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Monday, November 4, 2013

Amanda Forester Interview

1. What is one of your favorite Myths/legends to write about?

I do enjoy writing something of a Cinderella story. I like having the girl that nobody thinks will amount to much succeed in the end!

2. If you could live back in time, what time period would you choose and why?

I would love to go back to the Regency (as a lady) and experience the balls and the glamour of the times for myself. I have spent so much time imagining being at a ball or the theatre it would be wonderful to actually be there myself, wearing a beautiful silk gown of course! But I'd like to be back in the 21st century for my next dental visit!

3. Have you ever come across a song that might fit the theme of one of your books?

I don't have theme songs for my books, although I do enjoy listening to music from the time in which I am writing (easier for the Regency than for medieval Scotland!).

4. Do you remember what you felt when you had your first kiss?

I forget any other person I kissed except my husband. ;-) In truth, I knew as soon as I kissed him that he was special. I'd never felt like that before. When it's right it's just right. I try to remember that experience when my characters first kiss.

5. What was the most creative pick up line you've ever used on someone or someone used on you?

Worst pick up line I've heard: "Hey good looking, whatcha got cooking? Is it soup?"

6. When writing do you have a playlist of music you like to listen to? What are a couple songs on it?

Lots of writers I know write to music but I can't. I need to be able to hear my own characters talk so I can follow the path of my own novel. It's ironic because I love music, but because I do respond emotionally it makes it difficult to listen to music and still hear the voices of my characters.

7. What do you do when you think nobody is watching?

Dance. I do enjoy dancing, but I fear if documented it would only make my kids laugh at me...more than they already do!

8. What was your favorite childhood book?

I do love Winnie the Pooh. Simple stories with a deeper meaning and a leavening of humor. Good every time.

9. What is your favorite addition to chocolate?

Chocolate. Nothing goes better with chocolate than more chocolate. Close runner up is caramel followed by peanut butter. No, changed my mind, I like strawberry and raspberry with chocolate. No wait, I am completely forgetting about s'mores, nothing goes better with chocolate than marshmallows and graham crackers. Ok, I think anything is better covered with chocolate!

10. What does your husband say about your writing romance stories? What about your family and/or do they read your books?

My husband is very encouraging of me writing romance. Giving some thought to romance can only be a positive for a marriage - and a happy husband! I do know that my family reads my writing so I keep some things to the imagination!

11. Besides your own, what is one of your favorite series to keep up with?

It is so hard to write and keep up with all the great authors I enjoy. Not enough time in the day! I do enjoy Margaret Mallory, Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Boyle, and so many other fabulous authors. I also enjoy the classic Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer. My favorite Regencies have a bit of humor.

12. What do you think you would be doing if you weren't writing?

Sleeping. Since I have so many other things going on my main writing time is when most people are snoring in bed.

13. Do you have any hobbies or activities you enjoy doing?

Since a good part if my life is spent sitting in a chair, I enjoy things that get some exercise such as hiking, camping, or even walking the dog. I also enjoy scrap booking and baking - if I can find the time.

14. What is something you do to de-stress?

I do enjoy taking a nice walk, especially in the fall with the leaves turning vivid colors. I also enjoy reading (of course). And in this season, I do enjoy watching a little football - go Seahawks!

15. We all know about muses...what do you think inspires you to allow your creative juices flowing?

Sometimes you just need to relax and trust the process. Nothing freezes the muse quicker than anxiety. When I get stuck, I try moving on to the next scene I know, rather than stopping in panic. I have found that if I keep on moving, even f I don't know where I'm going, sometimes the most amazing things happen when I just relax and keep writing.

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