Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Interview And Giveaway With Author Amanda McIntyre
Today I have the very great pleasure of having author Amanda McIntyre stop by for an interview. She talks about her latest release Rugged Hearts and also answers some fun questions I put to her. Miss Amanda is also a giver and she is giving away a signed hardcopy ARC of her early e-book release, Rugged Heart. Details for the giveaway will be at the end of our interview. Without further ado I give you Amanda McIntyre.
1) Can you tell me a bit about your most recent release Rugged Hearts?
First, thanks Raquel for having me and I’d love to introduce you to the men of the “Kinnison Legacy and the women who will tame them” Rugged Hearts is Book I in the Kinnison Legacy series. It features Wyatt Kinnison, oldest brother and a man they say has a heart of stone, and the schoolteacher, Aimee Worth with more tenacity than sense, to win his rugged heart. This is a holiday set story, released early in e-book for the RT E-Expo and will be available in print August 1. Fate brings these two unlikely people together and places them in an extraordinary circumstance that challenges them both in ways unexpected. Redemption. Forgiveness. Romance. It’s all included in this poignant story that packs just enough heat to make you swoon;)
2) What do you find most challenging about writing?
Balancing writing time with my personal life. There are days I would love to be in the top of a lighthouse, alone with my computer and imagination and other times I have to walk away from the computer for a while to clear my head. In a perfect world, one compliments the other and there is never a struggle. But in reality, it can take a lot of planning to have that solitude it takes to write (at least for me.) You see people in coffee shops and what not, I’m not comfortable with that. I need my quiet, the blinders, except perhaps for music. No television, no disruptions. That’s said—I’m sitting here in this vacuum-like state wondering what bus hit me after spending the weekend having all my kids home for the holiday weekend and then they all leave at once. It’s like a backdraft.;)
3) I know most author's don't have a say on what their book cover looks like, so I am wondering, is that the same for you or do you get to tell them what you want your cover to look like?
I’ve had a number of publishers over the years. Most have what is called an “artist” form, where you describe in vivid details of your main characters. I’ve had input on some, none on others, But all in all there are only 1-2 that I can truly say I really disliked. The cover art ‘gods’ have been very kind to me overall. Rugged Hearts is one of the first covers that I commisioned done. Working with the talented Sahara Kelly at P & N Graphics, I found the photos I wanted and she helped me to create a brand for the look for the series. I am very pleased with how Books I and II have turned out and Book III’s cover shot I just recently picked up through P & N. My publisher had worked with P & N before and graciously allowed the cover art for Rugged Hearts. I think it’s brilliant!
4) If you were to throw a dinner party for anyone living or dead what 10 people would you invite and why?
Wow, that is REALLY a hard question--aside from my family—who are my greatest support and joy. Maya Angelou (just to listen to her wisdom), Oprah(how she makes her book club choices), Stef Ann Holms (to tell her how many times I’ve re-read Pink Moon) Sarah Ban Breathnach ( to discuss her books on authentic living) Heather Graham (because she’s brilliant and a classy lady) Dessie Marie Younger (my great-great grandmother, cousin to the Younger Brothers that rode with Jesse James, to get “her” side of the story.) I don’t frankly know if I’d be able to limit it to just to ten! I haven’t even included my music favs yet! LOL
5) Music, for me, is a big part of my life So I was wondering what type of music do you listen to and if so is it also a part of your writing (i.e. background noise, or a scene soundtrack)?
It’s HUGELY important in my life as well, especially in my writing. My taste in music is like my reading—very eclectic. Whether it’s one line that spins-off an entire book, or music that sets the tone for a particular scene. It just depends where my mood is at that day and time. Often times, silence is the blank canvas for my imagination to play.
6) Is there an author and/or author's who have inspired or influenced you in any way?
Far too many to name, I’m afraid. Not only in their writing, but more so for their personalities. Many an author has influenced my thoughts of them one way or another by their character.
7) On average how long does it take you to write one of your novels?
Anywhere from 2-3 months, perhaps longer depending on the genre, research and length involved. That is usually first draft.
8) If you could check off one or two things from your bucket list what would they be and why?
I’d love to stay at a real working horse ranch just for the experience. I’d love to take a paddle queen cruise from Chicago to New Orleans on the Mississippi. I have a whole lot more;)
9) There are some author's who write books together like P.C. Cast And Kristin Cast of The House Of Night Series, so my question to you is, if you could, who would you like to write a book with?
I’ve written several anthologies with other authors, but actually co-writing a book takes a great deal of trust and patience. I’m not entirely sure, since my writing has always been a solo gig (other than anthologies) that I’d have the ability to co-write an entire book. I have many friends who have done so and I applaud their skill. I make it a rule never to say “never”, but I’m not sure who’d that be off the top of my head.
10) What do you have coming up next (i.e. another book, or perhaps a book signings)?
Insofar as writing, I’m currently at work on the second book in the Kinnsion Legacy series, looking at a duet anthology for a Christmas story with a good friend of mine and I’m bouncing around a number of ideas for the upcoming summer. I just finished the RT Booklovers Convention and next for me, will be Lora Leigh’s Reader Weekend, Sept 19-22 and then it’s off to Nawlin’s for Heather Grahams Writers Weekend, Dec. 13-15.
Thanks Raquel! It was great to visit! I’d like to do something fun for your readers and so anyone in the USA or Canada, who leaves a comment here at your blog will be eligible for a signed hardcopy ARC of my early e-book release, Rugged Hearts!
Meet Wyatt, Dalton and Rein, the formidable men of the Kinnison Legacy and the women who will tame them!
“Characters with a depth of emotion that grab you by the heart and keep you on the edge of your seat...A must read!"~C.H. Admirand, Author of A WEDDING IN APPLE GROVE
Rugged, quiet, hardworking, Wyatt takes his position as head of the Kinnison family seriously. But the scars of betrayal by the women to whom he once trusted his heart now prompt his stark, simple game plan, and no one in hell is going to convince him any differently. What matters most, besides the welfare of his brothers, is to manage the ranch left to him and never risk his heart again to something as foolish as love—but after meeting Aimee, Wyatt begins to realize that a man should never say never to a determined second grade teacher.
When vivacious, resilient Aimee Worth loses her twin sister in a tragic accident, she makes the choice to live out her sister’s dream of teaching in the small mountain community called End of the Line, Montana, never suspecting she’d meet her Mr. Right in the middle of nowhere—he just doesn’t know it yet. Used to challenges, her spirit shatters the perceptions that have kept him isolated from living life beyond the ranch, proving to him that when it comes to love, the greatest risk is not taking one.
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