Interview with Amanda Hamm

What is your writing process?
Will it offend you if I say that is a terrible way to start this interview?
Not exactly. Why is it terrible?
Because there are A LOT of steps to writing a book and if I describe them all it would be a long and boring answer.
You call yourself a writer and you can’t answer a question in a way that isn’t boring?
Fine. If I’m writing a love story - and I usually am - the first thing I do is imagine the two people who are going to end up together. I ask myself about a million questions about them to determine physical characteristics and backgrounds and personalities and jobs and so on. Then I typically spend hours studying baby name websites and/or phone books trying to give them names that fit. Then I need to figure out what will make them good together and how I can get them together and—
Can you stop a minute?
Bored already?
Let’s not say I’m bored. Let’s say I’m realizing that you were right about this being a very long answer and now I’m wondering when you actually start putting words on paper.
So I guess when you asked about my “process” you expected me to say “I write.”
I’m beginning to think you’re better at writing than I am at interviewing.
Uh… thank you?
Let’s start over. I think I have a good question now. Of all the different elements that go into a story – setting, descriptions, plot twists and so on – which is your favorite to write?
If I understand your question correctly, I’d have to say dialog. I’m generally having the most fun whenever I get to a scene that’s simply people having a conversation.
Are there any challenges to writing dialog?
Sometimes I do have a little trouble getting characters from point A to point B.
What do you mean?
I might, for example, have two characters who need to discuss an upcoming event in order to advance the plot, but they’re engaged in witty banter about the pizza they’re sharing. How do I get them to talk about the event without it sounding like someone just brought it up out of the blue?
How DO you do that?
I think about it for a long time.
You think about it?
Yeah. I imagine the conversation over and over (and sometimes over and over and over) until it feels like a natural shift. If you’re into “behind the scenes” stuff, that’s how Luke got his quirk.
Who is Luke?
He’s a character in one of my books, Jealousy & Yams. I don’t remember the exact conversation but something in the previous book was really giving me fits and I thought, “In my next book, I’m going to invent someone who is awful at segues so he can help me out.” And then I did exactly that.
Cool. Now I want to read about him.
That’s the second book in a series. I tried to make it so you could read them out of order and not hit spoilers. If you prefer to start with book #1 though, Andrew's Key is the first book.
What if I really, really want to read Andrew's Key but don't want to pay for it?
You have a couple of options. You can read the series' prequel novella (Hearts on the Window) for free. Maybe that will convince you to purchase some of my hard work. Or you can try this code to see what happens: QB45X. It's a thank you for reading this interview.
Published 2017-06-21.
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Books by This Author

Brelin and Wisherton
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 32,680. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2018 by Before Someday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Fantasy, Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Brelin and Wisherton is the third book in the Wisherton fantasy series.
They See a Family
Price: $5.49 USD. Words: 62,190. Language: American English. Published: January 26, 2018 by Before Someday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Romance, Fiction » Religious
They See a Family is a Christian love story. Romance is put on hold by a series of difficult situations, but the bond that grows is stronger than simple attraction.
Back to Wisherton
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 38,940. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2017 by Before Someday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Back to Wisherton is the sequel to the children's fantasy Beyond Wisherton.
Beyond Wisherton
Price: Free! Words: 41,230. Language: American English. Published: March 14, 2017 by Before Someday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Wisherton is surrounded by a Wasteland filled with terrifying Herders. Sevra Say has lived twelve years grateful for the giant wall that keeps Wisherton safe. But now her life is threatened by something inside Wisherton, something that makes her believe getting past the wall may be the only way to save her family.
Not Complicated
Series: Coffee and Donuts. Price: $5.49 USD. Words: 50,710. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2017 by Before Someday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Romance
Molly’s friends think she should be dating her friend Daniel. Molly’s mom thinks they’ll make the perfect couple. And Daniel’s young daughter thinks they should just hurry up and get married already. It might not be that simple though. Not Complicated is a Christian romance and the fourth book in the Coffee and Donuts series.
A Perfectly Good Man
Series: Coffee and Donuts. Price: $5.49 USD. Words: 50,330. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2016 by Before Someday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Romance, Fiction » Inspirational
The third book in the Coffee and Donuts series finds Heidi facing some important decisions.
Hearts on the Window: A Stories From Hartford Novella
Series: Stories From Hartford, Book 0.5. Price: Free! Words: 26,120. Language: American English. Published: June 22, 2016 by Before Someday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Romance, Fiction » Religious
This short and sweet novella offers an introduction to the Stories From Hartford series of Christian love stories.
Sofie Waits
Series: Coffee and Donuts. Price: $5.49 USD. Words: 50,240. Language: American English. Published: February 10, 2016 by Before Someday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
(3.00)
Second in the Coffee and Donuts series, Sofie Waits is a sweet romance with characters who don't just share longing looks. They actually enjoy each other's company.
Said and Unsaid
Series: Coffee and Donuts. Price: $5.49 USD. Words: 50,470. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2015 by Before Someday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Romance, Fiction » Inspirational
Alexa Fenley has some complicated relationships in her life. She sorts through some old ones and finds a sweet new one in this light Christian romance.
The Christmas Project (Stories From Hartford)
Series: Stories From Hartford, Book 4. Price: $5.49 USD. Words: 60,100. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2014 by Before Someday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Romance, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
(4.33)
The Christmas Project is a light Christian romance focused on the holiday season.
Collecting Zebras (Stories From Hartford)
Series: Stories From Hartford, Book 3. Price: $5.49 USD. Words: 59,770. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2014 by Before Someday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Romance, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Angel Melling is determined to find a husband. The long held goal has recently morphed into an obsession. Will Angel find a guy who meets all the criteria for her happily ever after? Collecting Zebras is a clean romance.
Jealousy & Yams (Stories From Hartford)
Series: Stories From Hartford, Book 2. Price: $5.49 USD. Words: 61,800. Language: American English. Published: August 1, 2014 by Before Someday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Romance, Fiction » Inspirational
Book #2 in the Stories From Hartford series, Jealousy & Yams is a sweet Christian romance.
Andrew's Key (Stories From Hartford)
Series: Stories From Hartford, Book 1. Price: $5.49 USD. Words: 68,630. Language: American English. Published: May 2, 2014 by Before Someday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Romance, Fiction » Religious
A young woman has just been pushed out of her parents' house. New friends will help her discover life, love and laughter in this Christian romance.
The Slow Lane: A Short Story From Meet Cute
Price: Free! Words: 4,890. Language: American English. Published: March 2, 2014 by Before Someday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
(4.50)
Slow traffic on the way home from work is never any fun. Or is it? When the good-looking guy in another car starts flirting with Mia, she ends up enjoying the commute and the surprise it brings.
Meet Cute: 5 Romantic Short Stories
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 36,310. Language: American English. Published: March 28, 2014 by Before Someday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
5 stories… 5 couples… 1 cute collection… This collection of five romantic comedies includes The Slow Lane, My Brother the Matchmaker, Waiting For the Bus, Now is Good and Pizza Heaven.
The 4th Floor Lounge
Price: $5.49 USD. Words: 59,930. Language: American English. Published: April 7, 2013 by Before Someday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Where does an extreme introvert draw the line between being lonely and being left alone? One quirky college student is looking for the answer in the 4th floor lounge. Her goals are simple: make one or two good friends and avoid talking to everyone else. Achieving those goals will not be easy for this gorgeous yet socially awkward heroine.
Weathering Evan
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 53,210. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2012 by Before Someday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Romance, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
(4.00)
Tammy Janeway is having some issues. Evan Knightly is at the root of all of them. Of course it’s not his fault that she has a massive crush on him. But she can’t even be sure he deserves her adoration. One minute he’s undeniably sweet and charming, the next he acts like a creep. Tammy is tired of feeling like a nervous teenager in her professional life. She knows she’s making a fool of herself in
Double Take: My First Year as a Mother of Twins
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 50,420. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2011 by Before Someday Publishing. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Motherhood
Double Take is a collection of personal and often humorous essays about one women's experiences with newborn twins.