Interview & Contest: Amanda Mariel

author poicJen: Today we welcome Amanda Mariel back to Romancing the Book. Amanda, will you share a short bio with us?
Amanda: Bestselling author Amanda Mariel dreams of days gone by when life moved at a slower pace. She enjoys taking pen to paper and exploring historical time periods through her imagination and the written word. When she is not writing she can be found reading, crocheting, traveling, practicing her photography skills, or spending time with her family.

Amanda lives along the Lake Huron shoreline in northern Michigan with her husband and two kids. She holds a Master of Liberal Arts Degree with a concentration in literature and has a long-standing love affair with sugary junk food.

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Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Amanda: Once Upon A Regency is a 9 author box set inspired by fairy tales and fables. My story in the set is Enchanted by the Earl based on Little Red Riding Hood. The set itself was my idea, but the theme came from another author in the set: Meara Platt. I knew I wanted to create a unique set of new material with some of my author friends. I put the group together and then we brainstormed ideas. My children were responsible for helping me select Little Red Riding Hood for the inspiration of my story. Originally I was planning to use Cinderella. When I told them they insisted on me using Little Red Riding Hood instead.

Once Upon a Regency CoverJen: Who is your celebrity crush?
Amanda: I do not have a celebrity crush-honest, I do not. Though I do find a few male actors pleasant to watch. Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Sam Heughan, and Travis Fimmel to name a few.

Jen: What is your favorite food?
Amanda: Anything sweet or Italian.

Jen: Favorite month?
Amanda: October

Jen: Favorite shoes?
Amanda: Comfortable tennis shoes

Jen: Favorite childhood story?
Amanda: The Little Mermaid

Jen: Do you color your hair or go natural?
Amanda: Highlights

Jen: How do you eat an Oreo?
Amanda: Dipped in milk

Jen: Do you make New Year’s Resolutions?
Amanda: No

Jen: What is the most surprising item on your bucket list?
Amanda: Travel across Europe

Jen: If you could have dinner with any author living or dead, who would it be?
Amanda: Johanna Lindsey

Jen: Vampire or werewolf?
Amanda: Vampire

Jen: Cat or dog?
Amanda: Cat

Jen: What’s next for you?
Amanda: I have several things planned for 2016 and beyond. I am currently working on a medieval romance as well as the third book in my Victorian series Ladies and Scoundrels. Both of these will release this year along with a couple of more multi author box sets. I also hope to release book four in my Ladies and Scoundrels series before 2017 makes its appearance. Beyond writing I have two conferences planned for the summer of 2016: Once Upon A Book in MI and Writers on the River in IN.


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47 thoughts on “Interview & Contest: Amanda Mariel

  1. Dee Foster says:

    Great interview Amanda! I’d either be at a Ball in Regency London or at a country manor. Country girl at heart but like the occasional glitter. 🙂

    • Amanda Mariel says:

      I too like the occasional glitter but am a country girl at heart. 9.9 out of 10 times I would choose my jeans over a ball gown 🙂 Thank you for stopping by, Dee!

    • Amanda Mariel says:

      Great question, Bonny! I relax when I am sleeping 🙂 In all seriousness I take a day off from all things work every couple of weeks and spend it relaxing. Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Hugs Bonny!!

  2. The box set was so much and Amanda, besides being a wonderful author, you are a wonderful person as well. A double joy for me – I’m a fan of your books and I get to work with you! ?

  3. anne says:

    Wonderful feature and interesting interview. I would travel back to La Belle Epoque and meet all the famous writers and artists and live in a lovely country house outside of Paris.

    • Amanda Mariel says:

      That is a fabulous time period. So much going on and changing during the 1800’s. Thank you for stopping in, Rita 🙂

    • Amanda Mariel says:

      That is a hard question because I would want to go to so many different places and times. I would love to dance at the Tudor court, chat with Queen Elizabeth during the War of the Roses, spend some time with the pilgrims… A Regency ball would be splendid and I would also want to stop by the American north and south before the civil war broke out. History and the people who came before us are so fascinating. Thank you for stopping in, Heather 🙂

  4. Leanna says:

    I think that I would like to go to the worlds fair that they built the Eiffel Tower for. I don’t remember what year this was.

  5. Staci Garrett says:

    Would travel back in time to Scotland and try and beat Claire to Jamie, haha. Really, though would love to travel to that time before Culloden ever took place.

  6. Mary Preston says:

    I can very easily see myself as a suffragette fighting for women’s rights. Early 1900’s London calls!!

  7. Laney4 says:

    I would go back to when my mom was dying, even though it was a tough/rough time that most wouldn’t want to face again. I had gotten in the habit of drinking at least 10 cans of Pepsi every day while traveling to her home to take care of things while my kids were in school and I would want to stop that, knowing now how bad it is for you. I had cut back to 4 cans per day a few years later, but I now have diabetes (and extra weight) that I don’t think I would have had otherwise. I also have learned since my mom died that my and my brother’s biological dad was not her husband of 50 years (but our two older siblings were), so I’d want to discuss this with her, as both dads had died by then. (Whether or not she’d reciprocate is another matter, but I’d want to try, especially without anger.)
    Bet you were expecting a trip longer than 20 years ago, LOL. If I DID have to go back to “historical” times, I would just want to go back where I felt loved. What a “novel” idea!

  8. amyc says:

    I would love to travel back in time to when my Grandpa was a kid during the early 1900s in the mountains of VA. I would love to see what those stories he told about and meet all of those people he talked about.

  9. Amanda Mariel says:

    These are all such fabulous answers! Thank you all for taking the time to stop in and comment 🙂

  10. Michele Hayes says:

    If I could go back in time I would love to visit the Regency period so I can see many of the things I’ve been reading about all these years. Thanks for the chance to win.

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