Author Interview: Amanda McIntyre, Tortured & a giveaway

Thursday, July 9

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No, I didn't actually "torture" Ms. McIntyre for this interview as the post title may suggest, at least I hope I didn't :) But I do have to admit, I have a guilty pleasure...beautiful book covers. Maybe it's my background in art and art history, or maybe it's just because all of the books featured this week have such gorgeous covers that makes them so hard to resist.

All over blogland it seems that people have been asking the question, do you judge a book by it's cover? My answer...kind of. Because if the cover art is not very good, or eye catching amidst a sea of other books, I may not notice it. I see a cover I like then investigate further. Tortured was one of those books that visually intrigued me "at hello", and then I saw the book trailer, and then I put it on my wish list. I can't wait to read this book, and August 1st can come soon enough for me. Want to see what I am talking about, here's the book trailer...





it gives me chills...have I said I can't wait to read this yet :)

I was lucky enough to catch Amanda McIntyre before she left on vacation and she was kindness personified to answer a few of my questions about Tortured and to offer Seductive Musings readers a chance to win a copy of Tortured (I am so very jealous).

SM: Welcome to Seductive Musings Amanda! Tell us a little bit about yourself

AM: I am a best-selling, internationally published author, and have sampled everything from an office career and motherhood to being a newspaper columnist turned fiction writer. I'm the author of over two dozen novels, novellas, short stories and anthologies. My highly sensual and character-driven work covers several genres including paranormal, historical, and contemporary romance as well as non-fiction. I currently write historical erotic romance for Harlequin Spice. My debut novel, DIARY OF COZETTE released in October 2008, followed by TORTURED in August 2009 and WINTER AWAKENING in Winter's Desire anthology in November 2009. I am currently working on my next book for Spice.

SM: You were a newspaper writer before becoming a romance author. Why did you decide to become a romance writer?


AM: I have always been a creative person. An artist at heart I say now that I paint with words. I read an ebook, my very first by author, Lori Soard. I contacted her and she introduced me to RWA. I had always had this story in my head (as I find a lot of people do!) that I wanted to write. I started the story one day and ended up staying awake the whole night writing the first draft. I'd have to say that maybe that accomplishment was the catalyst that inspired me to continue learning and stretching my writing. I don’t think a good writer ever stops doing that.

SM: Please tell us about your latest book, Tortured

AM: The concept of Tortured was conceived after I found an obscure piece of historical info about the handful of women executioners there were in medieval times. The thought alone intrigued me and I began to wonder what type of woman would accept such a position. Then it occurred to me, what if she didn’t have a choice? Sierra, my heroine, was born and while it is set in a very dark time, I knew her story needed to be told. It wasn't as easy of a task to delve into that era. But I wanted to find the story of a courageous woman and how she would survive such an ordeal to find her HEA.

SM: I love all of the pictures and “inspirations” for Tortured listed on your
website. It really lets readers see into your mind and how you envision the world you have created. What comes first for you, history, the setting, an idea for a plot, or are the characters your muse?

AM: It depends, often times it’s the history, then I begin to ask questions (what if...) from there I usually find my characters and if the muse is happy, it rolls on from there ;)

SM: Tortured is categorized as an erotic romance. What do you think makes a great love scene?

AM: Definitely the emotional build up. My work with Spice is classified erotic, but I consider it erotic romance, which I feel is different than straight "erotica"--in that while there is a good bit of steamy scenes, there is a wonderful complex story and characters with emotional, vivid depth. In this story my heroine finds her "escape" through encounters with one man in particular (until she meets the hero) because that is the only time she feels human. As you might well imagine living for years in this environment, she learns to cut her emotions off in order to survive. Part of her personal journey then is to learn how to embrace not only her strengths but her vulnerabilities as well. That discovery I think is what makes this story unique.

SM: And finally just for fun…if you could write the “fortune” in a fortune cookie, what would it be?

AM: Your inquisitive nature will take you on adventures

Thank you so much Amanda for taking the time out of your very busy schedule to chat about Tortured! She also sent me an excerpt from chapter one to share with you all. This isn't even available on her website yet! So read and enjoy ( I know I did):


Tortured
Author: Amanda McIntyre
Trade paperback
Setting: Dark Ages featuring Sierra, Dryston
Publisher: Spice Pub.
Date: August 01, 2009
ISBN-13: 9780373605330

In a time of chaos, darkness, and violence it is better to live only in the moment, lest your memories eat you alive.

A young woman blessed with “sight seeks vengeance against a tyrannical lord responsible for her mother's murder. Forced to become an executioner's apprentice, she encounters a Roman prisoner who offers her a away to escape her prison and find a future. Torn between desire, duty, and the chance for revenge, her choice to live or die leaves her TORTURED.

Excerpt from TORTURED

Saxon Shore,A.D. 500

“Dunna ever be afraid, Sierra,” her mother’s voice whispered in her head. “Fear will be your downfall, as it is mine.”

Sierra shoved her body against the dungeon’s heavy, wooden door. With the dense smoke from the executioner’s chamber still clogging her throat, she breathed deeply of the rain-soaked smell of earth and moss. The clouds above were gray and ominous, covering the sun and offering little hope of warmth in this most unholy of places. Her eyes rose to the hill overlooking the outer wall of the castle. Once occupied by the Romans, the fortress was now home to Britannia’s Saxon king, Lord Aeglech. Nine years ago, his tribes had taken over, obliterating all that was once a thriving Britannia. Those who did not accept the new Saxon rule were killed. Those who did became Saxon property. In some ways, Sierra considered herself lucky to be alive. She owed her life to her mother, and to the threat of a Druid curse that her mother left on Lord Aeglech and his guards in the moments just before she was hanged as a traitor.

More than once over the years, Sierra had wished she had not been allowed to live. Or that her mother had not left her with the gift of sight passed down on the maternal side of her family. She had never wanted the gift, seeing the life of servitude it had enslaved her mother to. Untrained, Sierra was not able to summon her sight at will, but over the years, she had managed to use it well enough to stay alive. And if she could stay alive, perhaps she had a chance of one day finding the brother who had been taken from her the night their mother died. If nothing else, living in the Saxon fortress had served to strengthen her in odd ways. No longer did she despise the sight of Lord Aeglech or look upon him as a murderous barbarian. Nor did the cries of anguish from Balrogan’s torture chamber—where she grew from a young girl to a woman—make her vomit, any longer.

For nine years, she’d lived in this Saxon hell, clinging to her mother’s last words, “Dunna fear.” It was her f irst and last thought each day. She had long ago learned to void herself of the things inside of her that could lead to fear. It was all she knew. It was how she survived.

Sierra choked on the cold air that filled her lungs. Blinking the wetness from her eyes, she squinted at the Saxon gallows up on the hill. Placed there for all the village slaves to see, it currently stood empty, gently blowing in the breeze and patiently awaiting its next guest. She absentmindedly touched the lavender wristlet on her arm. Her mother had given it to her once long ago.

“Sierra!”

Careful not to respond too quickly to her birth name, she glanced toward the nearby stable from whence the whisper came. There beneath the eave, with his arm braced above him, stood Cearl—her lord, her savior—the boy who started as friend and who’d now grown to a handsome man. The one and only boy she had ever given herself to. Sierra waited a heartbeat and checked around her before she hurried toward him. She gripped the water bucket as it slapped hard against her thigh, and let it tumble to the ground so she could leap into Cearl’s waiting arms.

“’Tis good to see you as well, Mouse.” He laughed and clamped his mouth down on hers. She savored his lips, the sharp taste of mead on his tongue, the feel of his arms secure around her. When she was with Cearl, the dark world she lived in faded away, if only for a few moments.

“Is Balrogan expecting you back soon?” he muttered, dropping her to her feet and wrestling with the knotted belt at her waist.

“I have a little time, not much,” Sierra replied and turned her head to allow his fervent kisses on her neck. In truth, Sierra did not know what Cearl saw in her. Sentenced to aid the executioner, as his apprentice, she was ordered to keep her hair short and wear men’s clothing. It was part of her punishment to have no identity, no gender. Yet Cearl did not seem to mind that she was covered in soot and filth.

“Take care when you call my birth name aloud,” she reminded him as his fingers fumbled with the leather knots of her belt. “It is dangerous out here. Someone might suspect that you are familiar with me.”

“Is it not true that I am?” He grinned and brought his mouth down hard on hers, before refocusing his efforts on his task. “What shall I call you, then? My wench?”
He laughed and grabbed her buttocks through the thin breeches she wore as he pulled her tight against him. Sierra knew they took a great risk. Lord Aeglech’s decree for himself and his guards was that no Saxon was to join with a Briton woman. He did not want the bloodline marred by a Celt bastard; if one of his guards disobeyed his rule, the woman would have to be killed. Though Cearl was not a guard, she feared what would happen to them if they were found out. “Your wench would imply that I serve only you,” she teased.

He stopped, his hands pressing into her upper arms as he studied her face. “Another is pleasing you, then?”

She cupped his unshaven jaw. Cearl was such an innocent. Though his body was that of a man, he often thought like a young boy. “Nay, Cearl, only you do that.”

“All right then, let it remain so.”

He gave her a smile before he captured her mouth. She knew the routine well, and she accepted the rough manner of his tongue delving between her lips. Sierra’s breasts tingled beneath her bindings, and she longed to remove them so she could again feel Cearl’s hands on hernaked f lesh, but today there was not enough time. She felt safe around him. In all the years of her imprisonment, she had never had reason to fear him. Cearl had not the rules of the other men in her life. He had no need to dominate, perhaps because his place in life was to serve those of higher rank. He was the handsome son of a Saxon villager and helped in the kitchen, in addition to crafting the drums the Saxons used in battle. His hair was a mass of golden curls, the color of the summer sun, and his blue eyes danced with mischief when he was aroused. His smile was the only bright spot in Sierra’s dreary existence.














Amanda McIntyre
Tortured HQ Spice-Books Aug.'09
Diary of Cozette-HQ Spice -Available!
Winter Awakening in Winter's Desire-HQ Spice Nov.'09
You can find all of Amanda's web locations and newsletter subscription at : http://www.amandamcintyre.net/


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Amanda will be giving one lucky commenter a copy of Tortured. So leave her a comment and ask her any questions that you might have. Don't want to wait to win it, pre-order Tortured (and it's on sale).



How to enter:
  • Leave a comment asking Amanda a question. Your comment MUST include your email address in order for you to be eligible

Rules and disclaimers:

  • The winner will be chosen by the author on Saturday 7/11 and posted on Sunday July 12, 2009
  • The book will be mailed directly from the author and no substitutions are allowed. This giveaway is open to residents within the continental U.S. only.
  • Seductive Musings is not responsible for prizes that are not honored, distributed in a timely manner, lost, stolen, or damaged during transit
  • All giveaways are subject to change/cancellation without prior written notice

Good Luck!!!


Make sure to join us tomorrow for another great medieval romance giveaway.

50 Comments:

Leontine July 9, 2009 at 6:50 AM  

This novel is so going on my orderlist for august, normally trailers don't really do it for me but this one was nice! The era along with erotic romance clasification and excerpt got me very excited LOL

Job well done Booklover 1335 :D

LadyVampire2u July 9, 2009 at 9:06 AM  

Congrats on "Tortured" and your other upcoming release of "Winter Awakening" also! And I loved the excerpt.
My question for you is: Are you the first or only author/writer in your family?
LadyVampire2u(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Book Junkie July 9, 2009 at 9:55 AM  

Congrats on Tortured, love the cover. My question would be to you, do you any involvement or say in your covers and if so do you feel that your cover(s) ever represent your characters well?
bjwaldron@gmail.com

Keta Diablo July 9, 2009 at 10:40 AM  

Wonderful excerpt, Amanda. I'd love a copy of Tortured.

My question: How do you like writing for Spice?

Best of luck and success on Tortured!

Keta Diablo
http://ketaskeep.blogspot.com

Caffey July 9, 2009 at 12:54 PM  

Hi Amanda! I so love that cover!! It is so fitting with the feel of the castle wall there! You got great covers for both of your Spice books! I think a cover is part of the 'package' with the book. If I see a cover with a comic like on it, I'm gonna think its not romance, so it does tell us that its romance and even the genre/theme.

Wow, Love the trailer! That how you pictured the hero too? I've been reading Amanda's books since I discovered hers previously and in her other name too. Will your next Spice book be a historical (say yes!)?

I think I've only read one that I recalling a scene with a heroine that was to be executioned (can't spell it with my spell checker either). I don't remember the name of it but now it will bug me til I do! Do you remember any books of that theme?

Amanda have you ever visited where your books are set? If not, where too would you like to visit and set a book in?

So loved that peek into the excerpt!!

cathiecaffey(at)gmail(dot)com

Leontine July 9, 2009 at 2:09 PM  

I had to think on the question but I was wondering: How do you visualize your characters, some do complete scrap boards of pics, profiles etc?

leontinesbookrealm@gmail.com

Valorie July 9, 2009 at 6:08 PM  

What is on your sexy song playlist?

Valorie
morbidromantic@gmail.com

Jaime July 9, 2009 at 6:14 PM  

Amanda, what a juicy read! I love the medieval period and am intrigued with it, so my question for you is "why the medieval time period"?

Jaime
jaime.huff1@gmail.com

*crossed fingers, toes, eyes, etc that I win this book* :)

Kelly July 9, 2009 at 6:18 PM  

If you would suggest another book to me (not by you) what would it be?

Kelly
kamijisatsu@gmail.com

Susan Helene Gottfried July 9, 2009 at 7:41 PM  

No need to enter me, babe. As hard as THAT was to type...

I'm dropping in to say thanks for the e-mails! They make our day here at Win a Book. So I posted about this for you over there. At Win a Book.

Yep, I'm in one of my famed moods! :D

MoziEsm√© July 9, 2009 at 8:32 PM  

You talk about the heroine discovering her strengths. How much of what you write is based on your own experience?

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

bridget3420 July 9, 2009 at 9:35 PM  

Hi Amanda,

If you could meet any character from your book, who would it be and why?

Bridget

bjhopper(at)me(dot)com

HODGEPODGESPV July 9, 2009 at 10:45 PM  

how hard was it to do research for this book? i mean, other than the "obscure" reference, were you able to find out more information about this kind of woman and what their duties were or did you have to wing it?
spvaughan yahoo com

Amanda McIntyre July 9, 2009 at 11:31 PM  

Thank you for being patient with my answering ;) I can tell you now that I am safely in Wash DC here for a few days of research and relaxation before the RWA Nationals --so while my family settles in, Im thoroughly enjoying reading these great questions! I'll try to answer each one!



Leontine-Thank you and please let me know what you think of Tortured! I'll answer your question also bout visualizing my characters-sometimes I use actors /actresses that just caome to mind as I create a profile for each character.I will cut out pics of heroes and heroines Ive seen surfing in stock photo places or on google.
then I create a detailed character profile, down to likes dislikes, education, occupation, passions, etc...until I feel like I know how that person would react to just about any situation.I also research the clothing and housing of a particular era to better understand an visualize the life he/she lives.

Amanda

Amanda McIntyre July 9, 2009 at 11:34 PM  

Lady Vamp, I love your avatar!
To my knowledge I am the only one writing professionally, however the creative gene runs the gamit from drawing to music,both vocal and instrumental in my family.
I actually credit my art teacher with encouraging my creativity. I think everyone has that streak of creative spirit in side them.
Finding it may take a while, but I beleive its there;)

Amanda

Amanda McIntyre July 9, 2009 at 11:41 PM  

Bookjunkie: I have been blessed by the team at Spice for nailing my covers on the head. We do fill out a fairly detailed form , offer a synopsis and then the creative genius at HQ take over from there.
They are suburb!

Keta: Yes I love writing for Spice! They truly encourage and inspire their authors to stretch their writing and color outside the box.

Caffey! You make me blush;) I do have to agree though on the trailer, Circle of Seven did a wonderful job with this trailer!

In answer to your question-have I ever been to the places I write about : some, yes and others I've been to through extensivce research.Still others, I aspire to visit one day soon!

Hugs
Amanda

Amanda McIntyre July 9, 2009 at 11:54 PM  

Jaime: Why Medieval? I blame the THE TUDORS:) Seriously, it was the era that found me. Ive always loved the medieval tales--the romance and pagentry--the passion and magic involved, but when I found this tasty morsel of info on a female executioner back in the "day" it just hit me to ask what the heck? how would a woman in that day and age come to have a job like that?

My other Celtic Spice novellas are a bit later--more toward teh more refined medieval era--the era we romanticize a great deal in movies and such.

Kelly: I have so many fav books: I would recommend any of Robin T Popps Night Slayer series, Anne River Siddons-Colony--if you're talking medieval? I'm not sure that I can honestly recommend anything at this time, since I prtefer not to read for pleasure what Im writing about at the same time--I usually read an opposite genre of what Im writing--thats kind of "my" escape"--does that make sense?

Amanda;)

Amanda McIntyre July 10, 2009 at 12:03 AM  

Bridget: That would have to be Dryston because he's hot!LOL

Hodgepodge:
The dark Ages was difficult to research--I sytudied moveies of the era closests to, books, maps, The History Channel has a wonderful dvd on the dark Ages-- also movie soundtracks, primarily the soundtrack from King Arthur (Clive Owens version) was very inspirational--With Sierras abilty of sight I was able to tap into the knowledge of a great friend & author/psychic, Marilyn Campbell for insight on that area.

Amanda

Amanda McIntyre July 10, 2009 at 12:05 AM  

Susan
thank you for hawking me on your sight! I really appreciate it!

Blessings!
Amanda

Chris,  July 10, 2009 at 8:47 AM  

I know you told us how you came up with the idea, but how did you flesh it out? I know that I always come up with many ideas for characters, storylines, etc, and I never find a way to build them into full stories. I'm curious how you do it.

Chris
danunepthys(at)hotmail(dot)com

Nona July 10, 2009 at 9:53 AM  

your book sounds like a great escape! What made you decide on the Saxon period of AD 500, did you just choose it or were you interested in the time frame and decided to write on that interest? I love reading on the Saxon invasion and finding everything about it enthralling, I cannot wait to read it, my two favorite subjects romance and history!

Nona
san_peppy(at)hotmail(dot)com

Jackie,  July 10, 2009 at 9:53 AM  

Looks like a great book and I would love to win it!
gackie3000@msn.com

Julie Robinson July 10, 2009 at 10:49 AM  

Amanda,

I love the premise for your heroine's story. I'd never heard of women executioners.

Here's my question, and it's, admittedly, a little odd: When you talk about how the idea came to you, and you say, "I knew her story needed to be told," do you ever wonder if you may actually be reaching out (unconsciously) to someone who did live that life and whose story needs to come out? Or who needed a different ending?

Anyways, Fantastic trailer with great music and a'spicy' looking hero! I also tend to 'judge' a book by its cover AND its title, which in both cases would compel me to pick this book off the shelf!

Thanks,
Julie

nightdweller20 July 10, 2009 at 11:51 AM  

Hi Amanda!

What's the craziest thing you've ever done?

jaam121388 at yahoo dot com

The_Book_Queen July 10, 2009 at 12:39 PM  

Great interview, I really enjoyed it!

Tortured is going on my wish list for next month-- love the cover art, it's beautiful!

My question:
Cliche, but here it is: "If you weren't a writer, what else would you have choosen?"

Enjoy,
TBQ

The_Book_Queen July 10, 2009 at 12:40 PM  

Oops, I guess I needed to leave my Email. *blushes* sorry, I forgot@

The_Book_Queen[at]yahoo[dot]com

Julie Robinson July 10, 2009 at 1:10 PM  

Isn't our email addy already recorded when we sign in to post? If not, here's mine:
rebelatheart(AT)bellsouth(DOT)net

Thanks,
Julie

Barbara July 10, 2009 at 1:37 PM  

Great interview, ladies!!

I absolutely loved Amanda's "Diary of Cozette" and I'm really looking forward to reading Tortured!!

Maureen July 10, 2009 at 2:27 PM  

Hi Amanda,
I enjoyed the excerpt and the book looks so interesting and different.
My question is: What do you do to celebrate when you finish a book?

Lisa July 10, 2009 at 2:47 PM  

Hi Amanda!

Your excerpt certainly wet my whistle --and never mind the book trailer ;)

Did you have to do a lot of research for your book? How long did it take you to put this one together?

Lisa
frangipanier@yahoo.com

Blanche July 10, 2009 at 4:32 PM  

Hi Amanda!

You are a new to me author and Tortured sounds like an awesome book! I can't wait to read it!!

knkmom(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Amanda McIntyre July 10, 2009 at 4:44 PM  

Chris said...
I know you told us how you came up with the idea, but how did you flesh it out? >>>>

Fleshing out I suppose comes with being inquisitive. "What if" is perhaps ne of the most popular and wise tools that a writer has. I sometimes drive my friends and family nuts becasue I want to know "why?" or how something works as it does.

Its building blocks I suppose--starting with a foundation and just build each layer asking yourself "what if?"

EX: obscure bit that there were only a hamdful of women executioners-well, knowing that women were not highly regarded and actually being an executioner was a generational honor-passed from father to son, etc...
so what if there was a woman, how did she get to be there? what type of women could stomach such a gruesome positiion and why would she want to?

when you build a characters profile first(for me anyway) then fleshing outor telling that story sort of flows--thats when I know Im on the right track;)

the craft of writing is two-fold-part craft(learning the basics) and part storytelling-and enjoying that.

I hope that helps a bit more!

Amanda

Amanda McIntyre July 10, 2009 at 4:48 PM  

Nona said...
your book sounds like a great escape! What made you decide on the Saxon period of AD 500, did you just choose it or were you interested in the time frame and decided to write on that interest?>>>
Thanks Nona! I love that period of turmoil in Britannia as well-its such a great melting pot of cultures and in particular the cewltic lore has always been of great interest to me.

I knew I had to take it back to the dark ages as I wanted to tap into the whole legend of King Arthur.-- who my heroines younger brother is loosley structured after.
I will have a prequel coming out next fall (a short Spice briefs that tells Torins story)

Amanda

Amanda McIntyre July 10, 2009 at 4:52 PM  

Julie said: "I knew her story needed to be told," do you ever wonder if you may actually be reaching out (unconsciously) to someone who did live that life and whose story needs to come out? Or who needed a different ending?>>>

You have to wonder, dont you? ;) Its such a strange time for a romance story and I think thats what compelled me to try to tell it. It was not an easy task (ask my editor-saint that she is!) together we found Sierra's story, one that I feel needed to be told.

Good observation, Julie!

Amanda

Amanda McIntyre July 10, 2009 at 5:00 PM  

nightdweller20 said...
Hi Amanda!
What's the craziest thing you've ever done?>>>>>>>

Besides the 14 day cross country family road trip that Im on right now???? LOL

Honestly, Im one of those spur of the moment types-or have become one as I grow older I think;)
Time McGraws "Live like you were dying " song really makes a lot of sense-not that Im about to hop on a bull named Foomanchu, mind you--but I think there is truth to that song.

Amanda

Amanda McIntyre July 10, 2009 at 5:03 PM  

Bookqueen says: If you weren't a writer, what else would you have choosen?">>>
Probably a painter or I'd still be writing my newspaper column on the importance of music and fine arts in our schools.

Hi Barb! You are a sweetie to stop in!barab has the all time greatest story about reading Cozette EVER! I think its still archived on her blog site!

Amanda

Amanda McIntyre July 10, 2009 at 5:07 PM  

Maureen said...
My question is: What do you do to celebrate when you finish a bookI usually celebrate with a cold Corona and a hamburger made by my dh on the grill. You see in my world I have to give credit to my family who is there daily beside me, pushing me, encouraging, supporting me to get that book complete! so when I celebrate, we all do!!

Amanda

Amanda McIntyre July 10, 2009 at 5:09 PM  

Lisa said...
Did you have to do a lot of research for your book? How long did it take you to put this one together?>>>
Yes I did and continued to do a bit more as I went along. Finding information on this era was not an easy task. From start to finish, it took me about a year

Amanda

flchen1 July 10, 2009 at 8:25 PM  

Hi, Amanda! I'm definitely intrigued by your latest--Sierra sounds like a fascinating heroine! (Plus, I love the name!) Now that you're an experienced author, are there aspects of writing or promotion that you find easier now than it was initially? Are there things that are harder? And do you celebrate or commemorate each of your books in a special way?

Thanks for taking the time to chat!

--Fedora
f dot chen at comcast dot net

I Heart Book Gossip July 11, 2009 at 8:41 AM  

Congrats on your release Amanda! What are you working on now?

Please count me in for giveaway.

cindyc725 at gmail dot com

sarabelle July 11, 2009 at 9:35 AM  

congrats on your release. Thank you for sharing with us.

What do you use as your inspiration for all of your writing?

sarabelle252000(at)yahoo.com

Babyblue22 July 11, 2009 at 11:19 AM  

Hey Amanda!

Tortured Sounds Like a Great Read, Congratulations on it's release, and your upcoming story Winter Awakening!

My question is what do you do to celebrate a new book's release, any traditions you follow? Places you go?

~Afshan
Afshan522@aol.com

etirv July 11, 2009 at 8:33 PM  

Hi Amanda!

Can't wait to read Tortured!

How do you celebrate the completion of a book?

delilah0180(at)yahoo(dot)com

Jaime July 11, 2009 at 11:04 PM  

Amanda said "Jaime: Why Medieval? I blame the THE TUDORS:) Seriously, it was the era that found me. Ive always loved the medieval tales--the romance and pagentry--the passion and magic involved, but when I found this tasty morsel of info on a female executioner back in the "day" it just hit me to ask what the heck? how would a woman in that day and age come to have a job like that?

My other Celtic Spice novellas are a bit later--more toward teh more refined medieval era--the era we romanticize a great deal in movies and such."

I totally agree with you on the Tudors and the era! Weren't they beyond fantastic, raucous, tantalizing and scandalous? I love the concept of the female executioner!

I am definitely stoked to get my hands on Tortured and the Celtic novellas you mentioned! You definitely sounds like MY kind of author!

Jaime
jaime.huff1@gmail.com

Patricia Barraclough,  July 12, 2009 at 12:34 AM  

Just found this site tonight.
Can not think of another story that had an executioner as a focus. A female assistant/apprentice is an unusual choice How did you come up with this plot line? I've read several excerpts and the story sounds very good.
librarypat@comcast.net

Amanda McIntyre July 12, 2009 at 7:43 AM  

flchen1 said...
Hi, Amanda! I'm definitely intrigued by your latest--Sierra sounds like a fascinating heroine! (Plus, I love the name!) Now that you're an experienced author, are there aspects of writing or promotion that you find easier now than it was initially? Are there things that are harder? And do you celebrate or commemorate each of your books in a special way?>>>

Hi Flchen1!! How you doin'? ;)

I am always learning...this is one of my favorite sayings-and I truly believe it has no greater application than inn my writing. With each book I am stretching the parameters of my writing-learning from the research (obviously) but also from the characters, the storyline, my editor, my readers--ALL play a part in how I approach the next project. For me, there are various stages to being "done" with a book-the initial first draft, the draft I turn in, the edited draft, and then when I actually hold the book in my hand- I suppose for me that is when I feel it is "done"-but then there is promotion and reviews after that. I think different authors look at that "finished" point at different times-I have levels, and usually by the time I'm done with one level , I've begun another! LOL
My celebration is holding that finished product in hand, opening it up and reading it like it was the first time and enjoying it!

Amanda

Amanda McIntyre July 12, 2009 at 7:48 AM  

sarabelle said...
congrats on your release. Thank you for sharing with us.
What do you use as your inspiration for all of your writing?>>>>>>

I have various inspirations Sarabelle! Music and pictures are probably the two I utilize most however. For example; TORTURED was written almost entirely to the soundtrack of "King Arthur" (with Clive Owen) its very medieval, gothic , on the dark side--and I used a bit of Evanessence in there as well. I am visual, so I do like to have pics depicting my hero and heroine-if you check out teh Tortured pages on my website, you'll see the pics posted there that I used as inspiration!

Great question
Amanda

Amanda McIntyre July 12, 2009 at 7:53 AM  

Patricia Barraclough said...
Just found this site tonight.
Can not think of another story that had an executioner as a focus. A female assistant/apprentice is an unusual choice How did you come up with this plot line? I've read several excerpts and the story sounds very good. >>>>
Thank you, Patricia! I hope you'll give TORTURED a try;) I couldnt think of another story that I'd read in recent years that had chosen this theme either, and perhaps thats a large part of why I chose it. Having seen a small bit while researching general medieval history about a woman who became a medieval executioner, I began to ask myself basically the same questions you are asking--how would a woman come to be in this postion and what type of circumstances would make it probable ?
Sierra's story was born of those questions.

Thanks great questiions!

Amanda

Amanda McIntyre July 12, 2009 at 7:59 AM  

I Heart Book Gossip said...
Congrats on your release Amanda! What are you working on now?>>>

Hi Cindy! I am currently working on THE MASTER AND THE MUSES-set in Victorian england during the time of the pre-Raphaelite brotherhood of artists. This focuses priomarily on the character/artist Thomas Rodin( from Diary of Cozette)and three of the muses/models who posed for him--their lives before, during and after they became famous on canvas,
in a time when models who posed for artists for pay were considered whores and not ladies.

Iloved my reckless romantic liberine style Thomas in Cozette and here I was able to "paint" him from through the eyes of three women who fell under his spell.

Im loving writing this book and hope my readers will enjoy it also!

Thanks for asking!
Amanda

Amanda McIntyre July 12, 2009 at 8:07 AM  

Afshan and delilah-
Celebrating for me, comes at the end when I hold the book in my hands. or receive that final ebook manuscript. I dont rest for very long on the accomplishment as usually I'm at some stage of my next book when one is released.

But I do a little "snoopy" dance and maybe have a glass of Moscato and then continue on. I think for most authors , we have this deep desire to entertain -perhaps more quietly than stage and screen , but still a deep desire to weave those stories and delight readers.

Often times authors will juggle more than one book at a time, perhaps more at various stages of writing/promoting--the celebration in many ways is in the abilty to have the venue to share these stories!

Amanda

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