Amanda Stephan is just a normal, everyday country girl. She resides near Columbia, TN with her husband and children, three cats, one dog, and multiple roosters that love to roost under their bedroom windows. She loves to laugh and have a good time, and loves to read a good book.
She started writing her own stories when she learned how to hold a pencil. Writing out of love for her family and love for God, she finds writing to be an opportunity to share God's love for others in a fun and entertaining way.
If you were to ask her to share one thing about herself that most people don't know, she'd have so many to choose from that she'd probably hesitate for a moment. Not quite a recluse, she's rather camera shy, doesn't like to be in the spotlight, loves to help others, and absolutely LOVES to have her feet tickled. Yes, it drives her husband crazy.
You can usually find Amanda lurking in several online places at once (thank you Firefox for multiple tabs!)
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Thanks for visiting with us today. So, why did you become a writer…was it a dream of yours since you were younger or did the desire to write happen later in your life?
I have always written. If I couldn’t find a book to read, I’d write my own and hide them away for later perusal. Writing is just something that I do because I love it and it’s therapeutic.
Totally understand that. Writing has always been a part of me, too. What was the inspiration for your latest work of fiction?
My latest work of fiction, Lonely Hearts (which will be released in October of this year through TreasureLine Publishing) was inspired by my love for and the antics of my children, as well as my husband. I’m a huge family person and I often wonder how people can completely miss the point of being a parent and in love with their kids. I feel sorry for people like that!
I like the idea behind that story. Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?
I guess it would be more like half real, half imagination.
What was the most interesting research you had to do for any of your books?
Lonely Hearts is a sweet Christian romance, so I drew from people and situations that surrounded me. There are a lot of things that I write down in my books that are actual happenings and I just didn’t want to forget the memory because it was too funny or it was too sad.
Where do you go to do your research?
Oooh, I guess this is bad, but people watching can be an awesome resource for writing works of fiction! ;) There’s a wide variety to choose from!
I'm a people watcher too. Sometimes my husband jokes that I'm so nosy, but watching people inspires me and sparks my creativity. Are you currently working on any new book projects?
After Lonely Hearts is published (remember! It comes out in October) I’m going to resume working on a book series that had to be set aside. At first, it wasn’t supposed to be a series, but the book became so large, that now I have three complete works and an idea for a fourth book kind of hit me upside the head while I was working on the third. (I love it when a book does that to me!)
Do you have any advice for beginning writers on how to write a book? Do you have any advice for them regarding promoting that book once published?
Get to know other authors out there. Make friends, leave comments on blogs, become acquainted with readers so when it’s your turn to be published, you already have people who know you. AND! Don’t be friends with someone because of something they can do for you. Nothing turns people off more than users. Do unto others what you would want done to you.
Very sage advice. I completely agree. I so enjoy networking with other authors. I love helping people and I've met so many nice authors this way. What is your favorite work of literary fiction and why? Do you have a favorite literary author?
I am torn between two. Pride & Prejudice (of course) because I’m a hopeless romantic and Jane Eyre because Ms. Bronte’s characters were so strong, it’s difficult to leave them behind when you’ve finished reading their story.
Pride & Prejudice is one of my favorites, too. Jane Austen is my favorite author of classic literature.
Beaten and betrayed by the one who was supposed to love her...Carly Richards is on the run. Forced to live as a fugitive as her ex-fiance stalks her across country, she finds refuge in a small town in Montana. Her emotional scars are reluctant to heal, and Carly resists the friendliness of those around her ~ especially handsome farmer Joe Baird. Caught in the circumstances, the kind people around her begin to creep into her softening heart. God is at work, and she has to trust Him not only to take care of her, but care for the people she is learning to love.
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Lonely Hearts ~ A Sweet Christian Romance - coming in October! One lonely mother. Two matchmaking kids. Three eligible bachelors, and some very yummy apple pie! When widow Becky Callis moves to a new town, she thought it would be easier to start over in a place where she's not reminded of her dead husband. Her kids on the other hand, take it as a chance to help their mother start over romantically. The only problem? There seems to be quite a few eligible bachelors they can choose from! They soon realize it's easier to find someone to like their mother than it is to figure out which man is best for her.
Lonely Hearts, a story of second chances, choices, and yummy apple pie. I’m pleased to announce that it will be released in October through TreasureLine Publishing. Stay tuned for pre-release sales and promotions, giveaways, and contests and you just might find yourself a lucky winner! Follow me on Twitter, join my page on Facebook, or visit my website and blog so you'll never be left out of exciting giveaways or contests.
Amanda, both books sound very intriguing. Going on my TBR piles. Thank you for being a guest here today.
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