Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Author Interview with Amanda Stephan!!!

I'm here today with a brand new addition to my Author Interviews list! With me today is bestselling author Amanda Stephan talking about her new book Lonely Hearts!!! (oh, did i mention it hit #1 bestseller on Amazon?)

1: If you had the power to control any of the 4 main elements (air, water, earth, or fire) which would it be? Why? 

I'd choose water for many different reasons. One, when I wanted to go to the ocean or river, wham! It's done!

2: If you had the power to go into the past where would you go? Why?

This question is a toughie! There's so many things I'd like to see firsthand that it's not easy to choose. But, I think I'd pick the crucifixion of Jesus and I'd wait for His resurrection three days later. That way, when I came back to the present time, I wouldn't take what He's done for me for granted.

3: If you could travel anywhere in the world free of charge and free from harm where would it be?

The Bermuda Triangle has *always* intrigued me. That's the first place I'd choose. 

4: If you could pick your own superhero power what would it be?

Super Ninja Powers. Oh yeah...bring it! ;)

5: If you could have 3 book characters over to dinner who would you pick?

Aragorn from Lord of the Rings, Aslan from Narnia, and Edmund from Narnia. (Can you tell I love Narnia?!) 

6: If you had the above book characters over for dinner what would you have to eat?

Chicken. Because everyone likes chicken, right?

7: If you could rid the world of one evil what would it be?

If I could rid the world of one evil, I'd choose to get rid of hate. So much garbage stems from 

8: If you could have any animal in the world (and afford it) what would it be?

Okay, I know that I should leave the animals in the wild, but the cuddly Panda would *so* want to be my pet! ;)

9: If you could replace any actress in a movie because you could do a better job acting what actress would you replace and what movie would it be?

I don't think I could do a better job (I'm not an actress in the broadest sense of the term) but I think it's a toss up between Keira Knightly playing Elizabeth Bennett or Mia Wasikowski playing Jane Eyre.

10: If Lonely Hearts was made into a movie what would you want the theme song to be?

Theme songs are not my thing. I really have no idea!

11: Tell us a little about yourself.

I'm a homeschooling mother of two awesome kids, I get up at 4 am every morning and stay up, there are so many things I like to do that there's not enough time in my day to do them all, and lastly, I love to sew dresses. Weird. I know.

12: What did you want to be when you grew up?

Promise not to laugh? I wanted to be a cashier. Because I wanted to play on their little 'computer'. Instead, I became a writer!

13: Tell us a little about your book Lonely Hearts.

Oh where to begin? The idea for Lonely Hearts was born with the thought of how easy it seems sometimes for people to throw away their children. In LH, of course, one of the main characters is a young girl who is abandoned by her mother and raised by her father. I wanted to get the point across that even though people mess up, God still offers forgiveness and doesn't throw us away. That was my main point. My other points I wanted to get across, was there's usually more than one way to choose a mate for life. Scott was the symbol of following your feelings regardless of what's right. He's the whatever goes kind of person with no worries (and ends up really messing up his own life up ~ it's tragic. Trust me.) Then there's Jack, the preacher. Jack was a symbol of puppy love who *wanted* to be in love with someone. Pearce was the symbol of what a real relationship should be. Tough, rugged, and worth working for.

14: What character was easiest for you to write about?

Actually, the easiest characters for me to write about were the kids. I wonder if that's because I'm with mine 24-7?

15: What character was hardest for you to write about?

I didn't really care to write about Jack. I thought he had a good heart and I liked him, but to me, he wasn't the easiest to get inside his head.

16: What character is most like you?

Becky is most like me, I think. 

17: Do you have any ideas for more books?

Yes I do have ideas for more books. So many, in fact, that at the moment, I'm writing/editing the second book in my series. I'm looking for an agent at the moment, though, so who knows how long it'll be before these come out!

18: What or who was/is your greatest encouragement as an author?

My greatest encouragement as an author is hands down my husband, followed closely by my kids. They're always cheering me on. I don't know what I'd do without them!

Thanks Maniacal for being so patient with me and for having me here today! You're so sweet, and your blog is awesome!

Take a bow, Ms. Stephan! That interview rocked! Thank you so much for being here today. I had a really good time!

Also, if sweet Christian romance really isn't your thing be sure to check out Amanda's other book

 (a romantic suspense!)

And if you would like to help Amanda in her journey to become a world famous author you can purchase her books here:

The Price of Trust (paperback)

The Price of Trust (kindle edition)

Lonely Hearts (paperback)

Lonely Hearts (kindle edition)

Have a good day! :)

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