Jen: 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.
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.
Jen: 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?
Jen: Favorite shoes?
Amanda: Comfortable tennis shoes
Jen: Favorite childhood story?
Amanda: The Little Mermaid
Jen: Do you color your hair or go natural?
Jen: How do you eat an Oreo?
Amanda: Dipped in milk
Jen: Do you make New Year’s Resolutions?
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?
Jen: Cat or dog?
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.