Jen: Today we continue our Author After Dark Spotlights with a visit from Amanda Carlson. Amanda, will you share a short bio with us?
Amanda: A Minnesota girl, born and bred, Amanda began writing in earnest after her second child was born. She’s addicted to playing Scrabble, tropical beaches and Ikea. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and three kids. Find out more about Amanda please visit:
Jen: Tell us about your newest release.
Amanda: COLD BLOODED, the third installment of the Jessica McClain series is out October 8th, 2013.
Jessica arrives back in town to find her best friend missing and the most powerful witch in the country is blaming her for it. But before they can move to save her, the group is attacked.
On the run, Jessica and Rourke head to the mountains. Several surprises await them, but in order to save her father they are forced to leave for New Orleans early.
Arriving on the Vampire Queen’s doorstep unexpectedly, and bringing trouble on their heels, the Sects are thrown into an all out war. The vicious skirmish ends up forcing the vamps and Jessica to fight on the same team.
The Vamp Queen ends up owing Jessica, but what Jessica doesn’t realize is just how soon she’ll have to cash it in…
Jen: Are you a plotter or pantser?
Amanda: I’m a panster in every sense. I love where the story takes me when I sit down to write. World building is exciting, but now that I’m knee deep in the series, I do have to take some occasional notes.
Jen: Do you have a writing routine?
Amanda: I usually wake up around 8:00 and get the kids out the door for school. Then I write until mid-afternoon. I’m most productive in the mornings and I always have a big cup of coffee at my desk. If I’m under a crunch deadline, I’ll also write late at night when everyone has gone to bed.
Jen: Is there a genre you’d like to write? Is there one you’ll probably stay away from? Why?
Amanda: I’d love to write Steampunk. The world building is so exciting. You can’t go wrong with airships and mercenaries, right? I probably wouldn’t write horror, however. It’s a little too gory for me and I wouldn’t be able to do it justice.
Jen: What kind of research did you do for this book?
Amanda: I’ve actually researched quite a few of my characters and beasties for the series. I love taking something from myth and entwining it into my stories. I think it makes it more exciting. Selene, The Lunar Goddess, comes from myth, as do the camazotz in HOT BLOODED, among other things. Try googling some of my characters! You’d be surprised.
Jen: What’s the most challenging aspect of writing? Easiest? Most rewarding?
Amanda: The most challenging for me is having to re-read my work over and over. An author has to do this to get it right, but it can drag on. The most rewarding is seeing it in print! I also love when a fan connects with the work in the way I intended. That’s the greatest.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Amanda: I will be continuing the series with more books! Oh, and I’ll be at AAD in a couple weeks.