Author Interview: Amanda Lake
About the author:
A book-loving daydreamer, Amanda is testing the patience of her family and friends by constant reverie and solo giggling. Fortunately, Amanda's best half is a reasonable man who can deal with her and their incredible cat which is suffering from a severe ninja complex.
Besides that awkward detail, Amanda occasionally sings in shopping malls, especially on the dairy product aisle, talks to the kitchen appliances if they refuse to collaborate, takes long walks on the beach and often gets lost, because of which she avoids doing the same thing in a forest, Amanda can't function before her morning coffee and she is the living proof that you CAN survive without eating broccoli.
Currently, she is preparing the second book to be published and claims that she is having a ball writing her third romantic comedy.
What inspires you to write romantic fiction?
Love in every shape and form inspires everyone. Even if it's a sad topic, love is the moving factor for every creature. Some are still waiting for it, the others have in their memories and lucky ones have the privilege to enjoy it every day.
Fortunately, love is also the reason and the main cause of many funny situations. It makes us clumsy, insecure, even stupid, but every time we are eager to get it. And that's why I chose to write about it, those interesting romantic situations really amuse me.
Tell us about how you write.
It's a very complicated system: I sit and then I start writing. Seriously, that's the only way you can do it. In my case writer's block is resolved when my better half firmly says: "Get up, go to your room and don't come back until you write at least 3.000 words." It works like a charm.
Do you listen to or talk to to your characters?
I listen to them. Sometimes they talk really fast and I have a real problem of writing down everything they say. Especially if they are in the middle of a fight; then I ask politely if they would mind taking a short break, just to make on time without forgetting anything.
What advice would you give other romance writers?
I believe that contrary to the famous line "write what you really know" we should go with the new one – write what you really want.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Well, I'm impatient. Really didn't want to spend years sending my queries to people which are already overwhelmed with manuscripts. This is why I decided to go indie. This way I know when I'm finished with one book and free to give all my time and energy to another.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I firmly believe that the digital era gave us the freedom we never had before. Both for authors and readers. Lots of opportunities for everyone.
My books are available in the following formats: