August 12!
TORTURED Blurb: A young woman blessed with "sight seeks vengeance against a tyrannical lord responsible for her mother's murder. Forced to become an executioner's apprentice, she encounters a Roman prisoner who offers her a away to escape her prison and find a future. Torn between desire, duty, and the chance for revenge, her choice to live or die leaves her TORTURED.(see excerpt sample)
Tammie King of NOR: Could you please tell us a little about yourself?
Amanda McIntyre : I am a connoisseur of life. I have experienced raising four children ( and survived!) I've had a successful office career, been a newspaper columnist, served on a gazillion boards and charitable organizations and turned fiction writer. Since 2001, I've written and published numerous novels, novellas, short stories, anthologies, and non-fiction books.
My work has been described by readers as work "highly sensual and character-driven." To date, I have published in several romance genres including paranormal, historical, and contemporary. I now write for erotic historical romance for Harlequin Spice.
Special achievements include being founder and co-editor of the seventy-eight author charitable anthology, "CRUMBS IN THE KEYBOARD," with proceeds going to the education and awareness of domestic violence. Dedicated in memory of author Nancy Richards-Akers, and with the support of Romantic Times magazine, Stella Cameron and Fern Michaels was able to raise over $2500.00 from a small press to go to the Center for Women and Families in Louisville, Ky.
As Amanda McIntyre, she currently writes erotic historical for Harlequin Spice and erotic contemporary for Spice Briefs.
Tammie King of NOR: Who or what influenced you when you wrote this book? Did you have a CD, Songs, environment, etc?
Amanda McIntyre : I am a fan of Ireland and Scotland. The vast rough hewn beauty of the landscape, the castles, the legends--all of it. While surfing the net for odd bits of history, I found a small article about how a crazed woman in a villagein Europe became the towns female executioner when no one else would step up to fill the position. It's said she drew the faces of her prisoners on the walls of the room, before she forced them to walk the plank from the high tower and hang themselves.
Gruesome tidbit, granted, but then I got to using that great writers tool, "What if," I wondered what would happen if a woman had to choose between living as an executioners apprentice or die? TORTURED is the story of that woman.
Tammie King of NOR: Can you please give us a sneak peek into the book?
Amanda McIntyre : Sierra's eyes were riveted to the Roman's face, his sturdy jaw clenched as he endured without a sound, the pain to his body. With an exasperated sigh, Balrogan tossed the torch into the pit.
"I will have to think of something else, milord. He is stubborn this one."
Lord Aeglech stared at the prisoner a moment, before he raised his hand. "Take him down," he barked, "and bring him to me."
The Saxon king breezed by her with his guards close behind. He glanced back before ascending the narrow stairs.
"I will have need of you, wealh. You know what to do."
"Aye, milord." She lowered her gaze to the floor. Sierra's body trembled at the thought of seducing this man. She feared his power over her emotions she thought long ago dead. Carefully, she reached up and swung the cage.
"Be watchful of that one, mouse, he may spit poison." The executioner chuckled as he prepared his next device. "We'll see first if this will persuade him to speak." He raised a handcrafted piece that can slowly sever a man's fingers one at a time.
The Roman's expression remained unchanged as he stared at Sierra from his bat-like position. His face was not that of a farmer, or peasant, not as she was used to seeing. He had a warriors face, proud, rugged, stoic. His eyes, though shadowed from the torture, shone with silent strength. Her gaze drifted to the tight line of his mouth, pursed with determination. A mouth she ventured could command an army as well as command a woman in bed. (TORTURED,Harlequin Spice, Aug. '09)
Tammie King of NOR: Please tell us what you have planned next?
Amanda McIntyre : My current WIP, THE MASTER & THE MUSES is set in Victorian England and features the artist from my debut Spice novel, DIARY OF COZETTE. Thomas Rodin is my charismatic and passionate artist who's character is based loosely on the rebellious antics of the PreRaphaelite Brotherhood during that time. It features the stories of three of the women who served as both muse and mistress to Rodin, how they met, their lives as "brotherhood" models and what happened to each of them. Its been great fun to write about the eccentric and care-free artists of the brotherhood. Thes guys were a bit wicked, but serious about their work and making history with their paintings.
Tammie King of NOR: What would you like to tell your readers?
Amanda McIntyre : Thank you. Plain and simple. If it weren't for those who so graciously pick up my books, have followed my career and sent me letters of encouragement and support, I honestly don't know where I'd be. Fern Michaels once said she would rather be called a "storyteller" than an author. I'm just pleased to hear when a storyof mine has touched a persons's life in some way, even if its a few hours of pure enjoyment.
Tammie King of NOR: What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?
Amanda McIntyre : I love to hear from readers! Especially what they'd like to see more of! They can find me at:
Tammie King of NOR: When did you first decide to submit your work? Please, tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?
Amanda McIntyre : I started out in small press after joining several writing groups online and also RWA. I was looking to be able to stay at home after the birth of my twin sons and began writing a weekly newspaper column, from there I began to do book reviews, which evolved into a few editing positions, and finally submitted a short story to a small press for an anthology project. (Roamnceing the Holidays, Vol I) It was accepted and by then I had written a book and plotted two others in that trilogy called Tides of Autumn (Shores of Mackinac trilogy)
My background is as an artist,so the crossover to painting with words , once released, seemed natural to me. I can hear the line in a song, see an interaction on the street, read an obscure bit in history and my mind leaps to the possibilities of a story.;)
One of the best pieces of advice that convinced me to become tenacious in this journey was from my friend, Sally Painter who told me very early on, "If you want to be an author, then you must think like an author, see yourself as an author, believe yourself to be an author." That may sound like simple advice, but anyone who is aspiring knows how easy it is at first to become defeated. It is so true that writing is not for the faint of heart. But more important, at least to me, in measuring the success of any author is their character once they have walked through that door to publication. I have a favorite saying-"Ability can take you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there."
Tammie King of NOR: What was your first published work and when was it published?
Amanda McIntyre : My first full length novel was Unfinished Dreams, a contemporary romance set in the rural Midwest during a forclosure of a man's family farm and the woman from the city, escaping an abusive marraige that ends up renting it. That was in 2002. I am happy to say that book recieved a number of awards, including a "Highly recommended read" from Midwest Book Reviews among other notable nods. UNFINISHED DREAMS is available again at Encore Romance.com where a number of other great books are again made available to the public! I will have another of my earlier works, a traditiona historical, WHITE EAGLES LADY coming out June 2009 at Encore Romance.
Tammie King of NOR: Do you outline your books or just start writing?
Amanda McIntyre : For me, that depends on the book--the complexity of the story, the secondary characters. I used to be a complete pantser-style writer, but I now find it easier to do when writing short stories. When writing a single title I think you need to have at least a rough sketch of how the story is going to progress. Even then, the muse may take me another, unexpected direction, but you have that map to begin with,
Tammie King of NOR: Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven't yet?
Amanda McIntyre : I think it would be narrative non-fiction. I have been asked by a good friend to write the memoirs of the events that took place after her daughter received a head injury in Iraq that revealed a very rare tumor that was diagnosed as being casue for many of the disorders she'd been medicated for all of her life. It is a powerful story of courage and faith.
Thank you for this opportunity!