Amanda Linehan

Biography

Amanda Linehan is a fiction writer and the author of the blog, Look Far. She lives in Maryland, likes to be outside and writes with her cat sleeping on the floor beside her desk.

Smashwords Interview

What are you working on next?
I'm currently in the middle of writing a vampire story. This is the first time I've tried my hand at vampires, and it's fun! It's neither young adult nor romance, but I'm not sure (yet) exactly what to call it. It's not really horror (although there certainly is some blood!), and it has elements of mystery, suspense, and adventure. Oh well, I'll get it figured out. :)

The working title is "Bored to Death" and it's about a vampire, my main character Vic (short for Victoria), who is bored with her immortality. I initially started this thinking it would be a short story. And then it seemed like it would be a novella. And at this point, it will definitely be a novel. ;)

I'm about 35,000 words in at this point, and I'm probably a little over halfway through the story, so I expect that this will be published sometime in 2015.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is always, at least a little bit, in flux. Currently, I get an idea (often while driving) or I go from a writing prompt and simply begin writing the story. I don't outline or make any notes, although I may have thought about the idea at length depending on when it first popped in my mind, I just sit down in front of my laptop and let the story take shape as my fingers move across the keyboard.

This is a scary, but exciting, way to write. There is always the possibility that I will write myself into a place that I can't get out of, or that I will inadvertently introduce some horrible inconsistency that I can't fix later on. This hasn't happened yet (fingers crossed!), but there is always the risk that it will. I think that's why I like it. ;)
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Books

Ben Jackson
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 9,980. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2014. Category: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
Jim Connors wakes up on Friday and finds that Ben Jackson, a prominent business man who had recently partnered with Jim's company, is dead, that his business partner, Kevin Anderson, is nowhere to be found, and that his company has folded. And it's Saturday, not Friday. When Jim begins to investigate, he realizes that he hasn't been asking the most important question of all. Who is Ben Jackson?
Hail Mary
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,050. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2014. Category: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
Bill just can't stay away. Every day he opens the doors, walks down the aisle, and lights his candle. Then he talks to her. Does she hear him? Will she talk back? He's not sure, but he knows one thing. He'll wait until she does.
Execution Day
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,760. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2014. Category: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime
They want him dead. The most dangerous man in the city. Will it be by poison? Or maybe an "accident"? Or maybe by a good old-fashioned gunshot wound? That's what they're here to decide, but by any method, one thing is for certain. Execution day is coming.
Writing On The Walls: Volume 2
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Series: Writing On The Walls. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 9,650. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction
Lauren can’t stop seeing numbers, and Beth wishes she would just shut up. John finds his wallet and immediately wishes he hadn’t. A little red car causes a whole lot of trouble, and Franklin the cat is back from the dead. Maybe. Writing on the Walls Vol 2 is another collection of mostly contemporary, sometimes supernatural, and otherwise downright weird pieces of very short fiction.
Dragon
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 53,540. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
Silver has it all, but wants more. Specifically, a grade of A in Advanced English, which she can't seem to get no matter how hard she tries. When she teams up with Dave - the outcast with the hand-drawn dragon on the back of his jacket - they devise a plan to steal the exam from their teacher's home. The only question that remains is how far Silver is willing to go to get what she wants.
Writing On The Walls: Volume 1
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Series: Writing On The Walls. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 9,910. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2012. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction
John wakes up in a dark corridor with no apparent way out. Donna drops her bagel on the train platform and romance ensues. Emily is making up all the rules to her own game, and the Farmer is about to have a very bad day. Writing on the Walls is a collection of thirteen pieces of funny, cute, strange, romantic and suspenseful very short fiction. It's a little of this and a little of that.
Uncover
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 40,310. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
Marissa wants to put this all behind her. Her best friend has been killed in a car accident, and her death has left more questions than answers. When a friend mentions a lost object that could bring some closure, Marissa reluctantly agrees to help search for it, but finds herself trapped in the dark, making all the wrong moves. Can she find her way out of the darkness?

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