Interview with Amanda Siegrist

Describe your desk
I have no desk. I work at the kitchen table or on the couch by my girls as they relax with me. Oddly enough, I can work with noise and chaos going on around me:)
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Minnesota. I can't say growing up there influenced my writing. My mom and the love of reading influenced my writing. My mom always read to me when I was younger, which in turn, made me love to read. I didn't start to actively write until recently. I now have the time!
What's the story behind your latest book?
No story behind it, but an active imagination. Thoughts roll through my mind daily and at break neck speed. Sometimes I just have to put them down on paper (or my computer!). Although a few things are from my experience, like visiting New York. I love New York and it's wonderful ambiance.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Putting my thoughts down and not suppressing them in my mind. Giving my finished book to my husband and family who enjoy what I write. I like creating a story and making people happy.
What are you working on next?
So many things. Trying to work a few kinks out of two of my books that are fully completed. They are almost ready for publishing. Sunrise Awakening and Sunset Darkening. They are much different from my first book, Protecting You~ A McCord Family Novel. They are murder/mystery/romance. I am also working on Austin's Story...another McCord. Such great men I created!
Who are your favorite authors?
I enjoy Diana Palmer, Linda Howard, Nora Roberts, R.L. Mathewson, Heather Graham, Stephen King...just to name a few. I love any romance novel really. I do venture out of that once in a while.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My kids and husband. My family is everything to me. I try to raise my daughters to be respectful, responsible, and you can do anything you set your mind to.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I was young. I can't even remember how old, maybe ten. It was about a mad scientist on a deserted island and crazy tigers were on the loose and everyone was fearful for their lives. Something along those lines. I still have it somewhere in my papers buried in the house. It's only like ten pages long. That was long for me back then.
What is your writing process?
I start at chapter one, with a notebook by my side so I don't forget tiny details I write down (hair color, eye color, character names and professions, etc.) and work my way to the end. I save it all in one file and it just flows out of me as I write. I have no idea but a beginning start to the book and when I sit down the rest just comes as my fingers fly on the keyboard.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My iPad. But I do like paperback the most. I just recently, in the past few years, started reading more on the iPad.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. Without fans I would have no one to enjoy my writing but me! I love sharing my ideas and my stories. It is much better than keeping them locked inside my head.
Published 2015-04-12.
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